Sunday, 28 September 2014

30 - Mudguard

 Today I had a look at mounting the back mudguard. I had to hammer and bang the lugs on the frame until the guard would sit against them nicely. 

 Next I took a marker and marked where I needed to cut the mudguard to make clearance for the chain guard.
 I'm always a bit apprehensive cutting something expensive like this as it's easy to make a mistake, but I think it will be ok. I don't have a chain guard yet but I reckon I can make one easily enough when the time comes.

 I held it in place while my wife eyed it up to ensure it was central. Here we noticed a bit of a problem. The lug on the frame is not sitting centrally so it tries to pull the mudguard to one side. You can counter act this by pulling the bottom of the guard to the other side and putting a twist in it, but I didn't want to do that. So off came the lug to be repositioned in the proper place.

Actually when I looked at the other frame it was worse. I really believe a lot of the frame building wasn't done in a jig at all. Somebody was just holding the bits together in roughly the right place while they were tacked. 

Saturday, 20 September 2014

29 - Stand

 I spent a hour or two doing a bit more fitting work to the side stand. I started by making a little pin for the spring to hook on to. Then I had to take the head races from my old frame and put them into this one as I needed to put the front wheel in.

 Now that the bike could stand up by itself I cut the stand to a height that allowed the bike to lie at an angle. I didn't want it lying over too far, but not so upright that it would be easily knocked over either. I think I'm happy but maybe I'll get a few other opinions before I weld the foot on.

 Finally I drilled a hole to locate the pin at an angle that was not sticking out too far but kept the spring away from the tyre.

Friday, 19 September 2014

28 - Frame welded !!

 I got the frame back today. John had done a very neat job of welding in the new parts.

 So that's the cracked bottom tube replaced, a new side stand and bracket made from scratch, a new pin for the brake pedal welded on,  and the sump guard replaced.  Now to carry on !!