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Title: Another A7/A10 Forum Show Winner.
Post by: metalflake11 on 29.09. 2016 13:29


Best chop in show.
Title: Re: Another A7/A10 Forum Show Winner.
Post by: muskrat on 29.09. 2016 20:50
 *yeah* *yeah* *yeah* *woo*
Title: Re: Another A7/A10 Forum Show Winner.
Post by: coater87 on 30.09. 2016 11:22
 Its actually a great looking chopper, I am just not that into the style.

 But I do know it takes big money and an awful lot of time to build one right.

 You should be very proud of it, and I do like the color. *smile*

 Are you the one who painted the bike?

 Lee
Title: Re: Another A7/A10 Forum Show Winner.
Post by: metalflake11 on 30.09. 2016 14:22
Cheers Musky and Coater.

The bike has been like that since 1968, built from a written off A10 frame. The engine is a real mongrel, with the rocker box, head, barrels and A7 crankcases all coming from different scrapped bikes and breakers yards from back in the '70's.

The original engine was an A7, bored to take A10 pistons that had the skirts cut down to stop them hitting the crank............It didn't last long!
 
I've had to beef up the frame over the years (thirty seven of them) with things like the crossbars on the downtubes to stiffen the front end, and the gussets to stop the ton of filler cracking. Sadly I destroyed the original petrol tank last winter and had to make a new one to a very similar shape, the old one had only been off once in nearly fifty years as it's moulded on.

The paint cost £160 and was done with a mustard jar, a couple of plastic tubes and a £5 air brush in the shed and the house! *smile*

It's been a great bike to me, has always ran really well, and handles way better than any springer chop I've ever ridden. Or did I just get used to it?

While at the show an old bloke asked me if I built the forks, I said 'no they were built in Levenshulme, Manchester in '68'............"I know" he said with a smile, "I built them!" I then asked him something only the builder could of known, and he responded immediately with the right answer. His name is 'Big' Al East and we will be going for a beer soon.............It blew my mind meeting him.
Title: Re: Another A7/A10 Forum Show Winner.
Post by: Seabee on 30.09. 2016 21:01
Congrats! I have a real soft spot for springers.
Title: Re: Another A7/A10 Forum Show Winner.
Post by: Rocket Racer on 14.10. 2016 00:42
Well done with the prize, still plenty of BSA visible throughout the build and a welcome change to the usual Americana.
I've always thought car drivers should have a sharpened steel spike in the middle of the steering wheel to encourage them to drive better, but not so sure about your pointy bits on the spring tops between your bars, wouldn't like to get impaled on those bad boys.

Nice to see a BSA that's not too subtle  *wink2*