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Post  Brentis1 on Sat Jun 11, 2016 8:28 am

Hi Guys,
I have recently acquired a Francis Barnett Falcon 197cc. It is registered as a 1954 and is running a Villiers engine and carb. Stamped on the crank case is 376A 20867. The barrel has a number cast on the side PX3 2 B7095/1.

I would really like to identify what variant the engine is and what year the bike actually is.

It is running but needs a strip down and check over. Can anyone assist with service and spare parts documentation. I would also appreciate any ideas on where to purchase parts. I have rebuilt several AJS's but this is my first FB. Really looking forward to it though as it is a cool wee bike.

Any help/ideas appreciated.

Cheers

Brent
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Post  piston 197 on Sat Jun 11, 2016 8:57 am

Brent ,
376A engine coding is or a Villiers 8E 197cc engine supplied to Francis Barnett from 1953 to 1958
The bike can be identified by the frame No ( on L/Hand side of headstock), if it is a 1954 Falcon model 67 it will have a frame No beginning UM or UUM, where "U" is the year 1954 and "M" is Falcon, if it the earlier 1953 bike ( falcon 58) the frame No will begin "T", if you post the frame No I can identify it further i.e. colour, competition etc
The 376A engine could be fitted with a 3 or 4 speed gearbox, if 4 speed k/start and gear shaft are sleeved over each other, on the 3 speed they are 2 distinct shafts

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Post  Brentis1 on Sat Jun 11, 2016 9:11 am

Thanks JH!
The serial no. Is proceeded by UUM so definitely a 1954. She also has a 4 speed box so thanks for the heads up!

Any ideas on a good place to buy spares etc. I realise I will be shipping most parts from the UK. I plan on lifting the head and barrel first to check piston rings gudgeon pin bottom end bearing etc.

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Post  piston 197 on Sat Jun 11, 2016 9:20 am

All engine parts are readily available from Villiers services, cycle parts are a little more difficult to obtain, but can generally be found with patience, the tank badges are remade by a club member, I have the rubbers for the back of them and a few other parts, Armours in Bournemouth can supply exhaust and silencer. There were a lot of these exported to NZ and Australia, so possible you may have luck locally ?

If there is no letter after the frame No the bike was black originally, if there is a "B" after the number it was in the export colour of blue
The second "U" in the frame number designates the later model 67 with roller bearing hubs back and front
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