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Sadly, I am colour deficient, and useless at making decisions upon colour choices. What colour should the BSA be in your opinion? (I withold the right for my wife to veto any of your choices) :-)

Black with red upholstry
1 (12.5%)
Cream sides, green bonnet and boot with black upholstry
2 (25%)
Dogsc0#k red (sorry, apparently it is a thing so my decorator colleague says) and black
0 (0%)
British Racing Green + black upholstry
3 (37.5%)
Cream and navy upholstry
2 (25%)

Total Members Voted: 8

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Tinworm

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Re: BSA 3 wheeler.
« Reply #165 on: 18 Oct 22, 10:48 pm »
am contemplating perhaps adding patina but this is early days thinking.

adding patina takes guts, when you are starting from a position where you have an immaculate paint job. I think Patina looks superb and I want mine to look tired too. But I will be going from shiny aluminium. Somehow I suppose you have to force yourself through the "distress" barrier.

Years ago I read an article on the distressing of an immaculate hot rod. The guy described crushing up cornflakes and mixing them in with paint to create a rough, crusty rust surface, which he painted around dents and holes. It must have taken guts making those holes. But the finished result was superb.

I use a similar method for putting a high-grip surface on wooden steps etc, using sharp sand in paint.
I don't want to bore you all with the details, here. But if you are interested, have a look at my blog https://peteskart.blogspot.com/

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StefanN

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Re: BSA 3 wheeler.
« Reply #166 on: 22 Oct 22, 07:38 am »
I’m looking forward to seeing it in person Jim.

You mentioned adding dials etc.   I’d recommend trying a local autojumble where you’ll find all sorts of trinkets to add.   There are also sets of copy cat Smiths instruments available on eBay for reasonable money, but they will look very new.

I thought this video on adding patina was quite good.  I’ve used the technique of adding paint around joints and fixtures and then wiping it off previously and it simulates accumulated dirt quite well.   Of course, it’ll develop its own patina the more you use it, which is clearly the most fun technique!

https://youtu.be/aO0XW0-RoeI

Jimr1999

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Re: BSA 3 wheeler.
« Reply #167 on: 07 Feb 23, 03:02 pm »
Playing around with a damping system...
https://youtu.be/Al6jxZ8xeyE
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jim

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Re: BSA 3 wheeler.
« Reply #168 on: 08 Feb 23, 06:07 am »
They look gorgeous Jim and a I love the idea of re-purposing stuff.

Jimr1999

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Re: BSA 3 wheeler.
« Reply #169 on: 09 Feb 23, 03:58 pm »
New tacho came today, vintaged it up a bit, just got to make it work now.
... You can lead a horse to water, but a pencil must be lead.

Philip83

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Re: BSA 3 wheeler.
« Reply #170 on: 09 Feb 23, 05:11 pm »
The tach looks great, does it work ok on a single cylinder engine?

Jimr1999

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Re: BSA 3 wheeler.
« Reply #171 on: 09 Feb 23, 05:14 pm »
Should do, it is this one and as I have the CDI unit in and a proper coil it's the same set up as a GY6 https://youtu.be/j24FakjKaK4
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Jimr1999

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Re: BSA 3 wheeler.
« Reply #172 on: 23 Feb 23, 08:16 am »
Still not got the tacho to work  :( But progress on the new steering arrangement is positive. I had donated a broken RSP dropper seat post a year or so back that was rattling around in the car boot. I threw it in the bin on Monday as the car needed an MOT and mucking out. On the way home I decided to fish it out and use the shell of it as a telescopic steering column. Here is the finished column after a trial fit. The biggest amount of lash in the whole system is in the steering quick release, everything else is negligible.
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Jimr1999

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Re: BSA 3 wheeler.
« Reply #173 on: 24 Feb 23, 01:53 pm »
Rack now in and geometry set initially at 3mm toe in. Everything is smooth and I have slightly more lock to lock angle than the pitman arm gave, but the turning circle was good enough anyway. I now have a full turn of the wheel lock to lock. After weighing everything removed and then weighing everything added, the weight penalty is plus 428grams. Not bad for a rack and a safer steering column. I won't get to test it out for a while as I need somewhere to do it and that means a journey of at least an hour on bad roads to my nearest kart track and then £50 an hour. Other things to do first
« Last Edit: 24 Feb 23, 02:01 pm by Jimr1999 »
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Jimr1999

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Re: BSA 3 wheeler.
« Reply #174 on: 26 Feb 23, 09:23 am »
String

String is a
Very important thing
Rope is thicker
But string is quicker.


Spike Milligan

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Jimr1999

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Re: BSA 3 wheeler.
« Reply #175 on: 01 Mar 23, 12:10 pm »
Cheap ebay spot lights £24 for two six inchers.... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/284204517183
Remove lenses, wiring, seal, one retaining hoop and add photo image of headlight, plywood backer, perspex cover and sealing tape makes a 802g spotlight 430g
Quite pleased with the outcome, just got to devise a way of mounting them now.
« Last Edit: 01 Mar 23, 02:56 pm by Jimr1999 »
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Re: BSA 3 wheeler.
« Reply #176 on: 02 Mar 23, 07:44 am »
Clever idea.  I love that you’ve got the CKGB AGM joining instructions on the desk too - it’s like subliminal marketing.

Jimr1999

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Re: BSA 3 wheeler.
« Reply #177 on: 02 Mar 23, 08:08 am »
Thanks Stefan, I just wish the image I got had a side light bulb in, not great for those gloomy days, I'll have to sort that come MOT time!  ;D ;D ;D

I always wondered what liminal is? Surely if you have subliminal you must have liminal  ???
« Last Edit: 02 Mar 23, 08:15 am by Jimr1999 »
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Jimr1999

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Re: BSA 3 wheeler.
« Reply #178 on: 02 Mar 23, 02:36 pm »
Bracket done, number 5 now has a face.
« Last Edit: 02 Mar 23, 03:19 pm by Jimr1999 »
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Chris L

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Re: BSA 3 wheeler.
« Reply #179 on: 02 Mar 23, 07:01 pm »
 ;D Looks Great Jim..... Johnny 5 is Definitely ALIVE !