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10-23-2009, 8:03 PM
so this isn't my first bike/project bike...
but my first build thread. i'll make a disclaimer now...updates may come slow. i'm about to buy a junk load of parts, so that will keep this thread going.
here is my progress so far...
killed some extra tabs/made them look pretty
stripped the oil tank(going to go with the stock one as i'm keeping the swingarm)
sandblasted the frame today..took all day...literally all day, as the sandblaster i borrowed from a friend is a smaller one and the Brits know how to powdercoat a frame. believe me.

raw metal is the cats tits. plans are to keep the bike that way.
with some blacked out wheels, firestones, spitfire high scrambler pipes, low bars, alien tank and a flat little seat.

sorry if the photos are ginormous. just how my camera rolls.

this is where it started
the motor w/a thunderbolt single carb head/lightning bottom end after some elbow grease


the frame after the blasting...not perfect but just the way i want it.
tomorrow it will probably get 3 or 4 cans of clearcoat and then i'll be ready to start throwing it back together once i get my forks rebuilt and tires in.

10-23-2009, 10:36 PM
Nice, keep the updates coming, I'll be stoked to see this go from scratch to finished on here. Good pics for sure.

10-24-2009, 7:38 AM
looks good keep it up. gonna keep it swingarm? would be neat to see a swingin' beezer.

10-24-2009, 8:25 AM
thanks bill, i'll do my best to make you proud!

seems to me like most bsa's if they're swingarm, they are stock or close to it.
i want this to be raw and aggresive, something like you'd see in Mad Max.
want it to make people scared and go running, crying to their mommy.
i've always had an obsession with Mad Max from when i was a young kid.
just loved the craziness of the vehicles/bikes in the movie...so i'm drawin my inspiration from there.
this will pretty much be an extension of the honda i have...bare metal, beautiful and loud!

10-24-2009, 9:00 AM
i picked up some stuff at walmart called rust reformer, it's a cold gun bluing compound. i tried a little on my frame and it gives a real nasty old oiled steel look, very post apacolyptic.

10-24-2009, 12:05 PM
Hello BSA, nice to meet you.
I'm looking forward to seeing more of you.

10-25-2009, 10:22 AM
A thing of beauty!!! Can't wait to see what she ends up like. Looks like you and I are on the same swingarm path!

10-30-2009, 8:45 PM
it's been a crazy week.....
but i was able to go get some supplies as i'm prepping to paint wheels and clearcoat the frame/swingarm.

picked these up on the bay.
guy didn't really do a great job of letting me know they were so spanked.
might keep them for now, but may eventually end up on the classifieds..so keep your eye out.
wanted some pipes that looked a bit prettier

this is the clearcoat i'll be using.
gas/oil/heat resistant..bought about 5 cans of it as i'll be laying it on thick.

this is the paint i'll be using for the wheels and what other random bits that will actually get paint.
just so i don't lead anyone astray.....the clear coat in the previous pick is NOT for this paint.
you don't primer, don't clearcoat with appliance epoxy.
i used the same stuff on my honda wheels...goes on thick and smooth and is super tough if you let it cure like it needs.
one other note, if you're gonna spend the money buy the rust-oleum brand appliance epoxy...ace has it's own brand of this but is no where near as tough and thick.

a photo of the "shop"
a bit crowded but the honda is still for sale if anyone's interested.
$1800 and it's yours!

10-31-2009, 4:50 PM
Nice set-up!! Did you sand blast the frame in the shop, or in the yard?? I like the pipes, they will look real cool!

10-31-2009, 7:14 PM
i did it in the yard as the sand goes everywhere and we usually keep the shop somewhat clean to do any painting in....i've got mounds of sand piled up on the sidewalk now!

