The biginning of the heap of crap

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Re: The biginning of the heap of crap

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Re: The biginning of the heap of crap

Post by the grinch » Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:36 am

Moving forward again.
Well I had to go away for a bit but I am now back working on the bike. I spent a few hours working out things and drawing up the part I needed making. I found a couple of places that would help me out. Unfortunately when they gave me the price I nearly passed out. So it was time to find another solution. I hadn’t given it much thought as my son needed help with the electric guitar he has been building for his college project. We needed some screws so I had a rummage at the back of the garage. I never did find the screws for him but I did find a bag with a pair of rear wheel bearings in for my wife’s car. So I looked them up to see what the dimensions are. The inner was 25mm now I had a bit of bar that was either 1” or 25mm so I thought this may be a plan. Well the bar fits the outer diameter is 52mm this is not as easy I would need a piece of 60mm with a thick wall to have it machined up to fit. I was determined though to avoid having anything made up. So far I have made everything for the bike with a hammer and grinder the welder and a big pillar drill. I searched everywhere and I just couldn’t find anything. I had an old jack in the shed I had not even thought about harvesting something from that. Well I measured the first shaft and it was just over 50mm. I thought that the next would be about 51mm with the clearance for the seals so it was time to make a sacrifice. Well talk about a stroke of luck the bearings are just the right fit in the tube. So next it was time to sort the hub face. A nice bit of 12mm plate will do. I forgot what it was like to get through it with a holesaw but slow and steady with a bit off cutting fluid and it was good. Now a holesaw is not precise it never will be so I had to start with a few mm smaller than I wanted to end up with. Everything else had to be marked up first. But I got it sorted out. And with the help of a pair of welding magnets and the dial test indicator I was off. I managed to get it just under 0.006 of a inch on the face it was tricky but i used the welder to pull it um i couldnt get it better than 0.020 to start with. It is as close as i can get it so i think that will have to do. I still have a few things to get sorted which I will need some parts. :D
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Re: The biginning of the heap of crap

Post by the grinch » Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:56 pm

Getting a bit closer.
Well some bits came I got a bolt on flange bearing for the calliper carrier, short piece of precision tubing for my spacers and a few other bits and bobs. I set about making the next part. I got it all sorted out but I found that the pillow block had too much movement I think it would need to be used in a pair. I had to start that bit again I thought I would need to scrap everything but I found a glacier bush only a few quid. And I made a part for it and it worked out well I have not been able to check it yet as I have got to wait for my axle to be made I have made it a lot easier now I had a good think about it and found a way ahead using the parts that I have made. The bloke up the road is sorting it out for a good price. I have started making the master cylinder mount and the lever for operating it. :D
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Re: The biginning of the heap of crap

Post by the grinch » Sun Jul 28, 2019 6:47 am

Rolling again
I have got the parts from the bloke at the engineering shop. Now its time to put it all together . Everything fits although I think I may be a little out on my measuring. I will get that sorted out after I have done the brakes and tested it out it is an easy fix. I have got a stay bar so it should make everything feel better when braking. I fitted another tyre as the sidewall was perished on the other but it is all good the suspension seems ok and I have got about 2 ½ inches of trail so it will hopefully be ok I was on about 3 inches before. I still have stuff to do but I am hoping to get everything sorted out by September. I need to get a few brake hoses I will make a bit for the tee connection and see how long they need to be.
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Re: The biginning of the heap of crap

Post by the grinch » Mon Aug 12, 2019 12:20 pm

Last few bits
I have been off work and the kids are with the grandparents and wife has been working. What was I supposed to do with all that time? I have been doing 14hr days on the bike and it’s nearly finished. Well I had to wait for parts so I just started all the little jobs that get put off for later and a few upgrades. It became apparent that I could get it done. I had a few issues and some stupid things that I had overlooked. So I found out that the cheap Chinese speedo needed to beaten with a stick and the wiring instructions needed to be burnt before you opened the box turns out that if the magnets are not all the same polarity it will work until it can’t cope and then go back to nothing. I thought I was being smart I used 5 magnets as I thought it would be more accurate. It turned out I had 3 1 way and 2 the other. Well I can tell you that they don’t like the hammer and big screwdriver that I used to de-bond them from the wheel. I now have 1 magnet and I even had to turn that around. And now for the best bit :cry: . So MSVA I got the manual printed it off so I started with the bike all looking good I am hoping it will be ok. Now I checked the motorcycle and sidecar bits well I am a bit thick and I do have a job understanding things sometimes. So ok I think I have fucked up with the lighting. Now it may just be that I can’t get my head around the manual or I am just hoping that I am not reading it correctly. The manual states that the front and rear position lights the indicator and the stop lights need to be within 400mm of the outermost edge. WTF is the outermost edge my bloody handlebars are well over a meter wide or is it just the bodywork tank etc. if it is the handlebars that would mean that the side light and the tail light are too bloody far away and the indicators are maybe just about in. To make matters worse the bike has got 2 indicators and the sidecar has 1 that makes 3 now that also throws up a bloody problem. So I thought I would ring VOSA well the bloke on the phone could not help me. I did read the glossary of terms and couldn’t find the outermost edge but there was something similar that said mirrors and handles could be disregarded. I have sent an email it will probably take a few day or weeks depending on how busy they are. So the long and short of it are this week I will be getting it weighed and I will be getting a stamp on the form and I will be sending it ready for the next step MSVA. I have found some truck mirror lights that will do if I need to change everything. I will need to modify them but I can make it happen. :D :D :D

