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1942 WLC build

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I thought i'd summarize my first build here for everyone who's interested.

Unfortunately i must have done something wrong and the computer killed everything
i typed for the last 20mins.
So i start over, and this time i try short posts.


Sooo, i decided to get a new project 2 years ago and i wanted it to be two-wheeld this time.
I got onto everyone's nerves here for quite some time and then found something of interest. I didn't think too long because i knew i'd buy it anyway, and bought it.

Here's what i got:

edit: the board keeps telling me my message would be too short. i don't think so?
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thanks, guys! :)

and jaws....
is it just me or did you leave the mind control beer device on again..? :D
thank you folks, means a lot. :)
the engine is pretty much stock in this stage.
the engine guy just added hastings pistons,
removed baffle plates and i put the 6:1 heads and magneto on.
thought i'd rather ride it first before i blow money in search of HP.
but i'm pretty sure i will some day...
DAMN! :eek::D hehehehe.

guess that serves me right for hijacking your thread with rivets and stuff :rolleyes:

Prosimex: well, it's definitely not fast, but it's loads of fun.
i'm running a 33 tooth main sprocket and cruise 50-55mph pretty smooth.

Now go ask Elffors why he's going through all the madness, hehehe
small update...
i tinkered with some exhaust ideas and built a WR style turnout.
quite loud... so nothing for long trips and neither for inner city traffic,
to be honest. too much attention by the wrong people when you wait hours
for the lights to turn green...
otherwise it works fine. ;)

afterwards i thought i'd build another one and came up with this,
basically the whole thing was just for practicing my welding...
but i kind of like it and i think i'll run it like this for some time.

i'll have to do a lot more excercise on welding pipes,
but it was fun and i'd like to build a dual exhaust
with the rear pipe crossing over under the trans
to run a second fishtail maybe. let's see what spring brings... :)
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got some work done on the bike over the winter.

since i had some troubles with the primary and the clutch over the last years
i decided to go for a belt drive.
before i did the conversion i tore the tranny apart to check the wear and
put some fresh bushings in i skipped the last time (around 15000km ago)...

shift lever bushings...


back in the frame, got my old inner primary cover from the shelf
and put it back in for belt protection.

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prepared for mounting the new clutch and belt drive.

it's an HMB system, extremely well machined, very light and hi-tech
(and extremely out of place on my machine, harrharr...)
but it will be fully concealed in the end, so function over beauty here.

put things in place...

all worked like a charm.
now for some serious cleaning of the primary cover.

put spacers under the service lids to allow some breathing.

aaaaaand in the end you can't see a thing :)

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so hopefully i'll be back on the road soon after some more service work,
adjust neck bearing, service wheel bearings, things like that.

in last november or december the bike got a nice little spread in
a small german magazine called "Kustom Life Magazine" i thought i'd share here:

now back to wrenching :)
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thanks guys :)

Jaws, i haven't ridden it yet since i got to do some other small work first,
and generally, work is killing me here, but i guess it's going to be smooth!
it's originally designed for hand clutch conversion and to use it with the
original foot rocker i have to make some little alterations there.
clutch travel is way shorter now and it engages pretty agressively,
but it'll be no problem to fix that.

rhysmort, as far as i know that is a factory WL unit from '38 to '50something...
someone with more knowledge should chime in there to confirm that.
they're widely available as repops, i think. it's 6 1/2 inches or 170mm for us.
thanks, Elektron.
and Pete's right, it's the timing plug whole on your pictures.
if you pour oil into that hole it gets ugly when the engine comes to life. :rolleyes:

it's the spring ritual anyway, i always put a bowl under it when i kick it over after the winter. 1 time out of 2 it pukes, but since it stops doing that when it gets ridden on a regular basis, i don't care.
nah...:( too much work.

front end service is complete, though.
i guess i need a new set of rocker bushings at the end of this season,
but for now it'll do.

rear wheel's next, then i can go for a ride, finally.
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wow, thanks Thunderbird, much appreciated

and Jaws, you couldn't be more wrong,
i'm just another no good beer drinking shithead..

cheers, guys! :)

by the way, the clutch setup works great.
i had to fiddle with the rocker pedal because the clutch
travel is way shorter now, and it grips like a bear so you gotta be careful,
but it's a different motorcycle now with the belt and all.
i kind of miss the rattle of the old clutch, though... meh. :rolleyes:
yeah, i already thought about that...
for now i just built a stopper to the front of the pedal
and adjusted the clutch cable so i have a comfortable
foot position, and it works quite well.
but if it bugs me after a few more hundred miles i'll probably do it.
haven't updated this in quite a while, so here goes.

i moved the linkage closer to the pedal pivot as suggested and it works
a lot better with that setup.

i added a miniature switch for the hi-beam (finally)

then the kicker gear exploded and the whole thing spiralled

into a never-ending series of tranny surgery desasters

(i rebuilt the darn thing several times now) over the whole 2018...

i proved that it is possible to rebuilt a 3 speed in frame!
(don't ask me why i had to prove that :rolleyes:)

completely senseless, haha... but it's possible.

still managed to have some fun, though!

but then it bit me again :mad:

i noticed there were different style kicker gears over the years...
i ended up using the original part that i had swapped out years ago and for now it is in stable condition

the HMB clutch and belt conversion is absolutely awesome,
it works super smooth and since everything is well covered it still
looks like new in there. completely different bike with the swap.
it bites the eye, though, together with the rest of the bike,
so the cover has another good reason to be on there!

also i bought a brand new gear box (4speed in a 3speed housing)
and put it on the shelf as a permanent threat to the old tranny.
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latest addition to the ensemble is a super neat Bates pad that i was yearning for for several years now...

always had to buy things that were more important, but now i finally got one.

it rewinds the clock and suddenly it's late 40s to early 50s again :)

the weather is sweet and i already put miles on her. happiness.
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thanks guys.

unfortunately, this tuesday the little bitch just fucked me again and the old oem
kicker gear once again started skipping teeth so i can't kick her over properly anymore.


stay tuned for the upcoming 4 speed swap, it's going to happen very soon.
i really hope that Samwell box does the job.
haha, true. :D i can at least vouch for the beer and shithead part
here we go again.

the 4 speed will go in, the 3 speed will go to the bench to be investigated once again. i hope that new tranny will give me some peace for this season...

no hurry, though, it's pouring outside and it's freaking cold for this time of the year...
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oh well, it's gonna be ok.

i can rip that tranny out in 15 minutes flat now,
i guess all that practice is finally paying off :rolleyes:

the 4 speed is already completed and camouflaged with old parts,
sitting on the bench waiting for oil and to be tossed into the frame.
it shifts nice and easy, so the most tricky part will most likey be fabbing
a new shiftgate for it (it has an early style shift cylinder in it which
means first gear up front, but i'm running late style tanks which only
accept late style shift gates that have first gear in the back), but i'm
confident i can can cobble something together hillbilly style that'll be
good enough for the season... :eek:
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