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Found some small half inch tubing that I spliced together then welded to the cruiser bars, gives it that old time Bracer bar look. The width of the standard Wald longhorns are pretty close to correct to the look I am going for. The tank pictures still has some hacking to do in order to fit in the frame. Next big project: Tripple tree forks!
Began the Truss fork tripple tree parts. I have a Delta Shopmaster Drill press set to 500rpm and I am using a 1" bi-metal hole saw to cut into layers of 1/8 steel plate. I've built several tripple trees using hole saws, its a slow process using lost of WD40. The first time I did this I destroyed a hole saw bit. I have made a few trees in the past using 1/4-3/16 plate, but 1/8 is alot easier to cut and not as hard on the equipment. If the plates are doubled or tripple up (last photo) the tree gets pretty stiff and strong. There will be gaps between the bottom of the tree plates like the old antique bike forks had (hawthorne).
Finished product. the plates just need to be grinded and seperated. I tack weld them together so my holes will line up and I don't have to using clamps that get in the way when I'm drilled the holes.
Future fork legs. I'm using 1" .075 walled tubing. I wanted to go smaller, but I had lots of this laying around and I'm trying to keep this project cheap (rat rod style). I'm going to cut 2 tubes each will be 2' long.
I need to make individual bends that are evenly spaced out between both legs of the fork to give it the look I am going for. I don't have a tubing bender, but a pipe bender works fine it just takes alot longer and you have to pack the tubes with sand to do steep bends without pinching
well heres what I got so far, tomarrow I will work on the dropouts and the truss rods portion
The tripple tree design originally came from the first forks I made using the "Brain fork Plans." They were springers, but since then I have build leaf springers too. I almost thought about making leafers for this project but I want to keep it simple and springer forks are heavier.
Cool job building your own forks!
That is pretty slick.
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Get'n Jiggy with it! Sometimes the hardest thing with welding is setting up a jig and making sure things are straight before and after you weld. I make strong tacks at certain locations first so I can bend things into position then I do my final welds.
When I cut up frames, I salvage anything I can. The front dropouts on an old fork fit good on the ends of my custom fork. I use carpenter squares, tape masures, and straight edges to get my forks as straight as I can. I still need a steer tube and attatch the truss rods.
I get really into this build when I have the time. My wife is watching kids for money and I have to time my cutting and noisey work around they're sleep schedules. I am also still working on the whizzer build for my dad. All wiring is hooked up based upon a simpler wiring setup but it still gets no spark. If there are any Whizzer experts reading this I could use a hand.
Very nice build! (love the motorbike BTW)
And if you've got a "silent blue fellow", I figured id add a "loud red indian!"
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