Archive for December, 2014

Rear Fender Mounts

Posted: December 29, 2014 in 1960s BSA Hardtail

The rear fender being used is actually a front fender.  It has a nice style to it, with a raised rib going down the length.  We got it mounted to the frame in a few spots, and made some supports towards the tail end of it to keep it from shaking around.  Where the supports are attached to the frame, it was tapped and made removable via screw to get it all off in one piece.  It needs some cleanup, but it is going to work pretty well.
We also tapped into the frame in the center of the horizontal support under where the seat will go, as well as made a mount coming off the bottom horizontal frame support.

Dec 27 Rear fender struts 2 Dec 27 Rear fender struts

Exhaust mount

Posted: December 14, 2014 in 1974 Kawasaki Z1A

Since the exhaust is an aftermarket 4 into 1 Kerker, the rear of it had to have a mount created (we didn’t have any mounts if one came with it originally).  We used some angle iron, as well as a clamp on the frame.  It’s not going anywhere now!  As a bonus, a pic of me sitting on the bike as well!  It’s pretty big!

Dec 14 Exhaust Mount Dec 14 Me on bike

Motor apart and laid out!

Posted: December 14, 2014 in 1960s BSA Hardtail

BSA motor is apart now, and we have everything all laid out for a friend of ours who is an expert on British bikes to come over and help us check to see what is or isn’t in spec!

Dec 14 Motor Laid Out

Motor nearly all apart

Posted: December 13, 2014 in 1960s BSA Hardtail

Got most of the motor torn apart.  Lots of things look wrong on here.  Someone had this apart before, and did things like use a screwdriver to hammer in the crank bearing, and put a washed on one of the mounts for the oil pump (which caused it to cock a bit and damage the worm gear).  Got a lot of work ahead!

Dec 13 Case apart 2 Dec 13 Case apart 3 Dec 13 Case apart Dec 13 Case Split 2 Dec 13 Case Split Dec 13 Crank Bearing 2 Dec 13 Crank Bearing Dec 13 More apart 1 Dec 13 Oil Pump Mount Dec 13 Primary Chain Dec 13 Transmission

Motor Breakdown Started

Posted: December 9, 2014 in 1960s BSA Hardtail

Started pulling apart the A65 motor for the hardtail.  A few quick shots of the progress below.

Dec 9 Motor Breakdown Started 1 Dec 9 Motor Breakdown Started 2 Dec 9 Motor Breakdown Started 3 Dec 9 Motor Breakdown Started 4

First Ride!

Posted: December 7, 2014 in 1974 Kawasaki Z1A

Put the Z1 together enough to take it for a quick ride up and down the street!  It didn’t have a front brake, so we didn’t beat on it, but it ran and shifted nicely!

Dec 7 Together 1 Dec 7 Together 2

The return of compression!

Posted: December 6, 2014 in 1974 Kawasaki Z1A

Compression has been restored!  All cylinders are well within normal specs now, and its even noticeable when trying to move the kick start by hand!  Can really feel the compression that way!  Had a nice drink in my CT Rockers glass to celebrate!  Best tasting Captain and Coke in a long while!