Lost Cause

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Pokie, Feb 27, 2021.

  1. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    Yesterday I did the unthinkable,... I sold the forks! A fellow dropped by yesterday and fell in love with the forks, and we made a deal (giving me enough money to maybe finish the build) . Now I have to pull the forks and fit another set. It's ok as I have a few sets of rebuilt BMW forks on hand. Maybe I'll just build it into a "bobber". I'll have to stand back and look at it for a while to see if I can imagine it as something else. Not to worry though, it will still become a running bike, just not what it was intended to be.
  2. Arktasian

    Arktasian Feelin the BMEP

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    Your faithful audience will be all "chopped up" by this development.
    Suppose you're getting a hair cut too?
  3. Jim K in PA

    Jim K in PA Long timer Supporter

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    Meh - it's an "evolving" build in every sense. The final result will still be cool.

    Time to rename this thread "Good Cause". ;)
  4. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    "Suppose you're getting a hair cut too?"

    I cut my own hair, thankyou! Right now it's about 1/4 inch long,... not quite enough to braid or go dreadlocks.
  5. Arktasian

    Arktasian Feelin the BMEP

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    That's fine, I try not to judge people. Letting my hair get long, could it be a mid life crisis? I don't think so, just doing it in part as its fun, and it bugs people at work that are going bald.
    I should probably start a Chopper build. I could title it something like "Without a Cause".
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  6. Texer

    Texer Been here awhile Supporter

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    I don’t ever see going that direction, but I have respect for the basic chopper when a personal build (such as the Oakland type) is on the road.
  7. headtube

    headtube Been here awhile

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    A set of vintage British bike girder forks would suit that build. If you could get your hands on them.
  8. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    Yeah, I like girder forks but don't have any and they are kind of expensive when I do find them. I thought about making a set but the whole idea is trying to build something out of what I already have on hand. Yes, I am buying stuff for the build but mostly small stuff, nothing big,... yet.

    I think it's too bad that the previous owner cut so many "useful" things off the frame before I got it, I've been spending a lot of time re-creating those cut-off items. Down the road, if someone (after me) wants to restore the bike to it's original glory, hopefully I have gotten them closer. It just won't be me.
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  9. infinityedge

    infinityedge Long timer

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    They have some repos out of India for under $600 that could make a fun base, or at least inspiration to build your own.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/2742502773...%2Fo0VSGTNuMow%3D%3D|ampid:PL_CLK|clp:2047675

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  10. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    Finally got around to fitting a set of standard forks,... doesn't look quite as interesting but will likely handle better.

    TeleForks001.jpg

    I guess this means I'm going to have to shorten the side stand.
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  11. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    Started working on the dashboard. Cutting the larger holes took a bit of fiddling but after reworking the cutter and clamping the board nice and tight, got it done.

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    The start of the dash in place. Ignition and speedo temporarily mounted.

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  12. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    There are frankenstien bikes and then there are freakenstien bikes....
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  13. Jim K in PA

    Jim K in PA Long timer Supporter

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    Curious about the chimney on the tank . . . brisket smoker? :lol3
  14. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    "Curious about the chimney on the tank"

    You have to remember that the tank was a throw away as it was damaged so badly. The top of the tank was all pushed in, so, I cut out the fuel cap inset to try to reshape the top of the tank. I have a sheet metal slug that I will reshape to suit the top of the tank. I didn't want to put the gas cap in the usual place, so I fabricated a filler and stuck it on the side of the tank,... that's your chimney. Yes, it would have been better to put it on the other side but that side was so trashed that I cut it all off and will be mounting the dash board in it's place.

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  15. Disston

    Disston ShadeTreeExpert Supporter

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    I really like the tank with the chimney.
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  16. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    I've been busy with other stuff lately, so not much action here. To update things a bit, I've fabricated the sidecar mounts to be put back on the frame. They don't look stock but I think will work as well as the stock ones.

    I thought I would start with the more difficult one,... the rear ball mount.

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    Turning the ball.

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    The finished ball mount.

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    The ball mount and the upper mounts. Now I just have to do the final fitting and weld them to the frame.
  17. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    Next up, I had to put a steering damper on the frame (more parts the previous owner cut off). I fabricated a simple bracket that needs to be welded to the frame, then made a damper plate like the original /5 plate but a bit longer and wider.

    SteeringDamper001.jpg

    The worn out original is on the right. The replacement is in the middle.

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    The mount welded in place and the new plate fabricated.

    SteeringDamper002.jpg

    All the parts fitted. Presently in the process of making a new damper handle. The plastic /5 damper handle just doesn't suit my build.
  18. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    I'm seein' an 8-ball.
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    crawler07 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Theres going to be a sidecar,,,,YES!!!!
    Great build Pokie, cant wait to see what you come up with next!
  20. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    "I'm seein' an 8-ball."

    While a neat idea, I don't think it would be glove friendly. I'm thinking more like a key, like the early bikes.