10-31-2009, 10:17 PM
finally had some time and nice weather today to get the frame clearcoated.
i just want to say that it was awesome being able to sandblast the frame....
but then due to rain and the freakin awesome windy oklahoma days...
i wasn't able to clear the frame the next day...
so this morning i spent a few hours sanding the frame back down and getting all the awesome surface rust that had formed from sitting in my sun room this week...awesome.

just have to say i am digging all the braze welds...

oh, and by the way....happy halloween!
i grew these pumpkins in my backyard

10-31-2009, 10:24 PM
Cute kid...Large punkins! Diggin that frame...good luck with the build.

11-01-2009, 7:50 AM

11-02-2009, 10:06 AM
Looks cool. I got a set of the same pipes for my bike. they are worn/beat up in the same spots. I also had a hard time getting them in my frame. just letting you know. my frame is an a50, so maybe less room. not sure. good luck w/ the build.

11-02-2009, 2:31 PM
i'll keep that in mind....i'm still not sure if i'm gonna hang on to them or not. pretty spanked.
they may get wrapped, so i guess it wouldn't matter then.

11-02-2009, 6:50 PM
frame looks great i love the imperfections and the brazing. did you do the same thing on your honda? any problems with rust creeping in under the clear? i think bare metal is where it at, but it always will get corrosion.
right now i have a temporary primer and pinstripe thing going on during the build but it'll all change later. also let me know how the appliance epoxy works for you cause i was looking at that too. i'm rambling your bike looks freakin'sweet (oneword) and seems like you're makin fast progress good job.

11-02-2009, 7:09 PM
lookin' good, you do pretty nice work for a lil guy.

i like where this thing is headed, keep it up. you keep building like this and i'm gonna make you help on mine when life quits getting in the way.

11-02-2009, 8:35 PM
my honda frame is painted black. i'm not sure on the rust creeping in under the clear. if it does, it does i guess. i put three cans on it saturday, i'm letting that set and cure in my sunroom till about friday, then i'm gonna hit it with another can or two...i know that i cleared pretty early on in the build...but with a bare metal frame...you've gotta do it as soon as possible!
as far as the appliance epoxy goes, check out my honda in my photos...i did the wheels with the stuff and it is awesome. no primer, just clean the wheels good, sand on them a bit, read the directions, go to town(now i'm rambling) let it set for at least a week before you do anything with it. it's pretty tough...goes on super smooth and thick.
i ordered my firestones for it last night(balls!) and i'm in the process of prepping the wheels for paint...photos will be up as soon as they're done.

well big brother i appreciate it. move into that house, hang them pictures, paint them walls....then i'll come to victoria and we'll bust it out in a week! no problem!
so glad you didn't sell your ironhead to me or anyone else...you've gotta build that thing!
zach didn't get the triumph, think it would be bad if i went after it!?!
love you little brother!

11-03-2009, 11:24 AM
gravelveins whereabouts in the ok are ya?
can't wait to see how the build comes out,keep us posted.

leon holmes

11-03-2009, 2:07 PM
i'm in Weatherford, about an hour west of OKC....

11-05-2009, 9:05 PM
so, i'll get photos for everybody tomorrow...but i need some help with the front wheel and forks.

(1)does anyone know how to remove the bearing nut that holds the shuttle valve in place on telescopic forks?
i got my forks apart, and one of the nuts came off easy-cheesy...the other is being a b..can't get it to budge for anything.

(2)does anyone know the size of the anchor plate nut/axle nut on the front wheel with the conical hub.
i ordered a set of whitworth wrenches from lowbrow...and it still didn't have a big enough wrench...i tried a standard measure wrench and it's bigger than 1inch...

any help is greatly appreciated as i'm so close to gettin the forks rebuilt and puttin the front end back on!

11-06-2009, 1:09 PM
Q. (2)does anyone know the size of the anchor plate nut/axle nut on the front wheel with the conical hub.
i ordered a set of whitworth wrenches from lowbrow...and it still didn't have a big enough wrench...i tried a standard measure wrench and it's bigger than 1inch...

