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Old 03-21-2005, 11:58 AM
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The latest insane project....

Having a buddy of mine swap my '70 402, into my 62 C-20. I'd do it myself, but my shop isn't big enough to get the truck in, and work around it. The ole 261 still runs good, but isn't enough to pull my camper.

So, instead of letting the 261 rust in piece, in my shop, I decided to the the next most irrational thing, and make a motorcycle out of it. The big fad these days, seems to be the V-8 bikes. In my traditional sick & wrong fashion, I'm going to put one tire on each end of the old stovebolt, and see what I can do with it.

My starter bike is an 81 Yamaha 750SECA. So far, I've jigged the front end to the floor, split the frame, install the radiator, and engineered the front upper mount, to fit behind the water outlet housing. Now, I'm working on a gearbox, to connect a modfied 3-speed input shaft, to the shaft drive rear end. I was going to make it direct drive, but I'm thinking that a 3-speed, or 2-speed w/ reverse, would be way cooler.

I even cut up the old oilbath housing, and made a really sharp side-mount air cleaner, with one of those open element 8" chromies, and used the original lower bracket, too.

My shop is a disaster, and rather than show proof of what a slob I am, I'm going to wait untilit's done, to post some pics.

Wish me luck, or send me a prayer. Your choice.

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Old 03-21-2005, 12:07 PM
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oh come on show some pics of it now. we wont make fun of your shop

sounds like a really cool project
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Old 03-21-2005, 12:14 PM
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i'am grinning just thinking about it
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Old 03-21-2005, 12:32 PM
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can you imagine coming on to a v8 powered motorcycle? it'd be awesome. (if you didn't kill you when you did)
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I've been thinking about doing the same thing, but using an old Ford flathead and a modified Harley Davidson Heritage Softail frame (a homebuilt replica, not an authentic HD frame, I don't have the bucks to cut up a new or vintage Harley).

Sounds like a fun project, but we gotta see pictures!

Good luck (and you have my prayers too)
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Old 03-21-2005, 01:56 PM
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Old 03-21-2005, 01:57 PM
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Oh, c'mon. Let us make fun of your shop!!
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http://www.popularmechanics.com/automotive/motor_cycles/1268616.html?page=3&c=y

Here's your flathead bike.

I just stopped by the house to get a bite, on my way to the shop.

O.K., so I lied. I took some pics, but I'm still pretty ashamed of my shop. Here's a few of the first day I worked on it.

Never mind the floor-dry. I managed to spill most of the oil out of the Yama motor, between removing the oil filter housing, and re-installing it, after removing the motor from the frame.
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Old 03-23-2005, 04:42 PM
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Last night made good progress. Flipped the swingarm back to the stock postion, and shimmed it to center. Mocked up the tranny mainshaft, countershaft, and output shaft. Even got the shift forks, and shift drum lined out. Found out the front half of the shift drum has the correct pattern, so that wil be an easy cut & paste.
Tonights projects including machining the output shaft, and installing the output gear, as well as locating the idle gear countershaft. Maybe more, if things go well. The tranny case will take some time, also.
Still need to extend the downtubes, connect to the block side mounts, and install the front mount crossmember. That will finish the front of the chassis.
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Old 03-24-2005, 06:11 AM
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http://www.macanimationpro.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=27140

Saw this at Chryslers at Carlisle last year. OMG... Viper v-10 powered motorcycle, aka Tomahawk
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