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    A group in Chelsea, MI have acquired a 1911 Flanders 4 from Virgil Elings. Chelsea is the home of the Flanders, and the factory building still stands, though empty. The group intends to donate the cycle to the Chelsea Historical Museum once it's restored, in honor of Chelsea native, AMCA Member and past AHRMA national champion, Art Farley.

    They are looking for any and all Flanders technical information, as well as pictures and drawings of the "4". Restoration suggestions, sources of parts, and recommended starting routines would be welcome. Also, they may want to start a Flanders Registry through the Museum.

    If you have anything Farley you would be willing to share, please contact me at AMCAExecutiveDirector@gmail.com and I will pass the information along to the group. Thanks!

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    Thanks, Keith,
    I'm one of the group from Chelsea. We would, indeed, appreciate receiving any and all input on the Flanders 4. It will be at Wauseon next week for the swap meet and show, and we hope that anyone interested will stop by. Art Farley will be there with it.

    There are a number of issues standing between us and getting it running. The frame is bent or broken in half-a-dozen places, so the rear wheel can't be aligned to get the belt to track. The pedal crank shaft is bent, as are both crank arms. The rear wheel pulley (terminology?) is probably bent/out of round. These issues make it difficult for us senior-citizens to turn the engine over fast enough to fire. The donation of a set of starter rollers may be coming soon. We're not sure of the right starting procedure - any suggestions would help.

    The rims and spokes are severely corroded, so it would not be safe to ride the bike once we start it. We'll need help finding correct replacements. Six cylinder fins are broken. Many of the original fasteners are badly damaged, replaced with incorrect parts, or missing completely. The copper fuel and oil tanks are dented and leaking. The fork springs are corroded and sacked. All the usual things you find in a 100 year old bike.

    So, the question of whether and how to restore the Flanders isn't easy to answer. We and the Historical Society want it to run reliably, so that it can be displayed and ridden safely at public events. It will be the central display at the Museum located directly across the railroad tracks from the building where it was built.

    If you are interested in the Flanders and want to help with the project, please contact us.

    Elliott Andrews

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    I would love to help ya out with this project. Basically there's nothing we can't make with in reason. How about some pictures of this wonderful machine. Bob Luland

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    They got this bike running at Wauseon. It was pretty cool.
    Dan Margolien
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    But-but-but-still no photos???!!!
    Rich

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    Quote Originally Posted by frichie68 View Post
    But-but-but-still no photos???!!!
    Yeah!

    I'd like to see if it has a carb like this one, and where the bowl is indexed.

    ....Cotten
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    Dan Margolien
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    That bike is anything short of a disaster. I will withdraw my offer thank you. Bob Luland

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    Thanks Dan!

    But I guess that carb isn't like the '10 HX, or anything that has been trusted to me so far...

    The rest of the machine needs love, but certainly nothing to be afraid of!

    ....Cotten
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    Great photos, thanks!
    Rich

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