Whippet Front Linkage


 

I call this part of the Whippet the “Front Linkage”. The pivot is wide, because it has to keep the seat tube from rubbing the inside of the rear stays. Can’t really call them seat-stays because they don’t attach to the seat tube.. The Front Linkage was a bit of a challenge, and I enjoyed making it.

1888 Whippet Replica Front Linkage

I machined a short tube in the lathe, and then filed a curved outer surface so it looks like a casting.

1888 Whippet Replica Front Linkage

Here I’ve setup a little bending fixture in my vise.  The rod is 4140 machined at a 2 degree taper, heated red hot, and bent to a right angle.

1888 Whippet Replica Front Linkage

Because I tapered it Big to Small, the end of the now bent and tapered rod is still perfectly faced and sits perfectly on the tube’s spotfaces for TIG welding.

1888 Whippet Replica Front Linkage

After TIG welding, it reminds me of cattle for some reason.

1888 Whippet Replica Front Linkage

Here it sits over the frame tube, positioned for TIG tacking using spacers and masking tape.

1888 Whippet Replica Front Linkage

Right after fillet brazing . . . still quite hot.

1888 Whippet Replica Front Linkage

After cooling slowly, the flux is soaked off with hot water.

1888 Whippet Replica Front Linkage

A little bit of polishing . . . no problem.

1888 Whippet Replica Front Linkage

Hope you enjoyed the tour,

Paul

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