Photos stolen from BaRon's blog and DICE Magazine. This build is really neat - about everything about it - I like it a lot . . .
I like the front wheel, rear fender, frame molding, high shoulder rims, paint color, mural . . . it's just a bitchin' build. I might shorten the sissy bar and lean it back a bit...and ditch the CV carburetor for an SU or Linkert...but, hey - it's not my bike - and I don't think it's for sale - and if it was, I probably couldn't afford it. Hats off to one sweet ride.
After repairing the engine cases, machining, measuring, etc. Almost every part on the engine has required attention. The motor was assembled when I received it, but the parts mirrored "swap meet specials" haphazardly assembled. The ball bearing construction appears easy to conquer...but now you're dealing with hand-press-fit on everything. It's very difficult to align the cam timing marks when each cam is pressed into position. There are so many particulars that need addressed when assembling an engine of this nature. Basically, it's got to be perfect, or it won't run at all. This is the 5th ball bearing-type engine I've built (with my dad too) - and we still spend about as much time reading, as we do building the motor.
The magneto is a horizontally mounted Wico Single Fire type unit. The ignition timing is best set by location of the piston to TDC...then verify the timing actual timing mark on the flywheel. On the earlier WRs, once the gear cover is on...you can't change your timing from the outside, since the magneto is bolted solid to the case. No rotation. The Wico cap has a #1 which indicates the REAR(or #1 cylinder) and the spark plug wires must be installed correctly.
I updated the sprocket shaft seal (from the steel reverse thread seal) to a modern type rubber-lip seal. The seal kit (from Colony) is the same as a Big Twin seal, since the sprocket shaft in a WR is the same diameter as a panhead....but runs the larger 25mm ID ball bearing. A #1205 ball bearing to be exact: 25mm x 52mm x 15mm Superblend-type bearing.
The lower pump has been checked over, blasted, washed and inspected. I painted it my special cast iron gray, installed, with breather timed. I bumped the breather ahead 1 tooth, since the piston was already about 2" down in the cylinder before it started opening (via timing mark). By one tooth advanced, the breather window opens just after TDC - to get that crankcase evacuated of pressurized air a bit sooner.
Fuel Cleveland is now on it's 5th show, hard to believe! One thing we can say over the years, is we have taken everyone on a journey to a few different parts of Cleveland with our show locations. Each one of those venues have had their own character and charm that gave off a certain grittiness and industrial feel to the show. It's safe to say The Madison Venue is no exception to this but with a touch of class. Clean and open floor plan, polished floors, white walls, beautiful windows, brilliant lighting, clean bathrooms and air conditioned... Oh yeah, thats right we said AC. The show is taking place on July 27th, 2019 from 12pm - 8pm and still 100% FREE for all attendees!
"Our tool rolls are hand made in the USA, constructed with multiple layers of high quality and high strength technical and industrial grade materials. The foundation of the roll is 1300D 14oz reinforced fade & UV resistant PVC with a tensile strength of 410 lbs per square inch and tear strength of 100 lbs. The next layer (inside the pockets) is 1000D denier waterproof Cordura with a tensile strength of 300 lbs per square inch and tear strength of 80 lbs.
The see-through mesh is a high strength PVC coated synthetic with a tensile strength of 275 lbs per square inch with tear strength of 80 lbs. The magnetic panel is comprised of multiple 2 lbs. pull magnets. We use #92 thread and an acrylic binding that are both fade and UV resistant, and high-quality outdoor zippers & zipper pulls.
The total combined tensile strength of the tool roll is over 985 lbs, and has a tear strength of nearly 400 lbs. The closure and mounting systems use 1inch nylon webbing rated at 600 lbs, and aircraft grade laser cut 6061-T6 aluminum Overkill hooks rated at 100 lbs of tensile strength to keep your tool roll closed and mounted wherever you put it." - Grim Parts Co.
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