69 BSA bobber project...or...the cure for wintertime madness!

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by YZman, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    Love auctions. I pretty much quit going to them though , brought home too much stuff that I was sure I needed only to wonder what I was thinking later.
    Richard seemed to be quite the Pack Rat , that will be an educational day out.
  2. waveydavey

    waveydavey happy times!!

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    Looks like a good one

    http://www.auctionzip.com/Listings/1581412.html
  3. Hughlysses

    Hughlysses Long timer

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    OK, break it up, that's enough, break it up. Nobody's got time or money to go to motorcycle auctions, there's a BSA bobber to be finished here. :deal




    :D
  4. Kamala

    Kamala Long timer

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    Auctions have taken a turn for the worse around the Northeast. The prices are completely crazy and close to insane. Its like the places are now full of people thinking the bikes are investments!
  5. YZman

    YZman Bouncing off Trees

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    Hand sanding / polishing aluminum SUCKS!

    And I'm out of sandpaper so back to the store I go

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  6. Marco Moto

    Marco Moto Voyager

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    Progress!!! :clap
  7. allois

    allois n00b

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    Nice to hear you're back at it! The fender idea you have seems a tad extreme. Got to thinking and may have a simple solution to move the fender to allow for chain stretch until a link needs be removed. Normally one bolt attaches the front bottom part of the fender directly to a frame crossmember. Simply make a few bushing/spacers different lengths, say 1/4 inch, 1/2 inch and 3/4 inch to barely fit over the bolt shaft and using a longer bolt just move the fender back with the spacer between the fender and the frame. Should be perfect especially since your fender doesn't support any weight and the two fender arm supports would loosen to easily allow the fender to move almost perfectly horizontally backwards to account for the spacer employed. They have to do this with your bracket system as well. I know you spent allot of time on those fender brackets and the welding involved. Sorry I didn't get on here sooner before you did all that.:cry
  8. YZman

    YZman Bouncing off Trees

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    And yes that is another motorcycle sitting under the bench. A YZ80 that showed up for $75 the other day. Most of it is going up for parts but the front end is cherry and will be re-tasked in the future on another project :evil
  9. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    Needed some reading and thought if i pulled up an older rebuild thread I could see the whole project from beginning to end. Oops.

    You still planning on finishing the BSA? Sure looked like you were on the home stretch.
  10. YZman

    YZman Bouncing off Trees

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    I know I know... believe me I know. I really need to get busy and work on this again. I have just really been lacking on the motivation as of late. Its winter time. Its dark when I go to work its dark when I come home. Cook dinner, sit on the couch to watch a little tv....WTF...its time for bed already...how the hell did that happen.

    As far as I know this is what needs to happen.

    1. Finish the wiring harness.
    2. Pull motor and install oil pickup and reinstall motor (motor is freeking heavy)
    3. Buy install oil lines, would love braided stst lines.
    4. fill with oil and prime oil pump ie make sure it works.
    5. with oil in motor test ignition ie wireing harness
    6. put some gas in tank and test to see if petcocks leak
    7. if all above is good...fire it up :clap
    8. Send throttle cables back to Barnett to be reworked (tad too long)
    9. then its tear down to sandblast and p-coat frame and assorted metal bits
    10. Cut spokes to get hubs out of old wheels
    11. Strip and p-coat hubs.
    12. re-lace with new spokes to akront wheels and spoon on tires (need some rim protectors for that)
    13. finish polishing and painting rear fender.
    14. chrome rear fender supports
    15. Re-assemble and ride!
    - I need to order the seal washers for the drain plug on the front forks (from overseas only place I have found them cant remember who it was now though).
    - I need to get some motion pro rim protectors for spooning on the tires so I dont screw up the polished aluminum wheels Also saw some non maring tire irons the other day I might pick up.
    - Im pretty sure Ill need new forks springs as mine are really pitted and probably sacked pretty bad. Ill also need to cut them down a little as I lowered my forks and currently have a lot of preload on the springs.

    order up this stuff and clear my polished aluminum bits with this stuff a friend turned me onto.

    http://www.por15.com/GLISTEN-PC/productinfo/GPCGG/


    piece of cake huh? :lol3
  11. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    That sounds like my life too often in the wintertime also. I keep threatening the GF to throw that damn TV out, it sucks you in so much. If I do manage to tear myself away, and to the shop, once I get the moementum going I can get some stuff done, but man it's hard sometime. So much more motivation in the light and sunshine, but then I'd rather :ricky.

