evening , hope everyone’s good. Linda and I were able to hike section 16 this morning, we really need to get after our bodies too. its about a 8 mile loop with a pretty good hump in to the 1/2 way point. i m sure our stuff will be talking to us for the next few days. no rod races have showed up this week so tomorrow morning i ll be ordering from Jerry Greer’s. busy week but did get a couple things done. blasted, repaired, straightened, miscellaneous parts to give Eric to paint.
got a little done on the sidecar. chopped up the seat Skip gave me and made a back for it. plain to hinge the front of it for access to the rear and under it. hopefully after its covered it will look period. removed what i think was the original floor, found burnt stick matches, cigar wrappers and some Prince Albert tobacco wrappers. sure would be neat to know the history on these old parts. who used them, where they traveled, what was going on here in the States, and their use. lightly blasted the inside of the car. Eric wants to use some of the old patina with what he is going to do. also knocked some of the heavy dents out.
last time i talked to Chris with Woody’s Wheels they had not been able to locate a front 19″ rim. the front rim has a lot different spoke angle on one side do to the drum flange. from others knowledge Indian only used these 19″ wheels on the 1930 and 1931 model Chiefs. changed the jaws on the lathe to take a closer look at my three wheels. all three have a pretty good thump in them, but the amount of material missing on the front is concerning. the photo is after i tried filling in the interior beads. . i m sure these wheels would be handy for a bike in shows or just short rides, but not on a multiple mile runner and esp. not with a sidecar. so i m still on the hunt.
for three weeks i ve wanted to get my flywheels and bottom end put together. hopefully next week end. hope everyone has a great week. laugh lots its good medicine.