Rätte-Hengel...

Been really busy with my day job recently and haven’t had much spare time, (and i’m starting to worry about being finished in time...)
But here's a couple little things to share from last week-

Another thick gusset, this will finally reenforce all the tube clusters now and it may even be used to attach the gas tank later(?)

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And an additional engine mount using the engine's original gas tank tabs in front.

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But i was advised by some fellows with experience racing these engines that using those tabs for a mount will lead to cracking the case so i revised my plan and came up with this little mount made from angle iron- I think the engine looks better with the tabs removed anyway!

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And finally yesterday afternoon i was able to get back to it in ernest and worked on the seat.

I decided to use the seat i believe may be original to this frame, regardless i think the colors suit it. Also decided to use one of those rear trim rods from another seat, that stuff bends easy and a few extra cracks in the chrome is a good thing.

Welded a big thick tab to the seat post to use as a pivot.

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Replaced the original seat springs with a bracket made from a chunk of 3/16” bar stock and filed square holes to loosely trap a couple of long cartridge bolts.

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Added some sleeves (cut from some original 1850’s gas light pipe salvaged from a ceiling restoration project in my old house).

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The bottom springs are cut from another old seat under cartridge and bolted to the frame (although i think i’ll go back a weld them). And i added one helper (lifer) spring trapped between the original seat post and a 1/2” nut/bolt on the seat stay gusset. My buddy is part of a funny car crew and they replace the lifter springs after every race, and he has given a few sets of these. They fit 3 inside each other so i can stiffen this up later by adding more of the stack if needed...

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Really looking forward to working on it again this weekend!
 
I see that ALL of the photos i put in the first post have been lost to the Photobucket thing and there doesn't seem to be a way to reinsert them now...

I guess it doesn't matter too much since i'll be continuing to post progress, but here's just a few to help make a little sense of what i had written before...

Chris's original mock up and parts he supplied-

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Frame fab’s-

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Handle bars-

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Fork-

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Although i have made a lot of progress since i last posted I’m just not going to be able to finish this in time for the contest deadline...

:- (

In fact sadly i’m leaving shortly for a few days out of town. But when i get back i’ll start a new thread in the build section and continue to share my progress on through to completion.

I wish the other contestants the very best of luck and look forward to seeing the outcome!

Thanks,

-Mr. B.
 
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Although i have made a lot of progress since i last posted I’m just not going to be able to finish this in time for the contest deadline...

:- (

In fact sadly i’m leaving shortly for a few days out of town. But when i get back i’ll start a new thread in the build section and continue to share my progress on through to completion.

I wish the other contestants the very best of luck and look forward to seeing the outcome!

Thanks,

-Mr. B.
Sorry to here this. I was looking forward to following Mr. B from A to Z on this build. Give us a heads up when you resume!
 
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