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1936 W6 Workshop Manual #704904
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Hello Friends,
It has been over a year since I have needed your help. I am in the process of purchasing a 1936 W6. What is the best source for service information for this motorcycle?
My "Kim's BSA CD" only has an owner's manual for some 30's vintage bikes.
Thanks,
Don


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1936 W6
1966 Bantam Deluxe
1973 Honda CB 125
1995 Custom framed S&S 96 cu in Vtwin

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Re: 1936 W6 Workshop Manual [Re: dpkreuze] #704955
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Leon is the first thought.
He has a contact me on his web site Leons 30's & 40's BSA
Steve Brown has a site that sells copies ( low resolution & feint print but quite readable ) of BSA books & manuals BSA manuals
Sometimes a bit hard to contact, Jules Dassen contact through UK BSA Club has a massive library of BSA material ( best I have come across ) and he does very high quality reproductions.
Other than that I have been told that the AMCA is the worldwide expert on all motorcycles with the biggest technical library in the universe confused

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Re: 1936 W6 Workshop Manual [Re: dpkreuze] #704959
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There is no manual as such for any pre wwII BSA.
Post WWII BSA did Service Sheets ( on Kim's CD ) that covered a single task then only around the 60's did they start making actual manuals.
All of the tune up details and specifications were printed in the owers handbooks and that is the best you will get.
From time to time all of the handbooks were aglomerated into a single volume called "The Book of the BSA" which got published at randome times.
Each edition is a unique book so you have to get the one that covers your bike
So you are looking for edition 6 or 7 of "The book of the BSA" credited to "waysider" published by Pitman press.
BSA also did a 1930-1936 all model instruction book, covering all of the engines made obsolete by the new B & M range which was reissued in 1955 so there are a lot of them around.
There are a couple on evil bay Australia right now if you want one, 50 pages.
Mercian Motorcycle manuals reproduced it reasonably well they might still have some copies.

The Motorcycle magazine also put out a reproduction, 1935 to 1940 but it is a bit light on for model W as it is mainly about the exciting new B & M engines.
Bruce Main Smith reproduced it very well ( proper litho print ) in 1973 so there are lot of these copies ouut there as well. These 2 are the same book, slightly altered layouts.

As for parts books. there are none.
BSA printed all models parts listings on a yearly basis but the pages just show each part so there is a page of heads and a page of barrels and a page of primary cases etc etc.
Good because you can track down more modern parts that will fit , or can be made to fit because BSA never changed parts numbers which is why in the middle of a page of 62- ???? part numbers you suddenly see a bolt or washer which is 12-1234.
Unfortunately with this lay out , you have no idea of what went where and which side the champher points to, all part of the fun.
Australia was BSA's primary export market itll 1950 so model W's will be a bit rare in the USA , although Canada being part of the Unon Jack waving throng probably got a few.


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Re: 1936 W6 Workshop Manual [Re: dpkreuze] #705015
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The 1937 Pitmans "Book of the BSA" has been reprinted by Classic Motorcycle Manuals. It's quite interesting, but not particularly detailed for any specific model or year.

In addition to the contacts Trevor noted, photocopies of the parts books and Motorcycle Instruction Books are available from Andy Gregory

Re: 1936 W6 Workshop Manual [Re: BSA_WM20] #705093
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Thanks Trevor and Shane. We will start with the "Book of the BSA". Then as progress is made on the old girl we'll listen to what she complains about and proceed from there.

Gratefully,
Don


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1936 W6
1966 Bantam Deluxe
1973 Honda CB 125
1995 Custom framed S&S 96 cu in Vtwin

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Re: 1936 W6 Workshop Manual [Re: dpkreuze] #727575
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THE BOOK OF THE BSA - AN OWNERS WORKSHOP manual FOR PRE-WAR BSA MOTORCYCLES will be shipped to Don Kreuze by garagebookcafe.
Estimated delivery: Mar. 9, 2018 - Mar. 16, 2018


1969 Firebird Scrambler
1936 W6
1966 Bantam Deluxe
1973 Honda CB 125
1995 Custom framed S&S 96 cu in Vtwin

“An intellectual is someone who is persuaded by the evidence and who has the humility to know when he does not know something.” Sipho Seepe
Re: 1936 W6 Workshop Manual [Re: dpkreuze] #727586
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As others have said, the Book of the BSA is a good starting point. I have a copy which covers SV & OHV models from pre-war to 1939 - here's a shot of the front & back covers - your model is mentioned:

Front cover: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ZFZqR8cRDm4t0nX6oKTyOUGRTYewdkNg
Back cover: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1uMUO6nbPdjY1501qwUAFBA0ANd0omjqJ

Hope you can see these; I'm not a Google drive expert.

Cheers,
Bevan

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That be the one!
Thanks Bevan

Don


1969 Firebird Scrambler
1936 W6
1966 Bantam Deluxe
1973 Honda CB 125
1995 Custom framed S&S 96 cu in Vtwin

“An intellectual is someone who is persuaded by the evidence and who has the humility to know when he does not know something.” Sipho Seepe
Re: 1936 W6 Workshop Manual [Re: dpkreuze] #728121
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Thanks for the info Shane.

I just ordered this manual from Andy Gregory:

1936 BSA 3.48 4.99 5.95 instruction book

Cheers,
Don


1969 Firebird Scrambler
1936 W6
1966 Bantam Deluxe
1973 Honda CB 125
1995 Custom framed S&S 96 cu in Vtwin

“An intellectual is someone who is persuaded by the evidence and who has the humility to know when he does not know something.” Sipho Seepe

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