December 18, 2009
another person's problems ..
Been trying to make this 69 somewhat ridable. Changed the bars to some lower stainless ones that I bought from Chica for 1o bucks at Dave Mann. Then went for a test ride, clutch keeps slipping.. adjusted it but still slips a bit.maybe the plates are oily or glazed. Changed the seat to my panhead solo seat. Went out for a test ride and the break plunger broke in half. Fixed that. Went to adjust the chain and the rear hub bearings are binding to the point of seizure when the axle is tightened. Probably explains the clutch slipping. If I could get Panhead gas tanks, a stock speedo, rid of that stupid air cleaner and then paint over or sandblast the horrible red and get rid of those long fish tail attachments, install a kicker pedal get rid of the starter, and car battery. Then install a tin primary cover, horshoe oil tank..smaller battery,foot clutch, etc etc.. well I might actually ride it for a few weeks like that. But I'll probably just toss the motor in my wishbone frame and use my collected parts to build it up from scratch. It get's a little old trying to right someone elses headaches and neglect.
Update: previous owner didn't have the inner spacer in the hub which is why the thing was locked up when tightened down. I wonder how long it was like this? The wheel only turned if you left the axle loose. Scary. Luckily I didn't go far. My days with the 69 may be numbered .. might be trading it for something else..