Screw threads for the vintage motorcyclist: cycle threads and other screwforms; taps, dies and chasers, with notes on materials; heat treatment explained. The cycle parts: rebuilding wheels, brakes and forks. Engine work, the top half: inspection; checking piston and ring wear; machining pistons; valves, guides and seats; timing checks. Engine work, the bottom half: flywheels; con-rods, crankcases, bearings and bushes; lubrication. Transmission: belts, chains, gearboxes and clutches. Carburation: servicing carburettors; tuning various types (Amal, B&B, Binks, BSA, Triumph, Senspray, Schebler, Bowden, SU). Electrics: magnetos, dynamos, magdynos, cvc units, coil ignition, alternators and lighting. Paintwork: preparation; stripping; rust removal and protection; coachpainting, masking, hand-lining, spraying hints. Electroplating at home: preparation; nickel plating; aluminium refinishing. The final touches: saddlery; gas-lamp maintenance; horns and speedos; miscellaneous workshop jobs.
The pseudonym 'Radco' masks the identity of the late Frank Farrington, who was a well-known figure in the Vintage Motor Cycle Club. His fascination for vintage motorcycles developed when, as a schoolboy, he purchased a 1916 belt-drive Radco motorcycle for GBP3. Throughout his adult life he honoured the memory of this long-forgotten Birmingham marque by using the name 'Radco' for all of his technical writing.