BSA fan of doom
Well that sort of didn’t go 100% to plan, I rode out this morning to Market Bosworth, to the show. about 10 miles along the back roads, all went as expected.
Once I left the show I had to strip and clean the carb in order to get going, which I was prepaired for, but what I wasn’t prepared for was a large stone jamming itself in the fan and locking up the back wheel completely. Lesson to learn, dont ride over loose stone roadways (as at Market Bosworth Station), I think the the stone came from there and had lodged itself in the engine bay, then fallen down after a mile or so?
I got the stone out but one of the fins was completely bent back on itself and jammed in the larger belt wheel.
I used the spark plug spanner and a couple of small screwdrevers as leavers and after about 30 minutes of trial and error, managed to get it bent to a position where it cleared the engine and the case.
Its a lot harder to bend a fan blade when you need too than when you dont want to bend it. The differnce is when you dont want to bend it, they are like tin foil, when you need to bend them, they are rock solid!
I restarted and rode on slowly back to the garage at around 10mph with lots of bad scraping and crunchy noises from the back end. I think its done the clutch in?
So now Stan is on the service bay ramps,(e.g. on the carpet in the kitchen) and one has found not only is the fan bent to buggery, but the whole engine is now loose on the subframe, it took a bigger bang than I thought… Strip and clean time it is then.
Its eaten the fan belt, which is also the drive belt.
But most worrying is the engine mounts which were missing there nuts, having fallen out!