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Title: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: ncpierce on 02.11. 2008 20:54
Hi,

I am in the process of getting a A7 SS back on the road.  It currently belongs to my brother-in-law and has just had about £4k of engine rebuild from SRM (which my Dad has paid for).  It is a 1959 1960 model and passed its MoT yesterday.  What would it be worth as a non-runner before the work being carried out as I am about to buy it from him and need to know what to offer him? (ideally the cheaper the better)

Was there an original fitment rear rack for this bike and are they still available?

What was contained within the original tool kit? - Or what should I carry with me at all times to enable me to get back home!

We do not have any keys for the steering lock and since it is a Magneto model we have no way of securing it.  Can we remove the lock without the keys and are they easy to replace?

Thanks in anticipation.

Nigel
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: RichardL on 02.11. 2008 21:10
Nigel,

Welcome to the forum.Very nice bike, and an SRM engine rebuild as well. That should be most enjoyable.

Replacement locks are available. To remove the lock, remove the grub screw forward of it. The grub screw may be covered by a plug or the like.

As for what to carry, you can find a discussion of that on this forum. I'll go looking for it after posting this.


As for price for the bike, the place to look might be auction results. Try www.midamericaauctions.com or www.jwoodandcompany.com. In th UK, I could not say for sure where to look.

Richard
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: LJ. on 02.11. 2008 21:15
Hi there Nigel and welcome to the forum...

Nice bike, I hope you'll have many fun hours riding it.

As to value?

My guess would be around £2,900 to £3,200 in a running order as they are usually said to be better than the A10 because of smoothness and less prone to vibration. As a 'non' runner it depends on what you mean by that, would it be non running because of long term standing? or engine completely knackered due to wear? In which case then maybe it would be worth around £2,000.

I might totally wrong here with these prices, but would love to hear of others opinions...
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: RichardL on 02.11. 2008 21:52
Nigel,

Here's the link to the topic with the discussion of what to carry on a ride.

Richard
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: ncpierce on 03.11. 2008 07:46
Thanks for the reponses so far.

As to value?

My guess would be around £2,900 to £3,200 in a running order as they are usually said to be better than the A10 because of smoothness and less prone to vibration. As a 'non' runner it depends on what you mean by that, would it be non running because of long term standing? or engine completely knackered due to wear? In which case then maybe it would be worth around £2,000.

It was a runner and then on the way back from its MoT last year the bearing in the bottom of the conrod - around the crank - seized on one of the pistons and created a lot of damage to the bores etc which necessitated in the rebuild.  It took us a while to get the bikes to my parents house and then get the rebuild sorted with SRM.  So the engine was completely knackered, we think due to oil starvation at the bottom.  From the bits that SRM have sent us back it looks like the other bearing was on its way out as well.  If I get a minute I will photograph the bits.

I am looking to make him a fairish offer bearing in mind that if he does not accept my offer he owes my Dad just under £4k for the engine rebuild.  Dad is happy to fund the engine rebuild for me but we want ownership of the bike.  Orginially the bikes was my brother-in-law's dad's bike so he has not purchased it in the first place - merely inherited it!

Thanks for any assistance.

Nigel
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: LJ. on 03.11. 2008 09:35
Sounds a bit of a receipe for a family fall out if not careful. Hope all goes well and you get good rides now that the bike is running again, it'll need a good 'long' running in with generous oil changes and it'll then last you years before another rebuild. Keep us posted of your progresses and of course there is plenty of info here at your disposal if you should need help.

Cheers!
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: tombeau on 03.11. 2008 10:21
Hi there,
I have to agree with LJ, it does sound like a potential family fallout.
£4,000 will buy you a perfect A7ss. In fact I think there was a really nice one advertised in last months Classic Bike for about £3,500. Paying any more because its family involved would be foolish.

I think your dad writing off the cost off the rebuild in exchange for the bike would be a very decent offer. However your Brother in law might well see it differently. I would suggest you advise your BiL to try and sell it privately, if he has no takers, you can come to that arrangement. I would be very surprised if he can recoup his loss, and potential buyers, in what is after all a buyers market, would be far more ruthless than you. A couple of months waiting for the 'phone to ring and dealing with a few tyre kickers and sharks will convince him of the actual value of the bike much more effectively than you ever will.
Do you really want this particular bike?
You could suggest he watches this one on ebay just now...of course you never know it could go for £8,000 and thats you scuppered *smile*


http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/B-S-A-A7-SS-SHOOTING-STAR_W0QQitemZ320315726601QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item320315726601&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2%7C65%3A1%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318


Cheers,
Iain
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: ncpierce on 03.11. 2008 12:52
I think your dad writing off the cost off the rebuild in exchange for the bike would be a very decent offer. However your Brother in law might well see it differently. I would suggest you advise your BiL to try and sell it privately, if he has no takers, you can come to that arrangement.

