For the past year or so I have been chasing parts and preparing frame components for another Cannonball bike build. Now, with 360 days left prior to the start of this historical event I have decided its time to get serious. Twelve hours in the barn yesterday has left me one step closer to having a complete frame to start building on.
Today's activities, taking care of a customer, visiting a couple friend followed up by a seven o'clock appointment with Razor my welder to put frame parts together in preparation for the final sweat braze process.
I have chosen to build a new bike and retire the 1914 Gray Ghost from further cannonball activities. 1912 why? Its older than the Anvil, Brad's 1913 X and in my opinion its as old as reasonably possible to make this event with 12000 foot elevations. I believe I am pushing the envelope.
Primary components, this bike will wear an original front frame section (seat post forward) and a fabricated rear frame section (the original tail was badly damaged). Original 1912 fork, handlebars, fenders, engine cases, cylinders, Freewheel clutch drum and cover plate, Schebler carburetor, Bosh magneto. Many of the little items will be original also.
Significant fabrications will include motor internals, flywheels, rods and shafts for the lower end, intake manifold and mounting hardware for the top end. Fuel tanks, undecided as of this time. After much consideration my hypothesis is COASTER BRAKE HUBS should be able to do the job and will be faithfully remanufactured in my shop with special attention to the coaster brake assembly (a science experiment)
Modern purchased items will be pistons and valves and rims and tires for safety and handling (FUN).
Intention, other than the rims and tires is to make this 1912 belt drive twin authentic on the outside by using as many original parts as possible to give creditability to 1912.. Meanwhile look for as much power as possible from this primitive motor to make the 12000 foot elevations possible and,,,, out run the Wolf Pack. Mark and his 2012 neutered canine will come to Cannonball 2014 better prepared aiming for the Ghost meanwhile I have chosen to change bikes to a more primitive package. A two year older bike will make a big difference in performance and durability, this will be a real challenge.
Parts wanted, I am looking for anything flat tank HD to assist me in this build or for trade material. Clutch lever and control rod, Belt tensioner parts, Rear stand, pedal crank assembly, eccentric, profile rims 21 X 1.6, 36 spoke front rim.......