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Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by rtwdoug, Oct 16, 2009.
That will be something to see. You gonna mount the motor sideways and flip the swing arm around?
p.s.: Nice fix on the head.
I'd be worried about the final drive. It is based on a BMW design you know.
Ahh yes, but maybe it will be the only chain drive Dnepr in the world as well as the only Harley powered one. I know that Doug seems to like doing things the hard way but marrying a Harley engine to a Dnepr gearbox and transmission might be a step too far unless he's got a driven sidecar wheel off the Dnepr FD. That would warrant the extra work to use the Russian tranny.
I'll upgrade it to a harley final drive. to fix it, I'll need to carry a spare master link
This past weekend, I outpicked the pickers!
Ever since they moved south, I was worried they would find all the good deals. They do have better advertising than I do......
Saturday I ran into this old guy that I sort of know. I had heard that he had a pile of old stuff, but had not been to visit him. ( I bought a pile from his brother a few years ago) We were talking, & he mentioned having some Indian 101 stuff, and I've been looking for some spares, so I went to tennessee to see what he had.
He told me that the pickers had come to see him, they heard about him thru another guy. He didnt want them to come, but they kept calling. finally he agreed, but said no cameras allowed.
On the day they were coming, he decided he didnt want to deal with them, and left, told his friend to hang out & let em look around.
This guy has buildings full of stuff. old bikes, old cars, & parts everywhere. on the floors, hanging from the rafters, & shelves crammed with stuff.
Lots of old scooters from the 40's & 50's. Indians, BSA's, etc.
it was like a buffet of cool old stuff. I was in heaven!
So, the 'experts' looked around, and called him to ask about 1 old bike (rusty NSU) & a clock. 2 pieces! out of all that stuff! So he gave em a fair price (which actually was less than what the clock itself is worth, its an old BSA dealer clock) they offered him less, he said no, and then hung up
So I get there. The 101 stuff is scattered in the floor of a garage. I go to diggin, & find alot of stuff. I ended up getting that stuff, 3 other bikes, & a trailer. And I have to go back in the daytime & dig some more, as several buildings had no lights, & it was getting late. I was there for 5 hours. Not much of his stuff was for sale, but what was for sale, got sold.
When I go back, I will ask him if I can take some pics, as he has some REALLY cool stuff.
Oh, after the pickers left there, they stopped to visit his brother, who has a custom built (by him) motorcycle with a small 4 cylinder Crosley car motor (from the 40's) in it. its a cool bike, I have often thought about buying it, just because its so cool & well made. Well, when one of the 'experts' saw it, he said that he had seen another one of those bikes, but in 'unrestored' condition!
He told me that when they said that, he laughed at em, & told em he had things to do, it was time to leave!
Anyhow, I was really needing 2 parts for my 101, a generator drive tower, and a spare magneto to have rebuilt to carry along on the cannonball as a spare. Those 2 items were in the pile, as well as enough other spare parts to fix anything else that may go wrong (I hope!)
Whoa! Good for you, Doug. He have a '39 Norton buried in there, cause I know a guy...... So, the pickers maybe aren't as bright as they claim. Maybe they really thought that Chang-Jiang sidecar the owner claimed was an R71, was an R71!
Hope he lets you take some pictures, if not of the stuff maybe of him and his brother? What neat guys, I bet you had a blast hanging out with him.
oops, I forgot to post about the 39 Norton......
So Im at the IMS show in Minneapolis. Theres a sign on my table that I want a 39 Norton, & why. A guy named Jim comes up to me, & says 'I got what you need' and shows me a pic of an old model 18 norton on his phone.
The same exact bike Che & Alberto rode!
He's had it for years, and didnt figure he was going to get around to it anytime soon. Its baskety, but the main bits are there. We're talking about it, and I'm trying to figure how I'm gonna get it home (we flew up) another guy from ADV walks up, & were all talking. Turns out he lives 10 miles from Jim. I ask em that if I buy a case of beer, they could get together one afternoon, take it the rest of the way apart, box it up, & ship it fedex ground to me.
The other guy says 'well, I'm driving to Alabama tomorrow........'
So Jim & I went to his house, & took the bike apart so it would fit in the back of a small SUV.
My friend Chris met him on I-65 & loaded it in his truck, & brought it home. He stuck everything in the living room, much to the joy of Poly
(and its still sitting there, dont mention it to her, I think she has gotten used to stepping over it!)
So it was here a day before I got home!
Odd how things work out sometimes.......
I just need to find a generator, girder front fork, & fenders for it. Or another basketcase, so I can put the 2 of them together
I hope to rebuild it next winter.
<BR>Kismet. You don't seem to go anywhere without it!
............I have just what you need and my pal is driving to 'bama tomorrow...............
You really are one luck guy Doug. Give Poly an apron, a pair of gloves and some degreaser. She may as well do something useful instead of just tripping over the bits
It must be the "If you touch this bike..." stickers...
Doug, that is just too cool on the Norton!
Take that as an omen that your ride is meant to be. Not without trials and tribulations - but meant to be.
What a cool story. You gonna keep that old milk crate?
You gotta KLR?
Good stuff Doug!
I assume you're going to be in Daytona for Bike Week again this year?
isnt that your prediction EVERY day?
No DEEKING around!
Living vicariously through Doug.