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Post  colk2004 on Sun May 01, 2016 12:20 pm

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The frame number is on another bike with the the reg number and I think the engine, so I guess the frame tube is scrap. But I'd like to know what it was as someone has put a lot of work finding a good bit of bodywork and tank with no dents whatsoever and then welding it nicely. So frame number is/was w2553 and the engine casings I have appear to be engine number 295F 22902. Can any body help with what it is? And any idea how to resurrect what appears to be a very nice frame.

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Post  piston 197 on Sun May 01, 2016 12:56 pm

Frame No beginning "W" is a 1956 FB Plover 78
the engine No should start 295B rather than 295F, so probably a bad stamping ?

I think you will have to find another frame front section , if there is already a frame bearing this number with another bike ??

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Post  colk2004 on Sun May 01, 2016 3:19 pm

Got the magnifying glass out and 295B is correct. Whoever stamped it didn't have it square so only got a vertical and the start of the 3 horizontals. The frame number has been taken from this bike and moved to another new frame with the original engine and reg number. Seems a shame to junk it as its a good solid frame, stripped for coating. This pile of parts is whats left over from someone elses project but seemed too good to scrap. I'll start collecting up 1956 bits. Is the engine of the right vintage? Which Villiers have I got, so I know what else to start collecting!?

Thanks John,

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Post  piston 197 on Sun May 01, 2016 3:36 pm

The engine is the correct fitment for a FB Plover 73 or 78, (yours is a 78), the engine is a Villiers 30C 147cc unit
I would still advise getting another frame as you will be unable to register it on a frame No, that is already on anther registered bike,., you will need to use a unique number even if you only use the front tube of the other frame with the number on ?
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Post  colk2004 on Sun May 01, 2016 4:15 pm

Thanks John, this will be a long project, and I did know the history of the frame up front so it was a eyes wide open purchase as it were. I'll keep my eyes peeled for that elusive frame top tube (and cradle tube thats missing).

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This pile will be up for sale.

Post  colk2004 on Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:24 pm

If anyone sees a part they need for their restoration in amongst that lot, make me an offer as it's cluttering the attic, so the MZs in the hall and the Falcon 87 is in the kitchen (still). I need more room so this lot will be heading to EBay soon.

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The parts are moving!

Post  colk2004 on Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:52 pm

The central body tub, mudguard thing is no longer available as its most likely going on a James as his bodywork is cracking and this one is solid.

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Post  colk2004 on Sun Jul 16, 2017 6:45 pm

Seen as no club members were interested I've dumped the lot for what I paid. A guy building a James has claimed the lot at the Ackworth Water Tower Show today for the princely sum of 50. Few Villiers motor bits left and the tank but the rear mudguard/frame, forks, 2 sets of headlights mounts, 2 chain guards, centre stand,brake pedal & rod, 2 swinging arms, seat mount, 2 sets of springs, have now gone. Shame as it would have built up to be a solid bike as no rust damage whatsoever. No one on here obviously building a Plover 78.

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