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Monday, 15 September 2014
Also did a bit of work on the pan prior to the trip out - new generator from Cycle works, and dropped the front end a load (probably about 5-6 inches all in). The pan rode down to the Trip out and back no problems. Had to switch out the plugs on the Sunday morning to get her to start, but once running she went like a gem. Running rich, and drinking far too much fuel - but thats now down to me to get her out and ride her and get the carb dialled in.
Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Being the divvy that I am I've ended up buying anther project! a 1931 Harley VL. What started as a bargain motor has grown to a hillclimber project. below is the stripped down inspiration, and the bottom picture is the project all wrapped up ready for shipping from the USA.
Saturday, 14 June 2014
Thursday, 5 June 2014
Work has continued on the split tanks for the pan. The left hand tank has a dimple on it, something to do with the fuel tap.... I don.t know - I'll have to look it up, but I cut it out prior to the narrowing, and then had to weld it back in. Basically I tacked it in a couple of places, then used a panel beating hammer to match the insert to the tanks. Plenty of buggering about, but well worth the effort I think!
Once it was cleaned up it was looking pretty damn good if you ask me. another couple of hours of my life wisely invested!
I did my usual trick of winning 2 of the same thing of what I wanted! The 2 springers are from harley singles or peashooters as they are known, the left set have been further narrowed for some stupid reason. I'm gonna make one good set from the 2 and they will be run on the 345 - that'll probably be a job for over winter I would think!
Ma and Pa came up to visit the new house, and more importantly Little Jack. He's a total little dude - He's such a happy little guy, so here he is with his nan on the pan! maybe that should be a new tag line - "grab your Nan - lets ride the pan".... or maybe not...
I finally got the filler sorted on the flamee tank. that went out thee door yesterday to a place that does this weird spray on chrome effect. they guy says that its actually silver that's sprayed on to the tank. it should come back all shiny and reflective! its been a long time in the wash, but I'm totally stoked with how this baby is coming along. Once I get an idea in my head i find it hard to stop thinking about it. Its going to (Hopefully) look amazing on the little 345!
Ive just started making the pipes for the 345 (or kenosha kicker as i'm now calling it!) the pipes on the right have been bent up to match the curve of the stock 45 pipes in stainless. Hopefully i'm gonna be on with the pipes tomorrow.
Giulio is a dude from London, but a crazy Italian. Ive only met him the once, but seems like a decent dude. I saw that his bike was missing a front end - and he had said he was waiting for some guy in London to do some welding for him. Didn't sound like they were going to be done any time soon, so I offered to help out. A pretty neat solution really - he wanted some laser cut tabs welding onto some really nice narrow yokes so that he can run fork shrouds like I have on my pan!
I'll try and be a bit more up to date with my blog from now on!
Sunday, 4 May 2014
Took the pan out for her maiden voyage yesterday. The bike feels tight and strong!
Pulled into squires with Mike from survivor customs, had a cuppa and after an hour or so set off down the road.
Made about 3 miles before the bike died, turned out to be a dead sparkplug.
Gonna stock up as this seems to be a common fault!
Still- a great morning out though!
Wednesday, 30 April 2014
Guy popped round last week and we had a bit of a chop afternoon. Always good to have great company!
Second tank all chopped. Loads of work still to do on them, but looking good.
My baby springer also showed up. It's gonna need some loving, but can't wait to get cracking on it!