I remember I'd misplaced, or incorrectly placed the gearbox main shaft thrust washer so I could rarely get it into 3rd gear, but 1st and 2nd gear worked fine I had some fun riding it for a few weeks around the bush though it was a heavy, slow bike compared to the new Japanese dirt bikes on the market then, and I soon lost interest in riding it, so it sat in the back of the farm shed till around 2005 when that farm was sold and I gained possession of it again.
The bike has been sitting in the corner of one of my old sheds since 2005, though every few years I'd squirt some oil down the spark plug hole and gently roll the engine over, and just recently I decided it was time to bring her back to life as a nice memorial project for my Dad and his best mate, both of whom have passed away, and a internet search for Francis Barnett led me here to this Club, so hopefully with your help I can sort out the missing bits, and get educated.
The frame number is NK43284, the Villiers 9D engine number is 597/29849, I'm not sure what year it is but think it is a L51 Merlin? It will need new tyres for sure, but other small items I'll need include
Aircleaner for "Lightweight Pattern" carb, type 3/1
Fuel "tickler" with spring and cotter pin for that carb, plus gaskets
A new headlight lens, I reckon the old one was around 4-1/2" in diameter
New rubber foot pegs
New hand grips
Possible new cables like throttle and front brake
I have not pulled the head off yet, I did back in 1970 and cleaned the carbon out, but the other day I spun the motor over using an electric drill and was pleased to see a nice blue spark at the plug, and the compression was around 90 pounds with a few squirts of engine oil down the cylinder, so there is potential she might fire up once I finish prepping her, but from my experience restoring antique Caterpillar crawlers from the 1920's and 1930's, old magneto's can quickly fail after decades of sitting, and fuel systems can quickly choke up with flaky crud, so I'll be prepared for the worst, she might need a rebore or a set of new rings, only time will tell.
Hopefully I can get my photo's up, please excuse the mess in that shed, I'll move the bike into the "workshop" zone once I get an idea of the parts I need for this bike and get them ordered, I'm hoping most bits will be available out of the U.K.
All the best
Mike in Oz