1938 BSA folding bike free wheel removal?

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shawnatvintagespokes

Finally riding a big boys bike
May 11, 2015
108
Camas, Washington
Hi, all,
I am restoring a 1938 BSA folding paratrooper bike. I have to remove the whole freewheel assembly to be able to replace spokes. I have the outer part off, which unscrewed clockwise, and now I am trying to remove the inner part. Does anyone know which direction it unscrews and/or have any removal hints?
Thanks.

Shawn
 

shawnatvintagespokes

Finally riding a big boys bike
May 11, 2015
108
Camas, Washington
Unfortunately, the notches on the freewheel are about 1.5" apart and I have never seen a freewheel removal with that large of a diameter. If you know of any, that would be great.
 

rustjunkie

Moderator
Staff member
Jul 11, 2012
13,374
Monrovia, CA 91016
www.rustjunkies.com
If there are any near you: a really good, old bike shop probably has one. Phillips and Villiers freewheels were about that size IIRC. The tool was certainly produced, just gotta find one.
 

shawnatvintagespokes

Finally riding a big boys bike
May 11, 2015
108
Camas, Washington
Thought I would update this post with the solution I came up with in case anyone else has the same problem. I live at least 2 hours from a really good old bike shop so I had to be creative. The BSA freewheel has two notches 1 1/4" apart (inside measurement) and the notches are 1/4" wide. I found the Park FR6 tool, which has 4 prongs 1 1/4" apart, and 5/16" wide. I bought one and ground off two of the prongs, ground the prongs so they were a tad less wide, and made the notches in the freewheel a tad wider. It fit and it worked! The freewheel is off!
 
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