From:Dave Hennessey
Subject:RE: RE: Ranger motor EBay Date:Tue Jun 26 08:29:53 2012
Response to:17533
eBay item 300731898342

At first I thought this was a second spark plug, but looking closer it seems to be some kind of compression release. It looks like a cable-operated exhaust valve. (Cable apparently not included)

Compression releases were used on some big-bore single cylinder bikes like the late 1960's BSA 441 Victor, which was impossible to start without one. Of course, the Victor was also impossible to start with one. So a prerequisite to owning a Victor was living at the top of a hill.

All this reminds me of a story often attributed to President Lincoln. Lincoln probably never said this, more likely it was a common joke (aphorism?) back then, but here goes...

Lincoln asked some newspaper reporters "How many legs does a lamb have if you call the tail a leg?". The reporters all answered "Five". Lincoln said "No, the answer is four - because calling a tail a leg does not make it one."


Compare this VIN number on this nice original unmolested Ranger motor to the motor on eBay's numbers. Opinions appreciated.

Could you experts please tell me how anybody could call a renumbered 1964 motor a BTF Ranger.
Anybody could take a set of 63 thru 66 cases and stamp them with BTF.
I hope nobody is crazy enough to buy this motor.