Sunday, 17 April 2016

Polish on polish off, shiny engine bits installed...

Heads back together last Sunday
And this week finally on the bike. 
'Some people' always forget the rear rocker will not go on as there is no room under the frame.
And having installed the heads have the brain wave of removing the engine mounting bolts to the frame and moving and tilting the engine sideways to get the rear rocker on over the studs. Oh and don't forget  those two pesky head bolts you have to install in the barrels before tightening the cylinder base bolts earlier haha….
 Push rods adjusted and magneto in and timed.
A little thank you to my wife Ren for getting out the brass polish!

Oh and the front wheel has been re -built and on its way back to me!

Sunday, 10 April 2016

two steps forward . one step back or is it one step forwards and…..

 The wheel saga continues, pick up disassembled wheel and send the short spokes and my original spoke to devon rim Co. to make some more to match my sample. 
Sean the owner @ Devon Rim Co. says his spokes are correct and to cut a long story short says to send rim and hub to him and he will check and build it. Which I would have done the in the first place except they no longer build wheels because its not cost effective!

Linkerts T shirt  to be saved from workshop Rag
and mounted on a board with the 1st Trip out T Shirt on Display 
Ratttlecan Sunday 
Sissy too 
Ahh - remember why I called her Christine 
Engine cleaned and waiting on assembly 
Heads Vapour blasted and cleaned 
Should have put the pistons in the barrels first as the bloody ring compressor too big and could not be disassembled to remove so we had to cut it up and Mark who helped me (did most of it!) join 2 jubilee clips together and bingo!
that she blows 
exhaust valves needed quite a bit of grinding but came out Ok

So on to the next Saga

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Christine was living up to her name this week and pushed me very near the edge on friday...

Last year I asked Carl @ Fram motorcycles if he could build a wheel for me. He said yes if i could get the spokes and rim as he could not get the Harley rim. 
The only company able to supply in stainless steel is 
stainless 21" rim (£260) and spokes (£120) to fit my hub and so I bit the bullet.
Last Saturday I took my old wheel to Jerry @ Fram motorcycles to check for spoke pattern before I take it apart.
He called it a 4 spoke pattern (4 holes between) 
 Then after the weekend took my disassembled hub, new spokes (£120)(£260) back to them and his son Carl took it in. We agreed I would send him the wheel pics for reference.
 and called in @ Andy Tiernans Classic Bikes to pick up some Oil
lovely Vee twin parked outside 
back in the day we called a combination 
Wednesday cut and reposition the front tank bracket 5mm lower so the back isn't trying to grind a hole against the frame. Had to weld another piece of bar to it. Not pretty and used the last of the gas. 

And so we come to Friday!
I drive to the wheel builders in Framlingham - they are shut for lunch so I drive fifty miles to Krazyhorse for some bits and pieces Ive ordered. Picking up my Cylinder heads on the way. Vapour blasted they look great and clean!

The parts haven't been delivered due to a fire at the port in Holland. So on to SoLow Choppers to pick up my Piston Rings. The first week Clive ordered the rings with the new Barrels and pistons but they were out of stock. The next week he ordered the wrong set. This week they are in and correct, all good and back to Framlingham wheel builders by 4.30pm.
Carl tells me there was a problem with the spokes
you can see the angle is wrong.
I am feeling pissed. I purchased the rim and spokes separately because their was no alternative and now the builder Carl has done his best but they are wrong.
No phone signal here and it turns out I don't have Devon Rims number so Home steaming.
I call them but its friday 5pm and they are shut!
Back to the wheel builder 9am Saturday morning
Carl is not there! but his father Jerry is.
We establish that if it had been laced to the correct spoke pattern the spokes were too long and not enough thread plus the angle on the short spoke is wrong. So Carl had laced it to a longer angle six spoke pattern.
I ask them to call the devon Rim Co. on Monday and explain the problem and hopefully get another set!
Leaving me in the invidious position of being in the middle of all this but having paid for it!

The picture is of a ££££ Brough Superior Wheel in for a respoke.

Sunday, 27 March 2016

easter love in - trying to get all the brackets redone

she's fighting me all the way 
engine out and cases polished up as best I could
I discover that the dick that did the mudguard also made the sissy out too 
main bracket on and then welded the oil tank support to that
sissy brackets welded 
then cut and rewelded  
as it wasn't square 
the mudguard has now moved and bottom bracket now doesn't fit - well it does now - but not much room between the wheel and guard thanks to my friend the dick who cut the guard
Not a Good Friday
Saturday breakfast - first crab of the season
and cylinder heads off for vapour blast
 New Stainless 21"x 1.85 rim and spokes arrived for the front wheel
and a little light reading

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Why do something twice when you can do it three times...

coming apart again 
bottom and top mudguard brackets to be cut off
to get that bloody classic tyre in that is one inch in diameter larger 
good job I no longer need a battery as there is no room!  
and a big thanks to the guy that cut the mudguard in the middle 
as it now is not circular and doesn't follow the tyre
and while we are at it  - off with the barrels and heads 
 fuck- the stud unwound with the cylinder base dome nut!
and made me sweat putting it back in - thank god the the thread wasn't stripped!
New barrels and pistons ordered and are at the machinist.
does your crank have your initials on it ?

the black cat on my shoulder is semi permanent

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Starting is the hardest, a few decisions now made - and the grinder cometh...

 Well - now the fork tubes out and gone
A little polishing of the bits left over of now
and another little surprise. a piece of metal in the belt 
that left a few dents in both pulleys 
From 1974 - Tomorrows Custom Harleys - Today!
the primary is covered in oil and debris 
the oil coming from the crank seal - after all this time I have come to the conclusion that its not the seals but crankcase pressure. 
So a rebore is the next on the cards... 
A present arrived from my friend Blind Melon in Cali
Respect from Suffolk to all of you in the States