Done. I ‘m not a massive fan of stainless it has to be said. These parts did nothing to disabuse me of my prejudice! Even screw cutting the threads most of the way and then finishing them with a die hasn’t produced particularly great threads, but they should be ok.
I’m on with a batch of stainless 304 A2 cylinder head studs for a Scott, along with nuts and washers. I don’t enjoy turning stainless, its similar to titanium to machine but worse in nearly all respects! it overheats easier, cuts less consitently, doesn’t give as good a finish on softer grades and is generally hard work. but different and […]
lost a day yesterday due to trouble with the coolant pump. you can’t do much in titanium without it, and it packed in. took the opportunity to service the machines whilst i was fixing the pump. its all up and running again so i’m off to make 3 off M8 flanged head bolts with 10mm dia shanks. did manage to […]
Done! and I’m happy with them.
getting there now, nearly finished the bolts, just got to recess the heads and drill the lock wire holes, then do a bit of polishing and we’re done. In the post tomorrow to the customer. next job bolts for an electric motor – M8 x 70 skt caps. not sure what this motor is going to power, but whatever it […]
Hope to have them finished today, a slight lunch, not too many pots of tea and a quiet phone and its possible. Should have the spindles done by lunch time, then 5 bolts to make, race spec, so they’ll have recessed heads drilled for lock wire. Always fun trying to drill a 1.5mm hole in titanium! at least the race […]
Cracking on with the replica works Honda NSR titanium front wheel spindle and swinging arm pin. Just got the under head hex to machine on the swinging arm pin and its finished bar polishing. We didn’t have the hex size of the works front spindle, so I’ve made it to what seems right – 23mm A/F. Need to make the […]
Phew! swinging arm drilled down its length, just about all from one end as the thread is 18×1.5 so needs a smaller hole. The joy of drilling titanium is that the swarf concertina’s up in the flutes, overheating the job and stopping coolant reaching the cutting end. So its a question of bore 1-1.5mm then withdraw the drill, flood the […]
After feeding Barney this morning I started on a titanium front wheel spindle and swinging arm pin for a customers NS 250 Honda race bike, he’s having them as works replica’s (based on Kato’s 1997 bike) which look tons better than original in my eyes, and his! Happily these are 20mm dia. on the shafts which means deflection is down […]
Welcome to my new site! On this blog i’ll be letting you know about all the juicy, sexy titanium, alloy, steel, stainless steel and brass parts i’m making, as i make them. I’ll even post some photo’s! It’s never plain sailing with titanium, its takes time and patience to craft, happily i’ve got plenty of both. So there will be […]