You know you own a retro bike when..

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You know you own a retro bike when..

Postby bowie » Thu Aug 14, 2008 5:49 pm

you go to pick up your bike you dropped off to get the bearings in your bottom bracket serviced and the mad scientists in the bike shop bring down a copy of the yellow pages with your bike, Laughing.

My Viscount Mallard has bearings that were pressed into the frame during manufacture. The state of the left hand bearing is such, that its rusted in away prohibiting the removal of the crank. Not Laughing

The vice and tools at my local bike shop were simply not big enough to push the crank out of the bottom bracket. The yellow pages were used as a prop as he suggested I track down a metal worker whom might have the required tooling

To the rescue tho is a the oldest bike shop in my area whom once I told my story to, laughed gleefully as he remembered doing something similar to another Viscount many years back (another viscount.. in my home town.. could this be..)

Stay tunned for the thrilling conclusion in the retro tug of wallet war
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Postby xx68 » Fri Aug 15, 2008 8:24 am

Sounds like when i took my Valiant to the mechanic for a rego check ... he opened the bonnet and started to tell me why it 'couldn't pass' -
" well the engine mounts are worn " , 'hmmm i said , its a Slant6 they are inclined to the left '.
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Postby yazman » Fri Aug 15, 2008 8:30 am

Ah, Retro bikes and Valiants, a match made in heaven (or hell)......

From another owner of both.
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Postby bowie » Fri Aug 15, 2008 9:05 am

hmmm i said , its a Slant6 they are inclined to the left '.


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby MichaelB » Fri Aug 15, 2008 9:09 am

xx68 wrote: ..... its a Slant6 they are inclined to the left '.


Great engine. Had to chnage an oil pump in one with the engine still in the bay. Hmmmm. Oil pump on slanted side of engine :evil:
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Postby Kid_Carbine » Fri Aug 15, 2008 11:44 am

xx68 wrote:Sounds like when i took my Valiant to the mechanic for a rego check ... he opened the bonnet and started to tell me why it 'couldn't pass' -
" well the engine mounts are worn " , 'hmmm i said , its a Slant6 they are inclined to the left '.
And just to be a pedantic SOB, .... they are inclined to the right.

Right & left are determind as seated in the car. Sorry.
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Postby cludence » Fri Aug 15, 2008 11:46 am

And just to be a pedantic SOB
:roll:

Having the flu definately has made you a bored kid.
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Postby bowie » Fri Aug 15, 2008 6:22 pm

Well good retro news day :P

The Viscount is rolling again :D Interestingly, the axle was a pretty much ok despite having been rusted solid onto the left hand side bearing :P The bearings were of normal size. I should qualify that, normal for a bearing shop to look up, not something they had in the bottom draw :P Regardless the bearded bike mechanic was very curious as to where I obtained this silly bike of mine.

"Do you know an Allen Murphy from Baranduda" He inquired as he realized I was to pick up the mallard.
"No sorry... ... "
"Where did you get this bike?"
"6 months ago from this Scottish bloke in Melbourne"
"What did he look like?"
"errr short.. white hair, thick accent, friendly chap."
"I've only ever seen one other Mallard, It was a red one just like this, actually I'm pretty sure it was this one. 12 years ago i replaced the bearings in the bottom bracket, for the bearings to hold out for 12years.. well thats pretty good."
"Wait.. you know this bike?"
"Pretty sure this is it, as I've said only seen another 1 in the the wild, the guy you bought it off sounds a lot like Alan"

At this points he speaks up to his colleague in the work shop

"Alan lived out in Barnawatha didn't he?
"Yeah" came a disgruntled voice from under a spanner out the back.
"Pretty sure he did."

So anyway another conversation followed about how i should be looking after my shifters, since the frame has no lugs these shifters simply are not replaceable. :p

So its kinda weird be to ridding on a bike that was 28 years old 12 years ago, and a bike that was being ridden around here!

What a small world it is. :P
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Postby bowie » Mon Aug 18, 2008 9:07 pm

Well this retro thing is getting a bit silly..

You know you have a retro bike when.... you go to pick up the bike after they fixed the bottom bracket, then the crank bolt sheered off and the crank fell off whilst ridding home. So back it goes and they then ring and tell me the crank bolt they cant buy, unless they buy a box of 100.

So now hes making me one :P

I love my bike mechanic :D


He said if anything else fell off it, I was to hang it from the wall of my garage and GET OVER IT :P :P :P
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