Sunday, December 2, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
I sent these pictures off to Tony a few days back when he had a question about a leaky petcock. I'd run into the same problem with the MSS fuel taps a few winters ago.
I remember Floyd G. telling me that he would use a wine bottle cork to repair his petcocks and clutch pack inserts. Having at it, I pulled the small screw on the side of the body and withdrew the cork/piston valve assembly. Floyd had the earlier 40's style fuel taps (push/push) with one side having a hexagon. this type uses a flat section of cork. Tony and I have the round Ewarts style.
Ed G. had the round type corks for repairing leaky Ewarts taps. It would be interesting to find how to cleanly cut a cylinder out of cork material. I've replaced a several corks in the past few years, mostly from draining the tank dry for winter storage.
Ed's suggestion was to use a punch and knock the brass riveted end back into the pull knob. From that point its a matter of adding the new cork section and tapping the brass back into the knob. There seems to be enough material to do this a few times. If your handy with a small lathe you could make a new piston section that threads onto the knob.
On a side note, Tony found that you can boil the cork piston assembly to get back some life. I've also removed the valves and stored them in a small container of gas when the tank is drained.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
|Left to right: Kim Harris, Richard Freeman and Jim Fraser|
|Tony Dowers and Adam Schoolsky|
|from left to right: Kim Harris, Richard Freeman, Jim Fraser, Ed DeBarros, John Dolber, Bill Clark|
|Judy Mann, Warren Mann and Tony Dowers|
Sunday, November 4, 2012
The shop is busy with catch up projects now with the fall well under way. Pete is taking on the R60 as I work over the R75. Should be a cool summer.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Tony Dowers, a member of the Velocette Owners Club N.A., is also a member of the Alter Boys Car Club. I met Tony for the first time at the larz Anderson European Motorcycle show this past September. While at the show he had told me that the Alter Boys would be have a show on the following weekend at the Singletary Rod and Gun Club. Since Singletary is just up the road from my place and having never gone to any real type of car show I thought it would be a nice ride to exercise the Velos and check it out. The show was everything Tony said and then some more! I suspect they had more than 150 cars and everyone was different than the next. Sadly I brought the wrong camera with half spent batteries, by the time I was ready to start taking decent pictures the camera had died. But here are a few pics of what the show was all about. Can't wait to get to the next show! By the way these pictures do no justice to the show- it really needs to be experienced.
Monday, September 24, 2012
After a quiet and laid back summer the fall season began early with a September 9th European Motorcycle show at the Larz Anderson Museum of Transportation.. Traditionally the European show was on Columbus day weekend. However sketchy weather and other conflicting shows challenged the Larz participation. This year's show proved to be a success as the timing works out to be a great way to open for the fall season of shows and riding. Participation seemed to exceptionally high and the weather was perfectly spot on! I would have taken more pictures of the great variety of machines but was more caught up with seeing old friends and meeting new ones.
An old friend Dave Erickson of Erickson's Antique Stoves made it out with one of his immaculate /5 models. Dave has an eye for the original and pristine and this /5 is about at fine as you find.
|Photo by Dave Petty of DP-imaging|
|Photo by Dave Petty of DP-imaging|
|left to right:Duncan Kautz, Lliam Burke and Bob Hicks|
|Left to right: Geoff Hybertson Warren and Judy Mann, John Dolber|
|Tony Dowers and his stunning 1964 Velocette MSS with Watsonian Sidecar|
|Some of the usual suspects (left to right) Geoff Hybertson, Larry Ronai, Lliam Burke, John Dolber, Dick Galvin and Adam Schoolsky|