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1950 conversion

Post  shazoak on Sun Nov 30, 2014 6:08 pm

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Post  shazoak on Sun Nov 30, 2014 6:14 pm

not original but never mind
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Post  piston 197 on Mon Dec 01, 2014 7:43 am

Very well done if I say so myself, not the first FB I have seen with Matchless tele forks, they are surprisingly light and I have ridden a trials model 62 equipped the same way and they work well, while adding very little weight, looks like either the top shock mounts have been repositioned on a falcon road bike or is it a competition model 72 ?
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Post  shazoak on Mon Dec 01, 2014 7:59 pm

The bike came to me with a james captain swing arm fitted, and the hagon shocks you see in the picture.
I think the whole rear end was made to fit the swing arm.
I sourced a falcon 1964 swing arm, and took heat ,hack saw and welder to it!.
Now the shocks fit on the out side of the swing arm ,it gave me enough room for a sprocket spacer to clear the shock and the tyre.
The front end is 1 1/8 matchless 16m forks with the top yolk machined down and the crown stem threaded further down then cut off, basically to lose the handle bar clamp.
Thank goodness for Andrew engineering, the fork stanchions were bent to hell! and they make and supply new ones.
I am still head scratching regarding the gear lever, I cant find a short lever with a 5/8 spline hole, and I don't want to butcher the original I have.
My thoughts were maybe a 6e lever reversed? any thoughts?
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Post  piston 197 on Mon Dec 01, 2014 8:09 pm

Greeves got over this problem by using the gear lever from an invacar,3 wheeler which is about 2" long and has a hole in it for a rod linkage, they cut this off and used the boss, they welded a piece of round 1/4" rod to this about 4" long with a 1" right angle bend at each end to make a toe and heel change, personally I cut off a standard gear change about 4" long and weld a modern folding end from a Jap trials bike to it, leave it pointing forward and change down by hooking my heel in front of it. Seldom with a 3 speed box will you be changing gear in a section
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Post  shazoak on Mon Dec 01, 2014 8:29 pm

Thanks for the reply john.
I did buy a 14mm jap gear lever block off ebay , but no joy.
I think I may have to go your route I think.
I have got a lever to weld on to it (I calculated about 4 inches).
I did notice on ebay a couple of months ago, an fb trials with a tidy gear linkage fitted but I cant remember how it was done.
But the frame is now painted so too late for me.
Oh well it will Give me a good excuse to get the tig welder out again.
And thank you for the tank you sold me.
Regards.
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