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Re: The biginning of the heap of crap

Post by the grinch » Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:58 am

Sorting it all out.
Lights well I got the lights off eBay they are pretty crap. So I thought bugger it. I will have to think of another solution. Now I have a box of bits for lights nothing complete and most of it is broken. I normally just cut bits from them for the lenses. I managed to find a clear lens and a red lens which was cracked and a pair of amber lenses from a mini or something similar. The clear and red light were both similar I thought I would have a look and see what I could do. I stripped out the cheap lights for the parts. It was not as straight forward as I was hoping. I managed to get the required lights and brightness. I made some covers from some bits of sheet steel. I am not over happy but I just need to get the bloody thing to pass the MSVA. I need to finish them and take the other lights off. I have just painted over the front and rear lights that are no longer required. I have a couple more jobs left to do before I can book the test .I took it for its weight check well It’s bloody heavy I took it up the road the local scrap yard cost a tenner but cheaper than the nearest public weighbridge. The bloke I go for my mots checked the frame number and stamped the form so I have 2 of the things that I need. When I have sorted all the lights I am going to turn the pump up I have no idea where the max fuel screw should be I set it to 4 turns when I re built the pump. It goes ok to ride it around the camp but that is flat. It has not got enough power to pull the skin of a bloody rice pudding. I thought I was not going to get it on the bloody trailer. I am going to give it another full turn and see what happens. :lol: :lol:

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Re: The biginning of the heap of crap

Post by pietenpol2002 » Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:31 am

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The suspense is killing us. So what did the girl weigh?
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Re: The biginning of the heap of crap

Post by the grinch » Mon Aug 26, 2019 4:44 pm

Ok Ron its heavy 600kg and another 120kg for the sidecar. I thought it was heavy as I had a rite job with it when it fell off the pallets and I had to catch it when I was building it. But not that heavy this would explain the overheating brakes. I have made more progress i had another read of the manual and made some modifications in line with it and I have turned up the pump. Now we are talking it’s a BEAST :lol: goes a lot better now I had a job to get the tamper proof plug out of the pump but I managed to get it out and reuse it. I was going to just go about another turn and well it got the better of me I thought that I may not be able to get the plug out again so I better go a bit more just to make sure. Well its now maxed out it only went another turn and a bit from where I set it. I have started the MSVA process and it was bloody rejected it apparently it was too heavy for a light quadricycle. Well I wasn’t going to let that happen I checked the form and sent a sarcastic reply to the email that I received. Before I read that they had cancelled my application. So I give the man at DVSA a ring he was very helpful he did laugh when he read the form it is not very often that anyone wants to do a motorcycle and sidecar. I can’t imagine why? Anyway it’s sorted now and I will be ringing up this week when I know what I am doing for work and book a test. Well I still have a few final jobs to do I have made some lights for the sidecar the same as the bike. I am trying to find another reflector the same as the bike one I can get 1 on line but they are about £4 for the same. They look better now and a bit more robust I have made the steering lock a bit better I have to be able to lock the steering. I am just using a padlock. I have also moved the fuel filter to a better location. So hopefully it won’t be long and I will get it on the road for ride to the wall. :D :D :D :D
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Re: The biginning of the heap of crap

Post by gilburton » Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:14 am

Well nobody will be nicking that and throwing it in the back of a van. Are you using a chain round the front wheel or an anchor?? :D :D :D
Wait till you start ringing the insurance companies lol

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Re: The biginning of the heap of crap

Post by the grinch » Sat Aug 31, 2019 6:03 am

Well I have been ringing DVSA daily trying to get a cancellation slot. I’m not having much luck. I rang my insurance it’s no problem getting insurance. I only get 3rd party. Yes I recon I have foiled the average motorcycle thief unless they do a drive by with a flat bed and a HIAB they won’t be picking it up. If I do think I am in a high risk area I could always take my dog and leave him in the sidecar he is going mad so anything is setting him off. I got a good quote without any no claims as they can’t use them as I have my other policy running. Now I was expecting the worst but I haven’t spent all this time building the bike to not ride it due to insurance cost so the cost of it was really irrelevant. So I went through all the details and had to repeat the fact that it was diesel several times. Well I had about a 5 min wait while the underwriter considered it. I was bracing myself the bloke got back to me £181 well that was a shock. I use bikesure I have been with them for years and they deal with modified and one offs all the time so they are the ones I go to first. I thought this would be a different outcome now I am just waiting for a cancelation. :D :D :D

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Re: The biginning of the heap of crap

Post by the grinch » Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:40 am

Well the bloody day of the msva. :evil:
I didnt have a good start to the day and the bloody day didnt get any better. I had few bits to do at work before i got the bike loaded and that took a bit longer. i was rushing around and went straight to the test center got it all unloaded and thats when the day couldnt get any better. Well mister MSVA came over "Oh didnt you get the message" obviously i didnt get a message so i replied what message. We have a gas leak on the site and have cancelled the appointment. i think there may have been a few harsh words exchanged. so i thought ok it cant be that bad as my appointment was today and they will be open again next week. The bloke said that they had re aranged all the appointments and i would have an email. So i loaded up again and drove home the hour and a half and put more fuel in. I got home and i went straight to the emails and yes i had a new appointment. That was the final straw they gave me another apointment the 28th of bloody October. I nearly blew my top i rang the DVSA i told them what i thought i explaned to them that if i was the only apointment that got canncelled then i would expect to be the next on the list. Aparrently that is not the case :evil: :evil: :evil:.
so i will have to wait. :( :(

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