Friday, 30 April 2010
Here's a photo of my Dad Geoff, taken I guess in about 1956. A motorcycle fanatic all of his life and a great lover of Norton singles particularly the CS1. I guess family responsibilities forced him into buying the Vincent. We lived in Wiltshire and he worked in Hertfordshire so it was backwards and forwards every weekend. As I remember he always reckoned the big Vin to be over-rated, if it wasn't spokes in the back wheel breaking it was adjusting the quirky clutch. He used to say that a well set up 650 Triumph twin would run rings around it.
He was a great bloke and I miss him on a daily basis.
Bought a couple of these new, about three months ago, they are pukka Lucas L594 light units as fitted on the back of Land Rovers and stuff. The idea being to make a bullet shaped case to fit 'em in for a couple of cool rear lights on the A7. I did a drawing and showed it to a guy who has a contract engineering shop. He says "Yeah no problem mate, I can do that" Didn't want more than a drink for doing it as well. So I thought, naively as it turns out, result. As time went by it was always, too busy mate, next week! You all know the story I guess. Well today, he said that they are machined and just need the three fixing holes for the unit to screw on and it's job done. Well, as far as he's concerned it's job done there's still mounting hardware to make and weld on, but fingers crossed it may, just may, be next week.
Sometimes I wish that a bloke would say 50 quid or something and then treat it as a proper job and get it done in a reasonable time.
On the up side, the seat frame and the support brackets are down the powder coaters and should be back in a couple of days ready for upholstering.
Monday, 26 April 2010
If you've visited Vintagechop.com you'll have seen that they stock the Biltwell range from the US, this is the first time I have been up close and personal with their kit and I must say it is very well made stuff.
So cheers, for the silencer, BBQ and a crackin' day out Sumo, you're a gent.
Saturday, 24 April 2010
Because the back rail of the seat frame has got such a large curve, it was thought that simply measuring where the brackets should go, would surely end in tears. Therefore a piece of flat stock was drilled and tapped at 8 1/4" centers to match the pitch of the frame fixings, and the loose brackets bolted to that. This allowed the brackets to be swivelled to match the curve of the seat rail, but the hole centers remained fixed, and it worked a treat. As a bonus Cliff's MIG welder leaped into life first time, no need to threaten it or anything.
Here is one of the brackets on and the spring bolted up, Don't really know why this picture gives the impression that the spring is not fully vertical though, as it certainly appears to be in reality.
The support brackets were files and dressed after the machining done last week. As mentioned previously, the vertical section is basically there to stop rotation of the seat support arm, so a little judicious pruning of the width shouldn't be a problem.
Here are the dressed brackets ready for fitting, another reason that the straight bracket on the left needed shaving, was to clear the lip around the back of the oil tank. The tank still picks up on the original fixing points on the seat post. The circular section on the other bracket holds the Ex-WD battery carrier, all will be revealed shortly.
This shot shows the brackets sturdily doing their seat support duties, the use of the anti-rotation vertical arm is quite evident in this picture. The neat part of this set up though, is how the brackets virtually disappear when the oil tank and battery carrier are in place.
By the time these have been painted black, along with the frame, oil tank and the rear of the carrier, they should just blend in. The circle at the back of the battery carrier picks up the four bolts on a separate plate. The carrier itself is sandwiched between the plate and the support bracket. Slackening the bolts allows the complete carrier to be rotated. Quite why BSA engineered it like this is unknown, the only thing that comes to mind is that it is a standard fitment across a range of different frames.
Good headway was also made with the lower rear mudguard support brackets. No pictures as yet as they are still work in progress.
So as hoped it has been a good day.
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Tuesday, 20 April 2010
Sunday, 18 April 2010
Friday, 16 April 2010
Thursday, 15 April 2010
Tuesday, 13 April 2010
Sunday, 11 April 2010
I'm saying this to try and redress the balance somewhat in favour of the Royal Enfield. They have gained a reputation over the years, in the UK anyhow, of being slow and unreliable. They are certainly not fast by any definition of the word, but the second part of the statement, I find hard to justify. Yes, there is more opportunity to get your hands dirty keeping 'em fettled, but it is old technology, and must be expected. It is not, nor does it try to be, a modern machine that converts fuel into distance at the press of a button without any owner input other than directional control. To own, ride and maintain an Enfield teaches anyone the fundamentals of the four stroke engined motorcycle. It is very much a what you see is what you get, experience.
