Things has been done to the cylinder head.
A friend machined out a chunk around the damaged area
and welded it up.
I didn't dare doing it myself as it is extremely 'soft' and I was afraid I'd damage
it beyond repair.
He said it was 'like welding steel-wool'
..then took it to the local machinist who made a tool to hold it
so he could use the lathe ( yep; the lathe ) to make it absolutely evenly 'flat' again
..and then ran it over a flat surface with a rather coarse abrasive attached.
He always does this and then use a copper gasket + a sort of liquid gasket.
This is probably a somewhat 'controversial' way of doing this,
but I trust the guy.
He does all the machining on all my friends flat-heads and
absolutely no-one has ever complained about any thing he has done.
Now I need to go over on the top with my 'Dremel'-type tool to
shape the 'inside' of the welding and bore up the hole.
then: copper-gaskets....and dyno testing.
Now the motor-home: ( it's a small world )
..the MH just happens
to be stored in New Mexico an hour drive from
my friend David, who I met this year at BUB and who was a great help there
..and in Santa Fe where David lives , he told me there just happens
live a guy who just happens
to know a LOT about old Indians,
and this guy just happens
to be Jim Mosher who I just happened
to run into a BUB, where he kindly offered his help
and when I checked his web-side it turn out he just happens
an old motor-home that just happens
to be the same as mine
..and the only 'serious' problem with my new MH
is that the Onan generator doesn't function properly,
but my friend George in Washington St. who kindly 'hosted' me at SpeedWeek,just happens
to have a few Onans , Onan spare-parts and manuals in his workshop
Indeed ; a small world, all connected by great land-racing guys !
SO what better excuse for a trip across the pond to check the MH,
so I'm certain it will be in good shape for my trip next year, and to fix
insurance and registration.
Yes Sir !....flying over to New Mexico, for a few days, on Wednesday where David
kindly has offered his help to pick up the MH, get it registered etc.BIG
kudos and gratitude to David !!!
and to Neil, who I met at BUB in 2008
and who came down from Montana to visit me this year.
This whole idea was sort of coming together over a few beers with him
one night sitting outside the motel in Wendover.
Neil kindly offered any help I needed, like storing the MH at his place
and lending me any tools needed when going to Bonneville.
None of them are members here, but certainly they are part of the great land-racing community.
Thanks guys !
Neil on the left...Dave in the middle: