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by Prof
Sun Jan 17, 2021 2:08 pm
Forum: On The Road Pics & Ride Reports...
Topic: Jan 2021 Midnight Ride...
Replies: 1
Views: 72

Jan 2021 Midnight Ride...

The weather was perfect for our first 2021 Midnight Ride. I had arranged to pick up my workman, Luke on the way expecting a built in pillion photographer, so added a couple of psi into the rear tyre. http://www.choppersaustralia.com/PictureLibrary7/CAF2021Midnight-00.jpg Arrive at Luke's and what? T...
by Prof
Fri Jan 15, 2021 10:35 pm
Forum: The Chopper Shed
Topic: Full chop job with Meatballs springer on an XV650...
Replies: 14
Views: 940

Re: Full chop job with Meatballs springer on an XV650...

Time to choose and set up a guard. Michael's tyre is wider than the normal classic chopper 5" so we needed a bit wider guard. In the seventies when I was building choppers, after market guards were non existent and HD guards were virtually unobtainable. However, a really cool rear guard was a nice ...
by Prof
Fri Jan 15, 2021 8:37 am
Forum: Regional run and meeting arranging...
Topic: Hahndorf swap meet this Sunday
Replies: 0
Views: 46

Hahndorf swap meet this Sunday

Hahndorf swap meet this Sunday 17th January 2021. Starts 6am. I always park just in side the main gates on left with CA flags.
by Prof
Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:09 pm
Forum: Regional run and meeting arranging...
Topic: 2021 Midnight Rides...
Replies: 0
Views: 52

2021 Midnight Rides...

This Wednesday (13th Jan) evening 8pm Villies Richmond...

February Midnight Ride last week of Feb. Day yet to be decided...
by Prof
Thu Jan 07, 2021 10:54 pm
Forum: The Chopper Shed
Topic: Full chop job with Meatballs springer on an XV650...
Replies: 14
Views: 940

Re: Full chop job with Meatballs springer on an XV650...

Back onto the air cleaner intake manifold. Crowy picked up a mandrel bend in mild steel as the previous effort was using some stainless. A quick trip on the shovel this morning to Crowy's got me the bend so I could get on with the job. Nice to take a quick run on the chopper! Mandrel bend is cut as ...
by Prof
Wed Jan 06, 2021 10:39 pm
Forum: The Chopper Shed
Topic: Full chop job with Meatballs springer on an XV650...
Replies: 14
Views: 940

Re: Full chop job with Meatballs springer on an XV650...

While I was playing with the tank and intake manifold and welding bits and pieces, Michael was fabricating gussets (and later also had his first go on the lathe). Here a small gusset under the steering head is being marked out from a piece of 3mm scrap... http://www.choppersaustralia.com/PictureLibr...
by Prof
Tue Jan 05, 2021 8:52 pm
Forum: The Chopper Shed
Topic: Full chop job with Meatballs springer on an XV650...
Replies: 14
Views: 940

Re: Full chop job with Meatballs springer on an XV650...

Michael wanted a greater volume than a peanut or sporty tank and loves the shape of this one. He also wants to see a lot of backbone both in front and behind the tank. My preference was to fair in the rear of the tank to the front of the seat rails and use the area for his telltales. But he is defin...
by Prof
Mon Jan 04, 2021 12:37 pm
Forum: The Chopper Shed
Topic: Full chop job with Meatballs springer on an XV650...
Replies: 14
Views: 940

Re: Full chop job with Meatballs springer on an XV650...

Tunnel cut to depth and fitted into cutout making sure it is square... http://www.choppersaustralia.com/PictureLibrary7/CAFXV650Michael-19.jpg On this build, no tank brackets will be visible. A piece of threaded rod will extend down from the tunnel and through the backbone. The tunnel is reinforced ...
by Prof
Fri Jan 01, 2021 10:50 am
Forum: The Chopper Shed
Topic: Full chop job with Meatballs springer on an XV650...
Replies: 14
Views: 940

Re: Full chop job with Meatballs springer on an XV650...

Tank now being readied for Michael to decide location on backbone. Before any welding can begin, paint needs to be removed. This is done with paint stripper... http://www.choppersaustralia.com/PictureLibrary7/CAFXV650Michael-08.jpg ... which lifts most of the paint that is removed with a scraper. St...
by Prof
Wed Dec 30, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: The Chopper Shed
Topic: Full chop job with Meatballs springer on an XV650...
Replies: 14
Views: 940

Re: Meatballs springer on an XV650...

Fuel Tank... Michael has found a fuel tank in my collection that he reckons might suit his project. not sure what it is from, but it is British and very well made of decent thickness metal. Michael wants it Frisco mounted which means the tunnel has to be cut out and shallowed so the bottom of the t...
by Prof
Tue Dec 29, 2020 10:16 pm
Forum: The Chopper Shed
Topic: Twin Cam frame building... Brake caliper and guard mounting
Replies: 7
Views: 608

Re: Twin Cam frame building... Brake caliper and guard mounting

Polishing brake calipers... Garry wants lots of shine on his chopper, so many parts have gone to chrome platers. The brake calipers however, I will polish as it is too easy for mating surfaces and cylinders for pistons to be adversely affected by the plating and polishing process. HD brake calipers...
by Prof
Mon Dec 28, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: The Chopper Shed
Topic: 3 degree cups on an Evo...
Replies: 1
Views: 136

3 degree cups on an Evo...

Shaun dropped by a couple of weekends ago to get a set of 3 degree raked cups installed on his Evo. HD Big Twin headstem bearings were fitted into removable bearing cups until 1988. After that the steering head is in one piece with the races fitted directly into the steering head. This means that on...
by Prof
Mon Dec 14, 2020 11:01 pm
Forum: The Chopper Shed
Topic: Full chop job with Meatballs springer on an XV650...
Replies: 14
Views: 940

Re: Meatballs springer on an XV650...

Michael was up at the workshop again on Sunday. Down tubes and steering head gussets the order of the day... Existing tubes have to be heated and moved in to line up with the new steering head... http://www.choppersaustralia.com/PictureLibrary7/CAFMichaelXV650Frame-32.jpg Heating and bending with a ...
by Prof
Sun Dec 13, 2020 12:31 am
Forum: On The Road Pics & Ride Reports...
Topic: December 2020 Bike Night...
Replies: 0
Views: 179

December 2020 Bike Night...

Another Adelaide Bike Night occurred tonight... as I understand it, simply a gathering of bikes at Mile End and mostly sports bikes and reasonably stock H"D's, with a few oddballs like us choppers and a few cafe racers. Starts at 7pm and most are heading off within an hour or so. Venue is shopping c...
by Prof
Thu Dec 10, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: The Chopper Shed
Topic: Full chop job with Meatballs springer on an XV650...
Replies: 14
Views: 940

Re: Meatballs springer on an XV650...

Having gotten to the previous stage, I sent Michael home with some home work. 1. Did he want to lower the rear of the chopper? 2. Did he want to narrow the seat rails? 3. Did he want to modify the rear frame which is designed to look like a Harley soft tail but unlike the HD is serves no purpose? He...

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