The previous owner had removed the lower top tube and installed a rather large gusset in its place on the front and back down tubes. A new tube was grafted in from a donor frame and the gusset cut down and drilled out. Another gusset was added below the lower tube on the front down tube, as well as a custom head-steady bracket.
 A number of brackets were made from round steel rod and given a thick cadmium plating.
 Here in mock-up a couple years ago, the tins have since been worked over and are in primer now. The brake light is made from a bronze cymbal, with an unknown glass lens.
 There have been a few different hubs and wheels on the bike including this full-width and a Triumph conical hub, but looks like a conical hub is going to be the final choice. The tripletree lower is a modified 60’s unit with early 60’s Triumph fork lowers. A front fender has been added as well as a new headlight mount since this picture.
 The beginnings of the seat assembly in stainless rod. Because of the asymmetry of the rear frame, the seat was made to fudge the difference and keep the lines looking right. A Lycett-style spring assembly and some more bracing went into finishing the seat.
 There will be a leather pad on the rear rack for 2-up riding.
 One of the features on the bike is the left-side battery/tool box, made to match the early 1950’s oil bag. The way they mirror each other is similar to how the early 1960’s (late pre-unit) bikes were done.
 Such a cool story on this bike. The guy I bought it from made it into a chopper when he was in mechanic school and rode it a number of years before selling it. One day he was leaving Big D cycles and saw it for sale, and reunited with it. When he got the title, several owners had signed it, but none registered it and it was still in his name! He gave me both titles with the bike along with a pre-unit front end that has yet to be used.
 The new headlight mount in place.
 I am always amazed how pictures in my shop from a couple of years ago look less cluttered than now.
 Looks pretty mean without the fenders. When the bike came to the shop, the rear frame was welded on. It was cut off, shortened a couple inches on the bottom, and bolt-on mounts were fabricated so the rear frame is removable like on the early ‘50’s Triumphs. Shortening the lower tube also raised the rear from the laid-back chopper stance it had.
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