Off on another tangent.... BSA custom long lean Path Racer "The Archduke" that turns into an Art Deco Roadster!!

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I also got the first coat of clear two pack wood sealer on all but the rear fender... needed to seal them so I can handle them without getting them dirty.....
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And I have started building the handle bars.... made up a firm table with a numbered grid to start with as the base for the jig. And spend ages working out how they might be.... still a work in progress.... the rods WILL go to the centre line of the handle bar.... I have the bar above to see how narrow I want them. After I am happy with all the angles I will start cutting the rods to length and tig welding it all together.... hard to know what angler to have the grips.....
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Lastly my friend Richard in the Netherlands received the Adler chainwheel today from the seller in Germany and has already posted it to me! :)
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I've purposely avoided learning too much about cottered cranks. Is it to remove them or install them that you need a special tool?
The special tool in question is what my father used to call "a large percussive maintenance device" ie hit them with a bloody big hammer!!!! :)
 
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Decided against any rear carrier.... to my eye it does not need it and I like the line of the seat stay and don't want to complicate that. Made some real progress on setting up the bars on the jig.... I "think" I am getting close to final fitting of rods and welding... it has some drama now with the angles I kinda like.... and the "twist" in the rods... made some end caps for the two bars...
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Tacked the handlebars together and set it all up for a new mock up.... missing Adler chainwheel, front brake stirrup and it will have cream tyres and be painted dark blue and gold... arty shot at the bottom.... the last light in the shed to be turned out... :)
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I decided to knock up a suitable side stand... found one I could use as a base and made this.... just got to fully weld it and fine tune the angle so that the top tube is parallel to the frame tube when up...
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Spent some time working on the decorations for the four ends of the fenders... this will be in three dimensions with the centre one higher and angled so getting higher at the front... still a work in progress
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Tha Adler chainwheel arrived thanks to Richard in the Netherlands help! Then I discovered the cranks have a larger hole than the British BB's I have.... so after some thinking I have decided to use just the chainwheel and it's mount and I have got a couple of British cranks and a BB to suit and made it all work.... I set the crank arms in the mill and cleaned them up then cut a decorative grove down the middle of both sides... made the chainwheel skip tooth... then machined the spacer between the crank arm and chainwheel to a more geometric shape to suit the bike better and polished it... waiting on new BB bearings from the local bike shop so I can set it up and check the chain line...
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I decided the triangle pedals were to big.... (first shot) so I machined the wood and metal down to make them more in proportion..... MUCH happier with them now.
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Then I turned my attention to the rod front brake stirrup.... I welded up a jig to make the shape of the steel I wanted.... made five bends before I got 3 I was happy with... I will weld them together so they act as one.... I will have small pivot arms off the forks to stop the brake moving forward when it is applied and allow the brake to move up and down.... as seen in the last photo I am still working out all the connections....
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I got some sealer on the rear fender and pedals, and did another full scale mock up and clean up before tackling the next project which is the front brakes.... this is pretty much how it is going to look apart from paint (gold front, dark blue rear), gold leather on the hand grips and cream tyres etc.... lots of little details to attend to now. Still unsure how to mount the pump. Still have to mount the fenders, cover the toolbox "can" in leather, do some lug decorations and make the fender trims and headbadge and have lots of stuff chromed....
Pump mount photo for ideas..... central mount.... might included a wing nut somehow?
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Smartar$e mates only comment on the bike was "the chains a bit lose...." I said it was artistic licence...... :)
 
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I like those wingnuts!
They are very cool wing nuts, got them from a eBay seller in Portrugal, I bought 6 so I might use one to tighten the seat champ and maybe the pump mount..... They match the chainwheel nicely I thought.
 
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Made some good progress on the front brake parts..... made the connection between the rod coming down from the lever to the stirrup... and did a mockup of the lower parts... the white bit is the arm pivoting behind the fork....
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