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Thread: Motorcycle General Discussion
06/07/2019 15:01:38
Posted by thaiguzzi on 06/07/2019 06:23:50:
Posted by Hopper on 05/07/2019 08:39:57:
Posted by thaiguzzi on 02/07/2019 04:53:08:

Another would be a genuine between centres crank aligner like HD used or a larger J&S bench centres.

I think you can still buy the Rowe crank truing stand with indicators which is in the HD style. Costs about $1,000 though.

I dunno what the genuine Rowe one costs, but the Taiwanese copy , which most people buy and use, is approaching that figure.

Between centres is ok providing they are perfect but a crank aligner chap mentions that the centres can be distorted sometimes after pullers etc. have been used on them.

04/07/2019 23:38:17
Posted by thaiguzzi on 04/07/2019 13:52:23:
Posted by Windy on 02/07/2019 08:46:17:

The one I made was out of mainly scrap my classic bike friend has two sizes of the Alpha and used them a lot when he used to do a lot of work for a now gone local motorcycle dealer.

Let me know if he ever wants to sell them, especially the bigger one.

Ta velly much.

I doubt he will ever sell one he restores numerous classic bikes not for resale but for his own personal use

02/07/2019 08:46:17

The one I made was out of mainly scrap my classic bike friend has two sizes of the Alpha and used them a lot when he used to do a lot of work for a now gone local motorcycle dealer.

01/07/2019 10:41:50

At least this old git is of use doing a few repairs and modifications for true friends and enthusiasts it does keep you active.

Love of speed machines is never far away and keep doing bits on my full size project.

My friends. steam rocket bike is on test hold at the moment due to work commotments.

He has a drag racing type slipper clutch he made with all the load data for me to use.

Anyway my monthly treat at Elvington Top Speed soon it's Tuesday July 16th.

19/06/2019 07:44:33
Posted by Pete Rimmer on 18/06/2019 19:32:55:

That would be my old bike then :D

Glad to see the old girl's still pumping out the ponies. I made the entire turbo system complete with water-cooled intercooler, secondary fuel rail, 3" straight-through exhaust and extended swing-arm in my 10' x 7' garden shed. I've got a good workshop now and some nice equipment but back in 2007 the only tools was a battered drill press, and old Atlas10 lathe and an even more battered 6x4 bandsaw.

The only motivation I needed was someone telling me not to bother trying because it was doomed to failure.

Pete I was similar in my early days very little equipment but loads of enthusiasm had no qualification and learnt by trial and error.

Was told a few years ago would not call you an engineer more a tinkerer.

The following year did a one way average speed over he 1/4 mile of 207.9 mph.

The photo is a bit crap my young Sister had made a scrap book of my exploits otherwise would have very few pictures of those days.1973

First year with the two engines

18/06/2019 18:46:06

A member of this forum  sold his fast motorcycle to my friends Andy and Helen.

Today June 18.Andy did a personal best of 214.728 mph at Elvington he had a number of runs over 200mph as well.

Beccy the fastest Granny did 253mph

Andy 214.728.mph

ginger pig.


Edited By Windy on 18/06/2019 18:47:05

Thread: High performance Torx bits
12/06/2019 23:17:17

A certain car door hinges were held by largish torx screws to remove with a conventional tool normally resulted in twisted or broken bits.

Using an air impact wrench and no problems getting them out sudden shock in this case was the answer.

Thread: 1.1kw motor iffy
06/06/2019 21:25:34
Posted by AdrianR on 06/06/2019 18:26:54:

Hi Windy,

I have a BH600 and it is exactly the same in high gears. I only recently got it so don't know what it used to be like, but I assumed it is normal for a capacitor start.

Please let me know if your new start capacitor helps.


Will do but might be a few weeks before I get the start capacitor

Edited By Windy on 06/06/2019 21:31:14

06/06/2019 13:15:48

Some years ago the motor would not run very well and replaced the run capacitor it worked ok at highest speed as well.

Lately replaced the same run capacitor but found later the high speeds needed caution to get up to speed as slackening belt helped.

Had also checked centrifugal switch so have ordered a start capacitor from China.

I know some are not keen on quality of some oriental products but I have also had some crap UK products that cost a lot more.

05/06/2019 14:10:36

Am maybe answering my own question but would like it verifying or is it something else.

My Warco 600 lathe motor 1.1kw starts and runs in the low belt speeds.

In the high belt speeds it's slow getting up to speed and find to reduce the belt tension with the belt changing lever first helps starting.

As it has two capacitors am I correct to think the start capacitor is faulty or start windings on the way out.

Thread: Adhesive Storage?
17/05/2019 16:17:24

I have some that is used for repairing fishing waders that is recommended to be stored in the freezer

Thread: Motorcycle General Discussion
15/05/2019 16:46:50

Had a very interesting time over the last few days there was a 3 day speed meeting at Elvington.

