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Title: Allen Millyard = genius
Post by: Greybeard on 25.03. 2019 11:53
Millyard has a history of creating fantastic home-made machines. I lurve this!!
https://youtu.be/v0aY7sHNAGw
Title: Re: Allen Millyard = genius
Post by: bikerbob on 25.03. 2019 14:30
Agree there are some really clever people out there a great feat of engineering just to work out all the details that need to be overcome and then go on and build it and get it running on the road.
Title: Re: Allen Millyard = genius
Post by: Rex on 25.03. 2019 15:27
He's an old friend from way back when of a mate of mine (I don't know him personally) and apparently he's very intuitive when he works. Apparently when they were young as a favour to someone he installed a CD200 engine in a Suzuki trail bike pretty much in a day, and built a Honda C50 V-twin ie 100cc.
Clever bloke.
Title: Re: Allen Millyard = genius
Post by: RDfella on 25.03. 2019 17:39
Is that the Vulcan? Years ago I read about a chap creating a vee twin Velocette that he called the Vulcan - it was that article which started me off building my first (BSA based) vee twin.
Title: Re: Allen Millyard = genius
Post by: BigJim on 25.03. 2019 17:49
Wish he lived next door to me!
Title: Re: Allen Millyard = genius
Post by: berger on 25.03. 2019 19:15
big jim I wish I had done what my older brother did and spent lots of time in my dads workshop watching and learning---- I couldn't keep out of the pub, dad was good he used to have a coke forge when he was 18 and at that time he was working at bryon donkin engineers. he used to make engines for model boats casting and machining everything. I still have a small con rod from one. he even made the carbs and jets!!!!! and I just got better at drinking beer *beer* *beer* *countdown*
Title: Re: Allen Millyard = genius
Post by: Swarfcut on 28.03. 2019 10:09
  Allen Millyard's skill sorting a Triumph Motor was featured on yesterday's Find It, Fix It, Drive It, a new series in which the ever popular? Henry Cole continues in the usual style, of doing up tat for a profit. Allen's workshop had the tidy ambience we dream of, and he came over as a very modest fella, considering his engineering creations.  Like Jim said, handy to have next door.

 The episode was very entertaining, and good to see some very sensible and balanced comment from the excellent Mr Millyard...(who should get his own series) in contrast to the unbridled enthusiasm of the main presenter.

 Still, that's showbiz, and I confess to liking Henry Cole, so please don't black ball me from the Forum.  Shown on UK Channel More4, 27/3/19, 9PM.

 bergs, Bryan Donkin made rather big valves, the sort of turn the big wheel to close that 4 foot pipe type, I seem to remember. I can just picture your old fella standing at the end of the pour with a lost wax pattern in the box ready for a few spoons of molten, after the half ton valve body had been cast. Happy days, a perk from work.

 Swarfy.

 
Title: Re: Allen Millyard = genius
Post by: berger on 28.03. 2019 12:46
swarfy when I was at coking plant I had to pull on those big wheel valves with two  or 3 more well built men to open and close them on 4 ft wide and wider gas mains. some of them were fixed vertical with access by steel ladders and platforms, others horizontal with a connecting bar about 25ft long and very large bevel gears ,[ much more humungus than those on a ducati] I can remember going round with a bucket of oil and endlessly filling the oil can to lube the stems and gears to make life a bit easier on the ones that didn't get much use, either always open or shut unless something had to be by passed and work done. these were the ones that need 3 or 4 men on the wheel. the ones used every day were dangerous when shutting them , you had to stop the wheel from spinning as the spade got near the seat otherwise they would jam shut!!! some could shut themselves but were very hard work to open with the weight of those spades and the wheel had to be wired! but these were used every day 3 times a day when steaming out the gas coolers. after nearly 40yrs of plant operation not one had been changed but operators had to show trainees how to just back them off the seat to stop them jamming weather fully closed or open. I remember new style management buying cheapo steam valves that didn't last two weeks. those old donkins would still be perfect today. o memories *smile*
Title: Re: Allen Millyard = genius
Post by: Minto on 01.04. 2019 21:28
Saw an interview recently with him, discussing his Viper bike. That thing is just nuts. He just seems like a very unassuming very very clever bloke. I wonder if he’d take a look at the sludge trap on my plunger???
On another note, up at the food stop at Quatt near Bridgnorth last year, a chap pulled up on a Velocette V twin, not the same one, but very nicely done. I’ve got a couple of pics of it but can’t post them cos I’m crap. 🙁
Title: Re: Allen Millyard = genius
Post by: Rex on 02.04. 2019 09:36
I thought that Mr Millyard looked uncomfortably out-of-place in that Find it etc programme.
Strange thing is that I detest choppers but I found their Uncle Bunt build was almost attractive. I hope that it's not some mid-life crisis where I'm starting to find metalflake paint and ludicrous frame geometrics to be strangely appealing...
Title: Re: Allen Millyard = genius
Post by: Greybeard on 02.04. 2019 09:38
Viper. FFS!
https://youtu.be/ANwiN2jAa3s
Title: Re: Allen Millyard = genius
Post by: Angus on 02.04. 2019 09:44
Had to post this. Made by our clubs resident genius. He made the whole this even the spokes & nipples, the only thing he could not do was make working carbs, but he says it would run if you fitted model aeroplane carbs  *smile*
Title: Re: Allen Millyard = genius
Post by: Greybeard on 02.04. 2019 09:47
Had to post this. Made by our clubs resident genius. He made the whole this even the spokes & nipples, the only thing he could not do was make working carbs, but he says it would run if you fitted model aeroplane carbs  *smile*
Wow!
Title: Re: Allen Millyard = genius
Post by: duTch on 02.04. 2019 10:31

