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Author Topic: CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER  (Read 1984 times)

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Re: CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER
« Reply #30 on: Feb 10, 2018, 08:40:00 »
Thanx for the encouragement Limey. I managed to get a headstock from a guy in Ireland - so that will save me 80 or so having one made ! Once the forks are "free standing" I'll mock up the forks into the new headstock and see where I want the frame tubes to be. It's at times like these that I wish my welding was better than the "bird shit" variety ! ::)

I now have all the new / refurb parts for the forks - bushes, seals, fork nuts, new  [ !! ] springs, etc.,etc. but there'll be a full mock up first. I've decided to save myself some money and spray the components. definitely some sort of Coffee Cream for the cycle parts with Cream highlights - maybe wheels [ as the chrome / alloy is very good ] but definitely the engine [ yes ], handlebars and probably tank - IF I decide to spray rather than keep the 100 + year old patina.
"if at first you don't succeed, you've already been a failure once"

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Re: CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER
« Reply #31 on: Feb 10, 2018, 19:20:55 »
Final leg of the POC mock up. The RAMSHOX unit will fit snugly in here. Alloy plate - nicely machined if I can - to support the top pin and bolted through the threaded locating holes.
"if at first you don't succeed, you've already been a failure once"

" we're not going back to the sixties - we never left "

"yep, nostalgia ain't what it used to be"

"I used to be indecisive - now I'm not so sure"

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Re: CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER
« Reply #32 on: Feb 12, 2018, 15:37:43 »
Final position for shock - all measured up now and bend ordered for the front springer hoop. Honda spindle measured up to be shortened and re-threaded.
"if at first you don't succeed, you've already been a failure once"

" we're not going back to the sixties - we never left "

"yep, nostalgia ain't what it used to be"

"I used to be indecisive - now I'm not so sure"

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Re: CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER
« Reply #33 on: Feb 14, 2018, 12:12:05 »
My pal Brian [ build buddy ] is now obsessed with having Brass highlights - nuts etc. he's just finished the template for the top yoke cover - in 3 mm Brass ! I'm trying to find someone who can etch in "Cafe Creme"  8) 

BTW - the fact that the holes are obviously out of line is NOT Brian - but the good old factory workers at BSA ! ::)
"if at first you don't succeed, you've already been a failure once"

" we're not going back to the sixties - we never left "

"yep, nostalgia ain't what it used to be"

"I used to be indecisive - now I'm not so sure"

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Re: CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER
« Reply #34 on: Feb 15, 2018, 17:57:48 »
Last few pieces of the forks jigsaw. The Bantam headstock [ 10 ] and the 5/8" weld bungs and clevis' for the springer loop.
"if at first you don't succeed, you've already been a failure once"

" we're not going back to the sixties - we never left "

"yep, nostalgia ain't what it used to be"

"I used to be indecisive - now I'm not so sure"

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Re: CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER
« Reply #35 on: Feb 19, 2018, 11:41:39 »
The special RAMSHOX unit now mounted and functioning as I envisaged.  ;D Good to have mates eh !!  ;) The springer hoop should be here this week so the front end design can be finalised.

Both Mitas "period" tyres have arrived now and the old knobblies removed from the wheels - decision made they will be powder coated - Buttercream. Just trying to get the right "flavour" for the contrasting Coffee Cream colour !
"if at first you don't succeed, you've already been a failure once"

" we're not going back to the sixties - we never left "

"yep, nostalgia ain't what it used to be"

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Re: CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER
« Reply #36 on: Feb 19, 2018, 17:40:52 »
I'm thinking of getting the La Francaise Diamant tank reproduced in ETHANOL PROOF fibreglass. Originally it was a back up plan in case the real one ever got damaged, but I've had 2 people interested. I would need to get interest in 5 so I can get an accurate quote.
"if at first you don't succeed, you've already been a failure once"

" we're not going back to the sixties - we never left "

"yep, nostalgia ain't what it used to be"

"I used to be indecisive - now I'm not so sure"