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Beginner Resto Help RE: '50 Merlin

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Beginner Resto Help RE: '50 Merlin

Post  ZDFB on Sat Sep 13, 2014 11:51 am

Good evening all,

By way of introduction - my name is Zack, and I live in Gundaroo, Australia. My father and I have been working on two FB basket cases for the last while, and I'm looking for some help with some beginner parts questions. I have struggled to answer these questions with online info, and due to the scarcity of FBs in Australia, few other enthusiasts seem to have experience with them!

The bike in question was in very poor condition and labeled as a '48 Merlin, but due to the single exhaust I've concluded it's most likely a '50 model. I'm currently at the paint/rebuild stage with the Merlin, and wanted to clarify the following if possible;

1. Was the Merlin issued with a speedometer? If so, was it Smith brand?
2. Was the Merlin issued with an "oil tank" opposite the toolbox on the left side of the frame?
3. Is there any way to use the frame number to correctly ID the bike as a '50 Merlin?
4. Was the standard engine for this model the Villiers 9D?

Thanks in advance for any help/advice you can offer - greatly appreciate any support from some knowledgable FBers!

Cheers,
Zack

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50 Merlin

Post  MoscowFlyer on Sat Sep 13, 2014 1:26 pm

Hi Zack, I'm sure you'll get all the answers on here, the frame number would be very useful. If you put Merlin in the Search, top right on this page, you will get all past posts relating to the Merlin. Mike
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Post  piston 197 on Sat Sep 13, 2014 2:37 pm

Yes speedometer was a "D" shape smiths 55mph item
oil tank was fitted on the 9D engine merlin from 1946-49 and for the first years of the 10D engine one
The 9D is the twin port hand change engine the 10D is the single port engine with foot change for 1949 onwards
as Mike says above frame and engine No will help
JH
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'49 Merlin

Post  MrTweedy on Sat Sep 13, 2014 6:23 pm

Hello Zak.

I have an original unrestored 1949 Merlin that might help you in your project. If you need any photos of specific parts etc, give me a shout.

Matt

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Re: Beginner Resto Help RE: '50 Merlin

Post  ZDFB on Mon Sep 15, 2014 3:47 am

Thank you for the help, everyone - greatly appreciated! The frame number is OM46318. There were also a few other four digit codes on different sections of the frame - are these relevant?

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Post  piston 197 on Mon Sep 15, 2014 5:48 am

Frame number starting OM is a 1949 Falcon 54
O =1949
M = falcon
the Falcon is fitted with the 197cc Villiers 6E , single port engine with 59mm bore as opposed to the Merlin which has a 10D single port engine with a bore of 50mm, both engines look the same ,but the 122cc is physically smaller as well as internally smaller
a Merlin from the same year would have a frame number beginning OL, other than the engine and the speedometer ( Falcon has round 80mph smiths, Merlin has the "D" shape 55mph one) and smaller bore exhaust system, the bikes are identical and both have the auxilliary oil tank

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Falcon ID

Post  MoscowFlyer on Mon Sep 15, 2014 7:37 am

Hi Zack, I'm almost sure this are photo is of a new 1949 Falcon, someone will be sure to tell me if I'm wrong. Mike

http://www.stilltimecollection.co.uk/detail/5795-tpt-transport-bike-francis-barnett.html


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falcon 54 1949

Post  piston 197 on Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:55 am

Hi , Mike let me be the first to tell you then !
these are pictures of a Merlin model 51 ( 1946/48) with Villiers twin port 9D engine, not a falcon 54
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Post  MoscowFlyer on Mon Sep 15, 2014 10:18 am

John, these are not the photos I meant to put on, in fact all three are the same, I'll go back and have another look. Thanks for letting me know.

I've got the right one this time, I hope. Mike
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