The way I see it the options open are:-

He pays for the rebuild and then sells me the bike = £4k payment from him then I pay him back SAY £3k for the bike he looses £1k
I buy the bike now for a nominal fee and he does not pay for the rebuild = If I can haggle with him and point the above out to him I may get him to sell it for considerably less.

Thanks for the guidance chaps!

Do you really want this particular bike?

Well it has a known good engine and a known history so yes!
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: ncpierce on 09.11. 2008 17:49
Just to update you all on this one!

The bike is now mine  *smile* *smile* *smile*.

I negotiated with him and offered him a nominal fee for the bike.  This was accepted but the fee will be paid with my Kawasaki KLX250 which he wants off me as a winter hack when it is replaced by a BMW 650 X-Challenge.

I will sort some photos of the various damaged engine components and some more pictures of the bike.  All I need to sort now is the steering lock.  Any hints on how to get the old lock barrel out???
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: LJ. on 09.11. 2008 18:35
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The bike is now mine   *smile* *smile* *smile*.

Hoorah! well done Nigel... and welcome to BSA ownership. Hope family is all still very friendly  *lol*

The steering lock,  something that I have been meaning to do on my A10. With the nacelle in the way it seems to look very difficult in getting at the grub screw that secures the barrel in place. You can see this screw when headlamp is removed and handle bars are moved to oneside. The job could be done if you have the correct screwdriver and a ton of patience and hopefully that the screw is not in too tight. I would then think the barrel could be removed (upwards) quite easily. Not done this job before so let me/us know how you get on. I assume you have got another barrel to put in? Got mine from George Prew for something like £12.
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: RichardL on 09.11. 2008 19:26
So, I guess having an ear-mounted headlight has the advantange of easy access to the grub screw. Once you can access it, take a close look to make sure there is still a good slot in the screw. Find a screwdriver that is a near-perfect fit. If you don't have one, grind an old one to a nice tight fit. Be careful with the heat of grinding to avoid losing all hardness. Don't bother trying to loosen the grub screw before an overnight soaking with Liquid Wrench or your local equivalent. If it then does no let loose, you will need to do surgery. It's hard to say if the typical tapered extractor will work, but it is a big problem if it breaks off in the effort. A friend of mine just introducd me to left-handed drill bits that you use as extractors by increasing in size until there is not enough left of the screw to maintain its grip.

After the grub screw is out, I think you could drive out the lock from the bottom when the lock is turned away from the pin receptor. Otherwise, assuming you've decided the lock is shot, you could use a screw-type dent puller.

Well, that's enough of my opion. Let us know what happens.

Richard L.
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: ncpierce on 09.11. 2008 19:44
Well...

We had a bit of a look this afternoon to see how we could get the lock barrel out.  I can find no info on the net for doing this - assume this is because people do not want their bike stolen!

We undid the two fork caps with the view to taking the top cowl off to see how it was fitted but we can not get this off due to the lock being not quite straight in the hole  :o.  You can feel underneath that there is a hole in the side of the tube that it is fitted in to but I am not sure is this is the grub screw hole with the grub screw concealed in it.  Since we have no key could we just drill out the barell and collapse the lock mechanism?

Does the lock work by dropping a pin into the tube on the frame to the right hand side of the bike?

Is this the right type of lock? http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/STEERING-LOCK-AND-KEYS-BSA-NORTON-TRIUMPH_W0QQitemZ120319183761QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item120319183761&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1299%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318#ebayphotohosting (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/STEERING-LOCK-AND-KEYS-BSA-NORTON-TRIUMPH_W0QQitemZ120319183761QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item120319183761&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1299%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318#ebayphotohosting)
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: RichardL on 09.11. 2008 23:43
Considering your tins are still in place, I'm not sure you've had a chance to see where the grub screw is. So, here are a couple of photos. In the photo of the underside of my top tree, pay no attention to where my lock is, because my top tree is from an A50. What I am trying to show you is the portion that is angled upwards at around 45 degrees. At the top of that angled portion is the hole that your lock pin drops into. The angled portion, along with the plate at the top of it, forms a reinforced structure for security of the lock.

