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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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Jaws, i think the valve is design is all the same principle,
a ball is pressed into a seat and seals the passage. in theory...

I talked to my engine guy and he told me
on flatties you can only try machine the seats,
as the pump housing is cast iron.
the later ones, like shovel e.g.,
are made of aluminium and you can drive the ball against the seat
with tiny hammer strokes to make it sit better.
Obviously not a good idea on the cast iron ones :eek:

He told me to keep going and watch it closely, just like all of you,
so what i'll do.

I really had to refill after i got it running,
no oil traces on the dip stick anymore...
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If you pulled the pump off and took a ball bearing the same size as your check ball and welded it to a stick (what I made for mine. Only I tap it. Well now I don't cause it got borrowed by someone). You could use some lapping compound and re-seat the seat.

You must overly clean the pump afterwards. I mean super duper pooper scooper clean. Don't want the compound going through your motor. (same care if it was machined professionally) You could do this in the garage.
that sounds like a good idea.
i think i might have a spare pump on the shelf somewhere,
i could try it on that one.
my engine guy assured me he did both pumps and they were fine
(which is how i feel because the biek ran many times and didn't spill any oil then),
but if it should happen more often he told me to send the pump to him
and give him another shot (ambitious man, he is :cool:).

thanks for all the tips, i'll keep breaking the engine in and watch it closely.
Good looking machine.
IF you haven't changed the oil from the fresh rebuild, could be some of the material hanging it open.

I didn't see a filter, that's why I'm saying this.

Might pull the return line off the bag and run some clean quarts through the system to flush it out.

Could do that for the next few oil changes till she's good and broke in.
The oil is in there for a very short time only,
and i already flushed once when i did the bilge pump test,
so there's fresh oil in there now.
We'll see how it works out.
Waiting for good weather and some time besides work to take the next ride...
So i put about a 1000 miles on the bike and was a very happy man for a while.
It ran great and performed quite well for such a small bike.
Linkert works great and i get around 47 miles per gallon.

then 2 weeks ago on my way back from a meet it started to make gruesome noises from inside the engine... i checked and took the generator off. Noticed that the locking pin on the generator shaft holding the gear was missing.
So, after some thinking and talking to my engine builder, i took the darn thing out and built a box for it to ship it back to the builder for a "1000miles great inspection". I think the damage will be marginal, but i don't have the time to look into it myself right now, and it will be a much better feeling for me when it's done right by someone who knows better than me...

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Sorry to hear about the setback. It sounds like you're on the right path to repairing it, and sounds like you caught it in time. Viel gluck
thanks, TigerAlex.
everything will be fine soon -making progress here.
the engine didn't take any serious damage, happy about that. :)

it got its heart back and now for some small improvements...

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didn't do any updates here for quite some time...
well, most of the time it was just ridden and worked pretty well!

over the winter it got new handlebars and some more small stuff.
not finished yet, but this is as it sits now and i'm getting used to the new bars.
riding position is great, we'll see how they work on the road. :)

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Good to see that it's still working

Where did you get the speedo?
that is an old scooter speedo from an IWL Pitty or Wiesel model.
transmission ratio seems to work fine, but my rear speedo drive is shot.
i guess the drum is ot of balance,
all the new drivers i put in there where eaten away after some 10 kms or so...
i don't find a new drum right now,
so i just put a bicycle speedo on for now. :eek:
Captain,I like your bike.Good to see my buddy served you well with the handlebars. :)
Oh yes he did! Very good work. :cool:
And he's a great guy to talk to, as well.
I have been messing around with a new setup
for the tail light and licence plate holder...
came up with this last night and i think i'll try it.
It's made from pieces of the old one, so it's a little
patchwork / shabby...
Looks pretty retarded in comparison to most of the fab work
here on the site, but it's a slow and steady process, soooo.... :rolleyes:

At least i can lift the bike on it so i guess it won't fall off.

Now i got to clean it up a little, put the regulator back on
and finish the wiring.
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I like it now, i think.
Will go with this for the season.

A thousand little details done and still more to come,
but i'm beginning to see the light...
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I like it too. Such a great bike.Happy riding Fred ! :)
This little machine is neato! Enjoy brother. Many miles to you.
thanks, guys! :)

and jaws....
is it just me or did you leave the mind control beer device on again..? :D
looks good!
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