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Author Topic: Vesco Motorcycle Streamliner Restoration  (Read 15795 times)
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« on: November 16, 2007, 08:52:13 PM »

Kent thought it would be cool to do a build diary on the Vesco liner he is restoring for the J&P Nation Motorcyle Musuem. Since he is so extremly busy working on finishing the liner I will stop by the shop on a regular basis and take pics and relay the build here to landracing.com.

This liner was one of Ricks liners that was built in the late 60's and features twin XS650 Yamaha motors.
Kent is shooting to have the liner finished in about 10 days so he is going to be busy. They are going to fit the motors in this evening so the body work can be fitted tonight or tomorrow. After the body is prepped and fitted Kent is aiming for painting it tomorrow evening.

All of the powercoated parts are back from the coaters and ready for assembly along with all of the shiny parts. The wheels are currently out and should be ready soon.

This build diary will consist of the final assembly as Kent has already does the initial mach-up, which included lots of new parts that he made in the machine shop along with fabrication to restore the damaged parts.

Scott

Here are some shots of the newly powdercoated frame along with the bottom section of the body work being fitted.












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« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2007, 08:58:15 PM »

Another shot of the frame with the lower half of the body and a couple of the top half of the newly made body.














Both of the XS650 Yamaha motors











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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2007, 09:00:15 PM »

Lots of parts ready to be installed.





















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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2007, 09:09:57 PM »

Dusty cutting away some of the body for the perfect fit.



The chassis on the build table awaiting the twin motors.


Parachute tube





Here is the steering head.




More to come tomorrow evening!



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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2007, 11:17:36 PM »

  Great pictures,keep up the good work.
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« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2007, 10:23:40 AM »

  Great pictures,keep up the good work.
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No problem, Kent and Dusty are doing all of the work, I am just posting the pictures.

Scott
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« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2007, 01:31:48 PM »

Awesome rebuild..

Don would be happy.

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« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2007, 01:48:01 PM »

Scott.........I appreciate the work you are doing. It's a fine job.
I understand totally what the challenges are.

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« Reply #8 on: November 17, 2007, 01:50:55 PM »

Beautiful work!!  Where's the museum?

Scott, more pics buddy.
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« Reply #9 on: November 17, 2007, 02:50:40 PM »

What happens when the earthquake comes and the tray full of nuts, bolts and washers hits the deck?

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« Reply #10 on: November 17, 2007, 03:25:36 PM »

Freud, Kent Riches is doing the work at his shop, I am just relaying the build.

Larry, the museum is in Anamosa, Iowa.

DW, that's a scary thought.......

Scott
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« Reply #11 on: November 17, 2007, 04:19:08 PM »

Here is the steering head.



Very nice looking, looks like lots of work in such a short amount of time!

The steering head looks like it's supported by pretty small tubing, any issues with flex?  I only ask as it was one of the things I was warned off in a motorcycle streamliner, that flex in the head or the frame could result in bad handling.

Also, based on the position of the head tube it looks like the riders legs straddle the front wheel, is this the case, or is the scale hard to tell from the photos?

Look forward to seeing the final result.
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« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2007, 04:23:55 PM »

Sock,

            I will try and get you a better picture in a bit as I am about to head down to the shop and I will also try and take a better shot of the steering head.

Scott
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« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2007, 07:37:06 PM »

Ok guys, I stopped by the shop today and Kent was hard at work. He got all of the chrome accessories put on the engines.


Covers are bolted on


Front shot of the engines linked together


Back shot of the engines linked together via the huge motor plate. You see the spockets on the back of the engines, I am assuming this is for linking the engines and the belt pulleys must be for the blowers.




Sockjohn, here are few more shots of the neck. I looked at it closely today and with four different supports/connections to the main chassis I do not see how it could flex much if any. And yes the riders legs do go around each side of the front wheel.







Bulkhead being test fitted




Body being fitted and the air inlets have been cut out



A few pictures of the what was left of the old body work after the crash.















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« Reply #14 on: November 18, 2007, 01:53:44 AM »

Kent gave me these pictures today while I was at the shop. I put them through my picture program and cleaned them up quite a bit. I believe these are pictures from Rick Vesco's personal collection.

If anyone has any pictures of this streamliner please let us know, it would be helpful in regards to the small details of the liner.

Thanks,
Scott










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