 
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.....but he says it would run if you fitted model aeroplane carbs  *smile*....

 Well it did somethin', 'coz it's stuck to the ceiling down here..... *eek*
Title: Re: Allen Millyard = genius
Post by: Minto on 02.04. 2019 11:47
That’s some proper skills that is!
Title: Re: Allen Millyard = genius
Post by: Rex on 02.04. 2019 11:55
As the old song went "there ain't half some clever ba*tards".
Some are like this bloke and Mr Millyard while others struggle to check their tyre pressures. *conf*
Title: Re: Allen Millyard = genius
Post by: worntorn on 02.04. 2019 15:24
Here's our Canadian version, Dan Smith.
He also built a supercharged Velo Roarer and an A Twin Vincent Rapide. Makes the carbs too.

https://cdnbkr.ca/built-scratch-ajs-v4/

Title: Re: Allen Millyard = genius
Post by: Greybeard on 02.04. 2019 16:26

 
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.....but he says it would run if you fitted model aeroplane carbs  *smile*....

 Well it did somethin', 'coz it's stuck to the ceiling down here..... *eek*

You live in the Antipodes, what do you expect?
Title: Re: Allen Millyard = genius
Post by: metalflake11 on 02.04. 2019 23:18
I thought that Mr Millyard looked uncomfortably out-of-place in that Find it etc programme.
Strange thing is that I detest choppers but I found their Uncle Bunt build was almost attractive. I hope that it's not some mid-life crisis where I'm starting to find metalflake paint and ludicrous frame geometrics to be strangely appealing...

I doubt I'll be finding you adding me to your Buddy list any time soon then Rex? *smile* *smile*
Title: Re: Allen Millyard = genius
Post by: berger on 02.04. 2019 23:36
metalflake11 once upon a time at the bulldog bash I saw a reverse head bsa shooting star engine in a bike like yours it was amazingly NICE, better than that brand of biscuits *good3* *grins*
Title: Re: Allen Millyard = genius
Post by: duTch on 03.04. 2019 00:40

 
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........I saw a reverse head bsa shooting star engine ...............

 Kinda like in 'Carrie' ?  *eek*
Title: Re: Allen Millyard = genius
Post by: metalflake11 on 03.04. 2019 00:52
Berger, I think I have seen pictures of it.....Not been to the Bulldog for years and years now, went up the drag strip last time I was there.

Title: Re: Allen Millyard = genius
Post by: Rex on 03.04. 2019 09:31
I doubt I'll be finding you adding me to your Buddy list any time soon then Rex? *smile* *smile*


Only if you swear that you haven't used any Dexion or twisted wire joints on that bike.... ;)
Title: Re: Allen Millyard = genius
Post by: berger on 03.04. 2019 12:22
metalflake11 I used to go round taking pics in 87-88 and 89. I must have a pick in my collection somewhere so when I get round to having a decent phone I will be able to see my computer whizz kid and get a pick up I hope, or better still find the pick take things to his house and see if he can do it for me, I will be on the case in the near future.