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

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

  1. YZman

    YZman Bouncing off Trees

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    Woo hoo... Just got a call from my engine builder.

    :clap :clap :clap :clap HE IS WORKING ON MY MOTOR :clap :clap :clap :clap


    I might have my motor back this weekend!! :evil
  2. Pigford

    Pigford British

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    Yeah, I know they had SOME chrome on them, I just didn't want to see it all blinged up like a typical American cruiser.... :puke1 Like all the Busa boys & Harleys... :rofl

    Keep up the excellent work YZman :clap
  3. YZman

    YZman Bouncing off Trees

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    Been a busy week. UPS delivered a Continental front tire, fork boots and fork seals.

    So I pealed the 40 yr old rubber off the wheels and after major cleaning of the inside of the rimss I spooned on a new front tire and tube. Still have to buy the rear tire. That one is a little more $$. The rims and spokes will have to be replaced at some point but for now what I have will work.

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    Then today I went and picked up my crank and a small pile of parts

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    New crank bearing, rod bearings, new sludge trap. Ballanced crank for 650 pistons. New pistons, rings, wristpins.

    New oil pickup tube and sump plate.

    new brake shoes

    Crank shim kit

    Headlight ears

    650 pushrods.

    Lock tab for LH footpeg.

    Front sprocket

    Fork spacers.

    So yea a few parts.

    So I came home and put the forks back together. They are just loosly put together as I have a little more work to do with them. But they work and look waaay better than they did.

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  4. Tiger812

    Tiger812 Adventurer

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    Thank you for taking the time to document the work you are doing on your great find. I know at some point I'm going to have to get into my motor and this will be a good reference.

    Attached Files:

  5. YZman

    YZman Bouncing off Trees

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    Thanks. There are times when I question my sanity. But I have a vision and will get there somehow.... someday.

    You bike. If awsome. I got parts for that that will be on ebay 1st of the year if ya need anything.
  6. YZman

    YZman Bouncing off Trees

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    Ok so todays shipment of parts is

    Fork puller tool

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    Chrome/stainless steel oil tank filter

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    New seat

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    Weld on frame mounts for the seat springs. Springs apear to be on back order.

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    And a quick teaser keeping in mind that the entire rear frame of the bike is going to look differant in a few weeks. When the rest of my parts come in

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  7. Pigford

    Pigford British

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    :scratch

    ........................ waiting...................... :evil
  8. YZman

    YZman Bouncing off Trees

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    You and me both. Waiting on a few final parts.....

    THAT FINIALLY CAME IN TODAY!!

    So while I was waiting the BSA got kicked off the operatin table and my kids YZ125 steped up for winter maintance. I just picked this bike up used and wanted to go thru it to make sure all is well. For an 05 this bike is clean. It hasnt had much maintance in the way of greasing but it has hardly been riden. So far I greased the rear suspension, checked the top end, cleaned the carb, and changed the shock oil. The forks and steering bearings are last. And wouldnt ya know it... Steering bearings are wasted. I hate replacing bearing races. Never had much luck with it. Guess Ill have to find myself some luck this time.

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    A few weeks ago I did get my oil tank and universal mounting brackets in.

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    And my seat springs came in as well. Not sure if they are the correct length though. Time will tell. I might need the 4" (I ordered the 3") 50-50 chance so I guessed.

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    And just tonight UPS delivered my ridged rear. Quickly mocked my rear wheel up to get a feel for things. Looks like there is a shoulder on my axle that will have to be turned down on a laythe. And Im going to have to come up with a few spacers to center the wheel. Other than that it looks sweet.

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    Kinda in position once I wack the back of the frame off.

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    Oh and Santa brought me a 4-1/2 Dewalt angle grinder last night. Ok I bought it myself. I knew Santa wasnt going to bring me anything I want so I took maters into my own hands... :rofl

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    Day after x-mas.... Let the frame cutting/grinding/de-bracketing comence :clap
  9. YZman

    YZman Bouncing off Trees

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    Oh almost forgot. I did spent a few evenings sanding and sanding and sanding and sanding and sanding and sanding and and and and.......

