Wednesday, 31 December 2008
I also scored a neat horseshoe oilbag. It was at an autojumble and was marked "sample". It's just like a stocker I 'spose but it looks a little neater. I noticed the returns simply go into the tank bottom!!
I will fix that before installing. Got a battery place too (luxury).
The front end is together. That's about all the suspension travel I'll have - 2". Maybe a shade more.. Some bikes look good up at the front tho' so I have a little room for maneuver. Need stiff fork springs so posted Q on Jockey Journal about options.
Rubber fetish. I just fitted the front tire. With the help of a couple of forks (as in cutlery)! Didn't even hole the tube either(!!) - thankfully (done THAT before too) . I get a buzz looking at old tymie tires like this Avon SM2. I heard they use modern rubber but hell, they look old and it gives me a buzz to look at that hatched rib set on the side, like it's the last resort to stop the bike washing away at the front and laying down..
Tuesday, 30 December 2008
This bike was finished recently by Terry - his 2nd custom. It has already been torn back down for a colour change tho' (daft bugger..) - well I liked it baby blue at least! Lots of little plating details in gold too. The engine ISN'T stock.. ;-)
I'm pleased how it came out - you can never tell - ha ha. I ended up making a steel fork end cap as that was missing, as is the spindle end nut - it appears to be 13mm dia. metric fine thread (1.25mm pitch). Jonny made up a very accurate sleeve to bring the modified spindle diameter back to it's HD original where it enters the left fork leg. Best deal is - no spacers are needed, except the sleeve which acts as one I suppose..
I'm using a set of shovel tele forks circa 1973. I liked the look of them & decided to shoehorn a 21" Yamaha dirt-bike wheel in. I like old drum brakes best up front. I got some big help from JonnyEightHammers who is a real engineer. He reduced the Harley spindle to accomodate new bearings - they are bigger than the stock Yamaha ones though. I shaved about 20mm off the brake plate to get it in this setup. I had an alloy tab blobbed onto the left fork slider to tether the brakeplate neatly.
The axle plates were hand cut using 1mm cutting discs in the grinder and a hacksaw. They were finished with a file. This was my first experience using one since being taught 34 yrs ago during my engineering apprenticeship. I made up the adjuster mounts from alloy and screwed them in from the back: this screw traps the adjuster screw too. Seems to work. Will need loctite!
Welcome to my blog. That's me skating in 197whenever.. Well, obviously that's Jay Adams getting gnarly on our beautiful half-pipe, but I'm there watching and getting stoked when Jay and T.A. visited England back in the 70's.
I don't sk8 much these days since I got out of the skatepark business when insurance tripled, but you're never totally over skating huh?