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Project 1946 Douglas T35 350cc

Discussion in 'Other Projects - Other Bikes (non 250's)' started by flea, Apr 7, 2019.

  1. flea

    flea Well-Known Member Premium Member Contributing Member

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    bought a 1946 douglas 350 t35 few months back , older resto , running but needs a bit of work and new rings as well but over all not to much , been amazing for such a rare bike enough parts have come out of the woodwork almost got a 2nd one as well , first a mate of a mate came up to me at a bike do and asked if I wanted any parts for the t35 ,grabed them , a motor /gearbox / fork shroud / 1/2 the frame and of all things a ww2 generator (or part of ) ,it used and had the same motor... then gumtree scored me both guards /tank seat /battery box / hlight and a few other things , all in good order for $450 .. then out of the blue rest of a frame / seat /wheels/ complete front end / tousion bar rear suspension and a few more things , the rest should be able to get repo out of india , all the hard to find bits are there now...the t35 was made between 1946 to 49 , mine.. top speed of 70-75 mph BUT the 1949 model could do 100 mph.. fastest production 350 in the world at the time .. used for rd racing /trials / speedway / etc .. anyway thought you all would like to see one as not that many around


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    Wow...what a nice score... I love old bikes.. just something about them :)
    It will be good to follow the build... as long as you are going to document it in here :)
     
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    not much to write about with the complete one as very simple motor so the rings wont be a big deal , but the parts one more so but will be a long time build , will be a couple of months before starting , pulling down the mini leading front link and the toursion bar rear suspension is goin to be intresting , will also be doing some reading up to see the difference between my 70mph motor and the 100 mph motor as could be a nice upgrade , also on the running one will be replacing the carbs with modern jap one for reliability and performance
     
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    Nice score, and parts too.
    With only 2234 built you have quite a rare bike there.
     
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    only 2234 built , where did you find that? yep definitely not many in aust let alone nth qld… bloke who I bought the tank and guards etc did the unthinkable and turned his into a bobber , peanut tank , stainless guards etc etc ...1 good thing was he did a amazing job on it though in some circles would be considered a death wish.. funnily enough he was a older bloke who did it
     
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    ah... had read the wiki before but must have passed over the nums … funny thing is have had a piaggio mp3 for yrs whos parent company now is vespa , wasn't till after buying the douglas that found out piaggio had douglas making their scooters in England in the 50s … piaggio never did well due to the fact douglas fairly well ripped them off while trying to keep douglas afloat .. theres a letter from piaggio that's fairly harsh in what they thought .. douglas was bought by Westinghouse in the mid 50s but stopped making bikes , one good thing about my roller is the frame been replaced with a later one , the 1946 frames were very prone to cracking from vibration , and the parts bike frame is a 1949 model
     
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    by the way heres a photo of a ducati 250 1966 model i sold a few yrs ago , the bloke who I sold it to spent a fortune on a ground up restoration (pity havnt got a finished photo of it) these duc 250 were winning most of the world racing 250cc titles in their day
     

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