Wednesday, 7 April 2010
It doesn't matter a damn what other people think, if you, yourself, are not happy with it. A thousand oohs and aahs from people going in and out of the local supermarket do not add up to one "that's nice" from someone who has been there and done it, preferably you!
As already mentioned in an earlier post, a bike is an object made up of objects, each object should be able to stand up to individual scrutiny. Whilst perfection is never attainable it should be constantly strived for, it's the point at which you say that'll do, or that's good enough that makes the difference.
Other members of the cognoscenti may not like the style in which you've built your bike, but that's personal taste, you can only hope they like the workmanship.
On my computer here I have Chicara's Number 3 bike as a screen saver, everyday whilst the old magic television is stokin up the coals gettin' ready to see what's going on in the world I study that bike, and everyday I see something else to look at, that is workmanship of the highest order. I wonder whether or not he's happy with it, somehow I doubt it.
You've all seen it before, but no apologies for showing it again, the most beautiful motorcycle in the world. For now anyway !
Tuesday, 6 April 2010
Monday, 5 April 2010
Please keep your eyes peeled for this bike, or any BSA A7 parts that may be offered. The guy who owns it has had it for 20 years down in the Tonbridge Kent area. That was until last night when some thieving scumbag bastard helped themselves to it. you can reach me by email britishironworks(at)aol.com or go to the dirty bobbers site and tell somebody.
Got the number plate bracket back from the guy who tigged it up, nice job. Bit of a problem, in as much as in my rush to get it to him I didn't sort out the anti rotation fixing ! This lower bar will be shortened and a short tube welded on to pick up the original silencer mounting point. I don't really feel that it will be called into action as the surface area of the main anchor should give it a firm bite on the sidecar boss. But if life has taught me nothing else, it's that things will bite you in the arse when you least expect it, and the last thing I want, is the whole bracket loosening off and flipping 'round on the move. Not a major job to sort but still a job nevertheless.
This rear view shows the neat job he made of the welding, once again underlining the need to become the proud owner of such technology. Still waiting for the rear light housing that will also fit through the sidecar boss, acting as a clamp to hold this number plate bracket on. The bracket will be dull nickel plated, and Scarlett from DB has got another of the aluminium backing plates to work her magic on. Should look pretty good when it's all done and together.
Here's a view from the front, or the back of the bike if ya like, the rear light as mentioned will sit below the plate. At the moment it has not been decided whether to mount it centrally to the plate or tucked in to the left. Guess it will be easier to decide when, and if, the completed unit is to hand and can be offered up.
Here's the seat frame stripped of the mattress springs and the welds and corners cleaned up a little. It also shows the relocated pivot point about 30 mm behind the original position. The support brackets can be seen running down the seat post picking up on two existing BSA cross tubes that support the oil tank. Originally there were going to be two right angled brackets utilising the top oil tank fixing point and the hole that is visible in front of the main frame bolt, this set up looked somewhat incongruous as the angles when mounted did not match any other on the bike.
Friday, 2 April 2010
Had to show you this, this picture was posted by Toddy on Dirty Bobbers, it's a'39 AJS twin port motor that he's building up as a board racer. The gloss silver of the main cases really looks pukka, another option on the A7 then.
The attention to detail in this shot alone makes this an eagerly anticipated build thread.
Oooops! Toddy contacted me after reading the bit above and said that the cases are in fact bead blasted and not painted. He also posted another couple of pix.
The wheel is of unknown origin, obviously from a dirt bike of some description, but which? The assembly of turned parts are frame lugs and the beginning of a set of girders, I am thinking. Hmmmm, there's some uncanny parallels beginning to crop up here, updates will appear as soon as they become available folks.