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Albion gearbox, what is this etc?
PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 1:47 am Reply with quote
adibrook
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In my travels i came across this gearbox. Someone else owns it at the moment, but its mine for a small price if i should want it.

It says ALBION on it, its a 3 speed hand-change design, in the format of 1-n-2-3. Its not like the kind of bike box im used to (which i believe is called positive stop), but its the kind seen on old harley davidsons etc.

As in, each gear has its own position on the lever on this box. Put it in first, move the stick up till the next click is neutral, up till the next click is 2nd, and up till the next click is 3rd.

NOT like the usual bike box where you click up to change up, then bring the pedal/stick back to the middle and then up again to change up again.

The owner thinks its 1920s, and a bike box. Im probably wrong, but i think its later then the 20s, especially being alloy. It has a single dry clutch on that big sprocket. There is a kick-starter incorporated into the box.

It has a co-axil input and output, with the big sprocket with the teeth on it being engine, and the little sprocket between the big one and the casing (hardly visible in the pics...but it is there!) being wheel drive.









Anyone know what this is? Would it be re-sellable if it was in fully working and good condition? Age? Whats it from? Etc.

The only markings appart from ALBION i could find was J2 or 2J on the casing.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 8:00 am Reply with quote
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Other will know more detail, but AFAIK all British motorbike boxes were hand-change like this, until, say, the 1930s. I think alloy castings were fairly universal on any sort of gearbox - bike or car.

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