about 10mm to clear the bottom edge of the primary, drilled out the old
frame tubes so we could put in new tubes to suit the chief
motor, fitted the '30s chief headstock and added a brace, to fill in
the ugly gap more than anything else. Thought about, and created a
solution to the kicker arm position, had the oil and fuel line fittings
added to the tank and got the seat mount pivot milled out ready for my
people come up wiht solutions ot similar problems - all work just as
well but each is quite different for the same problem!!!
I was worrying about how to get the bottom tube to clear the
heads - TRex (a NZ Indian fellow) cam up with the solution of bending
the 'seat post' back slightly and becauce I was using Ricardo heads
which are a bit lower than standard '40s chief ones should give us
enough clearance. He was right and this works a treat....
Shows my solution to fitting the seat pivot. I didn't want a
big ugly bracket sticking up so had another mate turn up the tube on his
lathe and then had the man with a mill cut out the top tube - all I need
to do now is weld it in and give the seat mount a bit of a bend and
it'll be nice and tidy below the line of the frame.
resized5 - This is my really clever solution to moving the kicker arm
back a little. As you all know a chief motor is a bit bigger than a
scout one, so one of the things you need to do is relocate the kicker
arm. I had a couple of other ideas before this one but they were far
too complex........ this is a piece of steel bar, cut and ground down
to shape, a couple of holes drilled in it, bit of machining on the frame
(this was sent out to PG2000 in Wellington NZ) and it all matched up and
worked a treat.
Next on the agenda is to sort the motor/gearbox, rear guard and tank
then that is about all there is to a chout so I should be ready to ride
it - hahhaha, almost!!