The Big Put-Together
Mar. 1, 2010
OK, I don’t know what I may have done to deserve this, but it can’t be fair. Sure, I give the illusion of being a friendly, good-guy, but those (few women) who really know me well, know there is no way I deserve this my fun and joy.
I am having such a good time, it’s beyond what I expected – even if everything went really well. Well, everything is going really well and I love it!
We’ll begin anew sorting the chapters on the column on the right , as I feel I’ve turned a page, or started part-two of my book.
The rolling chassis is done – all except the rear brakes, and they just snap in place. The challenge was the front. 1967 Triumph attached to some mid-70′s dirk-bike forks (Ossa, Montessa, Penton?) holding a 1968 Triumph wheel and brakes. Other than strengthening one metal brace, I’ve done it. What a challenge, and what satisfaction : -)
Pounding the rusty motor apart was satisfying in a big-armed, blacksmith, sledge-hammer kind of way. But, creating this front end, using these components, on my budget, makes me glow inside.
I’ve begun reassembling the motor. It’s mostly clean bench-work. After getting the rods on the crankshaft and getting the two engine case halves joined together (and then having it spin in that new-bearing, this-is-perfect kind of way) I was practically brought to tears! Ah! What joy!
Here’s a couple of pics. The front wheel, the timing gears and oil pump and my crude, hand-made wiring diagrams.