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RE: Headlight shells// unobtainium bits sought/Ch #771035
04/14/19 7:26 pm
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Greetings, all!
It has been interesting reading (reminders!) regarding the "correct:" headlight shell for Interceptors of a particular year as experienced by Rufus with his new project. Tomoil's suggestion is probably the most viable way to go if the coupling in the shell is at all salvageable. It is, indeed (!), a challenge trying to make these things "right" again. Damaged/butchered headlight shells are not at all exclusive to REs... Personally to date, I've never had an Interceptor with the correct headlight shell intact....Source material for such repairs seem to be readily available from many suppliers.
Speaking of headlight shells ( I may have posted this before), I am in need of the correct shell (cyclops mounted) and rim to suit my Chief Project... Not only does it feature a unique mount, but the contour is different when viewed from the side... Shells from an American Indian do not seem to match accordingly. Thanks to the shared info on this forum, I was able to fabricate the mounting bracket with correct dimensions. Anyone out there have an unidentifiable 7" "Cyclops" mounted shell?
Also, yet again more unobtainium: I need the front chain enclosure to match the fully enclosed rear chain guard as used on the Constellations.circa 59/60. Should you have such a piece, please let me know! Even a broken part to repair or dimensionally copy would be helpful. Hitch has none!

REgards!

Bigtwin

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Re: RE: Headlight shells// unobtainium bits sought/Ch [Re: Bigtwin] #771051
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I found a new Enfield Chief headlight shell on eBay once under Indian Parts, but I no longer have it. Indian enthusiast don't know what it is.

Are you talking about the sprocket cover Part # 42650 for the Constellation?
If so HMC has it and I have one too in SS I theenk?
Tom Oil

Re: RE: Headlight shells// unobtainium bits sought/Ch [Re: Bigtwin] #771076
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Man, it's challenging hunting down parts for some of these bikes. I guess I should consider myself fortunate that there seem to be parts still somewhat readily available for the Interceptors at least.

Every time I lift the door to the workspace, I just tell myself it will all be worth it the first time it starts in almost 50 years.


Restoring 1966 Royal Enfield Interceptor 750. Looking for parts!
Re: RE: Headlight shells// unobtainium bits sought/Ch [Re: Bigtwin] #771210
04/16/19 1:34 pm
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Hearing an Interceptor fire up for the first time is something you will never forget.

Re: RE: Headlight shells// unobtainium bits sought/Ch [Re: tomoil] #771224
04/16/19 5:23 pm
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Originally Posted by tomoil
Hearing an Interceptor fire up for the first time is something you will never forget.

That's for sure! I still remember clearly the thrill when I first got my Constellation running in 1966, and blasted up the road on it!
.. gREgg

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Re: RE: Headlight shells// unobtainium bits sought/Ch [Re: Bigtwin] #771227
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Agree ! The sound of a long dormant engine coming to life again is music to the ears and the aroma of long cold metal heating up once again is perfume to a mechanic's nose.


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Re: RE: Headlight shells// unobtainium bits sought/Ch [Re: Bigtwin] #771239
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Chief restorers might be interested in this link to barn finds:
https://barnfinds.com/exclusive-motorcycles-and-parts-from-the-georgia-collection/
In the collection is a pic of engine SMPB 9214. Maybe more of the 1959 Chief is there?

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Re: RE: Headlight shells// unobtainium bits sought/Ch [Re: tomoil] #771251
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Thanks,Tom Oil!
Nope, that is unfortunately not the piece I need...Part 43507, front chaincase is what I am seeking. Seems to be pretty scarce. Probably because nobody wanted one or they did not last. Looks like I'll be reverse engineering one at some point.

Thanks & REgards!

Bigtwin

Last edited by Bigtwin; 04/16/19 10:07 pm.
Re: RE: Headlight shells// unobtainium bits sought/Ch [Re: Bigtwin] #771303
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George, you can have the 2nd one I find. Also looking for the rear part, PN 43506 for my 1963 Constellation. (A gentleman's touring bike with enclosed chainguard.) Have you tried BBB? They had one or the other a couple of years ago.


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