THE SUNBEAM LIBRARY
Here's where to look for your technical info. They
can take a bit of tracking down from specialist book sellers:-
'The Book of the
Sunbeam' part of The Motor Cyclist's Library
series by Pitman - first edition in May 1933 and subsequent reprints
until 1954. Republished as
Singles 1928 - 1939' by
Bruce Main-Smith & Co Ltd in 1977.
Motor Cycle Manuals, Spare Parts Lists and
for various models produced by John Marston Ltd. Photocopies are available
from the specialist booksellers, such as
Bruce Main-Smith, who deal in
classic vehicle literature.
Robert Cordon Champ's
Motorcycle' from 1980 with its useful technical
appendices and indispensable chronicle of technical improvements. Factory
photos of machines in this and the complementary
'The Illustrated History of
Sunbeam Bicycles and Motorcycles' from 1989 are
Part 8 of the series of 14 weekly parts of
Newnes 'Motor Cycle Repair and Upkeep' - dating from
1931-32. This instalment covers Sunbeam engine dismantling, timing, transmission
and cycle parts by H G Gale.
'Motor Cycle Restorer's
Workshop Companion' from 1992 published by PSL - an
excellent general guide to a range of workshop techniques.
'The Vintage Motorcyclist's
Workshop' from 1986 published by Haynes is
arguably the best all-round guide to veteran and vintage motor cycle
As the owner of a fine old motor bicycle, hand-made by
engineers and craftsmen in a factory that ceased production in the 1930s,
you know there is little or no chance of lifting the 'phone or typing an
e-mail and asking ...
"Can you supply a rear
brake fixed stop on rear engine brake stud for a 1927 Model 6 ... its
spare parts list reference number is A.251, and factory part number is
1838. It looks like it was 2/- in 1927."
The solution is a little self
sufficiency. Or, for some, self sufficiency to the point where they can
cope with all the processes of factory production bar those that are
probably now illegal under health and safety legislation or environmental
What you will find is that you will start to amass two
things: as much technical info as you can gather - and that includes all
those verbal comments from fellow 'Beamers - plus an ever-expanding
workshop. The latter, much to the delight of any partner you may share a
home with, can at times include the stove, fridge, sink and gas fire! Good
RESTORATION OF 1933 MODEL 8
website was recently informed about this detailed 'blog' recording the
restoration of a 1933 twin-port Model 8 (engine KK 4128).
is written in Japanese but the photos are very detailed. It provides a
month-by-month account of progress. The link below takes you to the first
entry in January 2009. Look out for a couple of Mrs Sidevalve's photos of
the Sunbeam Dirt Track Racing Sunbeam from Netley Marsh 2007 amongst the
Larby from the UK contacted the web-site in August 2008. As the new owner of
a 1929 347cc Model 1 or Model 2 side-valve machine he had a good deal of
work ahead of him to get it back on the road.
included the fabrication of the complete kickstart mechanism for a Sunbeam
'AT' wide-ratio gearbox.
[read more ... ]
11 JULY 2008
What is it about exhaust nuts? They seem
one of the parts you can generally rely on to be a problem on an old motor
cycle. Consequently it seems they regularly get 'bodged' at some point in an
Here are my trials and tribulations in the hope they may help
someone struggling alone in their shed.
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Inevitably your Sunbeam will
end up sharing its stable with a host of workshop equipment - starting
with an array of tools and going on to include welding gear, drills,
lathes, panel beating hammers and dollies, homemade jigs and templates ...
... when it all seems too much and and you're
struggling to get that quart of stuff into the pint pot that is your shed,
remember the Sunbeamland factory in Wolverhampton is sitting empty
awaiting a new tenant!!