Motorcycle Cannonball 2014 #57 Colorado

Sunday 5/18/2014


evening,  hope everyone is good.   lots to share. first off from a week ago. day of the open shop. I have talked about Jeff from Woodland Park, the 41 knucklehead engine rebuild and his riding in all the weather conditions. I guess he thought winter was over like myself so he had changed out his knob studded tires. here’s a shot of his bike on summer tires after his ride to last Sundays get together.  glad you got home safe.  I d still be drinking coffee (or Something)

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my cousin Ray came by during the week and asked how can I help. well he is now roped into fabing and installing the wood framing and floor for the sidecar.  Thank you Ray..

this week cleared up weather wise. Linda caught a couple great shots to the east of the moon coming up behind the shop.

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and here’s one of Pikes Peak to the west of the shop.

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got the fenders on. did repairs and made leathers on the gas draw straw for cold weather priming. found sealing rings for the generator gear case plug, oil pump hand primer and fuel tank caps. (Note to self).

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I should explain about the gas tank straw. each cylinder has a threaded cup on the head, may be looked at as being compression releases and could be used as such. with the cap/straw in the fuel tank you would pull the center rod up drawing gas into the cylinder,  having the two cups on the heads open you would set the straw on them while pushing the center rod, injecting gas into the cylinders. this was used for a cold start aid.  I can see the look on Al Gores face when he reads this..

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next is a list of hydraulic back up rings I will use as seals. (I ll note later if they work out ok)

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Gene  Harper again took his time adding his upgraded personal touch (regulator) rebuilding and testing the generator. also adding a machined collar for the up graded seal added to the cases. thanks Gene..

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wait till ya see her.  fenders and tanks.. W O W.   got to say she would have probably not seen any paint had it not been for Eric Tolleson graciously offering to sponsor paint, labor and materials for this build. I cant thank you enough, for every time I walk thru that side of the shop I m in all of the way she looks..

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Linda and I kinda played hooky Sat.. we had heard of a group of vets (Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association) doing a fund raiser and helping Vets at the Bruce McCandless Veterans Home in Florence Colo.. all the proceeds go to the individual Vets not the home. for individual needs. (I need to figure out a way to help or be more involved). anyway, we loaded the 1929 Harley JD and went to the function. our intention was to possible share the bike with folks that could relate to its time line, and we think it did. they had a three category bike show with entrants paying a 10.00 registration.  this motorcycle club , at least for this one day broke the every day cycle of how life in the home goes. these guys and gals visited, interacted, engaged with everyone that were open to do so, and I m sure a few that weren’t. they wheeled and walked with the residents as they were the judges for the show.  Vets Helping Vets is there Mission. Thank you folks for what you do..

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time to hit the hay. hope you all have a great week.  LAUGH LOTS..  gw 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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