A. Big Ass Crescent Wrench??? had to use vice grips on mine as the nuts were all rounded off. put a harley front end on and never messed with it again.

11-07-2009, 1:20 PM
gonna take a few posts to get all the photos in.

i got these in the mail earlier this week....
gotta love lowbrowcustoms for their quality products.
their beefy fork seal spanner made easy work of getting the forks apart.

anybody know where i can get a replacement damping sleeve and circlip for 69 telescopic forks...got a crack in one of them....or should i just use some pvc pipe?

this is the bottom fork nut that i was talking about getting off...does this take a special spanner?
the other one came off easy, this one is being a b.
i've some books on the way, so sorry for all the questions.

11-07-2009, 1:28 PM
got the front axle nut off...
and just for reference this is the size of it.
took two trips to tractor supply to get it right.

brakes and hub look really clean...i think i won out on this bike.
it sat in storage for 25+ years per the previous owner..of course you've got your stingy bolts/whatever, but as i'm taking it apart seems to be really clean.

brakes still look like they've got alot of life left....but they're gonna get swapped for fresh ones.

11-07-2009, 1:32 PM
also got these in the mail....$306.00 w/tubes shipped from coker tire.
can't tell you how stoked about these tires i am.
i've had a horrible lust issue with these tires for some time. totally stoked to finally have the green to afford them on a bike.

11-07-2009, 3:56 PM
Lookin good! It does look like you won on this purchase! Tires look sweeeeet!!

11-08-2009, 6:56 AM
it's comin along man i'm totally jealous of those cokers.

11-11-2009, 11:50 AM
fat tires
i wanted to get the same set up, but I cant bring myself to pay that much for tires + shipping + duties to canada.. itll almost make 400 canadian

so, when you're done this can i ride it? yeah? sweet.

11-11-2009, 3:52 PM
yeah, the firestones cost a bit more...but i am going as much "all out" as i can afford. just had to have them on this one.
sure you can ride it...just figure out a way to get to oklahoma and you can stay in my spare bedroom.

11-12-2009, 12:38 AM
only 2500km away

11-17-2009, 7:05 PM
I love everything about this build. No paint, 19"/18" coker setup, swingarm, Bsa. Whats not to like?
Looking forward to updates Thanks

11-18-2009, 10:31 PM
thanks man

haven't been able to do much, as i drive part time for the big brown(ups)
drove 335 miles, with 79 stops, and was in texas a couple of times today..pure awesomeness.
however...i do have some parts porn for ya'll to drool over.

got this sexy little thing in the mail from TEACH....quality work from baasmetalcraft.com
it's beautiful!
will have to knock off the stock bsa tank mounting tab to make it fit snug like it should...

also got these in the mail
gaitors are for early bsa models....so i may have to do some brainstorming to make em work.
i just cant stand the other ones with all the small ribs...just think the fewer bigger ribs look sexier.

these have been hanging since saturday...suck!
only had a limited amount of time to get the tire mounted, wheel taped off and cleaned with mineral spirits.
the weather has also been crap, so even if i had time to lay some paint on them...wouldn't be wise to do it.
still waiting on my rear tube that finally shipped today...so that i can finally get the rear wheel taped off and ready to get blacked out.

11-19-2009, 6:55 AM
Looks great! Can't wait to see that tank on the frame!!!

11-30-2009, 6:01 PM
cmon cmon man!

11-30-2009, 9:12 PM
i know i know...i've been working some crazy hours man.
and the weather has been stupid here, so my tires have been hanging waiting for paint for a few weeks now.
the next couple weekends don't look any better either.
i've got one photo shoot saturday and then i'm double booked sunday....crazy!

12-01-2009, 7:20 AM
Hate it when life gets in the way of me and my bike!

12-01-2009, 11:21 AM
it's coming along quite nicely!

12-21-2009, 4:50 PM
any updates on this one?

