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Re: Census number for my motorcycle

Three guesses what four words came out of the woman’s mouth …….. anybody?

email (option): neil.trinder01@gmail.com

Re: Census number for my motorcycle

The normal reply is I didn't see you. Uttered many times.

Re: Census number for my motorcycle

Jan, Am I right in thinking that the RASC stamped the C number on their crankcases. I have 2 examples of this practice. Cheers, JT

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John, this was the case, roughly up until the invasion of the Low Countries in May 1940. These numbers were stamped by the RASC, as they all have the same "style" (the C being taller than the number itself).

Prior to late 1939 there was only one census numbers system, RASC and RAOC numbers were all mixed up. The only logic in the system being that the census number always started with the year (e.g. 3712345). The RASC bikes always (?) had their census number stamped on the crankcases:

C3917870

From late 1939 onwards, the RASC started using their own census numbers system, starting somewhere around 60000. And of course, these RASC census numbers were still stamped on the crankcases, same style:

C60862-1
C62652
C63120-1
C63410
C63511
C64570
C67767
C68081
C68118
C67614

As explained, this habit stopped around May 1940. The RASC still had its own numbering system, but the numbers were no longer stamped on the engine. Also when the RASC and RAOC numbers were amalgamated again in 1942, we have no more census numbers stamped on the engines.

Would be interested in the examples that you have!
Jan

email (option): wd.register@gmail.com

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I don't know why nobody asked me, as I have this bike on file, and the C number was 93125, the postwar ERM number was 46YA08, it was struck of the list on 08-10-1958 (Neil, what's the first registration date? should be after this date), at the location NID, which is an unknown for me, anyone?

The KeyCard number where it is on is 94a. I'll check it later today on the actual card, a high res scan is available from me for 20 euro's

Cheers,

Lex

email (option): welbike@welb***.net

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Which proves my point... You can't calculate census numbers for the early RASC contracts.

The census number that was found in the Key Cards (C93125) seems like miles away from the number C96975 ("plus or minus 100") that I calculated. But it is actually quite close, if we consider that there are gaps in the census numbers blocks for this contract (C92889 - C93358, C95889 - C96828).

But still no logic:
- The Key Card census number C93125 is the 237th census number from contract C7183
- Frame number 7828 is the 829th frame from contract C7183
- Engine number 10341 is the 115th engine from contract C7183 (no "matching numbers" on a Matchless, so this could have been a replacement engine, although in my opinion this is doubtful)
- Census number C93125 is the 237th census number from contract C7183...

Jan

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Yes, Jan, you told me first, that it was impossible, with my WD-C, so why did you try? I think, the bikes went from the factory, to an RASC depot, and parked in rows, and wherever they were parked they got a Census number, nobody looked at the framenumbers, too much work.

Haven't looked into the engine number yet, I will check in the afternoon. Would you say the C number on the engine was added as the C number was painted on the petrol tank? this must have been a lot of work, and as you said, soon discarded.

Cheers,

Lex

email (option): welbike@welb***.net

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Hi Lex,
The first registration date was 28 January 1959, the engine number is stamped CW10341 indicating it was issued to the RASC which was my late fathers corps. Any further information would be gratefully received.

Please let me know what your banking details are so that I can send you the 20 Euros for the scan of the card. NID is Northern Ireland and correlates to its first registration. I have Northern Irish MOT discs for the bike and it’s English registration plate is age related..
Regards Neil

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First off I’d like to thank you all for the information that you have given me, especially Lex for the copy of the Key Card. I’m going to remove the spurious census number from the tank and have a dummy military number plate that I can put over the civvie one at shows. However, I am not sure whether to put the correct census number on the tank or on the front number plate as I have seen on early photos of bikes of the same period opinions would be welcome.

Neil

email (option): neil.trinder01@gmail.com

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The early RAOC bikes had their census number on the left hand side of the petrol tank, in white letters on a black rectangle. Not so with the early RASC bikes, here the census number was applied rather crudely on both sides of the (black) front numberplate. The RAOC clearly had a good signwriter to do the job, but the RASC numbers were definitely not done by a signwriter!

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Re: Census number for my motorcycle

Neil's correct number. Ron

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