BSA F12 Sloper - thickness of Valve Chest cover Gasket?
I have just taken delivery of a Ransomes 18" Marquis Mk5, Serial Number EH1310, which has a BSA / Norton Villiers F12 Sloper engine, Number RS119B 3028 K.
Firstly any ideas as to the Year of Manufacture - 1970?
Secondly I have noticed an oil leak from the Valve Chest Cover, and I presume (before draining the oil and removing the cover) that the gasket is either split or not present. What is the approximate thickness of the gasket, so that I can cut another one. I have either card or cork gasket material...
Many thanks - Mark
Valve chest gasket. It’s just paper and less than postcard thickness but often the metal cover is warped / distorted. It’s worth the time putting a sheet of fine emery cloth on a flat surface and rubbing the cover over it to detect and remove high spots. I always put a smear of heavy grease on both metal surfaces.
Age. No real idea but guessing that it could be earlier. Paul at Meetens is the man to ask.
Many thanks Wristpin - will set to with fine grade!
Made a copy from Gasket paper - and thorough cleaned by mating surfaces, using 1200 grit and a Swiss file. Bingo - no oil leak! The original gasket had partially disintegrated, causing an oil leak directly onto the exhaust. Smoked a bit for several minutes, until the oil residue had burnt off the exhaust!