12-21-2009, 10:31 PM
got my rear wheel mounted tonight..
still working on my front forks.
the bottom fork nut that holds the bushing in place is frozen/stuck on one of the fork legs.
so that has kept me cussing and scratching my head trying to figure out what to do next.

i'm about to sell the front end and get the bearing conversion from lowbrow and run a shaved harley front end.
not what i wanted to do...but it's looking more and more appealing everytime i try to get that frozen nut off!

i work for ups...this is the craziest time of the year for me...so that is the reason for the lack of updates..sorry!

12-22-2009, 11:36 AM
I'll bet this is a crazy time!!! Only a couple more days though! I figured you had gotten that nut off by now. Have you tried penetrating oil? Heat? Or just cut the nut with a die grinder or hacksaw and pry it open and off. Some time these frozen nuts/bolts just need to be shown whos the boss. If you can hold the fork in a vise, then use your spanner wrench and hammer on the end of the wrench to "shock" the nut. Sometimes this stuff works, if not, it probably means the threads are buggered up, so cutting it off would be your best option. Good luck and merry x-mas!

01-11-2010, 7:24 PM
sure some of you might of thought i fell off a cliff...but with work and the freakin' cold weather...the beezer has been on hold.
today i finally found some time and weather co-operated with me and i was able to get some stuff done.

first off
got the rear tire mounted. sure, nothing major but progress right?

ive also made progress with the front end...finally got it rebuilt and put back together.
also went a new direction as i snagged a set of these for decent $
been thinking about trying to get some HD rear shocks with the crazy chrome covers on them to kind of flow
with the front end now...we will see. anyone have any thoughts on these working on a british?

more to come in the next post....
by the way, my wife is gonna punch me in the face when she sees what i've done to her sun room!

sorry to cross post in the forum
but i've also been a bit distracted by the arrival of this.

01-11-2010, 7:43 PM
the wheels blacked out.
i'll walk everyone thru this as i think it's good info for anyone who wants to go the epoxy enamel route on their wheels.

(note: uploaded these photos to flickr then realized they're all a bit out of focus..stupid 50mm lense..sorry)

i always set up a fan in the doorway to keep things nice and ventilated.
no, it doesn't really work all that well but everybody loves some paint inhalation right?

this is my little set up in my "shop" that i use for a "paint booth"
just a clear plastic tarp hung from the upper beams wrapping around the wheels.
i always put my two lights up close to the tarp to give some more light while painting.
i usually sweep before painting as well as spray the floor with a water bottle to wet the floor
and keep dust from kicking up when walking in and out.

i clean the wheels with some mineral spirits then wait about 5 minutes or so for it to dry off.
with the epoxy this is how i do it.
1st coat
lightly dust the rim just getting a good coat on everything.
wait 5-7 minutes...this is crucial between each coat as it needs time to dry a bit before you lay more on.
2nd coat
another layer of lightly dusting, just beginning to fill in some spots you might of missed before.
wait 5-7 minutes
3rd coat
this is when you start to lay it on a bit thicker. put on a decent coat this time, by now the rim should start to really be looking uniform in the paint coverage
take your time before you start this coat to look around the rim to see thinner spots.
so you know where you need to focus on this time around.
wait 5-7 minutes
4th coat
lay it on thick...check for thin spots and make sure everything is uniform.
wait about 10 minutes...then repeat if needed.
most importantly...take your time, you can't rush with the appliance epoxy.
if you do, you'll be doing it all over again.
also....no primer!

the result

01-12-2010, 7:35 AM
Wow, I was wondering how that epoxy would look. Very nice! You should do a seperate write up on painting shit with that stuff! It looks like powder coating (but way better $$$)

Do you recommend installing the tire before spraying? Do you scotchbrite the stuff prior to mineral spirits for a better bond? I'm totally fascinated with this!

01-12-2010, 7:40 AM
been thinking about trying to get some HD rear shocks with the crazy chrome covers on them to kind of flow
with the front end now...we will see. anyone have any thoughts on these working on a british?

