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There was no one "standard" Vincent toolkit. Substitutions were
made in building Vincent motorcycles and most certainly in fitting toolkits
to keep production moving along. It is lunacy to believe that production
was suspended due to the lack of a "standard" tommy bar of a certain length
or that a screwdriver was unavailable from a Specific manufacturer.
I have talked with Vincent dealers and helpers who uncrated Vincent motorcycles
from the factory... the toolkits were Not Always Identical. The following
information is only a general guide and not to be taken as gospel.
For daily use, you are actually better off buying a set of
boxend and openend Snap-On, Stahwille or other modern Whitworth tools..
superior finish, construction and utility. The tool trays also occasionally
come loose and scatter your tools down the road.
If you have a nice photo or series of photos of original tools to help
in their identification....please send it in to be posted. Thanks
The following is a list of Vincent tools and descriptions as obtained
from several sources including several supposedly Original tool kits and
the early Series "B" Spares List , Group XXI, Page19, MO33 diagram.
(Note: The early Series "B" HRD Parts List is worth having as it details
many Vincent parts not included on "C" and "D" lists and is broken out
by "Group" rather than strict part number order.)
cap / push rod tube gland nut spanner stamped "K1" (original spanners
were Hex and unpainted, later replacements 12 sided and may be painted
K2 Magneto center nut
closed spanner with points nuts open spanner and 12 thou feeler gauge and
"12" stamped on the body , 2 5/8" long
K3 Exhaust nut / column
nut spanner stamped "K3"
K4A Terry's Spanners, tempered
steel, made in England, open spanner 0BA x 1BA, approximately 2.42mm thick
K4B Terry's Spanners, tempered
steel, made in England, open spanner 2BA x 3BA, approximately 2.42mm
K5 British Jenbro made,
open jaw spanner 3/16"W x 1/4"W
K6 British Jenbro made,
open jaw spanner 1/4"W x 5/16"W
K7 British Jenbro made,
open jaw spanner 5/16"W x 3/8"W
K8 British Jenbro made,
open jaw spanner 3/8"W x 7/16"W
K9 Jenbro British made,
5/8"W (1.100") Hex box spanner, length: 1 7/8" .
K9A Jenbro British made,
3/4"W (1.300") Hex box spanner, length: 1 7/8" (I have seen laters
idenyical ones marked APO 3/4 WHIT)
K10 Jenbro British made,
7/16"W (.820") Hex spark plug box spanner, length: 4" ( I have also
seen these 2 3/8" long and unmarked)
K11 Tommy bar, 9.6mm dia,
K12 Pennant 6" screwdriver
stamped "Pennant" inside a stamped flag or pennant. The center of the handle
is hollow and apparently spot welded and crimped onto the shaft.
(Your thoughts are appreciated on this point. It is undocumented
that 2 screwdrivers that were substituted at various times were heavy gauge
round steel (5.87mm) and stamped "Shelley" or "Terry's Made in England")
K12A Screwdriver 6" long,
some were stamped "Toga", wooden handle. (There is a debate about ones
with "Atkinson" marking and/or "Made in England" stamped on the shaft.)
K13 Two 7" Dunlop tyre
levers marked "DUNLOP" (some levers have "Made in England"
or "Made in England 273" stamped on the reverse side, some
later levers are unmarked)
K14 6" Pliers stamped
"Jenbro", flat sided jaws. ( This stamping can be very light.
I drove about 100 miles away from a swap meet before it dawned that the
perfect pliers stamped "ENBR" was actually a partially stamped JENBRO.
K15 Tyre inflator with slanted
nipple...probably metal-bodied Bluemels. (An Apex or Britten pump may fit
the tank mounts, but probably are not Original.)
K16 Tecalemit Made in England,
brass grease gun, 23mm diameter body. (common to many British sports cars
of the period , motorcycle ones may be short-bodied )
K17 Shop cloth
K18 Jenbro British made
1/2"W Hex box spanner, 4" long.
K18A Tommy bar, 9.60mm
diameter, length 7" . (Added to the 1952 spare parts price
list supplement at the price of 1 shilling)
K19 Small single
ended spanner 1/8"W marked "Atco" 3.5" long ( I have also seen
Eagle Brand 1/8W 3/16 BSF CARBON 3 7/16" long wrenches)
K30 Lucas points tool
I have also seen supposedly Original toolkits with Spearpoint and Shelly
open spanners. I believe Spearpoint was used by Norton, and the sides
of the ends have not been machined. Interesting to inventory the
tools that have been added and come with your Vincent... you will find
"Bluepoint", "King Dick" and many others. JENBRO made many other
tools that were never intended for the Vincent toolkit. Just because
the tool is stamped "JENBRO" does not necessarily mean it was a Vincent
motorcycle tool. Vincent motorcycle factory supplied tools, to my
limited knowledge, were never stamped "VINCENT". jim
The Series "D" toolkit
includes the K30 Lucas points tool and the extra added tommy bar.
Also, the comment about the Blumels pump not working is incorrect. The
seal is leather and does not wear out , it rather dries out. The retaining
screw also falls out. A CO2 cartridge inflator thing is the noogie.
But.. if you are truly stuck you can rejuvenate the leather seal by simply
taking the plunger out of the case and stick the seal end into the oil
in the tank. It works. Years ago on the shoulder of US 395
, 10 miles south of Desert Center, California, it had to work!
Mike Vedas 2/6/08
Have seen the Apex tyre pump,
not as nice as the metal bodied Bluemels. However, the Bluemels has a plastic
plunger handle which needs to be kept away from the hot head, indicating
it's push bike heritage and unless you put a modern rubber cup in it it
doesn't work. Mike McCartney 6/20/07
Snap-On British Standard Tools (very expensive, Very nice)
Britton Tyre Air Pump
K 15: 13 and 7/8" from the end of the boss to the end of the
hose connector. 13" compressed. Distance between the holding points
on the tank is 13 5/16". 2/15/07 jim
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