The bike kinda builds itself,
all I do is put it together.

The contents of this blog is a record of work carried out by the author and other third party information and pictures gleaned from various sources on the internet. It is published for academic interest and entertainment only. It is neither suggested or intended that any work or modifications shown here are to be carried out by any party reading the blog.

The Hitchcock Rigid Conversion

Mission Statement

This blog has been set up as a record of my attempt to build a cool Bobber style bike out of the Royal Enfield Bullet. With the cost of genuine early British and American bikes and parts spiralling upwards in the face of the current global economic climate, building a retro style custom is rapidly becoming cost prohibitive. Initially, there will be a period of accruing parts and information as the bike I intend to re-create is my daily rider.
I have heard so many horror stories about the Indian made Bullet from people who's mate used to have one, that I have lost count. All I can say is that I have covered over 20,000 miles on mine in the last three and a half years, and feel happy that it is quite capable of doing another 20.
So if you like the idea or just curious, you are welcome to come along for the ride.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

An idea....

Could not stop thinking about this bloody wheel adjuster,snails?,washer and rod?,front of axle?,rear of axle?
Then i had an idea!!!!
on with autocad, find some alloy plate, programme the spare CNC and away we go
action shot of idea being transformed into reality
1/2 hour later my simple idea on the rear hanger is ready to try on,
this will do just the job of keeping the back and in line while the frame is being welded on
at the moment this gives me 7mm of adjustment per hole,the button head screw is m6 on 7mm centres but if i need less i can drill and tap another at 10.5mm from there which in turn will give me 3.5mm ... simples

Peek at the rear wheel

The wheel I got was from a trail bike, and I told my mate that he could have the tyre off it. OK so mow I have to get it off,so I made a couple of tyre levers released the two grippy things and it came off!!
Last time I took one off I nearly lost a finger.The brake liner was thick with rust,must have been laying in water for ages so i needed a big lathe,just so happens we have a few lying around at work.
Took .020" off in 2 cuts and it cleaned up a treat.next job is to attack it with the air wire brush ready for etch primer.
I must start thinking about chain adjusters for it,probably use the snail cams if I can be bothered to order some, the hole is in the rear hanger for the pin.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Going for it

After a few chats with the Q.Master and a blast on the super information highway defo going for another Enfield Bobber.First score was a rear wheel which i needed after throwing mine away,Scorton autojumble £20 off a SP370,bargain.
Next problem i need a rigid back end,i aint going to spend a fortune on this so i need to make as much as i can myself....
pinched piks off the net popped them into autocad and away we go
and here we are,my idea of the rear hangers,just so handy having a CNC Mill to play with...
Next prob,were does the wheel sit from the frame and how do i line things up...
made this,one end bolts were the swinging arm holes are and the two rear hangers sit on other end
this is it out of the welding jig.Made a jig for the height of the rear wheel and a jig for the front wheel.The idea is to weld the wheel jigs to the floor(metal)use a jack under the engine to get the correct posture ie vertical engine,then weld in the rear fame then cut away the mock swinging arm and unused original frame...hey presto...bobbed
Should be having a go at it during the week.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Time for a change

you know how it is,
you get an idea in your head and before you know it out comes the hacksaw............
well it has happened again,
the old trike has done me proud the past 4 years but the metamorphose has began again......
watch this space..........