I know these are harleys, but I think they look great. These are a couple of pics I've got on my screensaver (think I found them here).

01-12-2010, 1:25 PM
Wow, I was wondering how that epoxy would look. Very nice! You should do a seperate write up on painting shit with that stuff! It looks like powder coating (but way better $$$)

Do you recommend installing the tire before spraying? Do you scotchbrite the stuff prior to mineral spirits for a better bond? I'm totally fascinated with this!

i have always done it with the tire mounted up first...
the epoxy is tough but not really tough enough to endure a couple of tire irons going at it.
i did take my freshly painted wheel once to a tire shop to have them swap tires and came out with a few scratches that weren't that bad tho.
i just always tape it really well around the bead...letting a little air out of the tire would help as well so that when you are spraying you can really get the paint in around the outer edge of the rim.

i've always just done some light sanding on the rim/hub/spokes to knock off any clearcoat if there is any and to get the surface clean, this also gives it something to bond to like you mentioned...the epoxy is pretty good at filling scratches or small gashes like curb rub...but it does have it limits so use a sandpaper that isn't too harsh on the rim but enough to get the job done.
i'll take it to the carwash and spray it down..them come back mount the tire, tape it off, hang it, wipe it down with mineral spirits then lay the paint.
it's tedious but worth it in the end.

01-12-2010, 1:27 PM
thanks for the tip on the shocks....
i love how they look.
i'm just curious about fitment.
not really looking to modify my frame that much, was hoping they might work with the stock mounts on the rear.

just got some bike fund money in from a photo shoot...so maybe i'll snag a set and give it a go.
if they don't work, oh well...i look to get my hands on a HD someday, so they can go on that!

01-12-2010, 2:09 PM
Sounds like a plan to me! The shocks I got off Ebay for mine fit, but with some slight mods. Most HD shocks use 1" wide bushings, the brit stuff usually use 3/4". So I just pressed out the HD bushings, figured out how to mount them in my lathe and turned off an 1/8" from each end. I was planning on buying the correct bushings when I eventually do final assembly, but this worked out so well, I may just leave it alone.

Sucks how the progress stops when our bike funds run dry!

01-12-2010, 3:30 PM
thanks for the info...

01-12-2010, 5:24 PM
I bought some shocks off an ironhead for my 88 sporty and the bushings are a little bigger then what mine are stock. Not sure of the measurements but thought I would share my experience with them and that not all hd mounts are the same. They might fit on yours withought mod not sure the size bsa uses. If you want measurements I can do that unless you just want buy them. I only payed maybe 20 bucks for mine off ebay.

01-13-2010, 10:24 AM
lookin good buddy, i'm thoroughly diggin how the appliance epoxy trick came out, you know i'll be stealing the idea when the time comes.

and yeah, you're right, the pretty one is gonna straight donkey punch you if she finds out about the sun room.....

01-13-2010, 12:07 PM
dangg man. really nice work. keep it up. im looking for a xs 650 too. shits hard to find in so co. especially with my kind of budget. but keep up the good work man!

01-13-2010, 12:15 PM
@Cabrito aka big brother
let me know if you need some guidance when it comes time to paint those perty HD wheels...
you need to start tearing that thing apart soon!

thanks, i really appreciate it.
the dude i got my XS from had another one that i was supposed to get with this one as well.
it was a complete speciall II as well, the motor was just locked up.
he flaked out on me once, then called me 6 months later saying he needed cash and finally sold it to me.
about a month before tho he sold the other one to a guy for $75! bummer!

02-17-2010, 9:15 AM
I saw this come up on CL last night. You're bailing on it?! Bummer...

02-17-2010, 9:29 AM
Great thread! Keep up the great work.

Be sure to chamfer the leading edge on those new brake pads so they seat nicely.

