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    Micah's rear inspired build

    After being inspired by Micah and all credit needs to go to him, I am going to try and build a reasonable looking bike.
    I like to have a project over the winter months and after restoring a classic AJS last year, it is time for something from another era.



    So the plan is to achieve something that looks half decent and with some of the amazing builds on this forum, the design aspect is easy. As above I think Micah has a very nice rear end and that will be the basis.

    One of the major design briefs is to try and get the number/license plate to fit in with the build.

    The build is currently split in to two parts, the frame and engine work.

    The bike was your typical ebay purchase and was said to have been stood for a number of years. I decided I would take the engine apart to assess condition and that is were my troubles began.

    The first problem was the layer of epoxy at the rear of the waterpump housing. Has the impellar been put on at some point without the washer, which has then cracked the rear housing? Or any other reasons for a dirty great crack? I know from previous engine woes that water in oil is not a winning combination and so it was not surprising to find that the bores were not in the best of shape.

    So first job was to source a new block and rear housing, which wasn’t difficult and it was off to the aquablaster, bores honed and things are looking a bit better

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    Even though I may be a bit biased, I am still excited to see how your build goes! Looks like you're off to a great start, and this forum is your best friend for every aspect of the bike!
    Good call on sourcing a new block and rear cover, sometimes it's hard to diagnose what happened, and can be even harder to fix.
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    "Thread Jack"............I don't recall seeing any pics of Micah's rear end.... :toothy9:
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    Oh, you mean this rear end?!
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    No, no, no this is Micah's famous and well rounded rear end. well at least the start of it. I have also had a couple of brackets laser cut to mount the number plate



    I have also followed the holy book (that would be Larry's) and refurbished the carbs.


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    Its also amazing what you can get away with when the wifes out. The carbs were done on the dining room table. and I turned the bathroom in to a spray booth for the engine block. Afterwards it went in the oven to harden the engine paint. I just managed to get the smell out before she returned home from shopping.
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    Yours are made of solid brass my friend... my wife's shopping trips are very short duration and I would have been busted big time.

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    Its also amazing what you can get away with when the wifes out. The carbs were done on the dining room table. and I turned the bathroom in to a spray booth for the engine block. Afterwards it went in the oven to harden the engine paint. I just managed to get the smell out before she returned home from shopping.
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    So here it is, my interpretation of the Micah rear with a slight tweak. I am please with the look. I welded in place and then brazed up the sides to get a square look. Hopefully it will blend quite nicely after powder coating. So it is on to sorting out the mounting of electrics


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    Oooooooo that's clever, how did I not think of that! I forgot to mention that the one thing I wish I had more of on my bike was tire clearance, but you solved that nicely. I think your rear will actually turn out nicer than mine haha! I may have to go back and make some mods on my own bike after you're finished with yours

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