    Sure as shit, spring will get here and I'll look back at my list of stuff to get done during the winter when I didn't have anything else to do and will curse my laziness. Like the bumper sticker "Hard work pays off in the long run, but laziness pays of now :D."
  12. YZman

    YZman Bouncing off Trees

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    Need to line the shop with a bunch of those sunshine lights to give us some fake motivation :rofl
  13. kellymac530

    kellymac530 motorcycle addict

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    My problem is not the weather, or wanting to get out there...it is just slowing down with age and injuries...
    Turning the TV off and cranking up some music always helps me. I get stuff done on the days my wife works much more than when she is home. She likes to just sit on the couch and watch her DVR'd shows and want company next to her...makes it hard. It has turned me into a couch potato having 2 major surgeries in the last 2 years. 6 Months mandatory on the couch after each surgery...it starts to become a lifestyle after a while even once you are cleared to get up and going.

    Keep up the good work, get out there whan you can.
    Some of the other guys here on SAR page have given good advice, make a dry erase or chalk board with the next number of task listed, seeing crossed out tasks as yous progress encourages you that you are making progress and motivates....I love it.
  14. YZman

    YZman Bouncing off Trees

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    Funny... Looking at the to do list I just posted got me thinking I should do the same thing.
  15. kellymac530

    kellymac530 motorcycle addict

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    I do not take credit for this idea, I think it was sailah, Fab418, Drjoe or Larryboy that gave me this idea...it is a good one though because not only does it help you focus forward, it helps you if you get stuck on some little detail, just move to something else and come back to the issue later. Then you also get to see all of the progress you HAVE made which keeps you focused forward.

    This only works if you have any shop space at all though...worst case scenario, even a note book will work, just keep it handy.

    Keep it up.
  16. DustyRags

    DustyRags Idiot

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    Wow, epic thread! This robbed me of productivity over the past three days, and yet somehow gave me the will to carry on through things breaking at work. Thanks! :)

    Got any local buddies? Sounds like your list of things necessary to get this baby running is a few parts and a few hours- get the guys over, have some beers and throw a work party. Good luck, you've very close!
  17. Packer

    Packer Been here awhile

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    It's February 2013, year 4 of this thread. Every time I see YZ has posted I think Yessss, progress, jump to the thread and Nooooooo, nothing done and with February rolling past he'll start servicing dirt bikes in prep for some adrenaline in spring and the poor old Beeza will still be ignored:D

    We need to get his drivers licence cancelled or something so that he's marooned at home, steal everything from the garage but the Beeza and his tools and then he may find time to make progress.

    We may need to concrete his garden as well so he has no excuse about cutting the grass, fertilizing the lawn or something.

    One day there will be a video posted with the glorious sound track of a well tuned BSA 650. Sadly I'm already 58 years old so may not live long enough to watch and hear it. Of course I was only a boy of 54 when this thread started:eek1, about 5% of my life has passed since then.

    Oh well, I'll just go and add a few more miles to the 87,000 currently on my 1150GS. It's winter here too, but not as you know it.
  18. YZman

    YZman Bouncing off Trees

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    All right. You all will be glad to know that I should start to have some spare time again, I hope. Ive been working on 2 project houses to fix and flip for months now on top of working my normal full time job. This has taken up huge amounts of time. Well one house is done and the other just sold this weekend.

    Got some parts on order so I can start working on the wheels. With some luck I should be able to get something happening soon.
  19. c.herman126

    c.herman126 Been here awhile

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    :thumb Way to go on the house flips! Hooray for seeing this bike completed! :freaky
  20. YZman

    YZman Bouncing off Trees

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    Woah woah woah... lets not get ahead of ourselves now... I didnt say anything about finishing it... :rofl