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5-Ball Racing Bagger/Paughco Project--Part 7

Paughco Installed front GMA Brakes

By Bandit and Steve Massicotte with photos by Wrench and machining by Bob
5/23/2017


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We slowed down a bit, but the Paughco team is very active, attending most of the major shows around the country and Born Free ’17 is coming right up. Can you believe it 2017. It seems like yesterday 2000 hit us.

The Paughco crew is the master of vintage, supplying the world with classic chopper parts for over 45 years. But let’s stay focused on this effort. Steve Massicotte contacted me with a handful of the latest shop photos.

Kirk Taylor (Custom Design Studios) will be the master behind the custom paint job.

The real deal with a classic bobbed rear fender and custom handlebars.
The real deal with a classic bobbed rear fender and custom handlebars.



This is a tribute effort for an old buddy, Richard Kranzler, who crashed this bike, then died a few months later. Richard was a salt of the earth kinda guy. He would do anything for a brother. I could tell you a handful of stories.

Steve and the gang are making numerous one-off pieces. Some of these items may become Paughco product line parts in the future.

Steve Massicotte, head of Product Development at Paughco, is working closely with the BDL folks on the GMA brakes for this project. “This was a kit from GMA- ( BDL belt drives- Steve Yetzke ),” said Steve. “They make these for Paughco Springers, very sharp kits.”

Paughco installed one of their custom late model sealed roller bearing FLST single disc 21 x 3.5 wide 80 twisted spoke wheels on the front of this Springer. “We installed the wheel in the center of the forks and front old school knuckle (Paughco) front fender,” steve added. “We cut two wheel spacers to length using scrap 1 inch handlebar stock. Pretty simple. Then we had to trim the left side GMA spacers to fit our custom application. These come from GMA designed for the early Springer wheels with Timken bearings. No big deal.”



This shot shows the first mock up of the caliper and bracket on the wheel & rotor. You can see the special bronze washers on either side of the bracket to allow it to float as wheel goes up and down thru suspension travel.
Once this was mounted it was easy to calculate the proper length spacer needed to fit bracket where needed to center caliper over rotor.




“A quick trip to the tool shop and a spin in the lathe had our spacer trimmed to needed length in a few minutes,” said Steve. “ ‘Machine shop BOB’ as he is called is a lifesaver. It took only 10 minutes to get the job done while I waited. Very typical of BOB...78 years old and still works 5 days a week.”



Here is the caliper-bracket and spacers spread out waiting to final install. Note, the special bronze washers- these get trapped on eater side on the bracket and allow proper "floating" of the whole assembly.



Side view of the brake kit assembled. Note, the anchor tab welded on the Springer rear leg. This was done to look like the old original Knuckle & Pan Springer anchor tabs for the old drum brakes.
This bike will stop with GMA brakes like a real modern dream machine.



Front view of the brake assembly. Easy to see now how the bronze washers work held in place. Simple, due to the modern wonders of CNC machining.

 
 
 Note the amount of threads on the heim joint shaft protruding out of the anchor rod. This will have to be corrected with a longer custom rod made
by guess who???? Machine Shop Bob to the rescue.


I showed this as much for myself, to learn how to spell the name. Notice the left hand threads on this one. Often they are sold by the name flexible rod ends. McMaster Carr has stainless versions.
I showed this as much for myself, to learn how to spell the name. Notice the left hand threads on this one. Often they are sold by the name flexible rod ends. McMaster Carr has stainless versions.

 
 Next, it is on to the rear brakes- more pictures to follow.
“We really want to thank GMA for the great chrome brakes for this custom build,” said Steve. “Really sharp stuff.”

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