View Full Version : 1951 T110 Pre Unit Build - Tons of Pics

07-15-2012, 10:11 PM
After a year long build process and countless hours of blood sweat and tears, my pre-unit is finally "done". I use quotes because it's never going to be really done, and I still have some issues I'm working out.
This bike started as a craigslist complete bike basket case, that sounded like a good deal at the time, but later turned into a money pit. From the original parts lot I bought the only thing I used was..... the rear wheel hub, exhaust, and brake plate. Things started to turn into a obsession and before I knew it I was buying a lathe to make parts of my own. I bought 2 other complete motors, a gearbox and gas tank on my trip to Pennsylvania, countless parts from eBay and craigslist, and with help from Wes (four aces), Adam Haley (speed devices), Classic Cycles, Keith Moore, and other british parts suppliers it came together. I also fabricated many of the parts myself and started a side business, so this is kinda my first build under the Close Fabrication name.

The frame started as a stock rigid, with a Factory Metal Works hardtail, 4" stretch 2" drop.
The fender is a 7 west aluminum.
The tank is narrowed about 2'.
The exhaust is a banged up set of TT pipes I added a few bends to and the copper tips.
The motor is totally rebuilt, all new seals and bearings, with a one piece crank, otherwise stock iron head motor.
The gearbox is also rebuilt, with the needle bearing upgrade.
Forks are rebuilt, new stanchions and lowered about 1".

Everything else I made, including the foot pegs, tail light, rocker caps, leaf spring mount, along with all the other little bits, fabricated in my garage. I wanted to do as much as I could myself. That being said, if you see anything you like, I can make something for you too.
closefabrication@yahoo.com (shameless plug)

I wanted to finish the bike for Born Free this year, but came up about 2 weeks short.

I'll put a link to my facebook to see the build pictures some of my other projects, and of course, any comments, good or bad are welcome. Enjoy.


07-15-2012, 10:12 PM

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07-15-2012, 10:16 PM
Last batch, thanks again.

07-15-2012, 10:38 PM
I saw this bike in person, Jon did some great new fabrication ideas.
good to see it on here.

07-16-2012, 6:27 AM
Man what a beauty ! This Trumpet is Thumpin' ! I like, I like ,.....Yes ! :cheersmate:

07-16-2012, 8:34 PM
very cool

07-16-2012, 8:38 PM
i like it, what a cool lookin bike!!!

09-21-2013, 9:33 PM
Great fabrication. I love your use of brass. Love the headlight, taillight, Bars, . Shit I love everything.

09-21-2013, 10:14 PM
Wow! I've been needing inspiration to get back out in the garage- if this doesn't do it, I don't know what will.

09-23-2013, 10:31 PM
Your story sounds like mine, but better. Great bike.

09-24-2013, 6:55 AM
This bike is beautiful love every bit of it. Are you leaving it raw or going to paint her.

09-24-2013, 6:25 PM
One of the nicest builds I have seen in a while. Once I finish my 67 bonnie side car project, I think its time to find a pre unit. Awesome just awesome.

09-25-2013, 8:53 AM
Great lookin' machine. I love the bars on there.

10-02-2013, 11:58 AM
Love the stance of this bike, solid craftsmanship.

10-10-2013, 9:54 PM
Very nice bike.
What's the story with the clutch and brake levers?
What are your thoughts on the bolt on rear? Everything line up? How are the rear axle mounts?
Did you fab up the seat bracket/mount?
I'm building a pre unit 51 frame with a 56 motor.
Your bike is great inspiration !