RichardW's Velocette rebuild

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Re: RichardW's Velocette rebuild

Post by RichardW » 29 Jan 2019, 21:41

Engine in the post; rust converter ordered....

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Re: RichardW's Velocette rebuild

Post by RichardW » 09 Feb 2019, 07:59

Sent off the forks and mag yesterday. Forks have gone to a guy in St Leonards on sea, which is apt, given those that remember the much missed citronut!

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Re: RichardW's Velocette rebuild

Post by CitroJim » 09 Feb 2019, 08:27

RichardW wrote:
09 Feb 2019, 07:59
Forks have gone to a guy in St Leonards on sea, which is apt, given those that remember the much missed citronut!


I think of him almost every day :) How can one ever forget Malcolm... He'll be forever in our memories :D

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Re: RichardW's Velocette rebuild

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 09 Feb 2019, 11:03

CitroJim wrote:
09 Feb 2019, 08:27
RichardW wrote:
09 Feb 2019, 07:59
Forks have gone to a guy in St Leonards on sea, which is apt, given those that remember the much missed citronut!


I think of him almost every day :) How can one ever forget Malcolm... He'll be forever in our memories :D

Him, his Percywotsists, and his Dyslexia!

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Re: RichardW's Velocette rebuild

Post by Peter.N. » 09 Feb 2019, 11:29

Looks a lovely job Richard. I wasn't really into bikes, especially since I came off my Vespa a few times but I remember well the water cooled Velocette's that the police used in my youth, I liked the idea of the radiator in front of your legs which I assume must have kept them a bit warm in the winter. Not as old as yours though!

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Re: RichardW's Velocette rebuild

Post by RichardW » 09 Feb 2019, 23:01

After rebuilding the back brake on my push bike (which is a trial as it has cantilever brakes, and there are about 27 degrees of freedom when fitting the new blocks!!) I had another go at getting the front tyre off the Velo. Had failed before, but found a better tyre lever (quite possibly the one used to put it on nearly 70 years ago!), and managed to persuade it off. So now I can get on with getting the rust off and painting them. Here's the tyres.... back one looks nearly new...given that they're at least 66 years old, I think I'll get new ones :lol:
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Re: RichardW's Velocette rebuild

Post by bobins » 10 Feb 2019, 13:18

RichardW wrote:
09 Feb 2019, 07:59
Sent off the forks and mag yesterday. Forks have gone to a guy in St Leonards on sea, which is apt, given those that remember the much missed citronut!



I do hope the business yo sent them to in St Leonard's wasn't located in Drury Lane 8-[
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-47189485

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Re: RichardW's Velocette rebuild

Post by RichardW » 11 Feb 2019, 08:24

:shock: It's not them, but it does appear to be on the same industrial estate....! Pretty sure they're still in transit.

Next job is to find someone to re-line the brakes. I wonder if they might refuse to do the one that has been repaired.

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Re: RichardW's Velocette rebuild

Post by xantia_v6 » 11 Feb 2019, 09:31

What material is the broken shoe?

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Re: RichardW's Velocette rebuild

Post by RichardW » 11 Feb 2019, 09:40

It's aluminium (or an alloy thereof) - it should be possible to get a new one cast if needs be - I'm sure I had a link to somewhere that said they would do it when I took it apart 15 years ago, but I haven't yet been able to find them again. I'm trying to retain as much of the original as possible - bodges included - if I can though!

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Re: RichardW's Velocette rebuild

Post by xantia_v6 » 11 Feb 2019, 09:48

If it is only broken, not badly corroded, you should also have the option of having it welded. I think that the current repair may compromise performance by being too flexible.

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Re: RichardW's Velocette rebuild

Post by bobins » 11 Feb 2019, 11:25

If you get stuck for a solution, a mate of mine will probably be able to come up with an answer. He owns 30-something classic, vintage and veteran bikes so will probably know 'a man who can' :)

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Re: RichardW's Velocette rebuild

Post by RichardW » 12 Feb 2019, 14:01

There's a foundry down the road that does aluminium casting, have dropped them a note to see if they can cast a new one. I'll get the rivets drilled / ground out, and see what it looks like underneath - presumably it's got some holes in it that weren't there originally!!

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Re: RichardW's Velocette rebuild

Post by Gibbo2286 » 12 Feb 2019, 14:20

I just popped 'Vintage Velocette brake shoes' into the Ebay search box, lots came up, mostly for LE model but maybe worth a look. Lots from worldwide sellers.

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Re: RichardW's Velocette rebuild

Post by Zelandeth » 12 Feb 2019, 14:37

I definitely wouldn't expect this to be too difficult to get welded up or recast. I don't imagine it's a part that will be subject to particularly huge forces in the grand scheme of things... it's not a 1300cc 250mph modern superbike after all.