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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 24 May 2013 at 6:50pm
Hi Darren if you look on each of the 3 boxes you will see a little flat head screw, these are the level plugs, simply fill till the oil just starts to dribble out when the bantam is level.
If it isnt orange it isnt a rotavator
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Quote Darmic1 Replybullet Posted: 24 May 2013 at 7:28pm
Oooops! Its a tiny bit over filled then........ cheers Gareth!
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Quote Darmic1 Replybullet Posted: 24 May 2013 at 10:12pm
Its a good job I didn't do too much with the Bantam as I've just drained 1.2 litres of excess oil from the 3 gearboxes......... ooops! Note to self, must get Owners manual for this machine!!! Its a pity the drained oil was a bit black, not cheap this stuff.....
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Quote howardhoe Replybullet Posted: 24 May 2013 at 11:27pm
Don't worry, i bought some expensive oil for my bullfinch and filled it up only to find a very big puddle on the floor the next day!
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 25 May 2013 at 12:01am
Originally posted by Darmic1

Its a good job I didn't do too much with the Bantam as I've just drained 1.2 litres of excess oil from the 3 gearboxes......... ooops! Note to self, must get Owners manual for this machine!!! Its a pity the drained oil was a bit black, not cheap this stuff.....
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I will get it copied for you, hope to get new printer set up on weekend, also got workshop manual on the villiers to do as well.
If it isnt orange it isnt a rotavator
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Quote Darmic1 Replybullet Posted: 29 May 2013 at 9:19pm
Collected the rear cover from the powder coaters for the second time, Even managed to fit it with no mishaps...... Here are the pictures of the finished Bantam!
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Quote Darmic1 Replybullet Posted: 29 May 2013 at 9:24pm
I have also replaced the 2 decals which were obvious when I first got this machine........
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Quote Darmic1 Replybullet Posted: 29 May 2013 at 9:34pm
Now I need some advice, Im still undecided as to which decals and locations are correct for this machine. I have placed the various decals where I believe they would have been placed and taken some photo's.
I would like your opinions please???
First the fuel tank........
 
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Quote Darmic1 Replybullet Posted: 29 May 2013 at 9:41pm
And now the rotor covers........
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Quote Darmic1 Replybullet Posted: 30 May 2013 at 3:04pm
Im going to with the Howard Clifford set to match the fuel tank. Anyone able to confirm the correct placement of the decals, before I stick them in the wrong place!
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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 30 May 2013 at 6:40pm
Most were as top left photo,however have also seen some as bottom pic. I'd allmost be inclinde to place them as you feel looks best, whatever you decide you will allways get some smart a**e comming up to you saying youve got it wrong.
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Quote Darmic1 Replybullet Posted: 30 May 2013 at 7:36pm
Right, top left it is then, Thanks Gareth! Having never seen one fully restored before, was unsure, as you say 'some smart a##e'............
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Quote Darmic1 Replybullet Posted: 30 May 2013 at 8:27pm
I just realised....... This project, its been 59 days from start to finish. Thats not working on it everyday either....... must slow down!
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Quote Darmic1 Replybullet Posted: 31 May 2013 at 11:07pm
Decals now applied, hope they are as near to factory as possible.....
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Quote Darmic1 Replybullet Posted: 31 May 2013 at 11:18pm
And here's a few more
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Quote howardhoe Replybullet Posted: 31 May 2013 at 11:47pm
That is stunning. I am glad to see one with an air filter set up like that as mine is the same, well would have been! I will have to keep looking at photo's of yours when i do mine so i can see what i am meant to be doing! I have bought many of the little engine parts i need for mine and just need a few more machine parts and i should be able to get mine restored. I am thinking next winter for mine all going well.
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Quote TITCH Replybullet Posted: 01 Jun 2013 at 5:50am
Yep,

Darren Strikes again, a thoughtful & stunning restoration!!

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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 01 Jun 2013 at 8:52am
To be fair its one of the best Bantams Ive ever seen. A bit of Britains and Howards history preserved probably for ever. I'm not suprised youve changed your mind about working it,I'd keep it for "Best" too.
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Quote coastie Replybullet Posted: 01 Jun 2013 at 2:32pm
It looks really good. I'm envious and aware that once my 350 is working I wont be in a position to bring it anywhere near this standard.
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Quote bigend Replybullet Posted: 01 Jun 2013 at 4:35pm
credit where credit is due, it looks stunning and titch's decals are the icing on the cake,
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Quote Darmic1 Replybullet Posted: 03 Jun 2013 at 9:00am
Thanks for the compliments guys, makes all the effort worthwhile!
Here are a few photo's of the Bantam, with its Bigger Brother......
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Quote TITCH Replybullet Posted: 03 Jun 2013 at 6:27pm
Titch Is Speechless............
Restorations Final Touch!
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Quote pmackellow Replybullet Posted: 03 Jun 2013 at 7:40pm
A couple of superb restorations there, very well done !

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Quote series1gem Replybullet Posted: 03 Jun 2013 at 10:37pm
The contrast in size is awesome, two very,very nice machines.
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Quote series V Ash Replybullet Posted: 06 Jun 2013 at 12:44am
they look smashing darren there a credit to you ashley
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Quote will_haggle Replybullet Posted: 06 Jun 2013 at 9:44am
Superb job, Darren, where are you showing them?
6 months ago I couldn't even spell engineer - now I are one
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Quote Darmic1 Replybullet Posted: 06 Jun 2013 at 3:41pm
Not too sure yet, its a combination of transport problems and work thats preventing showing at the moment. I am trying to sort the transport, looking at trailers now so we shall see. Work..... well unless they can magic 10 extra officers from thin air, who knows?
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Quote Darmic1 Replybullet Posted: 13 Aug 2013 at 12:30am
Well, having been to one or two shows this year as a spectator, I've decided that next year will be show year for me. Will need to check the rosta and see which ones I can attend........
In the meantime........ I have made a new starting handle and fitted a new rope too.
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Quote simar kid Replybullet Posted: 17 Aug 2013 at 5:21pm
got to hand it to you that's one @ell of a restoration,and also when the two are side by side it looks like a showroom from the distant passed. great x 1000
Not sure whats wrong. i think we will let it develop
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Quote Darmic1 Replybullet Posted: 17 Aug 2013 at 9:52pm
Thankyou John. Your restorations ain't too shabby either!!! Hows the Lister??? Been thinking about a stationary engine next, something similar to yours...... Would love a little grey fergie, but dont have the room. Even looked at a couple of vintage bikes......
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Quote simar kid Replybullet Posted: 18 Aug 2013 at 6:22pm
although I have come from farming stock,i to have no real space to keep a tractor. the first one which I used on a farm way back was a fordson dexta. this would be my choice if the lottery came good. engine wise things are okay. have found a flat belt so now the cake crusher is getting a once over.
Not sure whats wrong. i think we will let it develop
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