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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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Re: New to me 1960 Spitfire Scrambler [Re: G-Ride2] #797851 02/08/20 1:52 pm
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Re: New to me 1960 Spitfire Scrambler [Re: GrandPaul] #797907 02/08/20 11:03 pm
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Originally Posted by GrandPaul
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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 [Re: G-Ride2] #797920 02/09/20 3:29 am
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Re: New to me 1960 Spitfire Scrambler [Re: G-Ride2] #797961 02/09/20 1:46 pm
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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).

"Oily Rag Condition"

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Re: New to me 1960 Spitfire Scrambler [Re: 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 [Re: 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 [Re: G-Ride2] #798348 02/15/20 2:56 am
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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 [Re: G-Ride2] #798370 02/15/20 9:23 am
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