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Over 30 years of buying, breaking, building, cutting, welding, riding and selling greasy old mo'sickles. Bare bones bikes from the middle of nowhere!

Friday, 29 September 2017

Two projects, six wheels..

My '26 Model T has been following me about waiting for a bit of TLC for the best part of 10 years! Work commitments and other projects have always come first leaving the T under a tarp or more recently tucked away in the barn for later. Just a few weeks ago I took delivery of a '26 touring front body tub which has rekindled the desire to get the car going again and at least into usable farm hack order...

The Indian Chout has been in almost complete dry built state for about 3 years now, a lack of focus and direction on my part has kept me from finishing it off. I recently pulled it out of storage and put together a shopping list of the parts I need to get it finished and on the road... not a hell of a lot, a clutch, some primary parts, plug inserts, gaskets bearings nuts and bolts..

So.. Time for an autumn sale to raise the cash to get these two up and running over the winter, I'll be posting stuff on here, Instagram and Facebook in the next week or so

Friday, 8 September 2017

Body tub for the model T

This 1926 tourer front tub was shipped over from Kansas earlier this year to Tuckett's yard down in Bucks.. hope to have it here on the Black Isle later next week to fit onto my '26 rolling chassis :)

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Stroker Scout at the farm

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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Morris 8 Special the Dunrobin Castle Vintage Rally

Belonging to Lachie Stewart,  this car was my favourite of the day! Originally a 1938 Morris 8 Van which was on loan to the Land Army during WW2 in the Portmahomack area. It was returned after the war with a trashed body but useable running gear, the present owner's father with assistance from the local blacksmith had this special body built onto the rolling chassis, he has recently pulled it from the barn and got it going and with help from the Morris owners club is trying to get it back on the road with the attached registration number. A proper post war rationing era special.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Monday, 23 January 2017

The Tractor Shed

Ive always had a soft  spot for vintage tractors, it's maybe in the blood, with a name like Plowman it wounded come as a big surprise. Ive had a partly restored '62 International B275 for just over a year now and been working it on our smallholding/farm since I got it. Last week I did a deal for an early '60's Nuffield 460 .. it needs a bit of work but looks like it will be a good strong working machine :)

Sunday, 24 July 2016

FS: Indian 640 Sport Scout Racer basket

Most of the big and small hard to find parts to build a 1940 Indian 640 Sport Scout power plant , engine and 3 speed hand shift transmission, and a welded repro/copy sport scout frame.. The values are what I have paid to get the parts to the UK, or approximate values if I have traded to get the items. I don't want to part the project out as It has been gathered over the last 3 years with a view to build a racer to compete at UK flat track events such as Dirtquake. Due to personal reasons I have no inclination to go racing any more so its time to move the project on and concentrate on building my rigid Indian Chief road bike instead.

Indian Parts

640 crankcases c/w flywheels and conrods , will need new timing and drive side pin, cages and bearings ..new crank pin and nuts included – 800
In nice condition with good clear FDA (640 number) dating cert from Indian Club available and will help register for road if required
640 cylinders good fins, will need liners and valve seat inserts and there are small heat cracks in the valve seat to bore area (this work can be done by www.coxandturner.co.uk ) – 800
640 cylinders are very hard to get hold of in any condition – they always need some work, new ones are available from the USA they cost $1800 and will need the valve guides pushrod guides etc fitted and machining to suit pistons etc. These cylinders are restorable and usable
640 cylinder heads will need fin repairs but serviceable – 150
New cylinder heads are available for $500 from the USA that would be about £450 shipped and taxed into the UK.. fin repairs are easy for any good alloy welder
640 timing cover - 100
640 Scout cams c/w shafts and timing gears – 300
640 Cam followers – 150
640 Timing pinion - 40
640 Drive sprocket – 50
640 complete oil pump – 250
Will need gaskets and screw kit and a service
640 straight through race exhaust pipes – 150
Joe Hunt magneto - modified HD to Indian spec – 300
Gives a fixed advance position, tried and tested .. gives a good spark
640 inlet manifold c/w nuts and olives – 75
Will take a std Linkert carb, available off ebay.. or fit an adaptor and use a Mikuni or Amal


Race replica all welded new steel frame built in Denmark using a 640 frame jig. It is pretty accurate dimensionally but does not use castings as per the originals.. Saves the high cost and time to find an original one that would then need all of the excess cut off. - 1100

Used but usable Arces/Ceriani 35mm  fork c/w alloy yokes and steering dampener assembly - 300

Indian Scout Transmission parts
Transmission case – 200
Primary covers (new outer+ older repaired inner) – 400  
Clutch kit – 150
Gearset, main and countershaft – 300
Linkage and gearshift lever – 30
Kicker mount boss - 20

Wheel choices

Talon hub grasstrack wheels 19" + 21" front and tyres less brakes straight pull spokes, suitable for trials type small discs or no brakes for flattrack.. I can sort out different wheels if required – 200
Or  Made in India Royal Enfield ones I have a set of complete new ones 18” rear 19” front £300 c/w speedo drive bearings spindles etc.

alloy trials tank (used with a few minor dents) or steel peanut job – 65
Tank in the mock up picture is sold, new Indian tanks are available on ebay from about £285 up with the advantage of the built in oil tank. If you fit a fuel only tank you will need to fit a separate oil tank with flow, return and vent.

ribbed alloy guard (triumph type) – 80
I used the same on my Chout build

Saturday, 4 June 2016


Ive been riding the Flying Brick most of this week too and  from work (a 110 mile daily commute) and for local runs into town and just out and about on the Black Isle.. its one of those easy bikes that does everything with a minimum of fuss.. Its comfortable to ride,  never misses a beat and takes everything in its stride.

I'd like to smarten it up a bit, a nice paint job would be good, a waterproof seat, a good digital speedo and head unit and maybe some powder coat to the frame and wheels..

I got to looking about for some ideas for a paint job and keep coming back to the BSK Speedworks site, thats where I got the 4 into 1 manifold from and they produce a lot of good kit to upgrade K100's


their cafe racer has the look I am after, but I prefer the riding position I have with scrambler bars and slightly rear set pegs.. I might invest in a set of their rear sets and a shock and progressive springs to stiffen the suspension up a bit.