Saturday I did not go but told Andy and Helen who were camped out if any competitor broke down and if I could help I would.

Had a phone call from Mick his wife is the fastest women motorcyclist in this country 264 mph a friend was having problems with his new creation a drag racing machine.

A drive bearing had moved and looked like the chain had worn a groove in its OD 50mm bore x 80 od.

I made a spacer fortunately I had some steel of that size while doing that Will the rider and his girl friend who had just flown in from California for a few days removed the damaged bearing.

Sunday on this machines second outing did around 140mph then Monday upped it to 151 mph his fastest yet.

There were some handling problems mainly when reduced acceleration and the large drag racing tyre caused gyroscopic effects if machine is not vertical on setting off.

All the controls brakes, clutch and gear change are operated from the handlebars they are what is used on disabled riders motorcycles.

A simple repair meant his 3 days was not aborted.

Guy Martin was also testing his motorcycle on Sunday it looked like his Pikes Peak machine.

A litttle repair

All hand controls

my repair

Guy Martin

Thread: Aldi 3D printer
05/04/2019 15:25:41

Aldi have a Balco 3d printer they have reduced price on


Thread: What Did You Do Today 2019
20/03/2019 00:29:58

As I have a strong interest in mechanical speed machines I went to Elvington Top Speed meeting today.

Little did I know I was being set up by friend Roger, Andy Lincoln Smith and his wife Helen.

Andy brought his BSA C10 and let me sit on it then Helen said your riding it doing the measured Top Speed mile.

A group of speed nuts had brought the riding gear for me.

I had not ridden a motorbike for 40 years

What a nostalgia trip on that 2 mile runway a bit more sedate to 1974's 207.9mph run.

That model BSA was my first motorbike bought in 1969 for £10 they now fetch £2600.

You have to watch out 40mph can be achieved ha,ha.

Then back home and got back in the workshop to do some work on my pumps.

The competitors you meet some are involved in ME and full size projects connected to speed

Thread: VMC Mill alignment
16/03/2019 21:22:17
Posted by Vic on 16/03/2019 19:52:37:

Just to be clear do you mean lowering the quill and are you doing this with the lever or the hand Wheel?

As a point of interest I was taught never to use the quill when milling but always to raise the table. Are you putting on a cut by moving the quill and if so has this shown up any errors in your work?

Have lowered quill both ways and still an error there has been a slight error on some work.

In future will just raise the table thank you.

16/03/2019 19:44:06

I have a Warco VMC mill it's not had too much use from new but have noticed an alignment problem.

Have looked at previous posts on how to align this is what I have.

Winding the table up and down the dial indicator shows no deflection on the vertical face of the machine vice.

When I wind the head down even with it being tightened to allow for any slop in it the DTI shows o.oo2" over about 2" vertical vice jaw.

It seems the head has a sag towards me everything is bolted tight

Any easy way to sort this

Thread: A good seller
16/03/2019 11:57:41
In this day and age there seems to be a great many who pick faults and moan about anything.
It’s good to hear favourable comments even after hiccups with things.
An order from Bearing Shop UK did not arrive after over a week I contacted by Email at night following morning they wanted to confirm address.
Should have received in a few days with no quibble another Email from them said another order despatched if original order does come keep it.
Following day order came I would certainly recommend them Arc Euro have been good as well.
On Tuesday the 19th March the motorcycle speed nuts will be blasting down Elvington runway some trying to better 271mph record.
Now getting back into workshop to finish pumps for my larger flash steam engine.

Edited By Windy on 16/03/2019 12:02:32

Edited By Windy on 16/03/2019 12:07:21

Thread: Metal Cutting Power Saw
14/03/2019 01:28:44

I got the Aldi portable band saw yesterday and gave it a try today on some ally bar the vice looks rubbish but it gripped ok.

Waiting to try it on some big lumps of ally soon but seems to work fine have ordered some spare blades and hope there are no problems cutting en24 wonder if should arrange a positive coolant system for that.

07/03/2019 00:44:55

I have a lot of metal to cut so have ordered the Aldi portable band saw so will get a lot of use just hope is as good as the comments on the Aldi site

06/03/2019 12:19:08
As many of us have limited access to the recommended machines for certain jobs we have to do things the hard way or improvise.
I purchased years ago from an auto jumble a block 3” x 4.25” x 12” of 6082 Ally and decided could use it for my full size flash steam water and fuel pump bodies two are required.
Thinking it’s going to be a hand hacksaw job I remembered a cheap Aldi electric hand reciprocating saw bought from my local store.
With a metal blade have cut up a 1/4” angle trailer in the past so dug it out and put a coarse long wood blade in it (no carbide teeth on it) with a bit of lube done the Ally cutting.
Have found many of the budget tools from Aldi are OK for occasional use and a lot cheaper than professional ones.
I did this today in about 15 to 20 minutes.
Ally block cuttingAlly block cut.Ally block.

Edited By Windy on 06/03/2019 12:24:56

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