Monday, 26 July 2010
Sunday, 25 July 2010
been back up the barn sourcing some parts for a friend, also been playing with the project and have fitted the front brake from fellow Dirty Bobber Ogri, cheers mate and I also fitted the long Jon rear frame section I have... shame this is only a mock-up and is going to be the trike .... this is the wheel base I am going for with the trike, 5 foot spindle to spindle.....
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
The Saltster/capt Cleakheaton has taken on yet another look..... as she is slowly being morfed into the trike. Sumo has been on my back to get this built in time for the Dragon rally next year so we can both head up on Panther trikes... really need that lottery win so I can escape this work thingy and spend more time fettling in the shed/barn.
Front end is Ural which came with an incomplete bike that I swapped with Sumo for my old Ford Pop back axle which is now holding up the rear of his trike. just scored the front brake off a fellow Dirty Bobber for a good price and very fast delivery. main frame is Panther, gearbox is going to be a Burman hand change with reverse. I am waiting a slot in my mate the frame builders schedule so we can get the rear end made. The rear wheel is in there to help me get an idea of wheelbase and stance and also so I can wheel her back into the barn at night (chuffing heavy things Panthers!!!) rear end is chain drive diff , triumph Spitfire half shalfs and hubs and Ford model Y wire wheels. I'm hoping for a lean, low Hotrod inspired look when finished but who knows as I can't make my mind up about anything !!!!!
This is the bike that started it for me, I had wanted a Panther since I was 17 but never got around to it. This was featured in that great old mag Awol (vol6 no 11 and still available from the magazineman) and it really lit the fire under my arse to get a Panther. Built in true shed fashion with whatever was handy at the time.
Sadly Mark Sheeran the owner/builder has recently passed away and the bike has gone into the care of Grahame Sherborne who sent me these pictures.
I've got to say without this bike I don't think Bobcat would have been built, it just has that something about it...
Thanks for the inspiration Mark, RIP Shaun & Bobcat.
Well I'm finally settled back into the routine of work,work work after my trip Francais. Been really hard to get myself motivated this time and the desire to move over permanently is growing ever stronger.
Met up with my mate Eric who is another Panther owner and spotted this "growing" in one of his barns......