From time to time I work on an heritage car. These are vehicles that are more than twenty five years old. .
Over the years I have done a number of repairs to the cars plastics but in this case was asked to look for the cause of an oil leak that was covering the bell housing of the gearbox. The leak was not enough to show a loss on the dip stick but caked the area in a black horrible mess. The leak was tracked down to the distributor. After all these years the O ring had gone hard letting some oil pass.
I thought that was easy, just go down the road and buy a new one! NO! NO! No! How wrong could I be. One little old O ring turned into an epic detective case to find someone to supply it. I ended up buying a box of a hundred, making this one ring more valuable than its weight in gold!. So if anybody is looking for one O ring in a metric size I’ll sell you one. I know! but I have got get back some of the cost!.
That is the problem with working on motors from the recent past, they are not old enough for people to start doing batch runs of parts to keep them going. Second hand parts in this type of case are not up to the job
We introduced recently plastic repairpatches for those who wanted an easy way of replacing missing pieces from their farings. It saves time and effort looking for matching plastic material that needs cleaning before it can be used as an insert.
This post illustrates what can be done with our 200 X 130 mm patch and a meter of welding rod.
We have had a broken faring in the workshop that we were going to repair and sell on. It has been on the shelf that long I can no longer remember what bike it came from. A couple of times it has been raided for spares to repair customers farings. I thought it was time to repair it and in so doing demonstrate what can be done with one repair patch.
The faring in question has had the end of the windscreen finger cut off to repair another. A template was cut from a piece of card as a guide from the intact side. Then laid on the repair patch and cut round. A bit of heat was applied to the cut out to shape it so it mimicked the curve of the finger. Then the edge of the faring and shaped piece had the edges chamfered so they could be tacked and welded together. In a number of places it needed over welding to build up the material so it was identical to the other side. Once the heat had dissipated it was machined and rubbed down with some wet and dry for a smooth blended finished. When painted you would not know that the bit had been missing in the first place.
Think of black leather jackets, quiffs, sideburns and rockers and the Ace Cafe is at the heart of defining UK motorcycle culture.
This glorious 132 page bookazine celebrates 75 years of Britain’s most historic motorcycle meeting place – the Ace Cafe in London.
From high-speed thrills to the birth of an entire culture, the Ace Cafe bookazine takes us from the ton-up boys getting their speed kicks on the road, the Mods versus Rockers, right to the present day with the motorbikes and people that are keeping the Ace Cafe legend alive today. It’s a must read for all!
Would make a great Gift!
Available at the cafe or from the on-line web shop
Ace Cafe London, this year celebrates it’s 75th anniversary of the cafe having originally opened in 1938, it’s teamed up with the organisers of the forthcoming 8th annual prestigious and exclusive Salon Prive, to be held 4th – 6th September at Syon House West London.
For an upcoming “Future Cinema” show (30th August – 1st September) at a London venue. They are looking for late 50’s and early 60’s American cars which can be parked around the venue to give the audience an authentic American feel.
The cars will not be driven during the show, or involved in any kind of stunt – they will just be used as decorative additions to the show.
All car owners that take part will be invited to attend the show with their family or group of friends in return for bringing their cars.
If you are interested, please get in touch with:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 07528 261 615