Right Over Left, Left Over Right, Where To Begin

Got my original wheels back from Jeff, painted and ready to lace, but being that my wife says that my patience level isn’t what it used to be, I called a buddy of mine, Art Decker to lace my wheels.

I’ve always said it was fate when Art happened to move in right next door to my shop since he is a retired tool and die maker, loves old guns, cars and motorcycles and has his own collection of restored cars and bikes and happens to have the patience to teach this old dog some new tricks!

 

And So It Begins….

2014 cannoball rebuild 1

Why, you ask, is that frame fastened down to a milling machine?

Well, I was getting ready to load it in my van to take it to the painter’s and was looking at it sitting on the floor of my shop, when I thought it looked a little off.  Upon closer inspection, I realized that my frame is bent, YES BENT!

Dick Jones (one of the “white knights” of my 2012 pitcrew) happened to stop by and helped out with the straightening process.  First, I made up some hold downs to fasten it securely to one of my milling machines.  Then I made a fixture that clamped around the tubing and began the untwisting and straightening.  To our satisfaction, we now have a straightened frame.

I am confident that I won’t be riding sideways down the highway now, so it’s off to the painters…..