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on: February 02, 2021, 02:15:09 pm
Hi All,

We are currently restoring a 1953 Royal Enfield Ensign with a later 56 engine and I'm missing a couple of parts and wondering if anyone has spares.
They are:
36686 - Clutch WORM/DRUM ASSEMBLY
37405 - CONTACT BREAKER BASE PLATE plus points and condenser

I know the above parts where also used on the RE2 and Prince models.

Any assistance would be appreciated.
Trevor



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Reply #1 on: February 03, 2021, 07:52:06 am
Have you tried Hitchcock's?

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Reply #2 on: February 03, 2021, 08:55:44 am
Hi Frank

Yes tried Hitchcocks but no luck.

Trevor


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Reply #3 on: February 03, 2021, 04:00:18 pm
Hi All,

We are currently restoring a 1953 Royal Enfield Ensign with a later 56 engine and I'm missing a couple of parts and wondering if anyone has spares.
They are:
36686 - Clutch WORM/DRUM ASSEMBLY
37405 - CONTACT BREAKER BASE PLATE plus points and condenser

I know the above parts where also used on the RE2 and Prince models.

Any assistance would be appreciated.
Trevor

Since the Ensign and Ensign II (1956 on) used the Villiers 150 engine(s), I wonder if you may have tried expanding your parts searches beyond just the "Royal Enfield" usual suspects  to "Villiers" more broadly, as lots of other marques including  AJS, AJW, Ambassador, BAC, Bond, Bown, Butler, Commander, Corgi, Cotton, Cyc-Auto, DMW, Dot, Excelsior, Francis-Barnett, Greeves, HJH, James, Mercury, New Hudson, Norman, OEC, Panther, Radco, Rainbow, Scorpion, Sprite, Sun, Tandon, and many others, used those 2-stroke mills? It seems that as of '56 they'd built about 2 million.

As a Bullet rider I don't really know much about your breed, but, for example, there appears to be a whole seized Villiers 150 engine with carb and everything to be had for £199 on eBay UK at https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Villiers-engine-parts/233868885865. Although this eBay offering seems more to resemble the earlier Ensign's more rounded engine than the later Ensign II's post-'56 one, with its more "squared off" cylinder and head, when I consult Hitchcocks' Online Parts Books for both the '53 or '56 Ensign, at least that Clutch Worm/Drum Assembly (Part 36866) appears to be identical across the years.

So, is 200 quid a bit too much for an old seized 150 engine to be cannibalized? I mean, I've seen Norton Atlas crankcase drain plugs asking near half that here in the States. So, will its bits even work in your Enfield? Could other more general Villiers engine parts suppliers perhaps help? Sorry to pose more questions than answers...
« Last Edit: February 03, 2021, 04:10:13 pm by Bilgemaster »
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Reply #4 on: February 27, 2021, 02:40:50 pm
This can be the issue with rebuilding classic bikes now getting the parts, some are impossilbe to get made and near impossible to obtain, you need watch ebay for a long time you might get lucky.