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hey nice work so far, one question, you said those are fatti-o tires, are they 24"? i was googling those tires and all that came up was "electra & 24". i like how fatti they are, keep up the great work!
"it's ok, i'm a mechanic, i can fix anything" - Mr. Fat Jack - 'Splash'
Thanks. Yes they are 24 x 3.
Thanks for the kind words, Chris. I feel the same way when I look at some of the other bikes in this build-off as well. I can't get any cool or rare/vintage frames and parts, so I'm trying to keep up by fabricating stuff.
I had a productive couple of hours this morning and made some rocker tabs/pivots and welded them to the tube I'll be using for the main fork legs. Still have a bit of cleaning up to do, as the coating/plating on the tube didn't allow me to get a nice clean weld. I gave them a quick run over with a flapper disc, but will tidy them up a bit more.
I worked on the springer for about 10 hours over the last 2 days - measuring,making rockers trial fitting/mock-ups and I'm just not happy with the ride height and wheelbase.
Every time I put the original fork legs back on it, it just looks right........so to get the look I'm after for this bike, I'm giving up on the springer idea. I dunno, maybe towards the end of the build-off when all the other jobs are done, I might have another look at the front end .
Also with only a month left, I still have a lot of other stuff to do do it. I've got some other ideas to fill the space between the bars....just gotta try a few things.
Here's a preview of the plate I've been working on
Today I welded on the coaster brake arm tab, made and welded on the number plate bracket, and welded in the seat post. I was still feeling pretty keen, so stripped the frame and gave it a quick sand. Still lots more sanding and polishing to do, and I'm not sure if I'm gonna leave the fork legs chrome or paint them black.......I've got another set that will fit, so I'll probably paint them black and compare both.
Threw the parts on for a quick mock-up.......I'm starting to feel real happy with this build
Perhaps I was a little hasty in canning the springer idea .......I did some more measuring and looked at the bike on and off for a couple of hours........did some more measuring, did some more looking...... .
I really want to keep the ride height nice and low without moving the front wheel to much further forward, and I'm pretty sure I've got it worked out. Instead of mounting the rocker pivot out a bit from the main fork leg, I'll make the pivot directly under (in line with) the main fork leg. This will allow the moving leg of the fork to stay pretty close to the main legs.....I think I've got the geometry sorted out.
I turned up a couple of slugs that fit in the tube, so I can weld the rocker pivots on the end of the tubes. Also played around with fitting a speedometer.
Speedo is staying for sure .....but the springer is not . Even though I've got a heap of time invested in it, I'm not gonna get it finished to a point where I'll be 100% happy with it. I'm adding a headlight as well.......halfway through an LED conversion on an old head/spotlight.
I know most of you have seen LED headlight conversions before, so here's another .
Yard sale headlight. Not sure what it was from.....may have even been a reversing light
Discount store $4 magnetic light
Guts pulled out
15 minutes work with a hacksaw, file and hot glue gun
New wiring and switch
A bit more sanding and a clear coat and it'll be done
Bright . It was 4.5 volts, so I hope it lasts with 9 volts......should be OK
Great light! I love those old fluted lenses. I'm working on an old brass marine light with the same type of lens. Great job! Should fit the front of your bike perfectly.
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