Richard L.
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: tombeau on 10.11. 2008 08:14
Great news! Well done! Enjoy!
Cheers,
iain
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: A10Boy on 10.11. 2008 14:09
A lot of people with magnetos take a wire from the earth cut out and fit a "secret switch" which earths the mag so the motor wont start. The choice of location is yours.
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: ncpierce on 10.11. 2008 16:12
That's something else that is worth thinking about.
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: ncpierce on 17.11. 2008 10:35
Well the paperwork was exchanged last Wednesday insurance sorted online (£54 full comp for the year - with a £30 discount voucher) not bad I thought and I got to ride it this weekend  *smile* *smile* *smile*

It is such a nice ride the only problem was a loose mirror which lost the nut down the handlebar tube and necessitated a ride home with no mirrors - no sorted with a new nut! 

The right foot gear change does not seem to be a problem as it is completely different, different foot and direction, from my BMW or Kawasaki.  All I need now are lots of sunny days with no salt on the roads.  Also popped into Hein Gericke and got a nice small magnetic tankbag to take my phone and keys etc...

We managed to get the steering lock out yesterday, there was no grub screw fitted, so I have ordered a replacement part with some keys which we will then fit.  Also ordered new oil feed and return pipes as the current one look a bit ropey, new grip rubbers, new tank rubbers, new gear shift rubber and a couple of spare plugs.

Also started to sort out my spanners to create a get me home toolkit.  Anyone have the definitive list of what was in the original toolkit?

Thanks

Nigel
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: ncpierce on 07.12. 2008 17:58
Well had a slight problem on the way home from a ride yesterday morning which resulted me not being able to stop quite in time and rear ending the back of a car.  I have got a bruised left hand and a few other sore bits but the bike looks a bit worse.  Waiting for the insurance company to contact me but it looks a like a complete front end being required.

 *cry* *cry*
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: stratcat on 13.12. 2008 07:18
Glad you are ok.

The metal stuff can be fixed easier than broken bones etc..

Not that it will make you feel any better, but I've had my fair share of scary stopping over the years, relying on old bike brakes and not enough stopping distance.

Hope the sore bits heal quickly.
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: unclemeat on 13.12. 2008 10:04
I know that BSA / car crunching feeling all too well. Glad that you're ok. The bike will soon be back on the road by the looks of things.
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: tombeau on 13.12. 2008 11:20
oops.
Glad  you're ok!
Iain
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: ncpierce on 14.12. 2008 17:18
Thanks for the good wishes.

There were no broken bones fortunately and looking at the bike I think I was very lucky.  My BMW Streetguard kit shows no damage.  The hand is healing nicely but still hurts a bit when pulling in the clutch on my other bikes.

The bike has been picked up for repair by the insurance company so lets hope it comes back all nice and shiny  *smile*
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: Richard on 14.12. 2008 19:07
Just a cautionary word but make sure you have an agreement with your insurance company to have the bike back in the case of an insurance write of, as I read on another forum of the a bike being a write off for what we would call repairable damage and selling the bike of before the owner new about it.
so get in touch with your insurance company and get that agreement and do not accept their first offer anyway (presuming that they do not agree to repair).
Hope all goes well
Richard
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: A10Boy on 14.12. 2008 19:45
I know a bloke who's damaged car was sold and written off before he knew about it by his insurance company, they didn't even value some expensive extras. He won his court case when he sued them.
I would keep a close check on what they are doing.

I think this has finally persuaded me to fit the later TLS front brake which Ive got in my shed to my A10.

Glad you are recovering, OK


Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: ncpierce on 14.12. 2008 20:47
Nigel,

I am wondering, as I suppose several other members are, what shop will do the work? Are you directing the work or leaving it completely to your shop?

Richard L.



The bike has gone of for them to estimate the costs of the works required - its gone to 4th Dimension in Shepperton.  Since it is a classic bike they will also check parts availability at the same time. 

I will be calling them around the middle of next week to check on progress and their thoughts on the bike.  I am not letting this bike go anywhere even if it comes back to me unrepaired and I need to do the work myself.

I will also speak to the insurance company to explore the "what if" scenario if it cannot be repaired.

