Street Tracker Update – 4


Starting to look like a motorcycle again.


Tank is mounted, fork stops made so no dents in the tank!


Rear triangle seat support tower parts fabricated…….now you just have to tig weld them into place………straight!


Electronics tray/inner fender fabricated in stainless steel.


Lower inner fender in stainless and small blocks that will be made into tabs to mount the stainless trays/fenders.


Testing the fit.


Welding tabs onto round frame tubing and getting them in the right position is a challenge……I use this Starrett indicator holder and a few home made jigs to hold the tabs in place for tacking.


The tab-rig in place.


Tabs ready to be tacked into place…….accurately.


In place………and it took way more than 20 minutes!!


Another look………sadly it’s a part of the bike that will really never be seen, but it looks pretty cool!


Moto gadget M Unit in place. I purchased all the Moto Gadget parts (M Unit, M Switches, M Button) from Revival Cycles. Good guys down there and some great eye candy on their site if you need inspiration.

Bring A Trailer Auction – 1963 Series IIA 109 1-Tonne Pickup


Probably should have added this to the site a week ago. My 109 is now being auctioned on the website Bring A Trailer ( It’s a great site with a daily selection of all kinds of vehicles from all over with some great commentary from regulars on the site, and they are now auctioning off select vehicles every week or so. The 109 auction ends tomorrow, check it out if you have the chance.


Off to Indiana

Street Tracker Update


Added some color to the engine……all the raw aluminum will be coated in BMW Frozen Gray


Derby cover and primary chain access port in wrinkle finish


Making frame plugs to reinforce joints where new rear triangle pieces join


1 1/8″ diameter solid blanks are cut to three inch lengths, then rough turned down on the lathe to the inside diameter of the frame


Rough turned blank


The rough turning leaves ribs that bite just a bit when pushed into the frame tubing


And in….when the rear frame tubes are completed, installed, and aligned, holes will be drilled through the new and existing tubing then plug welded, after that the joints will be tig welded

Mule Motorcycles Teaser Photos

Front wheel-Morris 001

Richard Pollock/Mule sent some teaser pics today for the wheels he’s building for the XL1200……widened and all “rotor’d” up front…….beautiful work


And the rear


The rear “stopper”……..can’t wait to see these in person

The British Invasion 2014, Stowe, VT


700 plus examples of the best British iron on the east coast


The line of Rovers, Series and D90’s back to back…….a pretty good showing this year


I brought the 109 pickup and the 88 “Merc”……….and stuffed the Jack Piner and the ’71 Desert Sled in between them……….the little Sled drew more of a crowd than the Rovers!


Very clean Series 1


I might have to own a 101 some day…….there’s something about them….


My friend Rupert’s Range Rover. I think it’s now running a 4.6 liter hot motor. Tons of beautifully done upgrades on this one completed by Congelton Racing and Restoration


G4 Disco……..for whatever reason, I like these too


V8 Triumphs a’plenty


I just liked the pipes


Timeless E’s


My friends Gene & Barb’s 1968 E-Type…..they are the original owners, pretty damn cool


Austin-Healey 100S……another bucket-list car for me


Just put the cuffs on now


This Mini should get an award for coolest/cleanest re-power


Honda 16 Valve V-Tech motor, artfully installed…..ultra slick work


Lotus Espirit…….I’ve always liked them, but I’m pretty sure I couldn’t afford to keep one running


The business end of a Morgan 3-wheeler

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One of my favorites this year, Sunbeam Tiger with a stunning paint job

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And this little V8………the owner was kind enough to touch this one off for me……one of the best sounding small blocks I’ve heard


New Jag………….oh my!


A couple of pre-unit “as-new” Triumphs, a ’51 and a ’58


Works of art


A rare bird…..1922 Lea-Francis motocycle


The Lea-Francis brakes, wood block on a V-rim……….I’ll never again whine about my bikes with drum brakes!

Wiring the Desert Sled

photo 1Ok……wiring is definitely not my strong point……..I can tig weld two razor blades together, but can’t solder worth a shit, have always gone to the local hardware store for blister packs of crappy connectors (thank God for for their complete Land Rover harnesses….they make it easy), and have wiring tools that I think may outdate me……see below.

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The Triumph Desert Sled requires a complete “one-off” wiring harness that I’ve been putting off doing for weeks……….no……..months. Battery-less system, Pazon ignition, Boyer Power Box battery eliminator, only one 12V coil, no key, just a kill switch………lots of connections.

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Pazon ignition.

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The under-tank set up.

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Other side.

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I’m not going to give a step-by-step on  how to do this…….it’s actually pretty simple. What I want to do here is hopefully help others with a recommendation for a really slick kit that will make wiring up your custom built motorcycle a breeze.  A couple of months ago Bike EXIF posted an article on how to wire your custom motorcycle:

Motorcycle Wiring 101

It’s a very helpful piece. One of the suppliers recommended in the article is Vintage Connections. They sell everything you need to complete your motorcycle wiring, including high quality tools. I bought the set above that will wire several bikes and their recommended crimping tool, single bike kits are available.

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This kit made the Desert Sled harness a piece of cake to construct……….I still had to figure out how to make it all work together, but once that was done I just had to start cutting and crimping. These are super high quality kits that take some of the tediousness out of wiring, and will make you look like a wiring hero!

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No more hardware stores, old tools, or fighting with solder for this kid.

R60/2 Update – 3…………..Finished!

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90 days beginning to end………tickled the Bings, six kicks and the old /2 fired right up

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I had static timed the bike, once it was running again I got the old timing light out and the dynamic timing was spot on

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Let it run for a few minutes, shut it down, gave it yet another “once over”, nothing blatant……both carbs had dripped a little fuel, but that’s normal with fresh washers, that’ll stop as things seat…….nothing that screamed “don’t ride it”, so on went the helmet and I headed down the road.

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Ran like a champ, all lights work, horn toots, blinkers flash, brakes grab well, clutch grabs, tranny is like butter, and the damn thing just flat out rides great………..once it was up to temperature it had a slight stumble off idle, common for these old Bing carbs, the fix is 1/8 to 1/4 turn richer on the air/fuel mixture screw. Tomorrow I’ll set up a couple of fans, get the bike up to temp., and do some fine tuning of the Bings and do a “by ear” carb balance…….details to follow.

Barrington Motor Works BMW R50 to R69US Restoration and Service Manual

photoIf you decide to purchase a vintage BMW /2 (slash two), this manual should be your starting point. The Series Land Rover crowd has what’s called the “Green Bible”……….it’s the go-to manual for all questions about Series Rovers, a tool that’s every bit as useful as an impact wrench or a quality set of Whitworth wrenches. What Barrington Motor Works has produced in this manual is without a doubt the most complete, concise, and informative restoration manual I have ever come across……….I now call it the “Gray Bible”. The amount of information here is staggering, yet so well edited and assembled that it seems when I want information at any stage of the R60 restoration I just reference the index, flip to the desired page and there it is……….no flipping through pages while the frustration builds. I’ve also found that many restoration techniques described in the manual transfer over to the Series Rover hobby.

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These are “hot sheets” included with the Barrington Manual that act as check lists for critical assembly procedures………and how smart is this……they are laminated so you can use a grease pen……….wipe them clean when you’re finished and use them for the next restoration…….brilliant. Speaking of brilliant, the actual cover of the manual is also coated so that your greasy finger prints wipe right off!

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Hot Sheets

So, if you’re on the hunt for a Vintage BMW /2 visit the Barrington Motor Works website and order a copy, there’s a very helpful section on what to look for when shopping for your new BMW to get you started on the right side of things.