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Re: Lucas electrics [Re: DPO] #326531
08/04/10 6:30 pm
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Shingle Springs, California
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I have not had much trouble with the Lucas electronics, but I did bypass the ammeter since it is basically useless anyway.


Bob


73 Triumph T140 Main Ride
70 Bonnie
67 BSA West Coast Hornet

56 Chevy

Who are the brain police?



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Re: Lucas electrics [Re: Ed Sidders] #326605
08/05/10 2:03 am
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Far Northwest Washington
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Ed be wise man! There are numerous sources of flexible braided copper and it seems the way to go for me! I also like SS relays for certain apps in the late Triumph. If I wasn't so old and slow, my T140E would be on the road!
Re. the Lucas story, I also drove Hillmans, Singers and Sunbeams...They used some Lucas components. Don't remember any specific problems with Lucas. and by the way, I spent 17 years with TRW, a different Div. Didn't know they bought part of Lucas. As for "counterfeit goods" It's epidemic! I recommend you carefully inspect your wife tonight...she may be a knock-off! 73
KE5DXL


1979 T140E
1994 Cadillac ETC
Re: Lucas electrics [Re: Marvin E. Woody] #326626
08/05/10 7:13 am
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Hey Marvin,
Would the "far Northwest" be Alaska??? grin laughing
Or not quite THAT far north, or west??? whistle

Re: Lucas electrics [Re: Rickman] #326723
08/05/10 9:37 pm
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Far Northwest Washington
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I am between the Cascades and the Olympic Mtn ranges where if you see something green laying around, it ain't cash, its mold!
Coincidentally, my son is a M M engineer. According to his GPS...he'll be tied up in Dutch Harbor late tonight...Now that is the far northwest!


1979 T140E
1994 Cadillac ETC
Re: Lucas electrics [Re: Marvin E. Woody] #326730
08/05/10 10:30 pm
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Hey Marvin, your up here in my country. Better get the riding in before the weather changes next week. By the way, anybody hear from WABOB lately?

Last edited by Roadwarrior; 08/05/10 10:31 pm.

Bob


73 Triumph T140 Main Ride
70 Bonnie
67 BSA West Coast Hornet

56 Chevy

Who are the brain police?



Re: Lucas electrics [Re: Roadwarrior] #326767
08/06/10 3:13 am
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Hi Marvin! Are you sure some of the green you're seeing isn't some of the green from DB Cooper? Maybe the plane he jumped from had some Lucas instruments...

Re: Lucas electrics [Re: LesK] #326872
08/07/10 4:25 am
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Far Northwest Washington
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Before I retired. I went out to the Turks & Caicos to set up a Local Area network for a private school. When I returned home, I had a wad of hundred dollar bills. The B of A branch in Texas, where I had my account.. went strange.... Old bills...just a minute sir... finally they handed me a deposit slip. I suspect the DEA was looking at me carefully.
DB Cooper...wonder if he was real? The story could be a great movie IF DONE right!


1979 T140E
1994 Cadillac ETC
Re: Lucas electrics [Re: Tiger] #328366
08/16/10 1:47 am
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Tiger, I take credit for dubbing those craptastic ammeters "Rucas", after going through two in two weeks several years ago. I finally gave up on ammeters and used an unwired one just to plug the hole in the headlight. I'd like a voltmeter and seem to remember there being one of the right size available, but don't remember where now.

Re: Lucas electrics [Re: Tigerguy] #328372
08/16/10 2:13 am
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I still have the original ammeter in my 70 and it still works fine. Of course after proclaiming so it will inevitably crap out on me.

Re: Lucas electrics [Re: Don M.] #328727
08/18/10 10:50 am
08/18/10 10:50 am
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Good point, Don. I've had British cars and bikes for 40 years which means that they were all bought used. (Except for that first 1970 Triumph!) The electrical troubles are usually the result of age deterioration and "spots". (Stupid Previous Owner's Tricks) Back in the 50s and 60s the companies that built our beloved bikes and cars in Britain also seemed adverse to proper fusing and grounding. That's not Joe Lucas' fault!
How many old Brit bikes have only one 35 amp fuse on the neg. battery lead? ... the answer is ALL of them!! And ... they all liked to ground the electrical devices thru the body of the lamp or instrument.
The first rule of thumb if something electrical on your old Brit bike or car doesn't work is ... CHECK THE GROUND!
Have fun!
Don

Originally Posted By: Don M.
In over 50yrs of bikes with Lucas electrics I have had a lot of problems with them. However, most failures were traced to vibration issues. Is this their fault? Good question for the lawyers to haggle over. Cheers, Don.


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