‘I did it with a drill, an angle-grinder and some hand files’
“A drunken university night out lead to a friend convincing me to buy an old basket case for £800,” says Green. “It’s been ‘rebuilt’ three times but this is the best, and final, iteration.” First job was to sort out the handling, so Green stripped the bike to the frame, before seam-welding the whole thing as well as adding some stiffening braces to the rear end at the same time.
“I only really had access to a drill, an angle grinder and some hand files (poor, I know for an engineering student), so everything needed to be able to be done by hand. The engine was rebuilt (a couple of times) with a clutch cover transfer piece mod to increase oil flow. It’s also had some minor porting and polishing plus a 1mm overbore.” Green says he’s learned a lot over the course of the project but he’s happy with the result as it was accepted into the Bike Shed London show. All in all, it took him five years to complete it and it just goes to show how much can be achieved with some basic tools.
And it was all done with hand tools