02-17-2010, 10:22 PM
shut it jake the snake....

ohhh, i found out all about doing that yesterday when i was putting the front wheel back together.
gave me all sorts of hell, until i realized what was going on.

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02-18-2010, 8:36 AM
looks like progress to me way to go ...Keep it up

02-18-2010, 2:22 PM
thats a good lookin combo!

02-19-2010, 7:50 AM
WOW, that finish pops!!! Nice lookin wheel man! Love the mesh screen, I've been trying to find something similar for my conical hub (no luck). Keep it coming!

02-19-2010, 3:36 PM
project is lookin good,keep postin.
i'm in skiatook.a couple hours n.e. of okc.
the oklahoma weather has slowed down the progress for me as well.


03-20-2010, 7:52 PM
there's a rumblin in the wind gentlemen...it sounds like a firebird.
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03-20-2010, 8:11 PM
what's going on...you keeping the beezer???

03-20-2010, 9:02 PM
with the load of BSA/Tri parts i just brought home
i got a titled hardtailed BSA firebird frame with the matching #'s engine.
gonna try to sell the stuff i don't need and i should have the funds to finish it off.

03-20-2010, 9:11 PM
sweet! congrats...I'm glad to hear that. keep posting pics!!!

03-20-2010, 9:54 PM
the wife is heading to sacramento to visit some of our good friends this tuesday and won't get back till the following monday.
i'll have most of the week and weekend to work on it.
so hopefully by the end of the week...we'll have a roller!
we'll see!

glad that i was fortunate enough to be able to resurrect this bike and build

03-22-2010, 5:31 AM
Nice score!

03-24-2010, 9:58 PM
did some mocking up.....that's all i'm gonna say.
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03-25-2010, 8:45 AM
front needs to come down a few inches to level that motor out.

03-25-2010, 10:29 AM
I really like those high pipes. ditchin' the idea of a swingarm bike?

03-25-2010, 1:24 PM
Oh hell thats bitchin', but yeah, what's going on with the swingarm? You gonna make me the only one building a swinger?

03-25-2010, 8:49 PM
motor is just sittin in there...not bolt'd in or anything.

since this hardtail came along with the matching #'s motor...it just seems like it was mean't to happen.
unscrewed the spark plugs the other day to look into the motor to see bright shiny pistons with .040 stamped into the top of them....this motor is pretty close to being ready to rock.

03-26-2010, 5:58 AM
Sounds like the moto gods were shining down on you, but that swingarm is over in the corner crying now! Oh well, on to the next bike!!!!!! Yehaa!!!!

03-26-2010, 7:33 AM
cant wait to see this one finished. I saw it on ebay. glad you decided to stick it out. looks great.

03-26-2010, 11:19 PM
had a change of heart and killed the auction with a few days left....
have so many little piles of parts laying around my house....i wasn't sure what i was building.
not bragging or whatever...
just saying that i didn't have a real focus of what i wanted to see completed.

04-11-2010, 7:15 PM
did a bit of surgery on my new frame.
killing some tabs that are either in the way or i'm not going to use.

also did some cleaning up on the frame in the areas that i'm going to be doing some welding on next week.
sure not that fun or exciting...
but more updates are coming!
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everybody needs one of these in their hand....

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04-12-2010, 5:39 AM
Thats a nice looking frame. From the pics, the paint looks great, are you going to strip it and re-paint/powder??

04-14-2010, 7:59 PM
for this season(if i even get it up and running this season)

it's going to stay as is.
met up with a friend last night who works in the oilfield as a welder.
he got my bungs and tank mounted for me as well as filled in ALOT of un-needed holes all throughout the frame.
it's a bit ugly as sin right now...but it's gonna stay that way.

my whole goal right now is to get it running.
then this winter, pretty things will happen.

