I got the multispeed chain today. I shaved the teeth of the front sprocket so the would fit into the tighter chain. Did a couple teethe and tested, and it worked, so shaved the rest. Turns out that the length between each link is slightly shorter, not just thinner. Since that sprocket is an AMF icon, I can't just replace it since I haven't found and Aerobee sprocket for sale (I'm assuming they are correct) either that, or the Aerobee just used a single speed chain in a multi speed set up. I'm going to try that since I don't have another choice. Hopefully I can make it work.
I should have progress on the welding this week, then final mock up, then tear down and paint.
Are you sure about the chain issue? I have used single speed chains on thinner multi speed sprockets in the past, stands to reason it should work the other way once it is thinned...
Looking at sprocket cutting programs, both sprockets use the same indexing and pin size...
Some major progress and a bit of a disappointing set back. First the progress:
I've never welded and don't have the equipment. I met a guy around the corner building his own hot rods. He offered to help me out.
Remember the fender tabs that were in the way of the chain? Not anymore.
And the sissy bar wouldn't mount with the derailleur there? Well... we cut the back of the dropouts off and added some length of 10 gauge steel.
Yes, the last 3 on the serial is 666. No, I had no desire to work "The Beast" into the build. So, I'm going to drill two holes back there... hopefully straight and even with each other. And I'll take a bolt and nut and attach the sissy back there.
And lastly, I lost the fender tab that fell off. :roll: I'm sure I'll find it soon. But since this might have been a one shot deal, I needed to get it done. So, we fabbed one out of some thin metal he had. It doesn't look fantastic, and it's a little thin, but I think it will work, and it won't really be seen.
The disappointment: He didn't think we had time to fab the fork like I wanted. He had to leave the state, so we only had tonight. The plan was to weld in some sort of box so I could mount the fender and front brake, then make a set up for a faux spring. I've put out a call on Facebook to see if there is anyone who can help me. It will push my schedule back, but I'd rather do it the way I want it. So I may really be down to the wire on this.
A teaser... the fork fab is done. Didn't use the original *shade tree chopper fork* I had to for it, so I'll use that in another, simpler build. I went with a late '60's springer look, since this is a '69 frame. I'm way behind and have lots to do and little time to do it, but I'm trying.