Motorcycle Cannonball 2014 #57 Colorado

Sunday 5/4/2014


evening , hope everyone is good.

I think (hope) spring is here. guess there’s no getting around  the winds,  getting a little warmer, we like that. fairly dry here but still a bit of snow on Pikes Peak and foot hills. sure great seeing them every day.

here is a photo of one of the sidecar springs that probably got bent at the same time the front main mount was crushed. hope (need) to be getting on the chassis and body pretty quick.

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finished up the magneto timing to both cylinders, there within .020 of each other firing at 7/16″  BTC. checked the gear timing one last time.  got the cam case sealed up.

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I had already gone thru the oiler (its not a pump but is driven off the worm threads you see above).it try’s to drip meter oil into the cases. anyway got it mounted.  got the compression release installed.  adjusted the valves for now but need to ask about the .006 and .003 cause that sure seems tight on a cold valve set to me. aligned and screwed down the push rod covers. (very time consuming, these fine threads).  

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onto installing the heads.

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 got her heart bolted back in the frame. carb had already been gone thru, installing the later model intake and carb, support bracket and top motor mount.

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bolted on the horn. and routed cables.

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so here we are as of tonight. hoping for more with this weeks evenings.  

reminder.. if your in the area this Moms day, swing by and take the nickel tour. 10:30-3  .  bring your Mom.

till next Sunday. LAUGH LOTS. it helps.

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2 thoughts on “Sunday 5/4/2014

  1. Good advice on using head bolts Charlie, I like it. So far, it all looks really beautiful Gary. A nice piece of historical art in the making. Is that a flaming arrow the blue Indian Chief is shooting?

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  2. It’s looking just fine, thanks for sharing! It’s fun to follow! The valves might seat in a bit in the fresh valve job, so I would use a little bit larger valve lash until the engine is properly run-in. It’s not healthy to find zero lash after a hotter than normal run.
    With a solid copper gasket, the chance for a blown gasket is reduced. However, threads in the cyl. or studs or nuts can give, and a leak might torch through. Just 2? studs replaced with bolts would allow the head to be removed without unbolting the motor. There is a small risk for a leaking head and burnt gasket, but the mod. would perhaps be soothing to know that in a pinch you can change head gasket on the hard shoulder. At least a fair bit quicker. Imagine you’re in the leading pack and…the lunch stop is just some 10 miles ahead…
    Ahhh..I forgot, of course you’re packing a sammich and a fizzy in the sidecar. 🙂

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