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Since I bought Hanoi Jane, she's been great fun, if frustrating and bloody hard to upgrade.

I can't help myself, so I've been looking for a project bike to restore from scratch (ish).  A couple have come up, but they disappear waaay fast.

This week a 50s came up in horrible nick on ebay.  It's completely rooted, and not worth restoring.

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Of course, I had bought it.

Fair to say, it pretty much fucked.  It was more than I wanted to pay, but, well, why not.  I felt like it needed a safe home.

So another project has moved into my cramped garage.

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Ahh well...

(Feel like I'm finally gonna have to tackle "decent" rust.)

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Lordy....... don't you have enough trouble already :blink:

Rusty enough and apparently incomplete - or is there a box with the rest of it in it?  Does this mean you've won with the other one - have I missed something?

Nick

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Why chop up the old remains....?  You seem to have most of what you need in new parts?

Or am I being dim? :ermm:

Old one seems rusty enough to be a UK resident.....

Nick

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Going to be replacing the spine, outer engine covers and leg shield/floor, leaving the inner guards and mounts at the rear, and re-cutting in the steering.  Lots of little braces and bits inside the spine need swapping over, so it all needed opening up.

Going to build a jig tomorrow to positively locate the outer steering tube, so I wandered the racks today looking for some tube or rod that’s a perfect fit

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It's no Binky, but a very squared off jig came together today.

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Mostly done.  Next step is to pull out the laser to check the steering column is straight, then fill weld it all.

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So out came the laser

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which showed all was good.

so the lightweight frame got welded up and hot glued to a heavier base

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which did bad things to the alignment marks

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and led to a few more hours of tweaking, tapping, belting, and not a little swearing.

till all was aligned.

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