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Post  billingsmason on Sun Feb 24, 2013 4:56 pm

Hello, first time posting... hope it's favorable.

I bought a frame and engine and was told it's a 32/33 Francis Barnett.
Also heard it might be a 39 snipe #48... but the numbers don't match.

Can't find much info on it and was hoping for some help with the identification, general information and locating spares.

frame # FFE 39003
engine # BBA 5149

Thanks in advance for your help, TJ


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Post  piston 197 on Sun Feb 24, 2013 8:15 pm

The Snipe 48 and 49 were built in 1939/40 and frame Nos were JE and KE for the respective years,frame numbers beginning F were 1936,but there was no prefix FFE ?? similiarly,however engine pre-fix BBA was a stroked down (50mm x 50mm as opposed to 50mm x 62mm on the 122cc) version of the 9D 122cc engine reduced in capacity to 98cc and was the model 49
Most likely you have a Snipe 49,but what the frame number is i do not know, as it should be JE or KE.
a picture may help
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Post  billingsmason on Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:41 pm

I am not sure about the numbers... was hoping for a super rare small production line. No idea tho. The numbers do not look molested or tampered with but I guess anything is possible. I will try to post a picture.

I'm interested in getting some information on how this thing was put together, or a manual, spares list... anything really would help at this point. Parts are hard to find over here in the US. I'd like to do a restoration, but if that's not possible... I'm not sure if I'll keep it whole.

It's a neat little bike. The right hand jockey shift was a big factor when I picked it up. Being 75 to 80 years old is both a blessing and a curse tho.

Your help is greatly appreciated, especially on a Sunday.

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