1936 Panther 350cc
As previously on all my restorations I find it helpful to record photographically state of bike before I commence restoration
This photo shows my other bikes and as can be seen the Panther is in reasonable condition a series of different photos with more detail
Bike is in good condition will make restoration relatively simple
As always photos have been taken to record original condition and to assist in rebuild
I thought I would commence with refurbishment of the gear box. There is no cover for the kick start mechanism so will have to make myself
Top insert was only used to use as template for hole size for clutch operating mechanism
Showing kick start spring, innovative thinking was required to determine how to tension spring. This was achieved by removing the pressed sleeve which restrained the kick start quadrant this prented a problem as it was now free to rotate on shaft, overcame this by drilling and tapping kick start lever and inserting holding screws which were manufactured from 1/4 inch rod and threading with die to 1/4inch British Cycle thread.
The spring was tensioned by rotating and then inserting stop bolt the end result is seen below.
With all componets now refurbished assemly can start.
Forks, front guard, front wheel, back wheel and gearbox fitted to frame
Primary Drive Backing and Cover Plate
As bike had no primary chain covers it was very difficult to source. Eventually sourced covers of unknown origin from British motor Cycles Austria.
I was able to modify and I am happy with final result
Rear Wheel Sprocket
Had difficulty with chain match between primary drive and rear wheel eventually was able to find a rear wheel sprocket which required alterations to mounting and then sourced a new chain end result OK
Carburettor dismantled, cleaned and polished and reassembled
Manufactured new brackets to lift head light up happy with the result
End result of new light brackets
Unable to source an original petrol cap, therefore forced to use a generic fuel cap, this required me to manufacture a internal fitting to accomodate new fuel cap see photos of my effort of wood turning
There was no fixing for I manufactured from old inner tube straps and fittings happy with resul see photos
worth the effort
After all the work I was happy with final result and with bike starting on first kick, my son took for a ride see video
We are in the middle of a lockdown due to the Covid 19 pandemic hence theface mask.