Thanks

Nigel
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: A10Boy on 14.12. 2008 20:52
Dont worry, it can be repaired, you can even get the fork nacelle and trousers these days [SRM]. I hope the frame is not bent though.
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: bsa-bill on 14.12. 2008 21:47
I'm pretty sure my insurance has an option for owners to repair their own bikes - I must check that, might have been a previous policy

All the best - Bill
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: ncpierce on 16.12. 2008 09:59
Dont worry, it can be repaired, you can even get the fork nacelle and trousers these days [SRM]. I hope the frame is not bent though.

From our initial inspection it looks like all of the force was taken by the front forks which pushed the front mudguard back into one of the frame downtubes.  Both of the frame tubes appear to be at the same angle although one of them now lacks a but of paint. Also the tank has not moved at all and the seat has only moved because the rear brackets have twisted slightly.

The speedo was temporarily frozen at between 5-10mph but this has now freed itself of which seems to be about the speed that I hit the car.
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: RichardL on 16.12. 2008 12:34
Nigel,

Do you have the frame dimension drawing as a reference? If not, it may be helpful to know that the steering head should be 27 degrees from vertical. If you have already tried to measure this, then you know as well as I that it is not that easy, as you have only the horizontal bottom tubes for reference. Then, even if you manage to get those to true level and throw an inclinometer on the head, there is the possibility that the frames varied a bit as they came from the factory.  I would like to know if you or your shop found a better way to measure this because I would like to checkup on my own frame.

Richard L.
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: A10Boy on 16.12. 2008 14:05
By the looks of it in the photos, the forks bending saved the frame from damage. In all probability, if the down tubes look straight, they probably are.
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: ncpierce on 16.12. 2008 18:35
By the looks of it in the photos, the forks bending saved the frame from damage. In all probability, if the down tubes look straight, they probably are.

That's the basis that we are working on ;)
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: ncpierce on 18.12. 2008 09:23
Quick update.  The insurance company have decided that the bike is beyond economic repair *cry*

But I have been offered the bike back with a payment which is the insured value of the bike less the salvage value to the insurance company.  This means that I will have a reasonable amount of money to get the front end of the bike rebuilt.

So who has a complete front end for a 1961 BSA A7SS sitting around in their shed that they want to sell!

Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: LJ. on 18.12. 2008 10:46
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The insurance company have decided that the bike is beyond economic repair

I really do wonder sometimes why we have to bother with insurance!

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economic repair?

For whom? The insurers I guess, so where does that leave us? or in this case Nigel?

They really do annoy me so much. *angry*
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: ncpierce on 18.12. 2008 11:20

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economic repair?

For whom? The insurers I guess, so where does that leave us? or in this case Nigel?

They really do annoy me so much. *angry*

I think the company who were pricing the repairs were concerned about availability of the bits as well as the cost of them.  Since I am not in a rush to get the bike back on the road I have the time to source the parts and it will make a nice winter project.
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: A10Boy on 18.12. 2008 12:31
Looks like they took the easy option. The old,- lets not bother to price this us, let just right it off scenario. It makes me mad, all they have to do is get a quote from Vale Onslow's or someone.  *problem*

It makes you wonder if they understand what they are looking at in these situations. Care to tell us which company it was Nigel ??
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: tombeau on 18.12. 2008 12:38
it will make a nice winter project.
You're clearly  a "Glass half full, rather than a glass half empty" guy.
Great outlook:
Cheers,
Iain
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: ncpierce on 18.12. 2008 12:43
Looks like they took the easy option. The old,- lets not bother to price this us, let just right it off scenario. It makes me mad, all they have to do is get a quote from Vale Onslow's or someone.  *problem*

It makes you wonder if they understand what they are looking at in these situations. Care to tell us which company it was Nigel ??

4th Dimension in Shepperton. 
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: A10Boy on 18.12. 2008 12:52
I meant which insurance company? It would be interesting to know if it was with a "Classic Specialist".
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: RichardL on 18.12. 2008 13:35
Nigel,

I can't say whether or not there is a good classics shop in Surrey, but Leigh On Sea seems not that far away and there you will find Leigh Classics. I visitied their shop when in London last year and was very impressed by the work, the available parts and the friendly reception. I don't know if they'll have all your need parts, but it sounds like you might beneifit from some nearby first-hand advice and help.

