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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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that's the timing plug hole that needs the fill oil into the oil tank
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.
Done yet?
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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hey , just read from end to end(?) your build write up Cpt Fred.
Don't underestimate the value of your experience to other '45 owners, just become custodian of my first one and your build thread has been invaluable. All the best.
Yeah, his posts are a volume of truth. Ellfors. He is nuts. Fred is more sane. Both have my favorite 45's
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:
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Move the linkage closer to the pedals pivot.
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.
It will make a world of difference.

Oh and for the record, beer helps the smarts by lubrication.
See.....Told ya.
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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Your persistence is nearly terrifying. The bike looks awesome w/your new old seat. I hope it treats you good for a year or ten.
Fred you're a savage.

No man I know would throw himself into a tranny build in the frame!! haha. Looks awesome, hopefully she's good for long term now!
I like how you go.
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.
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It’s what the world really drinkin’ shitheads, who build really nice bikes!
What could be better?
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