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    Brilliant Steve, thanks for the answers.

    Now that you mention it I remember you mentioning the headlight previously. Electronic ignition makes sense and the rear fender and rear light look good too.

    I am looking forward to the next bit of progress.

    John.

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    I went back to where i grew up and did a library search; was thrilled to find this article about my Dad's trip from Cincinnati to Hartington, Nebraska, in the local paper, The Cedar County News. Attached are a couple pics taken during that trip. The date of the article is August 18, 1927. Also attached is the expense log he kept during April, 1927, that must have been when he first purchased his '27. 980 miles in 36 hours = average speed of 27.2 mph. Doing the math on his $6.12 gas expense for 980 miles.... based on price per gallon of gas noted in Dad's gas was 25 cents/gallon, that means Dad purchased approximately 24.5 gallons during the trip. Dividing 980 miles by 24.5 gallons, his fuel consumption was approximately 1 gallon per 40 miles. 1 dollar in 1927 is worth $13.79 today; this means a gallon of gas cost Dad about $3.45 in today's dollars. Pulling that side car,I imagine he used at least 1-1/2 quarts of oil.

    1927-08-18 (Vernie Swan cycles) Page 1 of Cedar County News,published in Hartington, Nebraska on.jpgDad's JD log book.jpgDad asleep on the road.jpgDad upon awakening.jpg

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    Thanks for posting this Steve. What a great nugget of family history.

    John

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    Great story.


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    i am looking for an Edelmann spotlight to match the one i just installed on my '27. The one i have is in extraordinarily fine condition. Would like to find another in same or close to same condition.... Or one that has all the working parts that i can restore.... or pieces of one so that i can start looking for the rest of the parts. Can anyone help me...?

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    ok, here we are. as a person who likes bikes in factory trim with modest accessorizing, this is a big departure for me. i'm getting used to it, and it's growing on me. as i don't have equipment for welding, a local friend fabricated the mounts for the horn and the headlight for which the beam is adjustable up and down. i am thinking at this point the fenders, tanks, battery box and chain guards will be a light grey/blue such that one cannot tell if the color is grey or blue. the frame will be maroon, something maybe like Indian Red or maybe a color like the police blue. kind of thinking the forks may also be maroon or blue, the headlight light grey/blue and not sure what color the horn will be. striping will be either tri-color or tutone or some mix of the two. Thanks to a buddy on JD facebook, Rick U, the Flying J is now captive on the front fender.

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    Good progress Steve.
    I will be interested in seeing how the fork dampers work. Does anybody have experience with them?
    I tried to buy a set for my 29, but they were out of stock.
    Cheers.
    Mick

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    Mick, one concern with these dampers, the outer "star" that adjusts tension is mild steel, not spring steel which i assume they should be, so when one tights the nut against the star it goes flat.

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