Motorcycle Cannonball 2014 #57 Colorado

Sunday 2/16/2014 GRAND YOUNG INS


evening , hope everyone is great..  we are good.  weather was a lot more forgiving this week.  33 days to spring.  Linda and I are pretty lucky in a lot of ways. one of them is grand kids, 8 remarkable young ins. you ll note some pretty silly things in this update and some less obvious things in the future,( so you guys might have to look harder)  these little guys and gals need something to keep them interested. as i m sure this is pretty boring stuff.  they are  pretty good artists too.

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this weeks after hours and weekend enabled us to repair some threads in fuel tanks, clean the insides and check an older repair for leaks.  these fuel tanks are cast aluminum, Indian did this for only two years  from my understanding. they are fairly heavy and for the most part are in pretty good shape.

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i ll be taking them into town this week to drop off to Eric. during last week i dropped of the frame, fenders and some other parts. this 30 Indian is fairly close to being correct but is sure not a points judged bike. It is sure going to be a great rider though. still am a bit in awe that Eric has offered to give up his labors and materials expense to make her look better. (THANK YOU ERIC) i ve decided (after changing my mind a dozen times) to use the dark red/brown color in a satin and distressed look paint. heres Eric.

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also started on the spark plug thread repairs to the heads. bought a heicoil repair kit (i ve used them a number of times in the past on different things.  but after drilling to size and starting the thread tap the first three rolls of threads rolled on the tap. i put a file to the tap, and its pretty soft. prob. close to a grade 3 bolt. not sure what the deal is but it sure was not hardened, now after over sizing the hole i started the search for  how to repair the threads. outfit out of Calif. sells and rents a positive lock thread repair so thats the direction i went.

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heres a photo of the cyls. that Gary honed for me last week.  (THANK YOU GARY)Image

some hot cylinders

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a little help from one of Linda s friends

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have a few threads to replace in the cases. i ll try heilcoil as i have some the right size.

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Linda started making patterns for the sidecar interior today.  hope to start on it as soon as the engine is back together.

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another busy week coming up. hope to get the wheels cut apart and prep for paint. hope you all have a great week.  laugh lots.  SEE YA

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8 thoughts on “Sunday 2/16/2014 GRAND YOUNG INS

  1. Thank you for sharing, I look forward to your next update. It is almost as if I get to hang out in your shop and shoot the breeze with you and Linda. Do you listen to music while you are working ?

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    • evening Dan, thanks for keeping up. ya know if your ever this way i m sure the nickel tour will be going. i do listen to stuff time to time. but lots of times i could nt hear over the other noises. actually since my best bud Erma pasts, folks have a tendency to surprise me. she would always give me a heads up when someone pulled in. hope your good. gary

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  2. Phil and Karen on said:

    Hey Gary, things are looking up n your project is common along good, hardly recognized the goggles!

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  3. Joe Basile on said:

    Keep up the good work, Gary. As always thanks for the update.

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    • evening Joe, thanks.. you guys have been getting your share of mom nature this year. gobble warming? and the guy got a nobel peace prize, thats right up there with the other yeh who. ya know i give those out with any work done. apparently anyone can now have one. take care. gary

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  4. eric tolleson on said:

    the true Gary comes out in the last picture

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    • hey Eric, hamming it up huh. need to beat feet to the bank tomorrow, i ll give ya a call to make sure your at the shop. would like to drop off more pcs parts. thank you.

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