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03-28-2010, 04:23 AM
I am to assemble the bottom end of an 1917 Excelsior and struck by a moment of doubdt... Which rod goes where?
The parts book I have just name them as "inside connection rod" and "outside connection rod" . I have seen them named as male and female conrods, knife and fork rods, but which is the front conrod?
I hate to learn too late that the 50% chance i had to get things right, was wrong...
03-28-2010, 09:08 AM
Forked/Front. That's how I remember it for Excelsiors. Harley Davidson started putting the forked rod to the rear in '40 or '41. Maybe when the 74 OHV was introduced. All I know is my Panhead has the forked rod in the rear. . . . . Now that's a bunch of junk you didn't want to know. EXCELSIOR, FORKED ROD IN FRONT.
03-28-2010, 09:45 AM
Silly to leave so much time between dismantling and the trying to assemble again. All the notes I possibly made, are lost.
Now I may put the bottom end together with all the new parts, hopefully straight and in balance, then it's ready for the new cast iron pistons which I have been promised are on the way.
03-28-2010, 11:28 AM
I plan to go through my 1916 Big X later this year. I wish there was more Excelsior activity here at the AMCA forum. Knuckleheads have taken over the world it seems.
I agree Eric... more Excelsior talk would be good. Maybe you can help accomplish that by taking us through your Big X overhaul.......;)
04-01-2010, 12:29 PM
forked rods on Harleys changed in '39 , I found this out when I'd built the bottom end on my 1938 ULH with forked rod in the rear , engine wouldn't turn , had to take apart and do other way round , all good fun and practice !!
Been out on my '12 4B and series 16 big Ex already this year and plan on riding the '16 over the Easter break , nice to hear about other Excelsiors , keep us informed of your rebuilds , also don't forget the Big X yahoo group site - http://groups.yahoo.com/group/excelsior_big_x/
Happy rebuilding / riding all , Ken
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