    But it paid off. The ignition cover is looking nice :wink:

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    And a reminder of what it used to look like

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    Oh yea.. That tire on the back wheel is just tempory. Its a trials tire I run on my dirtbike. Its just there for something to roll on till I can get the $$ together for the correct tire.
  10. AKjeff

    AKjeff Long timer

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    You are putting some elbow grease into that old bike, all the polished bits look great.
    Where'd you find the rigid rear at?
  11. YZman

    YZman Bouncing off Trees

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    Well I have more "elbow grease" than actual money so I tend to use a lot of it.


    The rigid is a David Bird custom built unit/semi production piece. He builds them to your specs. 5-6 week lead time. Same with the oil tank. That was made by a chopper place outta Cali.
  12. mike25

    mike25 Been here awhile

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    DON'T DO IT............................

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    I did it to a nice Triumph in 1973. Didn't much care to ride the bike
    after it was finished. And, I still had a tough ass back then.


    Now. this is cool..............:D

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  13. Wirespokes

    Wirespokes Beemerholics Anonymous

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    I don't understand why anyone would want to jump back 80 years in technological know-how. Ridgid rear ends went out with the realization of suspension in the twenties or thirties.

    I agree - if you have any idea of riding this bike, improve the suspension; don't ditch it entirely! But if it's going to be suspended from the ceiling or on display somewhere - do whatever you want.
  14. welder

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    [​IMG]:eek1 Please please put the grinder away, I beg you:cry
  15. G2mk3

    G2mk3 Been here awhile

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    Uh, he has been planning on that rigid rear end from day one. I say LET THE SPARKS FLY!
  16. Hughlysses

    Hughlysses Long timer

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    Too bad the rigid conversion needs to be done (or not) at this point in the project. If he could put the bike back together with a pair of struts, he'd get a quick feel for whether he REALLY wants a hard tail rear end or not.

    It's gonna be a cool bike whatever he does with it.
  17. welder

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    you don't want to do anything that is not reversable.
  18. welder

    welder Long timer

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    great idea
  19. drhach

    drhach gorillamanufacturing.com

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    As sad as I get when someone decides to cut up a perfectly good bike. There are two things at play here.

    1. It's your bike and you can do whatever you want with it.

    2. Your original point about it being too far gone to restore war probably pretty right on.

    Personally, I would still not cut the frame, but see point number one. No matter what you do to it, you will never get out of it what you paid for it. So why not do it how you want it? Although, as someone who has owned and ridden rigid framed bikes, I will never do that again. They really suck to ride (IMHO). But you already knew that right?

    I had a phase of my life when I was in to guns. I didn't have much money so I bought old military surplus stuff. One of the guns I bought was a Swedish made Mauser. I wanted a good hunting rifle. I wanted something interesting. So, I did as many people did. I converted the Mauser to a hunting rifle. The gunsmith who did the mods was of the mind that "a gun is only good if you can use it and enjoy using it". We discussed the mods at length and he was happy to perform them and he did them well. Fast forward many years. I took the rifle to a different gun shop to try to sell it. The guy looking at it acted like I was a child molester or something for doing what I did to that rifle. He couldn't resist trying to make me feel bad for what I had done. How I had "ruined" a piece of history. Maybe I did. Maybe I didn't. I got a lot use out of that gun and the person I sold it to is enjoying it too. So, what's the problem? I think the worst thing that you could have done to that bike would have been to let it rot away in a shed. At least it will get ridden. Good bad or indifferent, people will see the bike. Keep plugging away.
  20. jeep44

    jeep44 junk collector

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    A65 BSAs aren't exactly rare-it's not like he is chopping up a Vincent Black Shadow or something like that. I have all restored Britbikes, but I really am getting to like the Bobber look-my next project bike will probably be a bobber.