evening hope everyone had a great weekend and rested up for the next. time is flying.. 74 days to the start I think. got a rear rack built, mounted the bags we used on the JD, mounted the roadmap holder and speedo odometer.
this speedo has quite a few functions. including temp., a lead for engine temp that I hooked under one of the front head bolts, on her maiden ride I saw temps up to 575 degrees and could certainly feel it on my right leg. seems high to me. since having her running I quite often check the cylinder temps and the rear head and cyl. are always right at 100 degrees cooler.
on the first hard road ride. Sat. morn n I oiled and fueled up. Linda took the old camper pickup and trailer and chassed me out east to Punkin Center about 70 / 72 miles east of us. I need to revisit the workings of riding a 1930 Indian Chief total loss oil system. first. the only thing this monkey was missing was a football. left hand throttle, right hand spark advance, left foot heel to dis an engage clutch, right hand shift and the gear pattern is 1st gear to the rear/pull back, good thing there’s not much traffic out east. got to rap my head around riding her. there’s times I felt like an idiot..
at Punkin Center did a plug change, they look like crap. change the nozzle, added a air cleaner that Jim Wall told me about, checked the amount of oil in cases about 4.5 ozs. but have a few oil leaks to address. still have a pretty good stumble rolling on the throttle. next I ll be replacing the 1 1/16″ carb venture with a 1 1/8″. my upping the intake size may be hindering me. she runs and pulls a lot better than I had expected once past the stumble. I have never babied any fresh engine, but respect her limits also. I m really quite impressed with her pull an torque. averaged about 40 mpg in the 140 miles.
I ll be un chroming the air filter cover..
about the ride. she rides a bit firmer than the JD but fills good. actually shes a tank, from what I understand about sidecars that’s prob. a good thing. I have not tried balancing the tires yet. at about 50 / 52 I start getting a front end shimmy/wobble , that I m pretty sure I can drive thru but held out of long term throttle. it may be the tires. don’t know yet. but after being given a heads up from Gene Harper on sidecars and loose front ends I spent time to try to have a tight front suspension. we ll see.
the exhaust is (thought I d never say this) is to LOUD. need to tone it down. Sunday was mostly BOREING (a little humor) removing all the sizing inserts from chassis castings.
till next week. LAUGHT LOTS. gary
and Linda Lou, Thank You for your on going Help and being beside me. I m a pretty lucky guy.