If you take the train, it's a fairly short taxi ride to the shop. If you call them in advance, they might even pick you up. If you should, indeed, have them do work, please tell Andy that Richard from Chicago says "hello." I get a free Rocket Gold Star for every customer I send his way.

Richard L.

http://www.leighclassics.com/
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: ncpierce on 18.12. 2008 14:16
I meant which insurance company? It would be interesting to know if it was with a "Classic Specialist".

Sorry - it was a classic policy with ebike insurance.  I have my 2other modern bikes insured with them on a different policy.
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: bsa-bill on 18.12. 2008 19:57
interesting I have been insured with them for two years now, all done on line hence the spelling mistake (mine) that means the bike is insured in the name of Mrs ##### instead of Mr ##### but Mrs ##### is defined as male.
I have tried changing this but the site wont have it, of course these days anything is possible , I may even ride the bike dressed as a drag queen, then a half gallon of methanol and I could go drag racing.
I better stop now before Mr Administrator bung this in the crazy stuff file

All the best - Bill
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: ncpierce on 21.12. 2008 15:01
Hi,

We got the bike back on Friday and Dad and I have stripped the front end down to have a look at the damage.

The front wheel has a sight bend to it.  Does anyone know somewhere local - Surrey/SE - who could have a look at it and true it up?

The fork stanchions are definitely bent and they appear to have absorbed most of the impact damage from looking on the net these seem to be easily available.  What we are struggling to find is the shroud section to which the headlamp fits.  I can find the straight one with ears but not the correct type for the A7SS.  Also I think that we need a new mudguard but there seem to be lots of different types available.  If I post a pic can someone help to identify the correct type?

Thanks - further updates to come!

Nigel
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: RichardL on 21.12. 2008 15:21
Though I am in Chicago, I believe the place you want to send your wheel to is Central Wheel in Birmingham. Others here may know people closer to you, but there is no question that these are the "big boys" in classic motorcycle wheels in the UK. I had considered sending mine there, but shipping prohibited.

As for the tins, fender and shrouds, they can all be fixed. My fender was sooooooooo much worse than yours (basically, bent in half) and I returned it to the condition you see at http://www.a7a10.net/forum/index.php?topic=166.0  .  Of course, that was lot of work and exercising a hobbyists knowlege of body work. Perhaps the price of professional metal work would easily overwhelm the price of replacement parts that only need sanding and painting.

I know I'm harping on it, and apologize if I'm telling you things you bluntly know, but the steering head needs a very close look beyond just seeing straight uptubes. Look for any deformation of the bracing gussets. Look for cracked paint on those gussets, or on the top tube, or the uptubes. To the extent possible, measure the angle of the steering head (27 degrees) with respect to flat ground.

I hope this helps and, also, hope others correct me if they know I'm wrong.

Richard L.




http://www.central-wheel.co.uk/
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: ncpierce on 22.12. 2008 07:57
Hi

Can anyone tell me what the part number for this part to fit an A7 would be.  Or will these fit on an A7?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BSA-BANTAM-D7-D10-D14-4-NACELLE-LEGS_W0QQitemZ260335469696QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Motorcycle_Parts?hash=item260335469696&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1301%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318 (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BSA-BANTAM-D7-D10-D14-4-NACELLE-LEGS_W0QQitemZ260335469696QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Motorcycle_Parts?hash=item260335469696&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1301%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318)

Thanks

Nigel
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: LJ. on 22.12. 2008 09:57
Until someone confirms for sure I would not fit a Bantam one to an A7 or 10. I have a sneaking suspicion that its for a 7 inch headlamp and not the A seris 8".
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: Richard on 22.12. 2008 14:14
Try the link below if you can not see what you want then ring them up as they have loads of parts still not listed
I have dealt with them in the past and they are very helpful
Hope this helps
Richard

 http://www.btinternet.com/~hawkshaw.motorcycles/
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: stratcat on 27.12. 2008 08:29
You might want to give cake street classics a ring. He deals mainly with A series stuff. I have never dealt with him but I have it on good authority he is a top bloke. He's based in Woodbridge Suffolk I think. I know he has rear mudguards, don't know about fronts!
http://www.motorcyclewebsite.com/home/a0_C/a0_CA/i876_Cake_Street_Classics_(A7~10_Parts_and_Rebuilding) (http://www.motorcyclewebsite.com/home/a0_C/a0_CA/i876_Cake_Street_Classics_(A7~10_Parts_and_Rebuilding))

Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: ncpierce on 27.12. 2008 15:44
Thanks for the guidance and useful links.

