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New to me 1960 Spitfire Scrambler
#797850 02/08/20 12:54 pm
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I recently came into possession of the 1960 Scrambler and a box of parts. Through the little research I've done so far, it looks like less than 300 made in 1960. It currently has a STD gearbox in it, but it came with a SC gearbox. I'm missing the head, carb/air filter and everything else you see out of place. I do have the cylinder. I'm new to this year/model bike. So correct me if I type anything that's incorrect. Looking forward to getting it running again one day. Any help with sourcing parts is appreciated.

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Yeah, as Paul has pointed out, photobucket will not work here for probably 99% of members. Look into imgur,post image or some other pic Hosting site to get your pics posted here on BritBike.


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Re: New to me 1960 Spitfire Scrambler
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Cool project!

This is one of those that I personally wouldn't mind refurbishing only as required for proper running. No cosmetics, and as few NEW parts as possible (of the outwardly visible sort).

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G-Ride2 #798202 02/12/20 8:57 pm
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I installed/riveted NOS Ferodo Front linings on my ‘67 Mk 3 Spitfire #A65SA9093 and aligned with drum...but there’s hardly any Front braking at all. Can NOS Ferodo linings get useless after sitting on the shelf, or did I get some exotic racing lining that just needs to be greatly warmed up? Riding around town does not improve the stopping power. Thanks, Thorn

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Re: New to me 1960 Spitfire Scrambler
thorn #798217 02/12/20 11:48 pm
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There are several things you can do to improve the brakes on A65's:-
- get the shoes relined with a modern compound such as 2520V or 2420V available at Vintage Brake, see This Link. These compounds are much better than the old Ferrodo or other shoes. Its best to have the shoes and drums arced to ensure full contact.
- ensure the brake cable takes to the shortest route to the drum and has the least number of curves as these sap power. Use a Teflon lined outer cable as sold by Venhill, these help improve pulling power.
- use a brake lever with a 7/8 pivot, that's the distance from the lever pivot to the cable barrel. Many levers use 1 1/16 pivot lengths which is less efficient
- before tightening the drum axle centre bolt and pivot, pull the brake lever hard and hold it tight with a cable tie, then tighten the bolts. This should help ensure the shoes are centered.

Each of the changes above will bring an improvement of maybe 10 to 15%, so taken together you could end up with a very good brake.

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Re: New to me 1960 Spitfire Scrambler
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What head part number do I need? What did it come with?


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Re: New to me 1960 Spitfire Scrambler
G-Ride2 #799313 02/25/20 3:20 pm
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Thanks guys. I'll be looking for a 67-1549 head for numbers correct or a 67-1126 just to get her on the road. Parts update: Recently bought some foot pegs and correct carb. Still needing a complete head, exhaust, brake lever, chain guard, and misc. items. I do have the correct SC gear box. Someone put a STD gear box on it. My only thought was that someone was making it more road friendly? Not sure, but keep me posted. Thanks!


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Re: New to me 1960 Spitfire Scrambler
G-Ride2 #799552 02/28/20 3:30 pm
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Purchased a rear fender for a spitfire scrambler from Auto Cycle a few years back and never removed from the box. Not sure if I ordered a front fender, I'll need to check. Also purchased a scrambler seat from R.K. Leighton. I see your bike has a vented tank, that would be for a goldstar and not correct for your bike, if that even matters. probably have some outer and inner cam covers, etc. Had an all original paint 1960 until last year when someone in Japan had to have it. Still have a 1963 RGSS which is almost identical except for wheels and a few items. Looks like you have a real good start.

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Send pics of extra parts and prices to [email protected]

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