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FT: Frame (Twin) Early Rapide research - 1947


greg brillus

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Possible you have the wrong balance beam. The earlier ones the arms bend backward from the center pivot, then the ends are bent forward, like the letter "W" when viewed from above.
 

Shane998

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Possible you have the wrong balance beam. The earlier ones the arms bend backward from the center pivot, then the ends are bent forward, like the letter "W" when viewed from above.
Straight edge on rear arms of my balance beam shows 1mm gap in middle but boss 1/12 mm so I would think the backward bend you mention would be more That most likely explanation I had borrowed another balance beam but it was same as mine I'll now try and find one with the W shape Thanks Greg
 

Shane998

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I have a b with the ends bending forward but maybe it's not bending back from the pivot boss as Greg described . Next week I'm getting a loan of another one to try which sounds ok so I'll try that and see
 

Somer

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Great pics of your b Rapide I'm putting one together now so very helpful reference Right now I'm having difficulty with front guard brackets FT237 if I put one behind and one in front of girder mounting lug as shown in M030 the brake balance beam won't fit as no clearance of girder tubes I was planning of fitting both FT 237 behind lug so balance beam fits I'm interested how they are mounted on your very original B Any advice from others also very welcome
The Fender stays are different lengths.
 

craig

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You might refer to Mikes Indian parts , here is a B balance from Mike.
Mikes Vincent Parts


here is a C balance.

I think they are facing each other with these photos, but you get the idea.
These are new.......somebody post top photo of a OEM B balance beam please.
Cheers
Craig
 
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Robert Watson

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Interesting. What was the date of manufacture? Were the screws enameled from the works ?
I moved it along about a year ago and sent all the paperwork with it but as far as I could tell very little had been changed on the bike. I bought it from the original owner with around 22k miles on it. I do remember it was built in 1948, but don't recall the specific date.
 

Shane998

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You might refer to Mikes Indian parts , here is a B balance from Mike.
Mikes Vincent Parts


here is a C balance.

I think they are facing each other with these photos, but you get the idea.
Yes I have B balance not C but thanks for pic as it does seem to show more of a bend backward from the pivot boss than the ones I have
 

craig

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View attachment 18817
/549 had the miller lighthouse badge on the tail light
As I look closely at this photo, I can see paint all around the Miller badge. The overall texture of the light and plate finish, to me, looks like a skilled brush application of black paint, as a touch up at a later date, maybe 50-60s . I would think the fasteners were painted at that time. Excellent photo Robert. Thank you.
 
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Somer

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The light body would have been enameled and then the medallion installed later. I have several of these housings.
 

craig

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The light body would have been enameled and then the medallion installed later. I have several of these housings.
Sorry Somer, I did not convey a good message . I edited my post above then some how lost control to add more, just my goofy posting. I am sure the Miller was repainted, and that was my point.
 

Somer

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I understood it. i was pointing out what you were pointing out. I'll post a picture later of bare body.
 

chankly bore

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Great pics of your b Rapide I'm putting one together now so very helpful reference Right now I'm having difficulty with front guard brackets FT237 if I put one behind and one in front of girder mounting lug as shown in M030 the brake balance beam won't fit as no clearance of girder tubes I was planning of fitting both FT 237 behind lug so balance beam fits I'm interested how they are mounted on your very original B Any advice from others also very welcome
Shane, just had a look at drawing M025, bloody odd how they show the two brackets there.
 

Shane998

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Shane, just had a look at drawing M025, bloody odd how they show the two brackets there.
Yes Charlie but still one each side of lug I think .Ian told me he had the same problem when he was doing up bramptons on his rapide so he got a new balance beam from Coventry spares that fitted .Next week I got another one to try so fingers crossed
 

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