HJR Albion gearbox from mid 1930’s.
OK, this is a weird one. Brace yourself. It’s a 4 stud mount Albion gearbox that looks a bit like the 2 speed F1 Albion boxes from 1928-on. BUT, the “R” in H.J.R stamped on the side stands for Reverse. Yup, Albion adapted the 1930’s HJ 4 speed middle weight motorcycle gearbox into a 3-speed with reverse. They were supplied for various 3-wheeled motorised delivery vans.
I suppose if you are clever then you could probably convert this back to a 4 speed and fit it to a Royal Enfield 250 of the period. Or, keep it as a spare. Or, if you were particularly ambitions, fit it to a lightweight sidecar outfit and impress all your friends with a reverse manoeuvre at the pub car park.
The clutch lever link will need freeing off. It comes with the 3 spring clutch fitted. However, I have not taken it apart. Expect to do some work on it. At least it’s there.
One other confusing stamp is SP2. I guess that means 2-speed. That doesn’t fit with what an HJR gearbox is. I’m sure there’s someone out there who knows about these Albion HJR gearboxes. Perhaps they mean it’s 2 forward gears and one reverse?
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