Looking around my "shop", (clutter), I don't know why some stuff is still there. Things that are so hacked up as to be worthless for normal use, Some stuff is actually FUNNY to look at! Like.... What was that guy thinking ???? Got any funny/sad/chopped-up parts stories and photos ??
M23 inner gearbox cover. Note the parting line running approximately up the middle of the photo and the irregularly spaced circles. On the other side is a 1/6" steel plate that was used to rivet the two broken halves of the cover together. Pretty impressive bodgery if you ask me.
A smattering: '53 Gold Flash '67 Royal Star '71 Rickman Metisse '40 Silver Star '37 Rudge Special sixtyseventy Lightboltrocket road racer...and many more.
Not buggered exactly... I was looking for a spare primary cover, and a neighbor of mine, an old timer who had a number of old bikes lying around, showed me this, still attached to a bike, lying on its side in the weeds:
Apparently, aluminum is not always "forever".
I took the cover anyway, to save for just such an occasion.
A friend of mine was driving along his field to his woods last night and heard a thump, turned around and saw his spare tire laying in the field. He thought the tire hoist had broke. The hoist was still intact but the center of the rim was still hanging from it.
When given the choice between two evils I picked the one I haven't tried before
Ok, here's a fun one: I buy a motor, it's supposed to be an A65...... so I count the cyclinder fins, and it checks out,..HAH! There is always a way to get hood-winked...........
Imagine-or-remember, you're 16, or maybe not. You have a bike that won't run, but you will try anything to change THAT! I visualize a kid with his Dad's drill motor, and a grinding stone, hopping all over the place,.... but it did RUN!!!
A50 head, hogged out to fit an A65 motor.
Look close, and you can see where the piston was crushing the carbon!
Wow, That's a good one!! I forgot about cars rusted up to the door handles!! And the undersides even worse!! I had to look to see the location. My 211,000 mi '86 Elky ain't pretty, but doesn't have a rust hole in it...........
I live in northern Illinois, "snow country." I drive used pickup trucks as my regular vehicles. People wonder why I always remove the spare tire from under the truck and mount it up in the truck bed.
Shel's photos show why. I have cut up old trucks in which the spare was still under there....or what WAS LEFT of the spare. The tire was rotten, and the wheel rusted beyond use. Seems prior owners never used it, never checked it, or forgot about it.
Where I carry it, I can check the tire pressure, the condition of the tire and wheel, and never have to lay on by back, under the truck, in rain, slush or snow, to get to it if I need it.