04-14-2010, 11:28 PM
i just realized how sucky this photo is seeing it large and all.

anyways, somehow this happened today.
got the front end all together with the help of the fork tube puller from lowbrow.
yesterday got my tank mounted up.
will probably have to run some even narrower bars as the Z's i have are clanking into the tank a bit.
(man, i sure love the pull back upper trees on BSA's!)
BUT...i wanted to mount the tank as high as possible...and this works for me.

front end will come off tomorrow as i forgot to put the dust cover on..doh!
and someone explain to me why you would ever ever need to cut the steering dampner mount off please....

going to weld that up tomorrow as i was trying to button up the front end and said to myself...
"i think there is something missing here" top of the steering dampner mount directly under the neck has been cut off..what the heck.

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04-15-2010, 2:07 AM

04-16-2010, 6:21 AM
Wow that looks killer!! I love it: A lexus in the driveway, a box of "Luvs" and a kick ass bike in the garage! Now thats photo magic!

04-16-2010, 8:02 AM
Look at all the goodies on the floor!!! Sweet build Bro!!!

04-16-2010, 10:11 AM
It's a good thing he had LUVS when he figured out his dampner was cut off he had protection hehehh bikes looking like a chopper man ................nice!

04-16-2010, 10:23 AM
you gotta love the box of luvs off to the side huh?
we just got a new shipment of diapers for my son.
who by the way is about to turn one....


progress is coming along and i've been keeping my hands dirty and forgetting to take photos.
i'll have some updates for you guys soon.

04-16-2010, 12:30 PM
Nice picture that is one for the scrap book

04-17-2010, 10:39 AM
its looking good. i really like the black on raw metal look. although im sure your planning on painting it.

04-17-2010, 3:09 PM
it will probably stay raw metal and black for now....just want to get it up and running this season.
not really worried about how it looks right now.

04-17-2010, 10:07 PM
looks good. alot like what Ive been working on. you have great taste.

04-30-2010, 8:44 AM
lookin good glad to see you've been making more progress on yours than i have on mine. moving really killed my momentum.

04-30-2010, 1:40 PM
hey man, bike is going to look tight, i lik ethe stance already. .I know how tuff it is to keep progress moving forward with little ones around.My 2 year old son doesnt like when i disappear into the garage, but then i take him in and he is touching very dam tool thats around . Im in same boat as you, will have mine completed in next week or 2 going to leave it bar metal with black tank and aluminum fender. After shake down, and riding for a while , I know i will need to make changes and adjustments so why screw up a good paint job . I just want to get it running . Keep pushing .

04-30-2010, 1:49 PM
thanks guys...

i've got a whole grip of parts that have come in that i've slowly been throwing on the bike.
will have photos of the whole stash once my fender comes in.

should hopefully get my motor back in the near future and then i'll be hitting it hard, getting it all together.

05-04-2010, 9:40 PM
in the process of fine tuning some details of the bike.
got my 7metalwest fender in today...so i'm super fist pumped about that.
getting the height of the seat/p.pad nailed down as well.

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05-04-2010, 9:51 PM
Bikes looking great. Can't wait to see another BSA on the road! Good shot of the little guy too!
( man, did you see all the Beezer threads on here this week? kick ass.)
Super Eggs, Unite!

05-04-2010, 11:50 PM
classic!! ...any idea on the hardtail dimensions? stretch... drop? The frame's has a real "right" feel.

05-05-2010, 1:43 PM
thanks so much man!
BSA's join together to conquer the world!!!!
i want to someday have a HD or Triumph...but man there is something about BSA's that rubbed me all something nice like. love em!

i did some measurements compared to the stock T'bolt frame i had...and it has about a 4" stretch on it.
i'm not sure of the drop...
the bike itself is all kicked up right now because i don't have any weight up front.
i'm excited to see it's stance once i've got the motor all mounted.
should be killer!

