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#698002 - 06/10/17 1:35 am Petcock grub screws 1970 Lightning  
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Lost a grub screw and have no more spares.
Ewarts push pull 1970 Lightning. Stock petcocks.

Does anyone know what size they are? I'm guessing they're 6BA. My simple major diameter measure of the one from the other side is .110 inch.
I've yet to confirm the 47.9 TPI That's gunna take some bench top magnification and very steady hands.

Anyone have replacements?


Don in Nipomo

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#698023 - 06/10/17 8:58 am Re: Petcock grub screws 1970 Lightning [Re: D.Bachtel]  
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I have a selection box of old Ewarts taps,, if no one your side of the pond has anything could post one over.
The screw in question only has two visible threads , 3.5 mm major OD, with a minor diam pin of 2.2 mm which engages the plunger, using the thread gauge is a bust with only 2 threads to gauge by. I gave up on these taps years ago so they are buckshee.


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#698045 - 06/10/17 4:21 pm Re: Petcock grub screws 1970 Lightning [Re: D.Bachtel]  
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Buckshee... new to me.

Looking thru my spares for other bikes I do have some extra screws but they are the wrong size. . .136 diameter vs the .110.
I may have swapped these petcocks out for aftermarkets back in the 90s, hard to remember.
They also don't have the reduced shank pip to engage the groove.
I'm going to the hardware store to see if they are small metrics. Japanese patterned parts perhaps.

They have been leak free and easily operable over the years, just a little troublesome when the entire plunger comes out and flows gas all over the head.

I'll gladly take any screws or petcock carcasses you are willing to send stateside Gavin. Thanks for the offer.


Don in Nipomo

#698050 - 06/10/17 4:34 pm Re: Petcock grub screws 1970 Lightning [Re: D.Bachtel]  
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Hi Don,

Originally Posted by D.Bachtel
Buckshee... new to me.

It's an English corruption of the Middle Eastern/Indian "baksheesh" or similar which, as well as meaning 'tip' or 'donation', also means 'bribe' ... whistle

Hth,

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#698053 - 06/10/17 5:26 pm Re: Petcock grub screws 1970 Lightning [Re: D.Bachtel]  
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Baksheesh

Commonly used by my fathers generation by the guys who returned from the war in North Africa

#698059 - 06/10/17 6:04 pm Re: Petcock grub screws 1970 Lightning [Re: D.Bachtel]  
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"Buckshee," free and un -needed in Scots./ English as well.

I once had a plunger come free when the screw had rattled out, had to ride 40 miles in a snowstorm with one hand on the tap to keep the fuel in, most unpleasant, PM me and I will send one over if you draw a blank stateside. Not my favourite taps!

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#698065 - 06/10/17 6:54 pm Re: Petcock grub screws 1970 Lightning [Re: D.Bachtel]  
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....and I thought it just meant deershit.

Got my 1980 Cushman Turf Truckster running again after 3 weeks of fumbling around.
OMC 897ccs of aircooled boxer, three on the tree hi-lo and a PTO 1000lb. dumpbox. Three wheel crazy!

So down to the hardware store for free Saturday popcorn and a pick thru their fastener cabinets I go!


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#698068 - 06/10/17 7:02 pm Re: Petcock grub screws 1970 Lightning [Re: D.Bachtel]  
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I'll start in the 3mm drawer..

#698070 - 06/10/17 8:00 pm Re: Petcock grub screws 1970 Lightning [Re: D.Bachtel]  
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I had the push pull taps on my A10 years ago.
They are in my opinion not fit for purpose, the reserve tap would occasionally vibrate open with the possibility of no fuel. The main tap would regularly vibrate closed when giving it the berries


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#698073 - 06/10/17 8:07 pm Re: Petcock grub screws 1970 Lightning [Re: johnm]  
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Originally Posted by johnm
Baksheesh

Commonly used by my fathers generation by the guys who returned from the war in North Africa


My old man used to say it as well . He was with Australian army in north africa too


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#698089 - 06/10/17 10:57 pm Re: Petcock grub screws 1970 Lightning [Re: D.Bachtel]  
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Not 3mm but 4-40 machine screws. Phillips with flat and internal star washer. Very short. Just a smear of blue thread locker. I should be good for a decade.

Nothing really wrong with the push/pulls (patterned or not) unless you just can't make them work. Mine do.


Don in Nipomo

#698120 - 06/11/17 8:44 am Re: Petcock grub screws 1970 Lightning [Re: D.Bachtel]  
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Originally Posted by D.Bachtel
Not 3mm but 4-40 machine screws. Phillips with flat and internal star washer. Very short. Just a smear of blue thread locker. I should be good for a decade.

Nothing really wrong with the push/pulls (patterned or not) unless you just can't make them work. Mine do.


Don in Nipomo


Plus one! Mine work a treat and prefer them to lever taps. If they can rattle in and out then the cork is drying out (lack of use I've found) drop them in some boiling water, squeeze out the excess and refit and you haveadry and leak free tap, which doesn't rattle in and out.


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