1883 Terra Ambulator

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by Beezer, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. Beezer

    Beezer Long timer

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    OK... still workin it. heres a pic of the instrument panel. pretty much done... needs a couple little bits.... haven't quit figured out how to mount the astrolabe yet :rofl

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    a (very poor) pic of the tach...

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    the luggage rack & tail guardian...

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    more on the way... it just takes time. thanks for the interest
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  2. FR700

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  3. kellymac530

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    Come ONNNNN, don't cut corners now!!! Take that speedo back apart and custom calligraphy each of the Odometer numbers....sheesh, talk about half a$$ed...:lol3
    Looking great though seriously. I love the brass slot head screws on the wind screen, nice little touches make all the difference for me on custom projects like this. Especially with an artistic flare like this.
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  4. SimpleSimon

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    Needs a maritime compass on the dash! Best build ever. :norton
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  5. Rakthi

    Rakthi mopetista

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    what I was thinking too ...

    Pure eye candy!
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  6. Beezer

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    well..... there is a brass compass, sundial, astrolabe combo that will go there as soon as I can rig a mount.

    the leather side covers are done (post soon)

    I have almost finished the pin stripe on the rear wheel. the front is next

    control cable stuff has arrived, just need to make them.

    copper coolant pipes are in the works...

    then.... the stained glass work on the windshield :evil
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  7. JStory

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    Aftermarket windscreens by Tiffany?
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  8. DaFoole

    DaFoole Erudite inchoate...

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    This is so F'n COOL!!!

    Very nice work!!!
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  9. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    Captain Nemo's Bike!

    This woulda been a great addition to the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen . . .very nicely done, indeed!
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  10. Beezer

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    pressure gauge for the rear shock, leather side covers:

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    coolant pipes:

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    mystic eye:

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    front wheel ready to install:

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    navigation cluster:

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  11. M-Cat

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    Man, that's wierd, but cool.

    Have you considered any wood accents here or there, or perhaps a brass springer front end?
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  12. Beezer

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    Mcat.... back up to page 3 for the wood dash & rack...
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  13. tree88

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    I freakin love that navigation cluster! (beats the hell outta the 'bitch on a box' the old lady blindly follows):D
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  14. Beezer

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    moving backwards????

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    got all the wiring done. the flasher didn't work (I guess because of the low watt bulbs) (not LEDs) so I had to put in a solid state one, even that one had a problem. I had to put 160 ohms on the ground pin to make it flash instead of just buzz... never heard of that before.

    anyway, now ready for the final assembly. I need to buff the tank & finish the windshield... fiddle with the brakes.... install the carbs & make a fuel line. getting close
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  16. jitterymonkey

    jitterymonkey Been here awhile

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    That bike's going to cause a few accidents from gawkers
    when you start riding it around.:lol3

    Do you have period attire to match the bike?
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  17. kellymac530

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    Still loving it Beez.
    All of the detail in brass and copper are really adding up to a good look. You are really catching the style and soul of the Steampunk and turn of the century looks.

    I hated the wheels when stock and what you have done with them has really helped. Still not my favorite, but that is just my opinion and I know you are limited with a shaft drive bike, so big improvement. Please do not be offended by that comment.

    I was thinking maybe make wooden covers for the spokes similar to a wagon wheel...not sure if that would look good or not, but just thinking out loud.
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  18. Beezer

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    ya,,,, the wheels.... did I mention it's a 1 year only bike? :rofla total orphan, and not the same as it's brother the CX. I wanted to use the riveted spoke ones on the early CX and GLs and did a bunch of research but the stockers are the only wheels that fit.... everything else requires machine work (the front not as much as the rear but still). I struggled with a few ideas like cover them with discs, filling in the gaps, etc... lot of work for something that might be crap when done. I'm still pondering but really wanted to be done & ride it... summer is coming.

    anyway... back to this pic....

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    I just realized you can see what I did to the front brake. the brass levers are Enfield, so cable operated. I moved the brake master to the left fork tube & have the cable pull the old lever (which is cut short). I made a remote reservoir (big brass hex thing on the top of the left fork)... that feeds the original reservoir through copper tubing.

    you can see the brake cable come in from the top left and cross in front of the big red main power wire
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  19. k-moe

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    If that brake setup ever gives you trouble you could switch to using the remote master cylinder from a '81-83 Yamaha Seca 750. They are cable operated and should be pretty close to having the correct piston size for your bike. Yours looks like it should work well though.
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  20. Beezer

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    thanks for the tip Kmoe. I kinda know the Seca 750.... I got my motorcycle endorsement on one in '83. I had been riding almost 20 years and suddenly state decided that now you need a MC endorsement. I borrowed my friend's new Seca because none of my bikes had turn signals (they came that way). well hell, I almost failed the test because I drove the (1/4 scale) course too fast. the only thing that saved me was the emergency stop test.... that and the guy testing wasn't too sure about the procedure since he (and it) were new :rofl.... so I lucked out.

    long story about that bike... it only ran a couple more years & then it moved to the Big Island where an evil asshole cut up the wiring. it has sat ever since... now free to anyone that wants it.... PM me if serious
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