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SA Rear Light Bracket

Postby Dale Finch » Thu Sep 08, 2011 10:33 pm

Does anyone have a photo of the rear light bracket? I was given one by a friend to replace the broken one that was on my '48 SA (no light, just the broken bracket!) However, the freebie has a wierd bend to it, which I do not think is correct:
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Held in its approximate mounted position:
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But before I go straightening it, I figured I had better check. It looks like it is made from a pipe/tubing that was flattened on both ends.

Thanks for your help.

Dale F

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Re: SA Rear Light Bracket

Postby Jim Becker » Thu Sep 08, 2011 11:55 pm

It should be straight. The peg the lamp clamps to should be going straight side to side. I don't have a picture. The illustration on the parts catalog is fair.
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Re: SA Rear Light Bracket

Postby Mr E » Fri Sep 09, 2011 3:22 am

Dale,
I'll get you a picture after work today, if one is not posted by then.


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Re: SA Rear Light Bracket

Postby Dale Finch » Fri Sep 09, 2011 7:14 am

Thanks! I didn't want to start bending until I confirmed it, but it just didn't make sense to be bent! The trouble with the parts book illustration is that it makes the "bar" look like flat stock rather than the "pipe" that mine has. Again, thanks and Mr E, if you can supply a photo that would be great.

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Re: SA Rear Light Bracket

Postby Jim Becker » Fri Sep 09, 2011 8:16 am

My really old parts catalog shows the pipe one.
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Re: SA Rear Light Bracket

Postby Dale Finch » Fri Sep 09, 2011 8:20 am

Good! Thanks, Jim!

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Re: SA Rear Light Bracket

Postby Don McCombs » Fri Sep 09, 2011 12:37 pm

Good luck straightening that puppy out. :D
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Re: SA Rear Light Bracket

Postby Winfield Dave » Fri Sep 09, 2011 2:12 pm

Don McCombs wrote:Good luck straightening that puppy out. :D
No worries, Mate...just throw it on the barby. :lol:

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Re: SA Rear Light Bracket

Postby Phil S. » Fri Sep 09, 2011 3:20 pm

Here's a picture that may help.

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Re: SA Rear Light Bracket

Postby Mr E » Fri Sep 09, 2011 4:32 pm

Dale,
Here are a few pics of mine. Sorry for the quality of the pictures. Hope this helps.


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Re: SA Rear Light Bracket

Postby Dale Finch » Fri Sep 09, 2011 6:57 pm

Thank you ALL! I was studying it today, and decided to save the challenge for the first of next week...something "fun" to look forward to!!!

I decided to consult William, the owner of the shop, on Monday, but my thinking is to use the press while heating the pipe...little "presses" at a time starting at one end and working toward the other, blocking it at various points along the way. If I just push down on the middle it will probably bend in half, or break the tab-like attach ends. Will let you know how successful I am.

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PS If you don't hear anything at all, you will know I probably screwed it up royally!!!!! :lol:
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Re: SA Rear Light Bracket

Postby Jim Becker » Fri Sep 09, 2011 8:38 pm

A press is probably going to flatten the pipe. I would consider bolting the bracket end to something solid, then stick a pipe over the peg and pull on it.
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Re: SA Rear Light Bracket

Postby Dale Finch » Fri Sep 09, 2011 9:29 pm

You have a good point, Jim. Do you recommend heating or doing it without heat?
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Re: SA Rear Light Bracket

Postby Jim Becker » Fri Sep 09, 2011 10:05 pm

I'd probably start without heat. Selective heating gives you some control over where it bends. That can help but the risk is that uneven heat could result in a multiple "S" shape.
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Re: SA Rear Light Bracket

Postby Dale Finch » Fri Sep 09, 2011 10:10 pm

OK, I'll have a go at it next week and let you know how it goes. Meanwhile, I am waiting for a new radiator for the '52 Cub so will work on getting the '55 Cub running. So much fun to be had!!

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