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Here is what I did today:
Reassemble the coil, the battery and the carbs.
I'll take a little tour tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, to heat the oil before draining and changing the oil filter.

I spent the first ten years of my life in the Belgian Congo
We had a Congolese servant to help with the housework.
One day my father bought him clothes, shorts and a shirt.
The problem was, his dick was sticking out from under the shorts.
My father who has always been a Macgyver, found the solution:
He tied a knot in it
Yves, We were virtually neighbours! I was born in (as it was) Northern Rhodesia,150 km from Lubumbashi, in Kitwe.
 

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Hi There,
Here be some pics from yesterday.
I visit my friend Mica Ducati and I ride 50 kms, everithing perfect so far, no oil leaks and the engine pull like a train.
Mica make a video also but I have to waith for Fabien to put it on the site.
I still need to put some pics from stunts, I will do it in the coming week
Keep you posted
Yves
 
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Hello Steve, we were a neighbours; but Matadi is 1744kms from Lumubashi. Former Elisabethville.
Yes, just around the corner really :cool:
I've vague memories (and tales from my parents) of the Belgian refugees coming over the border after it all went pear-shaped after independence...

Africa, it will break your heart, but it's difficult to get it out of your system.
 

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Yes, just around the corner really :cool:
I've vague memories (and tales from my parents) of the Belgian refugees coming over the border after it all went pear-shaped after independence...

Africa, it will break your heart, but it's difficult to get it out of your system.
Dear Steve,
those who have not known Africa cannot understand us,
I was ten years old in 1960 and I naively believed that the Congo was Belgian for eternity and one day.
What a shock when the Congolese kicked us out with a big kick in the ass.
All my family is found in Belgium, a country that I did not know, in fact I was never able to adapt to Belgium.
all the Belgians who went to the Congo were adventurers and had a mentality fifty years ahead of the rest of the Belgians.
Sixty-one years ago since then, but I remember everything: the church, the hotel Métropole, the swimming pool, the school, the seaport.
I even found my house on google heart.
The last dream that I want to realize before dying is to return to Matadi to find the places of my childhood
Yves
 
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Hmmm, for some yes... for many no...!
Yes, that's not a bad summary of the situation. It's a fantastic experience to grow up there, I spent the first 25 years of my life in Northern Rhodesia /Zambia, then South Africa. coming to Europe was quite a change, a very different set of values and lifestyle.
Despite all the problems of Africa (not all of which can be ascribed to the evil colonists!), it still pulls. A continent of great promise, and greater broken promises, of politicians who range from the depths of evil to the merely incompetently, with only a few exceptions.

As Yves says, unless you have lived there and experienced these swings, it's difficult to understand why it exerts this magnetism on people. Karen Blixen, one of the few Danish people to understand this, left Kenya in the 1920's to spend the rest of her life in Denmark. Every evening, she would go to her door and look out at the sky in the direction of her farm in Africa.
 

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Yes, that's not a bad summary of the situation. It's a fantastic experience to grow up there, I spent the first 25 years of my life in Northern Rhodesia /Zambia, then South Africa. coming to Europe was quite a change, a very different set of values and lifestyle.
Despite all the problems of Africa (not all of which can be ascribed to the evil colonists!), it still pulls. A continent of great promise, and greater broken promises, of politicians who range from the depths of evil to the merely incompetently, with only a few exceptions.

As Yves says, unless you have lived there and experienced these swings, it's difficult to understand why it exerts this magnetism on people. Karen Blixen, one of the few Danish people to understand this, left Kenya in the 1920's to spend the rest of her life in Denmark. Every evening, she would go to her door and look out at the sky in the direction of her farm in Africa.
The wonderfull film "out off africa"
 

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A Belgian, a Moroccan and a Congolese walks in a park in Brussels.
At a certain point they find a little fairy stuck in a bush.
The three men deliver the fairy, she is so happy that she says:
You saved my life, to reward you you can make a wish.
You, the Moroccan, what is your wish?
Moroccans are not happy in Belgium, Belgians are racist and they eat pork, in fact all Moroccans would like to go back to Morocco, but we don't have the money to pay for the trip.
No problem say the fairy, a wave of the magic wand and all the Moroccans left Belgium.
And you, the Congolese, what do you want?
The Congolese are not happy in Belgium, it is cold, there is no work, in fact all the Congolese would like to return to the Congo, but we do not have the money to pay for the trip.
No problem say the fairy, a magic wand and all the Congolese meet in the Congo.
And you Belgian what is your wish?
For me a beer and it's good
 

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Congo's ambassador in Brussels, his Excellency Bamboela Banana, is due to go to New York for an important meeting. the problem is, he doesn't speak a word of English.
On the plane, he asks the hostess in French if there isn't an express method for learning English.
The hostess told her "put on the headphones and plug in to channel eight, it's a great way to learn English in a matter of hours.
Arrived in New York he must go through customs.
The customs officer asks him: nothing to declare?
Bamboela Banana answers: sscritch brrscritch sscritch frrr
 

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Hi there,
last friday evening I went down to the center of Brussels to see some friends at Flagey square.
I'll tell you right away: A Seeley with an engine like mine is really not ideal for driving at 50km / h and being stopped every 200 meters by traffic lights.
I noticed that my carburetion is a bit too rich and that the E speedo is not yet right, but I postponed this work until later, I brought in Fabien's bike: A matchless 500 in a rickman frame, the engine has been tuned in england by a specialist, but it has not yet run.
I have a few weeks of work on this machine and I'm not going to do a "rebuilt the Matchless" post
I continue to keep you posted for my Seeley with a little joke every now and then and a bit of nostalgia too.
if you like it of course?
Yves
 
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Hi there,
last friday evening I went down to the center of Brussels to see some friends at Flagey square.
I'll tell you right away: A Seeley with an engine like mine is really not ideal for driving at 50km / h and being stopped every 200 meters by traffic lights.
I noticed that my carburetion is a bit too rich and that the E speedo is not yet right, but I postponed this work until later, I brought in Fabien's bike: A matchless 500 in a rickman frame, the engine has been tuned in england by a specialist, but it has not yet run.
I have a few weeks of work on this machine and I'm not going to do a "rebuilt the Matchless" post
I continue to keep you posted for my Seeley with a little joke every now and then and a bit of nostalgia too.
if you like it of course?
Yves
Yes please Yves!
 

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I, for one, would be interested in at least a few photos and some info about the Matchless. There is a Matchless section here after all...
 
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