I am just waiting for the settlement from the insurance company and then will have some purchases to make.

First priority is to rebuild the front end I think that we can source what we need from about 3 suppliers.  The only difficult part seems to be a front mudguard.  I am considering getting a fibreglass one from http://www.cmf-engineering.com/ (http://www.cmf-engineering.com/) and then keep my eyes open for a good metal one or have a go at straightening my existing one.  Has anyone used any of the fibreglass bits from cmf?

The only other item needing sorting rather than replacing is seeing if we can find someone to "straighten" the front wheel.

I will just need to then get some paint mixed to repaint the damaged bits.

Nigel
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: A10Boy on 28.12. 2008 12:33
The damaged wheel will probably need a new rim and spokes, try these, there are others.

http://www.central-wheel.co.uk/ (http://www.central-wheel.co.uk/)

Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: ncpierce on 13.02. 2009 10:42
Quick update.

I have now received the cheque from the insurance company and have ordered the required parts from draganfly and SRM.  Looking to get the forks rebuilt and then find out how far "out" the front rim is and then send it off for repair/straightening etc...

Still looking for a front mudguard - I take the silence with regard to my previous question about cmf-engineering to mean that either people have not used one or are not willing to comment  ;)

Just need to get some paint sorted for both the fork trousers (any recommendations?!?) and also to touch up the bits of bodywork requiring attention.

Will hopefully stick some photos of both the damaged bits and the rebuild as things progress.

Thanks

Nigel
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: ncpierce on 23.03. 2009 07:47
A quick update on progress!

Dad has rebuilt the front forks for me.  We sourced a new pair of fork trousers which have been sprayed black and are now ready to go on.  The wheel has gone off to Rockerbox in Wrecclesham for truing up (or rebuild) and to have the drum skimmed.  I have ordered a fibreglass mudguard from cmf as a temporary measure until I can either repair the bent one or source another one.  Once the wheel comes back and the mudguard is sprayed up I will get the bike in for an MoT.

Also found that the seat base has cracked so a new one is on the cards.

At the end of this we should end up with a funcitional, if not mint, running bike.  The various chips in the paint will be touched up and the dent in the tank will be left as a reminder of how stupid I have been!  *conf*

Nigel
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: ncpierce on 11.10. 2009 18:15
I have ordered a fibreglass mudguard from cmf as a temporary measure until I can either repair the bent one or source another one.  Once the wheel comes back and the mudguard is sprayed up I will get the bike in for an MoT.

OK can I MoT the bike without a front mudguard??

Everything is all back together and it runs fine - had a quick potter up and down the road this afternoon.  *smile*
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: ncpierce on 27.10. 2009 08:35
MoT is still valid until this weekend so last weekend went out and put a few miles on the bike.

Everything seems good but we had problems with the RH plug fouling slightly which was sorted with a quick change of plug.  There seems to be a bit of dead spot when accelerating hard but that may be just due to the carb requiring a slight adjustment or me changing up to early.  It was nice to be back out on it.  I am leaving substantially larger gaps between myself and cars when following  ;)

I am still trying to find out if I need to fit the mudguard for the MoT or whether I can leave it off for now?

Thanks

Nigel
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: ncpierce on 28.02. 2010 19:05
OK,

Final stage is about to happen  *smile*

Bike has been sat in the garage for a while.  Started it up a couple of weeks ago, needed to help Dad tidy up the garage, and it started almost straight away.

Have spent the afternoon today cleaning tar spots of my BMW R1200 GSA and fitting the unpainted fibreglass mudguard to the bike.  Its now ready for its MoT!!!

So depending on the weather forecast I will be off to Finn's in Redhill next Saturday morning to get an MoT sorted and will then see about painting the mudguard.

Having a quick look today I think that I might need a new front tyre.  Currently got a ribbed Avon(?) which is showing its age and is starting to crack.  What do people recommend I change it for???

Thanks

Nigel
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: ncpierce on 13.03. 2010 12:30
Went for a ride this morning and came back with a nice Green Sheet of paper (without an orange one behind)!

It lives again.  MoT'd and road legal. *smile*
Title: Re: A7 SS - Couple of Questions
Post by: flashblack on 13.03. 2010 18:26
Congratulations! Hope you have many happy miles on her now, how about a photo?  *smiley4*
Regards, Rich