1961 BSA Super Rocket Rebuild

Jerry Doe

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Looking good!

The size of that mallet next to your tapered races is a cause for concern.

Re gearbox: I suppose you will come away with a spare shell after all this effort and expense.

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Hi Robert, Yeah it took a bit of effort getting the tapered bearing in the steering head, needed mallet. I froze it good, eventually got it in. The gearbox shell is ok. I am going to clean it up and put all new bushes including the layshaft blind end bush. I have read they need line reaming after bush replacement, but that's outside my capability, so I am hoping it will spin ok in the new bushes, so I got to test that and see whats needed.

The front end turned out very well. Brent is going to paint the chrome tank candy red (like Rocket 3 red) and it will have the super rocket decal. Everything else black or chrome like standard. I am now looking at the hubs. They need skimming. I have to find somewhere in the Denver area to get that done. I can get the wheels rebuilt here in Denver at Woody's. https://woodyswheelworks.com/ These folks know BSA wheels.

I get the chrome parts back next month, so I can assemble those parts. The front fender was already chromed when I bought the bike. The rear fender is getting re-chromed, expensive these days. There is only one place in Denver. I could not be bothered to ship it out of state, so drove it over there. Based upon what I saw their work looks good.

Steve at jobcycle has the motor and he is going to sort it out. I went a bit overboard on the motor crating. He told me it took him an hour to get it open and my back still hurts from that experience of crating the motor.

So all good. Moving forward with the obsession, cheers
 
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Hi Paul,

Hope you are starting to feel better and that you have power.

Yes, even though the wheels need rebuilding, its good to see it like that. Its a very nice shaped frame. I am excited to get the transmission rebuilt. I have everything I need except a mainshaft. My old one might actually be ok. I need to check how the new gears are on it.

Get well mate!!

We're doing "better". Supposedly no more rolling blackouts (after 5 days). We had snow, a break, then ice (power lines down), then snow, then no water, now have a trickle of water back just this evening. I took a NAVY shower. Thankfully, our gas stayed at decent pressure the whole time (fireplace and stove were well employed). Leg WAS feeling better 'till 2-1/2 hours in the queue at WalMart for about 1/4 cart of groceries (LOTS of empty shelves). Anyway, it was 25F, standing in snow and slush, the ankle is shot after that.

As to BSA restorations, alas, as close as I ever got was sorting stripping, and sending off the black bits for powdercoat, and rounding up some various bits. Yes, it's a really nice looking frame!
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Sold it to a nice fellow (BritBike.Com member) Alan in England who did a FINE job restoring it!
 

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Genuine refurbished chronometric instruments for the same year as my BSA Rocket. These are really hard to find and if you do find them they cost an arm and a leg. These are now in my possession, really excited about it :)


 
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Genuine refurbished chronometric instruments for the same year as my BSA Rocket. These are really hard to find and if you do find them they cost an arm and a leg. These are now in my possession, really excited about it :)


Beautys!!!!
 
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