Saturday, December 24, 2011

Motor in Frame!!!

Well the heart beat of my 101 is back where it belong's.  Hope to get back after it as soon as the hoildays are over.  I have been checking out the exhaust system and the chain guard, looks like the orginal builder had done a lot of his own mods.  Hope to get it all put back somewhat the way it was.   I have also looked down in my tank and the old white thank cream is coming apart inside and I can see rust behind that.  Once again nothing is going as planned on this supposed to be easy rebuild..

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

PS motor not Done

Well, when you think your done, think again.. When torquing the heads I had two pull their threads at the end.  So, I had to take the head off, tape up cylinder and add two repair sleeves.  It's a good thing I had Time Serts on hand.  20 minutes later, Motor Done!

Motor Done!

Well it's a good thing that the Cannonball isn't next week as long as it has taken me build this motor.  Head cold, flu, and just a overall things not going my way, made it seem like this thing took months to finish.  This was my first attempt to do nickle plating.  I used the Caswell system and lots of phone time with George Y.  I did my cylinders, heads, intake, and oil pump.  Parts look OK, just have to wait and see what the heat does..  I did replace flywheels with  S&S flywheels from Randy Walker, that worked out real well!!  Then got a rebuilt mag from Marks Mags through Randy as well.  I also want to mention the help that Kent Thompson has been, my right side case was junk and he had a better one..  Thanks again to George, Randy and Kent.

Monday, December 19, 2011

First Snag on 29 Rebuild

Got an email two weeks before Thanksgiving about 2 101's that were offered to our collection.  The first bike is an unrestored 1929 101 with original paint except for gas tank which was done in the 40's, so it has the patina to go with the rest of the bike.  The second bike is a 1931 101 hillclimber/TT racer that belonged to the same owner.  Art Buskie of Rockford, Illinois was inducted into the Indian Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1991 and these were two of his bikes.  We were excited to acquire them and add to our 101 collection.

Now for the hard part.....I am already obligated in my other 29 101 to run on the cannonball and I cannot back up and run this original paint bike with all the work I've completed to date on the other one.   What a Damn Shame!!  This old bike is pretty cool.  I have made a couple of trips on the road with it and it runs like a top..

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  • Dec

    Getting Started

    We're gonna try to start our blog in preparation for our 2012 Cannonball journey in September.  To date, we have disassembled our 1929 101 Indian Scout and have started our rebuild process. 

    We also have acquired our support vehicle and are in the process of customizing it for the trip.