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Thread: 1915 Militaire Cannonball Run Engine Build

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    Default 1915 Militaire Cannonball Run Engine Build

    My name is Nick Serio, I'm an adjunct instructor at Canton Colleges' Powersport Program. I'm part of a team working under the supervision of Mark Hill to rebuild an engine for a 1915 Militaire motorcycle that its owner, Jim Dennie, intends to ride in the 2010 Cannonball Run. Mark, as many of you know, is primarily an Indian and Henderson rebuilder who is the lead instructor in the State University of New York Canton Colleges' Powersport program. Mark will be sheparding the build in which two Powersport curriculum students, Matt Wach and Jadon Spooner, will be assembling the 65 cubic inch 4 cylinder engine.[IMG]twinnick.80221@uploads.photobucket.com[/IMG].
    On Monday we received the upper case back from Babbitt Bearing in Syracuse (click on the bearing cap and you will be able to see photos of the intake and exhaust manifolds, upper and lower case and pistons and cylinders). We will update our progress as the build progresses. [IMG]bearing cap[/IMG]

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    sounds interesting. sure is a beautiful machine.

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    Hey Guys good to see you join the fold. I enjoyed the time spent talking in Florida at Docs party and look forward to your participation with AMCA events. Keep the flames burning.
    Joe aka sojo
    Last edited by Slojo; 03-16-2010 at 10:21 PM.

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    That is so cool, I can"t hardley believe he is actually going to ride such a rare machine on the event. This post has upped my interest even more in this awesome effort, those wood spokes - too cool, cant wait to read about and see it happen. Right On!

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    Wow!
    How cool is THAT!!!
    Good luck!

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    Awsome! nice one, Jim Dennie

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    The boys are hard at work this week. This was basically a bearing fitting week. Here's an entry that Matt and JaDon put together.
    BEARINGS
    We just received our new bearings back from Babbitt Bearings Incorporated, they look fantastic. We then sanded down the halves to achieve .001 thousandths of an inch installed height over the saddle yoke height of the connecting rod big end to achieve proper bearing crush. This will allow for the proper crush factor in the bearing housing by seating the bearings in their bores. Strong radial pressure will be achieved by performing this operation. This was the first step for qualifying the rods to be line bored on the Van Norman Connecting Rod Boring machine 232 to continue further assembly. Here's a photo of one of the rods. [IMG]Photobucket[/IMG]
    Click on this thumbnail to see additional pictures of the rods and a picture of JaDon hard at work and Matt (with girlfriend) on the Buffalo street where Militaire's were manufactured. Now for a little bio on the two engine builders.

    Matt
    Hi my name is Matthew M. Wach; I'm one of the two builders working on the engine for the 1915 Militaire. I'm from Buffalo, NY where this exact bike was produced on Kensington Ave. where I visited on 3/14/10 for the St. Patrick's Day parade. This engine means a lot to me because vintage bikes interest me a lot, even though most of my generation aren't into vintage cycles because of costs, I have this rare opportunity. This is also a great opportunity to have this bike competing in the 2010 cannonball rally. Motorcycles have always been a huge part of my life, but this specific bike is one of my greatest challenges yet! I'm really excited to be a part of this project and am anticipating big things for this 1915 Militaire and it is definitely the bike to watch in the 2010 cannonball rally.

    JaDon
    Hello to all of you vintage motorcycle enthusiasts! My name is JaDon Spooner and I am from Keeseville, New York (Near Plattsburgh). I am a second semester freshman at the Suny Canton Powersports curriculum. I have always had a huge interest in any type of motorcycle. Since I have been in the powersports curriculum I have been introduced to many antique motorcycles. With Mr. Hill as my instructor we have been introduced to the Cannonball Rally Race. Matt Wach and I are rebuilding a 1915 militaire motorcycle for Jim Dennie. This is the most difficult project I have ever been involved in because you cannot just go down to your local parts store and get parts for this motorcycle. All of the parts have been specifically machined for this engine. I would like to wish good luck to Jim all throughout this race. He has one of the most unique and exotic motorcycles in the Cannonball. Stay tuned, there's lots more to come

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    probably the rarest bike on the run.thanks for sharing this build.

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    As we all know the 1915 Militaire doesn't come with much technical data for it. This week JaDon and I will be producing the crankshaft information including the fillet radius, the journal diameter, and reconditioning process best suited to our application. This project is going full steam ahead and it is coming along with hard diligent work, we can't wait to unleash this 1915 Militaire on the Cannonball Rally! Submitted by Matt

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    Going to be an interesting comparison on the cannonball between the Militare & Henderson ( hope the riders submit their thoughts)
    Militare design of bolt up tranny interface, way before cleveland produced a four with that set up
    I wonder if William Henderson ever rode a Militare to judge the competition.

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