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Andy welburn16/06/2020 22:07:45
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Hello All. Andy here, based in South Wales not a million miles away from Swansea. I have an old Myford ML7 and an EMCO F1 mill. I'm currently amusing myself machining "Turners Cubes" from wood and trying to learn some machining and CAD/CAM skills.

Eventually I'd like to design and build a 250cc V twin motorcycle engine using a lot of old Honda CG125 parts, and then put it into a bike.

I'm considering upgrading the EMCO F1 to something with a bit more travel but not looking to spend too much.



Brian Wood17/06/2020 09:58:55
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Welcome to the Forum Andy.

Perhaps you should graduate to machining metal on your machines, wood dust is a very poor lubricant and might actually make your ML7 even older with it's effect on the white metal bearings. I think it would pay you dividends to clean things thoroughly before you make that change.

Your project sounds ambitious, is this to make a road use bike? There are plenty of bike enthusiasts on the Forum who will I'm sure be happy to pass on their experience.

Regards Brian

Neil Wyatt17/06/2020 10:40:01
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Hi Andy,

Welcome to the forum, I originally come from Barry myself


colin brannigan17/06/2020 16:45:11
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Hello Andy, and welcome, I am also near Swansea in Southgate on the Gower and I also mess with motorcycles but old British stuff.


Andy welburn17/06/2020 23:14:49
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Thanks for the welcomes chaps.

Brian - all my wood machining is done on the mill rather than the lathe and I ALWAYS have the vacuum cleaner on extracting dust as it's made. In fact I recently bought a new vacuum as my old "VAX" was starting to emit burning smells. I wouldn't say the new vacuum is good but so far I've had to retrieve a 13mm spanner and a big felt tip pen out of the drum, as well as plenty of sawdust and swarf.

Neil - I nearly bought a house in Barry but it fell through. Never mind.

Colin - I have a modern Triumph and an Indian Royal Enfield at the moment, as well as a CG125 and a Yamaha TY250. For some strange reason though I've developed a hankering for a British 250. I'm thinking along the lines of a Crusader, C15/Starfire or a Panther.

As for my fantasy (presently) engine project, I've got a couple of potential donor engines but I need to do a lot of sorting out and tidying up in the garage (and another bike build project) before I can make a proper start on it. I'll get there eventually! Lots of learning to do on the way.


stevetee20/06/2020 13:05:12
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Hi there, i'm further down the coast ger Abergwaun. Have you read about the Carberry Vee twin. The bloke developed a vee twin based in the Enfied India 500cc single engine, which could be of interest to you as a process.

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