Copycat! Copycat!

What you ask?  Well, at the 2012 Cannonball…..actually the Saturday night before the 2012 Cannonball, I met Doug Wothke, Cannonballer #88. Doug was in Virginia at the time and had lost a wrist pin retainer in his cylinder on his way from Alabama. Doug rode his Cannonball bike from Alabama to New York, then across the country!  We had only spoken via the 101 Chat Group before this and he called asking if I could help him with his 101.  My sons were in from Ohio that weekend, so there was plenty of help.  Doug arrived in West “by God” Virginia after catching a lift from a buddy.  To work we went!!!!  Doug spent the night, enjoyed some West Virginia hopitality, got his bike repaired and headed on to New York for the Cannonball.

But, as I began to enjoy the Cannonball  with Doug across the country, I became aware of the stuff he had outfitting his bike.  His friend,  Greg of Bad&G Customs, makes all kinds of nice motorcycle items, from tool rolls, to saddle bags, to awesome seats. I was really envious of all his cool items After the ride a few weeks later, a tool roll, just like Doug’s,  arrived in the mail from Doug — THANKS again!   Then at Christmas, my wife had gotten me a set of the saddle bags, just like Doug’s. Awesome!  And finally, for my birthday, my mom (with the help of my wife)  had me a seat made, just like Doug’s!  HA! Absolutely!!!  So, I’ll be set up for this ride!  Thanks again Doug!

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Building Up The Front

Today, my wife helped me (as she often does) work on building up the front end.  We got the bushings installed in the rocker arms and the horn mounted.  Then we polished the main shaft for the spring pack, assembled it and  attached them to the dog legs. Finally, we put the race and neck bearings in the neck and then the front end to the frame.  She’s starting to come together.. Read more

Right Over Left, Left Over Right, Where To Begin

Got my original wheels back from Jeff, painted and ready to lace, but being that my wife says that my patience level isn’t what it used to be, I called a buddy of mine, Art Decker to lace my wheels.

I’ve always said it was fate when Art happened to move in right next door to my shop since he is a retired tool and die maker, loves old guns, cars and motorcycles and has his own collection of restored cars and bikes and happens to have the patience to teach this old dog some new tricks!

 

And So It Begins….

2014 cannoball rebuild 1

Why, you ask, is that frame fastened down to a milling machine?

Well, I was getting ready to load it in my van to take it to the painter’s and was looking at it sitting on the floor of my shop, when I thought it looked a little off.  Upon closer inspection, I realized that my frame is bent, YES BENT!

Dick Jones (one of the “white knights” of my 2012 pitcrew) happened to stop by and helped out with the straightening process.  First, I made up some hold downs to fasten it securely to one of my milling machines.  Then I made a fixture that clamped around the tubing and began the untwisting and straightening.  To our satisfaction, we now have a straightened frame.

I am confident that I won’t be riding sideways down the highway now, so it’s off to the painters…..