Motorcycle Cannonball 2014 #57 Colorado

Sunday 6/22/14


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.

 

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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..  

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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.

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I ll be un chroming the air filter cover..

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 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.

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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.

 

 

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7 thoughts on “Sunday 6/22/14

  1. Sure is looking good buddy. Your luggage rack blends right in too.

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  2. Charlie OneOone on said:

    It looks like the plugs don’t get to the temp that they clean themselves. The cyl temp won’t change because you try a hotter plug, but the plugs might run cleaner. However, the cyl. temp might rise IF the old plug did miss fire and the new plug fires flawlessly.
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    Champions in some cases have shown not to last very long, I can suggest NGK AB-4 (hotter than AB-5), AB-5 (equiv. to D16), AB-6 (colder than AB-6 equiv. to Champ. D14) Standard series, 18mm, Gasket Seat, 1/2 in. reach, (No resistor according to NGK own homepage). NGK -AB has 13/16 hex and the older type A has 1″ hex.

    Champion D16 = same heat range as AC C87 or Autolite 376 or Denso L14U, if those are resistor plugs I don’t know. There’s overlapping heat ranges that makes it hard to exactly tell the equiv.
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    Here’s a snip from a tractor forum in 2006 that touches magnetos and heat range of plugs, (it’s not me writing):

    At GOG last week both at my Magneto Ignition Seminar and Round Tables and at Cork Groths Seminar I recommended use of the Autolite 3116 as it is a NON resistor plug versus the Autolite 386 or 388 resistor plugs, and that afternoon Macks Tractor Parts sold out his complete inventory of the 3116 plugs I DESERVE A COMMISSION LOL

    The older Deeres like other old tractors ESPECIALLY when using a Magneto Ignition, were NOT designed for either resistor plugs or resistor wires. Those elements can reduce radio interference but are an added and unwanted load on the low energy ignitions and waste energy in the form of heat and I squared R losses versus discharging all the stored energy across the plugs gap where its needed the most. In addition the Mags have to work harder and can run at higher temperatures when one uses resistor wires or plugs !!!!!!!!!

    If we used the tractors as they were designed at full RPM and under a full load and at temperatures over 180 degrees, theres a chance the recommended heat range of plugs may yield that nice warm gray color. HOWEVER at light loads and low temperatures and especially at idling we need hotter plugs to avoid premature plug fouling, which is why myself and the other gents recommend use of the hotter plugs.

    Hotter NON resistor plugs, keeping the temperature over 180 degrees, and not running the carbs anymore richer then necesary can help reduce premature plug fouling which is a problem ESPECIALLY when using low energy Magneto ignitions.

    Best wishes yall, great discussion going.

    John T

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  3. Phil and Karen on said:

    Well Gary riching up the mix might help cool her down a bit, with the side car best be a tad on the rich side, I think. You might try playing with the advance a bit while riding, paying attention to the temp gage. This might tell you if the timing on the front cylinder needs tweaking. But I am no expert either. Keep up the good work Pal, getting excited here too….

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    • morn n Phil, I ve made so many little changes to non married parts, non running bike , I m all over the board. hopefully I ll catch up with it.

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  4. hi Bill, hope your good. not sure what ya sent.

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  5. Bill Kriner on said:

    Just thought I’d send you this from the Fortuna stop you guys made.

    Sent from my iPad

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