What Chris is describing is correct for most carburetters ... but not for the Dell'orto that the Mini-Motor uses. In this case it really is a pump, not a tickler; it squirts an extra shot of fuel out of the float chamber and through the jet to aid starting. Despite that difference, what Danny and Chris have said about the float valve being the cause still holds.
Because it forces fuel through the jet, a couple of pushes on the pump is often effective at clearing a blocked jet.
Thanks James. So it was the float (hand drawing as good as i can do), I was able to compare it to another one today (thanks Martin from the Losers Motorcycle club). My float has been damaged with the needle being force down/float forced up by about 6mm. I re-soldered it at the correct height and there is now only fuel leakage at high vibration.
I'm guessing this was normal?
James if I want to get the bike on the road I'm assuming I just fill out:
V355/5 first registration form for the PPL466 number plate, V765 application to register under original number plate form. followed by applying for Tax exemption form.
Looks like I need a letter from a club but EACC isn't mention in the V654/1 info sheet?
So club letter received and the paper work is all in order, so I’ll send that off to get the bike registered. I’ve been working on the tank. Hand sanded it, etch coat followed by 2 base coats And then the decal. bought a decades old logo off ebay and then photographed it with iPhone. Photoshopped it to get it cleaned up as it was damaged. bought water slide white paper for £1 a sheet and printed it on my ink jet in the office. 3 coats of acrylic to bind the ink so it will slide with water off the backing paper and onto the tank. finished with 3 coats of clear lacquer. 7 out of 10.
I know it’s not an original colour of blue or black but the raleigh bike is British race green so I’ve gone for that.
I have an unusual lever on the Trojan, finally got to refitting it... Snapped the lever that raises the motor off the wheel.....blimey! I don’t have the hoop on mine, it clamps to a part of the frame that holds the mud guard on.
tried welding it but it melted into a puddle....have to find a replacement or make one....
Went with making one..well two as the first one wasn’t accurate enough as I don’t have a pillar drill. Just a angle grinder and a battery hand drill & hammer. Angle grinders handy with a 1mm metal cutting blade or a grinding disk for sanding. Used 5mm steel plate The old parts are worn so perhaps I’ll end up manufacturing other parts too.
The good was that it started first time...video above and I rode it For the first time today for 3 miles. it doesn’t like it at traffic lights in London & when I’m braking, the strain on the engine effects it’s running afterwards for a second to 5 seconds. It has 2 sorts of speed, moderate about 10 mph faster about 20mph.
The bad the petrol tank screw on cap (that was painted to match the tank) worked its way loose, and came off somewhere along the way. scratched the tank as it came off and with it off, the tank was covered in petrol for possibly a mile or two. the clear Lacquer held on most of the tank except the area around the cap..the petrol seems to have loosened the paint and it’s marked the paint 3-4 mm all around the cap area. back tracked but didn’t find the cap. i’d have preferred this hadn’t happened but it’s a learning process.
so anyone know what type of strew on cap this is? & does anyone have one ?
Walked the route again i travelled yesterday, after the school run as lots of cars would have moved & half a mile from home Guess what I found in the gutter? only a bit battered and the petrol have effected the paint on the breather hole but it’s my cap. Cap sorted.