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    Quote Originally Posted by WilDun View Post
    Sorry if this has already been posted, but this Polish guy (Kuzmicki) who was a real development engineer (as opposed to the official ones) deserves to be honoured!
    http://thevintagent.blogspot.co.nz/2...on-squish.html

    UPDATE :-This is the full article on Kuzmicki, (the guy Husa mentioned).
    I saw a Manx Norton engine blueprint at the National Motorcycle Museum, near Birmingham. Don't recall any mention of Leo. He sure deserves recognition for his contribution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WilDun View Post
    Of course the whole package, ie manufacture, presentation / marketing, sales and of course establishing a name etc. had to be considered to make it a success.
    Seems to have been a great machine but in the wrong place and the wrong time - Americans then were just starting to take a real interest in bikes other than HD - (who incidentally were actually racing HD V twins at British meetings with Cal Rayborn etc on board)
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    The man in the forth pic is Lance Weil
    One of the first americans to go over to blighty and compete on their own terms
    https://www.kiwibiker.co.nz/forums/s...post1131022229

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    http://www.eurospares.com/graphics/L...20Weil%202.jpg

    here is the squish head and detail of the Vanwall
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanwall
    Funny enough squish heads was one of the reasons the Side valve KR harleys were so fast (for a side valve)



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    Greg, I'd like to reorganize the website as it has gotten far larger than I ever imagined when I started it, and I'm a bit loathe to add more stuff if I'll just have to put it somewhere else later. I've got lots of things that have yet to find their way to the website. Someday . . . .

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    Rotating face gear camshaft operation
    its pretty neat and oddball.
    Charter lea which i knew about.
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    Also it seams the ducati Capriolo 125 as well
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    also
    http://images.slideplayer.com/15/467...s/slide_33.jpg

    i was looking for the cone shaped cams that were used on i think Alfas but i can fine any.

    Not what i was looking for but I found these though
    https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media...6dmfixdzyv.jpg

    Quote Originally Posted by Grumph View Post

    As for the Piper Honda heads, you do wonder how many were made...Given the CB twins were flavour of the decade for UK Classic racing, you'd think at least one of those heads would have appeared - if only for sale.
    The piper heads would have missed the 72 period cut off.
    I have one dated ad from a show somewhere it was at least 74-75

    After diner he goes through a few MCM mags
    Yip 1974.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Moore View Post
    Greg, I'd like to reorganize the website as it has gotten far larger than I ever imagined when I started it, and I'm a bit loathe to add more stuff if I'll just have to put it somewhere else later. I've got lots of things that have yet to find their way to the website. Someday . . . .
    You and Rob - TZ350 - should compare notes on managing a runaway success, LOL.....

    Thanks again for the pic, cleared up a couple of details anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjbw View Post
    I saw a Manx Norton engine blueprint at the National Motorcycle Museum, near Birmingham. Don't recall any mention of Leo. He sure deserves recognition for his contribution.
    Yes I agree, Polish people did their best to rid Europe of Hitler (and did support Britain as best they could ) right through WW2, but never got a lot of recognition for their efforts and it seems they didn't get much after WW2 either!
    I find it incredible that I had heard so much about Norton, Vanwall and also the Rootes group etc. yet had never heard of this guy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Moore View Post
    Greg, I'd like to reorganize the website as it has gotten far larger than I ever imagined when I started it, and I'm a bit loathe to add more stuff if I'll just have to put it somewhere else later. I've got lots of things that have yet to find their way to the website. Someday . . . .
    Some stuff for your site Mike
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    Dave Croxford with a Lyster 350 Manx

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    The remaining Lyster CB450/500

    Plus a few more pics i harvested.
    https://www.kiwibiker.co.nz/forums/a...p?albumid=5076



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    Quote Originally Posted by husaberg View Post
    Some stuff for your site Mike
    The remaining Lyster CB450/500
    In point of fact as i think I've said on the chassis thread, even Colin didn't know how many of the CB450 frames had been made.
    They were made for him by Grand Prix Metalcraft in London - who also made Peter Williams Arter Matchless frames - and if he was asked for a frame he simply referred the enquirer to GP Metalcraft and forgot about it....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumph View Post
    In point of fact as i think I've said on the chassis thread, even Colin didn't know how many of the CB450 frames had been made.
    They were made for him by Grand Prix Metalcraft in London - who also made Peter Williams Arter Matchless frames - and if he was asked for a frame he simply referred the enquirer to GP Metalcraft and forgot about it....
    Reading that story i got the impression the Jack Williams peter father might have been related to Mrs Lyster.



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    Quote Originally Posted by husaberg View Post
    Reading that story i got the impression the Jack Williams peter father might have been related to Mrs Lyster.
    Read the last page again....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumph View Post
    Read the last page again....
    The last page is quite different fron the earlier one. second page middle of second colum



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    Quote Originally Posted by husaberg View Post
    The last page is quite different fron the earlier one. second page middle of second colum
    Yes, I saw that...that writer is notorious for getting his tenses wrong IMO. He meant - the head was done by the uncle of the owner's wife...
    Just as well we're not reading it in french as the possibilities for error are magnified.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumph View Post
    Yes, I saw that...that writer is notorious for getting his tenses wrong IMO. He meant - the head was done by the uncle of the owner's wife...
    Just as well we're not reading it in french as the possibilities for error are magnified.....
    French, do you think i should i write him a letter.



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    Having had to do a demo for an unbeliever, I thought that engines can take various forms, so figured that this one might also be eligible. Not unusual, everyone has got one?
    Model: Passion Bird
    Bore: 65
    Stroke: 750
    Swept capacity: 2.488 litres
    Connecting rod length: zero
    Compression ratio: zero
    Lubrication: zero
    Piston weight: approx. 180 to 200 gms
    Piston material: organic or more simply, a potato
    Ignition: piezo
    Fuel: mosquito repellent, hair spray, petrol, etc
    Output: potato piston projected around 150 metres with a decent bang, lots of giggles & can scare the shits out of the unwary
    Basic construction material: PVC pressure pipe and fittings.


    https://youtu.be/JtYcti0Y6WI

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    Quote Originally Posted by ken seeber View Post
    Having had to do a demo for an unbeliever, I thought that engines can take various forms, so figured that this one might also be eligible. Not unusual, everyone has got one?
    Well Ken - what can I say? Everything you said is more or less correct! .............. hope you're not trying to divert our attention from the slider engine project!!
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