A part from a Royal Enfield military motorcycle of World War II led to this discussion on the Historic Military Vehicle Forum recently.
|Rusted Royal Enfield forks.|
He determined "to put some work in it, in order to preserve it," but soon found he couldn't fully loosen one of the spindles at the top of the forks.
"Are the threads running in opposite direction? The other spindle is completely stuck; I tried heat, oil and yelling at it in German. Unless I find a (cheap) WD/CO without a fork this will be stored here for years or it will become someone else's problem," he wrote.
A member named Ron replied, explaining that the spindle threads are left-hand on the right hand side and right-hand on the left side of the forks.
"I think if you get both links very hot at the spindles, then let them cool for a minute or two, then screw the spindle inwards with the square end, they should move," Ron wrote. "If the spindles are seized in their bushes, then the whole area will need heat.
"Or try swearing in English as I doubt they will understand or even want to respond to German."