Tony's Bike

Police panhead.  Still has the siren, driven off the rear tyre.


Two shafts, one box

With the engine done it was time to fluff up the gearbox aka transmission aka seized ball of rust.

Good start, the corrosion turned out to be superficial and the seized turned out to be a screw someone had dropped in it.

Tony Bairstow, above, and a bunch of old bearings, below.

Below are some of the parts that needed to be replaced.  Avoiding mumblings about OEM parts, virgin steel and Polish crap I ordered the cheapest repro parts on the net, from Flatland 45 parts depot (USA).
BIG MISTAKE!  They were rubbish, all dimensions out by at least a few thousandths.

This repro gear came parkerised.  I'm only a beginner at this stuff but am pretty sure that if a part spends itself in a box full of oil then it doesn't need to be parkerised.  I'm also pretty sure that parkerising increases all dimensions slightly and it doesn't fit.  At all.

Hours were spent filing and emery paper-ing to turn the black bits shiny.  Also smoothed off all my fingerprints and was left with approximately 2.5 fingernails.  Then I noticed that the dogs weren't even undercut so ended up putting the old one back in.

After much massaging and sanding of washers we got it all together and... the damn sprocket didn't fit.  Thin taper on the repro shaft resulted in the sprocket hard up against the case.  Beer time.

The plot thickens

Check the photo and check my earlier Knuck post.  Could it be?

From the stables

And the winner is...



Engine Striptease

Tony Bairstow, God of 45s, has been my saviour spending his time to show me the way with all matters engine and gearbox.

The engine actually started with Tony, Renshaw got it off him about 20 years ago in London and then it passed to me last year.  Tony had moved to the country, luckily only 10 mins from where I live.

None of us knew what state the engine was in but the first session was to strip it all down and check.

Every part was in perfect condition.  It was as though someone had rebuilt it then stored it.  All tight and oiled.  

Put it back together but still need to sort out electrics.  Kinda want to hurt the heads with an angle grinder or a drill or something.

Coming of age

     Turned 21 Christmas holidays which in England means your license gets de-restricted.  Ditched the Honda Bros and upgraded to my first Harley.  Sportster 883 increased to 1200 with a Buell torso.  Unsurprisingly the 45 was put on hold for a bit.

Collecting parts

Japanese madness



Save the springers

35mm trees from Mullins Chain Drive.  Barry, my local engineer, taught me to use his lathe and we shortened and narrowed the stem, made a top-hat shaped sleeve and got it all to work with the old ball bearings.  I remember builders on biker build off boasting that they taught themselves everything but having someone show you is way easier.

Whiteboard dreaming

Got some boxes of old 45 parts from my brother.  Found an old whiteboard at university and did some planing.  Hopefully spanners will come easier than board markers.