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I figured I'd try a build thread with my current project (I am the type of person who likes to wait till it's finished to show everyone). My last project was a 45" (magnum) OHV conversion with exposed valvtrain. It really worked well, and I love the early hillclimb bikes, so I figured I'd do another one. This one is not just for show, it will actually go up the hill. With the tooling and the spare/duplicate parts from the last bike, hopefully it will go alittle quicker this time around.
 

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I had a junky RL I-beam rear leg I wanted to use, but the neck (servicar) was too tall, so I secured the frame in the milling machine, shortened it, and re-bored it for the neck cups. I was comparing the differences between the VL leg and the RL, and noticed the VL was taller from the spring perch to the handlebar clamp. I made new, longer, upper ends for RL rear leg, so now it was dimensionally the same as the VL. With my shortened neck and my longer rear leg, I could now add a spacer under the lower bearing, essentially giving the front end a "lift kit" of about 3/4".
 

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damn seeing your screen name reminds me about the magneto parts you set aside for me a few months ago! trying to sell this old 1920s gas pump to finally get ahead on the money. then ill hit you up about that stuff.
 

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For anyone that hasn't seen or heard his last bike in person...........it's INSANE!!! Craftsmanship and finish work is absolutely top notch. Can't wait to see the hill climber!
 

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This is a National Treasure! Work of Art. The Brake Drum that you "create" is absolutely Beautiful. Flawless, like a piece of jewelery. What do you lube the top end components with? Seems like a good application for Slick 50 or some high tech synthetic.
 

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That has got to be one of the prettiest engines ever! Just WOW
 

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My question is, How do you keep the trans & its cast mounting plate from cracking under the torq of that monster, & The 3 speed trans with its rollers & super thin bushings must be a nightmare to keep up with. I couldn't imagine riding that daily, as i am what you say,"A bit hard on my toys"
Have you had any real issues with it, and does it get riddendaily/ or even regularly?


And don't take that as a knock, it's incredible in every form of the word, & the obvious attention to every detail is just dripping with craftmanship !!!
VERY WELL DONE!!!!!!!
 

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I ride it a fair amount, but I take it easy on the transmission. I built it more for a challange, not daily transportation. This hill climb bike is going to be a different story. I am sure the trans will come apart on it, but thats what spares are for!!
 
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