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1913 Veloce project, quick update

January 11, 2013

There hasn’t been much posted on OL lately.  I’m sorry for that.  But things have been very busy with the 1913 Veloce project.  It still isn’t quite finished, but much progress has been made.  If all goes well, the first test ride should be in another 2 weeks.

Following are some quick photos of the various parts of the project that have been tackled recently.  I’ll come back later and write proper articles on many of them.

footpeg parts

Footpeg parts.  All of them were made in the shop, except the rubber, and the black parts that were laser cut from sheet steel, then drilled to sized and edge formed.


Footpeg assembly

 pedal cranks

Pedal cranks and new sprocket


exhaust parts

Silencer parts


exhaust magneto silencer and magneto mount assembly


cam followersCam followers with new Stellite on tappet faces (surface ground flat) and new roller followers and new pins.


davison tooling tooling for Davison sight glass housing


davison samples

samples for Davison housing

 davison tooling2

Davison tooling and sample

 davison 3 piece

three piece Davison body


 mat gil soldering

Matt Gil silver soldering 3 piece Davison

 matt gil

Matt Gil hammering some copper


davison unassembled

ready to assemble into tank


 carb mount

O ring on the carb mount to prevent air leaks

 crank alignment

Aligning the crank between centers

 crank balance

Balancing the crank to 66%


 compression ratio

cc’ing the combustion chamber.  The compression ratio is 4.05:1

 bike assembly

Halfway assembled

lacing wheels

Before lacing the front wheel

 laced wheel

Front wheel after lacing.  The red center stripe is almost visible.  Gold edge stripes will come after truing the wheels.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. January 11, 2013 7:05 pm

    Nice bike Pete –Beautiful work

  2. Shaun permalink
    January 11, 2013 7:07 pm


  3. January 11, 2013 8:28 pm

    Energy. Thanks, Paul

  4. January 11, 2013 9:22 pm

    good shit pete.

  5. Doug Lyon permalink
    January 12, 2013 1:08 am

    It’s great to see the craft being executed to such a high standard – without the pictures few would understand the high level of craftsmanship that goes into every piece. Keep up the good work and we look forward to news of a successful first run!

  6. January 12, 2013 2:42 am

    great work! bet you cant wait to blow smoke. and it only took one beer to lace the wheel?

  7. Anonymous permalink
    January 12, 2013 3:08 am

    Inspirational. Can’t wait to see it in the flesh.
    Alan in Vancouver

  8. Alan H. permalink
    January 12, 2013 6:31 am

    Excellente travaco ,Hobre.

  9. Lewis Meyer permalink
    January 12, 2013 7:43 am

    Very cool to see it all together, rather than scattered across FB.

    Get video of the first kick and the test ride, please.

  10. January 12, 2013 9:11 am

    I always admire true craftsmanship, especially since my ability is nil!
    Tom Perkins

  11. Jim Abbott permalink
    January 12, 2013 10:31 am

    “A thing if beauty is a joy forever”. Don’t know who said that, but in your case it’s true. Hope to see you both at the Spring Opener, Jim A., Tucson, AZ

  12. January 12, 2013 4:57 pm

    Superb workmanship. You certainly are skillful. Can’t wait for the write up, and for photos/video of the first start up. Keep these articles coming.
    Derek Reay

  13. January 13, 2013 1:28 am

    sorry to hear about the frustration withthe rear hub, is it a question of metallurgy that the spoke flange can’t be rmoved and a replacement machined and weldedin place.

    please excuse my simplistic appreciation of the problem.

    All the best; Brian

    • January 13, 2013 10:19 am

      Hi Brian. That might work. There isn’t much room for a new flange though, as by the time I cut off the old one, I’ll be cutting very close to the freewheel threads. But it just might work, even as a temporary bodge while I wait to get a new old hub. Of course, I’m worried that the other flange might fail in the same way!


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