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Small Heath assembly line
« on: 07.12. 2020 10:16 »
Small Heath assembly line.
Look at the front brake levers!

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Re: Small Heath assembly line
« Reply #1 on: 07.12. 2020 10:44 »
I wonder how they get them up there ?
It doesn't look like a moving track.
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Re: Small Heath assembly line
« Reply #2 on: 07.12. 2020 13:14 »
   Maybe  that's a small wheeled dolly under the stand. Late model production, so later than'62 or thereabouts. Lots of YouTube BSA Promo films, watch and weep as pistons slip easily into barrels and con rods are machined in an instant.......

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Re: Small Heath assembly line
« Reply #3 on: 07.12. 2020 13:40 »
Though I can't quite verify the mechanism of it, I'm rather sure that is a conveyor. In my theory, this would be the roll-off position at the end of the line. The stand portion would pivot down allowing the rear wheel to pass and the stand to return to the start of the line via the tunnel below the work line. My certainty of this would be helped if the stand pivot was obvious.

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Re: Small Heath assembly line
« Reply #4 on: 07.12. 2020 14:41 »
Yes yes yes but look at the brake levers! If mine looked like that I'd be thinking about fitting new linings. When the brake is applied, the angle of the dangle is going to be less than optimum.  *pull hair out*

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Re: Small Heath assembly line
« Reply #5 on: 07.12. 2020 15:48 »
Yes Neil, brake levers noted
BSA must be happy with them.
I think that they may be adjusted so that the front brake is hard on to stop them rolling.
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Re: Small Heath assembly line
« Reply #6 on: 07.12. 2020 16:34 »
Yes Neil, brake levers noted
BSA must be happy with them.
I think that they may be adjusted so that the front brake is hard on to stop them rolling.
Good thunk!  *smile*

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Re: Small Heath assembly line
« Reply #7 on: 07.12. 2020 16:55 »
Good picture though . *smile*
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Re: Small Heath assembly line
« Reply #8 on: 07.12. 2020 18:06 »
From what I can tell, the adjusters look loosened, not tightened. Makes one think. Maybe their philosophy (or engineering design) was that the shoes would be fully tight before the end of the movement and that it was not beneficial (or, even, a good idea) to give the rider more leverage after the shoes were tight.

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Re: Small Heath assembly line
« Reply #9 on: 08.12. 2020 02:13 »
While on the subject of brake levers did anyone else notice the handlebar levers are plain blade ones, not ball ended. If you turned up to a bike show everyone would tell you the levers are wrong.

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Re: Small Heath assembly line
« Reply #10 on: 08.12. 2020 06:23 »
When I was young and stupid (I'm not young any more) I owned a 1964 (??) ex police A65 star.
It had plain brake and clutch levers. It also handled like a pig.
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Re: Small Heath assembly line
« Reply #11 on: 10.12. 2020 00:02 »
i would have liked to work there. sadly i was only 3 or 4 years old when the photo was taken.

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Re: Small Heath assembly line
« Reply #12 on: 10.12. 2020 10:50 »
While on the subject of brake levers did anyone else notice the handlebar levers are plain blade ones, not ball ended. If you turned up to a bike show everyone would tell you the levers are wrong.

When I purchased my 1960 A7ss in 1961, that had plain levers.
One of the first things I did was to change to ball ends.
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