Been absent for a while as I've been working like a mad-man.
( Gotta make money for this silly endeavour, don't I !? ),
but a bit of progress has been made , so just to let you know that I haven't gone AWOL
here's a short update:
Took my forks out to my friend again
..as I realized that we had ...mumble mumble...made one of the fork tubes...mumble..hark hark..
shorter than the other.
...and the triple-tree stem (?) on the Ceriani forks was modified to be adapted to the frame
.. from left: a thick 'washer' was made
.. a adaptor-'bushing' was made , then heated and mounted on the stem
.. stem cut in two, shortened , hole made in each of two pieces, rod inserted,
.. yet another 'bushing' made, heated, mounted and TIG welded on
.. the assembly put in the lathe and the (slightly outer diameter over-sized ) bushings taken down to size to fit new bearings
( doing it at this point securing that the bushings would be perfectly in line )
Stem cooled down, ( lower bearing in the oven )
previously I had fixed the upper triple tree,
painting it with wrinkle-finish pain.
Weird stuff: here it is right after applying it
..but one never know what the finished result will look like
as the wrinkles develops over several hours.
First try didn't look too good so I removed the paint and re-did it
..now that's more like it. After air-drying it for 24 hours I baked it in the oven
Donno why, but it's a finish I really do like.
As I had to modify the instrument panel for the new fork assembly,
I did the same thing with that.
SO: front ready for assembly:
...and now that the spray can was out, I did the top of the frame
...and as I was at this point intoxicated silly by the fumes,
I went a bit nuts, and sprayed the blower mounting-thingy as well
We also made a new and considerably thicker axle for the rear wheel as I was somehow uncomfortable
with the very thin Indian-reproduction axle that came with the wheel.
Looked too weak for my likening.
Maybe I'm being hysterical BUT my priorities goes like this
and of cause having one hell of a good time !
That of cause meant new spacers and new inner 'adaptors' for the rear wheel assembly.
Photos tomorrow when my friend Jakob drops by,
as he has made them at home.
Can you guess what these alu-thingies , found on the scrap-yard,
will be used for ?
First right answer will recieve an INDIAN SALT CRACKER BONNEVILLE RACE CREW T-shirt.
Have a brilliant week-end ya'all !!!