søndag 2. februar 2014

Luggage rack for Mr. Henderson

Trondhjemsridtet rally is getting closer. Getting closer?, its hard to believe when looking out of the window, where snow is all what is in sight.
Still, I found it was due time to fabricate a luggage rack for Mr. Henderson, this to be able to carry spare fuel, oil, some spare parts, my tools and heaven forbid the rain suit.

Had an original late De-luxe rack in a rather sorry state. I dont know if old Schwinn made the luggage racks in house in Chicago, I doubt so as he got many parts from sub suppliers.
The original rack is made from very thin walled 1/2" tubing and its weight is very low.
Its parts are mostly riveted together, a few details being brazed.

To make it more solid I chose to tig weld some of the parts rather than soldered. I did also tig weld some of the riveted parts where not visible to add to the overall strength.

My mate Ståle luckily trough some source tracked down aviation 1/2" hydraulic tubing. He also pre fabricated the small sheet metal fasteners acting as joints for the rivets, thanks a lot Ståle, you did a great job.

Another job on my list is done, whats up next?
For sure, there are more on that list.

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