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    Some Old-Timey ways of making a front-end happen

    Front end design has had more ups and downs than an extended teen-age gang dating marathon.
    Here are a few illustrations I've gleaned while lookin for..... other things.

    There's the familiar girder of course, but one or two of these make me wonder if the designer had yet to discover gravity.

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    Re: Some Old-Timey ways of making a front-end happen

    Beautiful drawings. I was reading an article that said springers were actually better that hydraulic forks, but the latter were so much easier and cheaper to manufacture they had to go that way.
    Time out of mind

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    Re: Some Old-Timey ways of making a front-end happen

    Good excuse to dig out this early seventies shot from Ken Lee, taken at Fred Warr's little camping field in Beckley, Sussex - obviously for the non-HD in the middle that someone else (like Kev) will no doubt identitfy the creature.
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    Re: Some Old-Timey ways of making a front-end happen

    its a OEC 1930s

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    Re: Some Old-Timey ways of making a front-end happen

    Absolutely right John, they were well known for their hub centre steering set-up.

    In the same mould, Skip, the 1921 Ner-A Car.

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    Contrary to what some in the UK think, this was an American design, produced under licence in the UK by Sheffield-Simplex, better known for their four-wheeled vehicles.
    Much less involved.....

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    Re: Some Old-Timey ways of making a front-end happen

    It took me a second look......... in the top pic (Fig.231), the model "C"..... the bicycle brake pads that press outward against the inner circumference wall of the rim. Wonder if that set-up ever pulled spokes?

    Kevin,
    Ner-a Car? Oh no, I reckon not; good thing it's a motorcycle, it could Ner-a-be nuthing else.
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    Re: Some Old-Timey ways of making a front-end happen

    the OEC wasn't hub centre steering , different from any other manufacturer,

    in 1930 they held a land speed world record at 150.73mph with the JAP supercharged V-twin

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    Re: Some Old-Timey ways of making a front-end happen

    Quote Originally Posted by devon.john View Post
    the OEC wasn't hub centre steering , different from any other manufacturer,

    in 1930 they held a land speed world record at 150.73mph with the JAP supercharged V-twin

    john
    I stand corrected; it's a duplex system.

    Didn't know, till I found this article, that they were made in Gosport, not far from where my daughter now lives.

    https://historicgosport.uk/o-e-c-motorcycles/
    Much less involved.....

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    Re: Some Old-Timey ways of making a front-end happen

    That was a much better account than the Wiki OEC entry and that Whitwood Monocar refered to, I suddenly remembered this picture of one in an old m/c book I had!
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    Re: Some Old-Timey ways of making a front-end happen

    Are those some kind of little out-rigger wheels up under there Paul?

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