Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The Bitch is back...

 earlier last week
a 140 mile trip to Beakys and meet Mr Tibbs and son Drew
and the likely lads inc leightons mate and Leighton, Nick, Tom and Spike
the mag come back from testing @Paul Bruschan Auto Elec
it seems that there is no pin in the drive gear
and probably why it was sold on originally, 
it had sheared and the gear jammed on
Saturday 4pm 12th April, 
2 litres of oil, one litre of six month old petrol and… 
she fires first kick!
oh and new lights too.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

More stuff from a planet far far away...

 Finally a full bottle and Free!
148Bar and thats after welding a tab... 
Removed last years muffler brackets...
New Tab welded on Exhaust pipe...
thats better ... 
A little reminder to self ...
The joys of rural life, Ren did a swap for her Chutney... 
last time I replaced these little circlips I could actually see them! 
Olives - How! End of  March?...
Outside the back door in Orford the good life...
A little tip my mate Nick gave me , if you are rattle canning, 
heat up the can in hot water, it works too... 
After realising I do not have three hands, had to take apart the handlebars with internal wiring through the top tree to the twin headlights
fixed to a bracket that clamps the lower tree to the fork legs
a bit of a juggling act involving words like fuck fuck fuck

Sunday, 23 March 2014

in which major clanger does some essential work...

Check that Tig bottle! the new one half full and I ended up with a free bottle!
 After a bit of practise! welded a new biltwell seat bracket, not pretty, had to get the grinder out
 the chain still cuts up the mudguard so enlarged the cutouts - again!
 bottom head race worn after only 7000 miles!
 so new races in the freezer, maybe it was a little loose
 patchwork rattle can work on frame for this year
 sissybar broken tab
the new oil tank rubber mount 
had to have the obligatory speed holes
and a new front exhaust tab welded

In search of a reliable spark

 Morris Magneto 74L
 got some tune up parts from Alex @ Grizzlys
new coil and points / condenser, a cap and leads
and to stop me going totally insane starting the bitch, 
I'm sending it off to be checked for output 
and the magnets re-energised

Saturday, 15 March 2014

bling time

 hand engraved magneto timing chest for the bitch
 New bushes pressed in and reamed by Baz
Be careful with the pinion shaft bush if you buy a timing chest cover. This was fitted with an early type (pre 72 side oiler) and later model pinion shafts are end oilers (no side oil hole in bush required).

Monday, 10 March 2014

a seat hinge for her 'maj'

 practice makes perfect… 
 not pretty
 her best side

If you only new how much gas I got through
and still had to get the grinder out...

Saturday, 1 March 2014

the bitch is back...

 Joe repaired the frame neck
lovely job
and rubber mounted the oil tank 
new rubber mount bracket 
neck repair 
and added a third fixing to the tank

Friday, 28 February 2014

Nicks place...

early rider

A trip to Cambridge on Saturday

Friday, 21 February 2014

technical tips and tricks in paradise...

Still got a leak after fitting a new crank sprocket shaft seal 
some six months ago
A tip from chopper god Baz
remove sprocket shaft spacer and find a suitable sized rubber O-ring
fit the rubber O-ring over the sprocket shaft and flush up against 
the little beveled recess on the bearing
fit sprocket shaft spacer and using a special harley tool, 
in this case a plastic tube from a sink drain kit fitting 
 tap a new sprocket shaft seal into place over the spacer 

watch this space...