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Author Topic: R/E patol trike  (Read 8773 times)

rotorwrench

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Re: R/E patol trike
« Reply #15 on: December 26, 2007, 04:45:51 PM »
I have a complete albeit non running patrol car. I have been in touch with George Helm and while he has forgotten more about R/E than any ten people, the patrol car was not some thing he spent a lot of time with.
My questions are as follows: Where was the vin number located on the frame if it existed at all?
What size battery was used? Was the utility boxed lined, if so with what.
Although my machine is complete the orginal box was removed in favor of a passenger seat, the orginal box was removed and stored. The floor of the box is there,but it looks like a liner should have been in the box, yes/no. ???

I don't think anyone still living has a lot of time spent repairing these models in there original form. Since Pashley made the frames for these it is likely that they chose their own place to put it. Royal Enfield put frame numbers on the steering head or neck of the frame as some call it.  If they were like Harley Davidson they may have put no number on the frame at all. If that is the case, they would have used the engine number. RE frames in 1959 usually had a four digit number.

One of the contributors to the Royal Enfield board on the Brit Bike forum also owns one of these machines. He is a long time member of the Royal Enfield Owners Club of North America (REOC/NA) and lives in Canada if I remeber correctly. He has a large collection of the old Redditch UK made machines. An enquiry could be made at Brit Bike, to the REOC here, or the REOC in the UK.

As to the battery, I'm certain they used the same Lucas 6 volt battery as all the other RE/Indian machines made in that time frame. On the box, I would have no idea what if any lining was used there. I have only heard of a handfull of these machines still in existance but more are starting to surface. I have only seen images in the Indian Sales Corp Ads from the late 1950s and have never seen one in South Texas where I live. George Helm still has a motor of mine that I had him repair back in the 1980s and he keeps forgeting to send it back to me so I imagine he has forgoten a lot about the old RE Indian bikes too. He is too nice a guy for me to give him a hard time over it though.

Ron

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Re: R/E patol trike from Rotor wrench
« Reply #16 on: December 26, 2007, 11:38:58 PM »
Thanks for your reply in identifying this bike as a Sunbeam  - I do recall them talking about a Sunbeam over the years.
Attached is a photo that I received lately - the lady on the bike is my mother and we believe this photo was taken c 1953 as indicated by the licence plate on the bike.  Any thoughts as to the vintage of this particular bike?  None of us in the family recall much about the bike - but we were thrilled to get this photo and curious to discover a bit more about the bike.  This may then give us a clue as to where the bike came from.  Any replies welcome -  thanks for your help! 

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That bike appears to be a Sunbeam. I know very little about them but they were an in-line engine layout with shaft drive like a BMW of that era

Thanks so much for your reply.  I do recall my parents speaking of a Sunbeam - I will now look further into the particulars of this model to see if I can determine whose bike it would have been.  Thanks again

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Re: R/E patol trike
« Reply #17 on: January 03, 2008, 05:18:17 AM »
Thanks, Rotor Wrench, for the information. I am taking pictures every step of the way on this machine, if I can be of help to any one else, just let me know.

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Re: R/E patol trike
« Reply #18 on: February 25, 2008, 05:53:07 PM »
i though that bike with your mother on it looked like a ariel square 4

Anso Jones

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Re: R/E patol trike
« Reply #19 on: June 23, 2008, 12:52:33 AM »
Rick neophyte
 I saw your post about the Pashley and that Anthony had 2 extra frame's,does he still have them. are they for sale ? Where are they located?

Anso Jones;D