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  1. beachcomber

    CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER

    You do what ya gotta do with what you've got !!!
  2. beachcomber

    CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER

    I measured up the practical space for a fuel cell behind the engine, but dropping down through the lower frame tubes. Bizarrely I can get a greater capacity with a simple rectangular cell without the aggro of going under the engine as was my original thinking. I can easily get 1.5 imp gallons...
  3. beachcomber

    CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER

    Just done a POC for the headers using plastic plumbing fittings. No way the rear will clear the Valor fuel cell, so I'll have to go with under engine cell as my KZ750 Cafe racer. Plenty of room, just another outsource job. Two options for the rear header - the sexy version and the boring...
  4. beachcomber

    CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER

    Wasn't happy with the polished steel stanchion bottoms - so took a step back and painted them Celeste Blue. Sloppy masking means I've got to clean overspray off the gaiters - carefully.
  5. beachcomber

    CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER

    Yes MT - been a long time coming ! Now becoming a collection of parts again [ !! ] as the POC mock up gets pulled down for the frame to be fully welded, bearings stripped from wheels [ for powder coating ]. Had to skip the mounts for the foot pedals and gear / brake , but I did get a rough...
  6. beachcomber

    CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER

    Yes, I can see the frame for the jigs !!!! You've no idea what a lift that was. Next job is to finish off the tacking [ he ran out of wire !!! ] and then I will check the mounting positions for the accessory brackets - footrests, gear and foot brake etc. - then it's tear down - remove the...
  7. beachcomber

    CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER

    Just mock up [ 'ish ] but serious progress now the frame is tacked.
  8. beachcomber

    CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER

    Those 10 minute jobs that turn into 2 hours !!! My pal fitted the bushes [ including 2 extra per leg ] for me, but unfortunately left one of the original staking pegs in one of the legs. First leg took me 10 minutes to assemble .............. the second one almost 2 hours, mainly getting the...
  9. beachcomber

    CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER

    Yes, I'm pleased with the colour combo. Really pops in daylight. Both colours are satin finish to get closer to 1900s presentation. Some colour charts give it as green - others blue. Bianchi list it as Celeste Blue and is still used on their top of the line racing bicycles. Thanx for your...
  10. beachcomber

    CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER

    MT, it wasn't my original choice [ Coffee and Cream ] but once I went down the route of creating an Edoardo Bianchi Phantom, it seemed to make sense to use the 1900's [ and still used today ] corporate colour. the Light Ivory contrast was my input. Thanx for your input though .... all opinions...
  11. beachcomber

    CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER

    Resistance failed ...... Celeste Blue applied. Photos don't do the colour real justice.
  12. beachcomber

    CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER

    Came up with a plan B for the SU support .......................... rock solid
  13. beachcomber

    CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER

    Fork components are now fully fettled and awaiting final assmbly into to fork tubes and yokes. Resisting the urge to spray the parts in the Celeste Blue ........................ just.
  14. beachcomber

    CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER

    Luugo - thanx for the thoughts. Teazer - wish I'd thought of that ! However, situation now resolved. An old pal I'd lost touch with contacted me a few days ago for a ketchup ..... guess what - he's a welder !! He's awaiting open heart surgery [ next month ], but will come and tack my frame in...
  15. beachcomber

    CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER

    Another step forward while I'm waiting for a welder [ !! ]. Prepped and primered the top yoke and front fork hoop. Once that's had a final rub down and one more coat all the fork parts are ready for Celeste Blue and assembly. What do you all think about my new spray booth ???
  16. beachcomber

    CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER

    Yes MT, and it was silly cheap as it was listed in the wrong place and mine was the only bid for his start price ! It's from a period Chrysler French car - looks the dogs !!!!
  17. beachcomber

    CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER

    Some time ago I asked if anyone had fitted an oil pressure gauge to the Virago 125 / 250 engine ............................... deafening silence - so resorted to what I do best, I developed my own. After a lot of research into the oil system in the engine I finally found a suitable take off on...
  18. beachcomber

    CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER

    Well the end of the month has come and gone ................. unfortunately the "rely on me I'll be there" welder hasn't. The blue masking tape is now holding the rear frame temporarily in place so I can get on with making the cross frame braces and positioning the footrests, gear and brake...
  19. beachcomber

    CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER

    I thank you for following my very amateur attempts at creating a Boardtracker homage. I hope that my postings can encourage others like myself who no longer have the resources, premises or specialised skills to turn a "whatif" into reality. Here in the UK we do not have the rich heritage of...
  20. beachcomber

    CAFE CREME - BOARD.....TRACKER

    The hand gearchange cross shaft is all firmly bolted down now and I was able to do a 3 dimensional jig saw to see if all the linkages will work !! I couldn't resist bolting the brass syringe on the tank to see what it looks like ..... and I think it's maybe a bit too big enough. However I do...
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