Basket case Fiddaman, need help

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Basket case Fiddaman, need help

Unread postby tintop » Sun Aug 26, 2012 3:32 pm

Trying to find info & details on a Fiddaman I just P/U. S/N MGFRS/816003 It came in boxes and there appears to be lots missing, or cut up/off. :(
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Plan is to rebuild it with a Honda SOHC. Any chassis photos showing linkages / brakes / body mounting would please greatly appreciated.

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Re: Basket case Fiddaman, need help

Unread postby tonybsa2008 » Sun Aug 26, 2012 6:24 pm

That looks like a postclassic chassis,looks like it has the correct wheels,I seem to remember Tim Langham posting some info on MGF chassis on here including brochure pictures of the chassis.Try doing a search on here under MGF or pm Tim.

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Re: Basket case Fiddaman, need help

Unread postby Ecosse Lynx » Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:24 pm

Hi

Had a similar one bought in 79, originally a front exit that we converted to rear exit, which was just after he change to the mini rubber on the rear suspension to the coil/damper system, the arm from the top was boxed into the front of the swinging arm, which collapsed on us one race (this one looks to be a better design). Rear hub shattered in another race that took threat of legal action to get another. I can't see the rear wheel but our came with a wider rear, unfortunately this caused it not to handle to well on right handers, to get the off-set right we changed to the same wheel size as the front and sidecar, which cured the handling problem. The rear brake linkage can be improved, which I did when I added a re-spaced regular caliper onto the vent disc to operate from the handle bar and linked the four pot to the foot pedal.

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Re: Basket case Fiddaman, need help

Unread postby steve-e » Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:41 am

When I'm back home will find the pics we have of Dad's Fiddeman, think we did have a thread on here with quite a few pics of the brochure/price list when new as well.
Ronno's probably the man to search for that and see if it's still on here. If not and we have an idea of when it was I have back ups of the forum going back a while if they'll install on my big laptop at home.
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Re: Basket case Fiddaman, need help

Unread postby lang » Mon Aug 27, 2012 9:22 am

That could well be the Fiddaman that I bought new in 1980, I only rode it once. Dave Wells got it and rode it for a while, the red and black paintwork looks just as he had it. Tim still has the original brochures I got before buying the bike.

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Re: Basket case Fiddaman, need help

Unread postby tintop » Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:04 pm

Thanks for the feedback everyone. I did find a thread here with some photos, and bookmarked it for reference. Also stopped by the shop to re-check the S/N given some of the comments. After cleaning things up some more the correct S/N is - MGF RS 816003.

I'm pretty sure the paint you see in the photos was the first colours, below that is gel coat. Lang if you could scan the brochures and email them to me that would would be great.

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Re: Basket case Fiddaman, need help

Unread postby Big Tim » Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:13 pm

Here's the original thread with the Fiddaman pictures / brochures in:

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=33897&hilit=fiddaman

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Re: Basket case Fiddaman, need help

Unread postby tintop » Wed Aug 29, 2012 2:46 am

Thanks Tim, that's a great help. Tells me what's been cut off (all the body mounts :( ). Also gives me an idea how the rear brake was setup, although the linkage doesn't show up well in the pictures.

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Re: Basket case Fiddaman, need help

Unread postby ChrisWells » Wed Aug 29, 2012 2:57 pm

Hello Brian,

What motor are you planning to put in and when do you think it might be race ready?

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Re: Basket case Fiddaman, need help

Unread postby tintop » Wed Aug 29, 2012 5:22 pm

Hi Chris - I have x2 SOHC 750 engines sitting around, so I figured I'd use one of those. Likely install a 915 kit, and what ever else the budget allows, and run it in P3. It's this winters project, but not sure when / if it will see the track next year (lots to do :( ). Also I'm having to much fun with the P2 16". :D :D

Just joined the SRA forum as well.

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Re: Basket case Fiddaman, need help

Unread postby Dirk Sandmann » Sun Mar 10, 2013 2:12 pm

Hello Brian,

my Fiddaman looks very similar to yours. Can you tell me, how your brake system is set up? In my case there were the original AP calipers at rear and chair and two of them on one front disc. Looking at the pictures here, you can see a 4-piston caliper on the front wheel. I would like to know, how it was fitted at the front fork and which master cylinder actuates which caliper.
Next question: do you know, where to get new brake discs? Are these custom made by Fiddaman or any kind of car discs?

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Re: Basket case Fiddaman, need help

Unread postby tonybsa2008 » Sun Mar 10, 2013 9:08 pm

Tim Langham posted a fidderman brochure on here a while back,seem to recall front disc maybe Ford Granada?

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Re: Basket case Fiddaman, need help

Unread postby RARING TO GO » Fri Mar 22, 2013 6:03 pm

That machine is crying out for a Konny /Konig, it would look so nice.

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Re: Basket case Fiddaman, need help

Unread postby chick marsh » Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:23 pm

RARING TO GO wrote:That machine is crying out for a Konny /Konig, it would look so nice.

Look out here we go again :lol:

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Re: Basket case Fiddaman, need help

Unread postby steve-e » Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:51 pm

:lol: Is it a boat, is it a sidecar? No... it's a Konig!
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