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    A friend of mine suggested I wrap up my restoration of the 1916 Excelsior. I ended this saga before because I lost some very important parts. I never did find those parts but I was able to replace them so the job moved forward. I had planned to do a lot more descriptive narration attached to the pictures but I have now decided that Confucius was right and pictures should tell most of the story. If there is anything that readers want to know more about, I will be happy to elaborate.



    Tank with door



    Tank with door reattached



    Tank in primer

    Eric Smith
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    Some sheet metal parts in process.









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    Frame before straightening



    Frame during straightening





    Frame straightened and stripped



    Frame painted and striped

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    Fork straightening



    Fork stripping and prep



    Fork painting, and striping

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    Front fender issues





    After a lot of work the fender was straight



    Then on to paint, and striping. The decal was a brittle NOS example but it worked out okay.

    Eric Smith
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    I went through both wheels, dressed races, replaced balls, re-laced, and trued, and finally stripped, repainted, and re-striped. Wheels can be the most labor intensive element of an old motorcycle.



    Brakes



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    From talking to Gene Harper, I decided to replace all bearings, and bushings in the motor, trans, and clutch. Also a complete valve job with new valves and guides. The pistons are cast iron originals and fit a bit loose but still well within spec.







    Eric Smith
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    Some of the miscellaneous things that came up. I had a later muffler so I had to make a reproduction of the earlier style. Again, thanks to Gene Harper for pictures and dimensions of the correct muffler. Mufflers for early motorcycles are probably the rarest parts you’ll ever try to find.





    This picture shows all the control parts layed out.





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    Eric Smith
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    The carburetor, and intake manifold needed much attention. I trued the manifold to accept new PEEK seals.



    And made a core drill to minimize waste of the PEEK. . . Very expensive stuff.





    For whatever reason, the Schebler body I had did not perform well. Fortunately, I had a beautiful original finish body and it worked like a dream.

    Eric Smith
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    More miscellaneous pictures of the Ex. The first pic is of the starter sector gear. There was significant damage to the teeth so I made a new gear out of O1 tool steel.











    Eric Smith
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