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    The Flanders was the Oldest Bike on the field Sunday at Wauseon. It was judged at 98 points (I'll have to confirm that - it was either 97 or 98) and got it's 100 Year medallion. Here's a video of the start on Friday.

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    Great video-any idea when was the last time it ran?
    Rich

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    We don't know when that was. We got the bike from Virgil Elings in California, and we're not sure whether it ever ran for him. Virgil remembers buying it at a mid-west auction some years back, but didn't have any information on its history.

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    Fantastic to see/hear it running again, bet that was a thrill for you folks. Judging was the icing on the cake!
    Rich

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    It is very sad that they are going to destroy the bike by "restoring" it. Tom Wilcock

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Wilcock View Post
    It is very sad that they are going to destroy the bike by "restoring" it. Tom Wilcock
    Especially since it is scoring so high as it is.

    It could be conserved without much molestation.

    ....Cotten
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    Dumpster Diver's Motto: Seek,... and Ye Shall Find!

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    The idea for the Chelsea Museum is to have a motorcycle that is a living experience. That means it should run reliably and be able to be ridden in special events. Of course, it will spend most of it's time on display in the Chelsea Museum, but we want it to be more than a static display.

    To that end, we have been going through the bike over the winter, repairing problems, and researching where we can. Regarding the carburetor, we learned that some Flanders were built with a Breeze, but that the Breeze carb and manifold that were on the bike as received were not correct for the bike. The majority of the 1911 Flanders were built with a Schebler HX, so we were able to trade the Breeze and manifold for a correct Schebler and manifold.

    One of the missing parts on the Schebler is the "air bend". From what we can tell of museum and auction photos, there are two types out there. Most likely, the correct part is a 90 degree bend similar to a Harley of that era. But we aren't sure because there are not many photos that you can see the carb clearly.

    If anyone has pictures of the air bend (the air inlet on the bottom of the fuel bowl) that they think is correct for the Flanders, please post them. Better yet, if anyone knows were a Flanders air bend is available, let me know.

    Thanks.

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