Time for an update:
nothing spectacular , been doing smaaaaal stuff ... a LOT of small stuff ...so here comes some of it.
If you read this, and you hear the dreaded sound of "forehead-hitting-PC-keyboard" ,
it's because I've bored you to sleep.
Of cause I can't use standard cables, so I've been doing cables for the throttle
and the manually adjusted ignition-timing ( in left-hand handle ).
This is most probably trivial stuff for you guys but here's how I do it:
..drag the cable through the nipple ( is that the term ?)
and spread it out
..solder it from the 'back' first ( to keep the solder from running down the cable rendering it un-bendable)
...then the other side
...and file it down into shape
..all the while making sure I get the correct lenghts
..and incorporating adjusters
Made a bracket for the engine-off switch ( must be able to use it without hand leaving handlebar)
and the ignition shut off switch activated by lanyard required for the fuel class
What the hell is this:
...well that's just me trying to get the right shape for a bracket that attaches
behind the engine side-cover. Couldn't really measure anything up in there
so it was trail and error, cutting and adding cardboard till I got the right shape
...it'll hold the oil catch tank:
...picking up the oil-mist from the air-vent in the crank house and the oil-pump
that I have added.
Both have one-way valves.
The oil-tank also vents to this tank
Cut an instrument panel
..and polished it up:
..untill I realized that maybe it wasn't such a bright (pun intended) idea
to ride this bike staring into a mirror reflecting the Utah sun ..!
so I glass-bead blasted it and mounted the rev-counter and boot-gauge
...they show the voltage until given a proper input.
Nifty, as I run no generator but rely on the charge of the battery.
Bored a hole in a bolt
..heli-coiled a thread in the intake
..inserted the bold from the inside
..and thereby had a place to mount the tube for the boost measuring devise
Now suddenly I had a bunch of wires to fix up
...and realized that I probably wouldn't remember a thing about them in a few weeks,
so I made a diagram to bring with me
Made a new sear-pan
...that I'll bring Monday to this old upholstery guy who did my BSA seat
Kind'a funny story about him; when I called, him back then to have my BSA seat done
he asked me where my workshop was located and I told him the address.
10 minutes later his car came to a screeching halt outside the workshop door
and this guy came in all exited: turns out that when he got his first job doing upholstery
back in the late fifties it was in MY workshop. He worked right here for seven years
doing car upholstery.
No one around anymore to do the TIG alu welding so I had to learn to do it myself.
I had priceless help from some great guys on this forum ( in the How-To section )
THANKS guys !!!
Practiced by laying like a hundred feet of weld on scrap alu
..then practiced welding tubes to a flat surface
...till I finally got to a point where I could do a semi-decent weld
All for the sake of being able to do a combined intake (that will later have a bigger filter)
and thingy to keep my knee from interfering with the throttle mechanism
There's a story to that INDIAN RACING "air-horn" thingy:
During my first and only visit to Bonneville in 2008 as member of the Dreamcatcher crew
I was given that thingy by crew-member Lyle Landstrom of Landström Foundry
First time I ever owned an INDAN part.
It was at that moment the voices in my head demanded me to go home,
build an INDIAN LSR bike and bring it to the Salt
..so I really needed to incorporate it on to the bike somewhere.
Besides all this, the bike looks it's old self:
Engine start-up expected in a few days ( knock on wood ) .
I'm ALL exited.
You'll be the first to know.