Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Desert Sled Tuesday

Finally got the chain run cock on, and sorted how to get the wheel correct. As it turns out a 2mm spacer and moving the rim 6mm on the spokes solves all and everything is perfect - now to get on with the fun part!

And yep - it's moved into the lounge to keep warm....every step closer to getting the blue off of that frame is a step closer to happiness!

Tuesday, 31 December 2013


its quarter to 4, i've just got in.......it's been a good, if not great new years....but this picture of my brother and godson doing it right in dublin made me really smile!

Saturday, 30 November 2013

New project wanted

Scouting for a new project bike.
The T110 Desert Sled is nearing completion, a few more weeks but everything is there.
The BSA i bought wasn't for me so that got quickly flipped on the bay of evil.
I've now for very unfortunate reasons gained a lot of time on my hands and need to keep busy - so if you have something british and are willing to sell, get in touch!

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Seat Desperately Wanted

I'm after either a cool Desert Sled Seat or possible an old Chopper Banana Seat to modify - if you've got anything you'll part with please contact me on retrogrademechanica@gmail.com

After something like (with modification) one of the couple below

Sunday, 24 November 2013

More from Gorden

Gorden needed some parts i had, and I don't need much of an excuse to head over and see what he's currently got in his garage of dreams.

His latest acquisitions......TRW as once owned by Triumph themselves and used by the white helmets back in the day, a jaw droppingly gorgeous BSA 750 sidevalve V twin, a few more Scotts and his always lovely Triumph Outfit.

Man I hope I have this kinda tackle and some stage!

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Desert Sled Wheels are go!

Got the wheels for the Desert Sled project all ready to go and looking fine if I do say so myself!

Tuesday, 5 November 2013


It's not been the greatest time of late, thankfully the '58 Desert Sled project provides some distraction to life.

Got the front brake plate cleaned up, polished and bits chromed, and the rocker boxes for the 9 stud head are now done.

All small bits but progress none the less.

Hopefully have the wheels build up in a week then I can get onto the frame at last.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Back up for sale

Thinking of selling the CL400 again, really want a Matchless G80sc (competition scrambler) and still on the lookout for a pre war machine.

Call me on 07854116505 or pop an email to retrogrademechanica@gmail.com if you're interested.

She's mint and fun.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Dreaming of Mcqueen cool and Desert Sleds

More fuel for my desert sled fire..........It's a slow project but pics like this help the inspiration