Monday, 12 December 2011

Rolling Chassis

The next obstacle to overcome was to find a way to work on the frame easily without having to store it on valuable bench space all the time. The idea was to turn the frame into a rolling chassis. Hopefully, this would involve attaching a headset, front hub and wheel and rear hub and wheel on an engine block. Unfortunately, things are never as simple as they should be...

The Headset was assembled and the KOSO rev counter fitted where the speedometer would have originally been.

The external front disc hub from ex racer 81 was stripped, prepped and painted. This then had to be sorted to centre the wheel per Stickys manual. As you can see in the photos, the front wheel was noticeably off-centre. Adding the Serveta dampers seemed simple after sorting the front hub out.

The rear hub had to be drilled out and still needs tapping with an M7 x 1.0 tap to repair the threads. One of the wheel studs was loose so that needed sorting. To make the engine block, a layshaft, endplate and cone were added to support the rear wheel. By the way the engine block has been cleaned in this photo. You should have seen it before! The easy stuff was mounting the rear light, mudguard and panel clips

And here we have a rolling chassis

The wheels are just temporary as I haven't considered my options yet but I think yellow and black would look good. After sourcing a picture and messing around with it in a photo editing suite, we have a concept of what my race scooter might look like.

For the unedited photo, visit Draw 4 U and click Scooter Racing. Many thanks for Lee Hollick who took the picture and provided me with it.

While I wait for the paintwork to be done, I am going to prep, paint and assemble a temporary set of bodywork for use on practice/track days and they will always be good as a set of spares.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Assembly Starts

The Serveta frame I purchased for this project initially was shot blasted and welded by Replay Scooters prior to being taken to KAS for paint. When I received these bits back, I did as much as I could to get things done. This included building the forks and sorting out the seat and cabling. The eagle eyed among you will notice that the polished links are drum links but in some photos I have disc links. This was due to initially having the intention of fitting an inboard disc hub.

The links came up really well!

And the forks went in a treat.

As did the race seat.

Cabling and Electrics were routed along the frame.