07-05-2010, 2:39 PM
it's been quite a while since i've posted...but i've been lurking in the background on here and the JJ.
learning and still plugging away at my firebird.

progress as it sits now.

oil tank is mounted(didn't have it on the frame in these pics)
maund speed tail light/license plate mount is on
new brake shoes in the rear
brake stay made
new brake rod is on
podtronics is mounted(not in photo)

waiting on some $ to order bungs to mount the seat/fender
also putting $ away to have a set of super narrow bars made to clear the high mounted tank.

got a cheap seat to replace the sell of my beautiful bates :(
but have plans to take it to a local upholstery guy here and have it recovered-----> tuck n roll

motor is still being rebuilt...but hopefully will have it in my greasy hands in the near future
lets hope anyway........

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07-05-2010, 2:40 PM
looks like it is taking shape man

07-05-2010, 2:41 PM
dang, that was quick KT!

07-05-2010, 2:49 PM
I'm not that fast, just made you think i was ..... Rob Zombie ...Sick bubblegum sorry been jammin that song lately

That thing has a nice stance gonna look good

07-05-2010, 4:53 PM
Lookin great! Have you been sitting on it making "vroom-vroom" noises??? (Don't be ashamed, I did!) I'm really diggin the bars. That pic from the rear is great, I've always loved that silouette. She's gonna be great!

01-21-2011, 10:06 AM
so, it's gone thru several incarnations...but here it is currently.
motor is days/hours/minutes away from being done and back to me
once it arrives the real fun will start.

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01-21-2011, 10:15 AM
i was really diggin the chunky front

01-21-2011, 10:21 AM
Yeah, the firestone on the front made that bike for me. I like the new tank / bars. Are those risers built into the top tree? Those are probably the only thing i dislike about the bike

01-21-2011, 10:58 AM
What kinda bars are those ? thats a nice shape

01-21-2011, 11:57 AM
Wait, wait, wait, what happened to the other rims and tires? I was really diggin' thos! Well she looks great either way, I'm very jealous!

01-21-2011, 2:12 PM
i know, i know....

to me lookin at it from a balance point of view...the blacked out wheel with the firestone up front made it way too heavy on the front end...dwarfed the rear end and the bike looked unbalanced.
i swapped rear wheels because i decided to go back to the old chrome look...i'm really feeling the way it is looking now. looks more balanced and has a better flow for the bike overall.

the risers are molded into the top tree, they are stock 69 bsa trees...would love to do away with them as well. but i currently don't have my degree in metallurgy

the bars are stainless steel made my special79 jay....took a bit to get them done but he nailed them out pretty much dead on with what i was wanting. he is rad to work with, and if you've got an idea...more than likely he can make it reality.

i'm still undecided on paint.
everything may just get polished up real nice and left that way.
i have a friend that is a pretty legit pinstriper, i may have him lay down some thin line flames on the tank
we'll see.

01-21-2011, 2:20 PM
it's getting a speedmaster up front by the way....
don't hate on the tire that's on the wheel currently, just for mocking up stuff.

01-21-2011, 3:37 PM
looks awesome. both ways .love it. good to see you back.

01-21-2011, 4:16 PM
oh man, thanks gus....
i've been here lurking and working on it this whole time.
just finally decided to revive this thread.

01-25-2011, 10:10 PM
looking really good man! I actually like the bars having the built in clamps & no risers. and the new wheel is killer

02-14-2011, 5:25 PM
oh man, thanks gus....
i've been here lurking and working on it this whole time.
just finally decided to revive this thread.

Been too long man. Get this sorted bro.
It's really starting to shape up. Looks good.


02-14-2011, 9:17 PM
Can't wait to see the final product! Looking great, love the shots of bike plus family!

02-15-2011, 5:22 PM
building a bsa is is the way to go. I had one a long time ago. One of the ones that got away.

02-15-2011, 11:19 PM
Been too long man. Get this sorted bro.
It's really starting to shape up. Looks good.


only because you said so!

motor is done and should be in my hands in the next week or so if all goes smooth.
i've been working 13 hour days....so hopefully i can have some slow time to really spend
on gettin it wrapped up.