Today was a game changer. After the first four hours making exhaust and muffler, we had a runner.
After this I took on a 1-1/2 mile ride. Wonderful!!
A few more things to attend to: oil venting pipe needs to be fabricated, muffler needs to be welded internally, and the rear brake needs some attention. But all in all a HUGE day!
Time to fit the original shaped exhaust pipe on. I’ll have to some “massaging” to the pipe as it is not a perfect fit (surprise surprise; nothing on this project was a “bolt on” item). First take off my test pipe:
A very good friend of mine (Andrew, same guy who made the fantastic period correct workbench) worked with his neighbor Robert (brewmaster) to surprise me with this custom made beer! Andrew designed and had labels printed, and Robert did the magic with the beer recipe. After we started the bike on September 12th, we cracked open a few of these babies to celebrate! Thank you both, I am honored with this gesture.
The beer was FANTASTIC by the way! I wonder how long it will keep?
Here is a video update on the wiring.
Here is a link to another video of the first start. More work to do but a great incentive to know we have a running engine!
Well 21 months after acquiring this machine it came to life! This was the very first attempt on Sunday September 10th:
And later in the week on Tuesday September 12th:
What a feeling!! Lots to do yet but we are on our way!