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You do such great work, but I wouldn't be offended if you used the "big" tools.
Check out my Build-Off bike: ☆ 1936 Off-Roadmaster Klunker ☆
Looks great! Very cool springer design, and adjustable too!
Keep at it!
CMAN "There is no such thing as spending time irresponsibly when it comes to bikes. "Honey will you take the garbage out?" (Sure that gives me at least 10-15 minutes in the garage with and excuse)
Again, thank you for the kinds comments guys ...........it gives me some extra motivation to keep going if I'm not feeling too enthusiastic!
I'm heading to the workshop tomorrow to hopefully fabricate the springer rockers, so I can get the front end finished. Every time I look at this bike, I get a new idea, and at this stage I don't think I'll be using the acorn nuts as "studs", and I'm still undecided on the Flying A hood ornament.
Thanks yoothgye. I know other people have used "big" tools and machinery in previous build-offs, as well as this one, and that's fine............if you have it and want to use it, go for it.
I feel better in myself though if I stick to hand tools and basic machinery. I don't want to feel as if I've gained some type of advantage in the build-off by using the stuff I have access too. The only work I won't be doing myself in the build is getting the wheels true (I built the wheels, but my LBS trued them for me), and making some stickers. I have done the design work for the stickers and will get a friend who makes signs to cut them for me. Some people may not agree with my views, but that's OK........it would be a boring ol' world if everyone thought the same
Here's some of the cool tools I get to use every day and have 24/7 access to (I live about a mile away) . I teach at a high school, and we offer Certificate 1 and 2 in Engineering, so have a well equipped workshop.
We have 4 of these and 4 smaller lathes
Small 2 axis CNC lathe
Punch and shears
Cold cut saw
8' Guillotine and Pan Brake
Oxy-acetylene benches and hoppers
Welding bays (16 in total) equipped with MIG, Arc, and a couple of TIG setups
WOW , what a playground
Thanks sensor. I did have this build all planned out..........even did a few sketches!!, but as soon as I started working on it, it started to go in a whole other direction The only thing I'm determined to keep from the original ideas and drawings is the springer.
I didn't get a whole lot done this weekend, so here is a couple of pics of the bike chocked up while I was measuring up for the rockers.
Fellow Ratrodders, if you don't have a 6" steel rule, do yourselves a favour and get one.......they come in soooo handy for small measuring jobs and fit nicely in your top pocket. I got this one when I was a first year apprentice and have had it for 30 years.
Tubes slid up.....still a little more to go
Looks like those steel rules cans double as rockers too!
Got the rocker and lower mount prototypes made today. I made these from 3mm bar, so they would be quicker to cut and drill and check to see if my measurements would work. Everything looks to be OK, so I can replicate them in 5mm.....I may even cut an arc in the rockers, to break up the straight lines.
Those forks are awesome. Looking great as a roller too!!!
Is it still a 6" rule if it's metric??? I also use a 6" rule quite a bit, real handy to have. Also dial calipers are a must for me (especially because mine will do metric/inch conversions without me having to remember a formula!)
Your bike is coming along great. Rg
My dad was an crew chief aircraft mechanic for Gulfstrem jets and I can remember he always had that 6" rule in his pocket. I don't even have one, but will get one.
I use the cheap blue Harbor Freight caliper ALL the time!!! It has metric and english on it. I know it's not good enough for machining, but it's been good for basic bike stuff so far.
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