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    Post  Warren5160 on Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:04 am

    Hi, I've just joined this forum as I have recently acquired a Francis Barnett. I know next to nothing about the bike so any info appreciated.

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    Post  zorteus on Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:04 am

    Warren5160 wrote:Hi, I've just joined this forum as I have recently acquired a Francis Barnett. I know next to nothing about the bike so any info appreciated.

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    Morning Warren and welcome to the forum.
    Your bike looks like a nice project, a Plover 86 if I'm not mistaken (only know as I own one too) and it looks as if the exhausts expansion tank is present in good condition.
    Happy tinkering!

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    Post  piston 197 on Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:44 am

    It is a Plover 78, ( not 86) the 86 has the AMC engine, yours has the Villiers 30C 147cc engine, it will be ,57,58 or 1959
    The frame No has a leter in front of the number  ,Y=57, Z=58,A=1959,
    The bike is a badge engineered James L15 Cadet, but the FB version differs in colour, tank badges, frame number and exhaust system .
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    Post  FBKev on Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:29 am

    Hello Warren welcome to the forum.
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    Post  Warren5160 on Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:12 am

    Thanks for the replies and info, I'll keep you posted on any progress I make in getting it up and running. I dont think its economical to do a full restoration so I'll be keeping the 'vintage' look. I'm told by the previous owner t needs a clutch, where is best place to buy a replacement?

    Any more information or help greatly appreciated
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    Post  fulmar88 on Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:22 pm

    Warren5160 wrote:Thanks for the replies and info, I'll keep you posted on any progress I make in getting it up and running. I dont think its economical to do a full restoration so I'll be keeping the 'vintage' look. I'm told by the previous owner t needs a clutch, where is best place to buy a replacement?

    Any more information or help greatly appreciated

    You can get all engine parts here:

    https://villiersservices.co.uk/

    and specifically 30C parts:

    https://villiersservices.co.uk/index.php?main_page=advanced_search_result&search_in_description=1&keyword=30C

    Best to ring if you can't find something or for advice as not everything is on the website and they're helpful chaps.
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    Post  zorteus on Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:33 pm

    piston 197 wrote:It is a Plover 78, ( not 86) the 86 has the AMC engine, yours has the Villiers 30C 147cc engine, it will be ,57,58 or 1959
    The frame No has a leter in front of the number  ,Y=57, Z=58,A=1959,
    The bike is a badge engineered James L15 Cadet, but the FB version differs in colour, tank badges, frame number and exhaust system .
    JH

    My apologies, John H is again spot on. Mine has the AMC motor so is a Plover 86 and I didn't notice the obvious Villiers motor in the picture of Warren's.

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    Post  Warren5160 on Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:50 pm

    Thanks again guys
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    Post  Warren5160 on Thu Aug 15, 2019 2:33 pm

    I've had a look online but can find any so do you guys know if any workshop manuals for a Plover 78 are available and if so where I could get one?
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    Post  zorteus on Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:45 pm

    Warren5160 wrote:I've had a look online but can find any so do you guys know if any workshop manuals for a Plover 78 are available and if so where I could get one?

    Warren, if your a FBOC yearly paid up member, parts manuals, handbooks and workshop data are available from our club librarian for small nominal fee. If your not a member yet it is well worth considering, details on our website and top of main forum page.
    Alternative is places like eBay in afraid for a premium.... 😵

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    Post  Warren5160 on Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:23 pm

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    Post  alan67 on Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:14 am

    Hi Chap and welcome to the forum and club,  A good book to look out for is  the Francis Barnett  motorcycle maintenance and repair series BY J.H.Goddard its a little bible Newbie first post 00910
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    Post  waynebidd on Sun Aug 18, 2019 7:02 pm

    My 1959 Plover 150 30c Villiers engine

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