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Old 06-18-2017, 05:40 PM
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My brothers Crosley motorcycle.

I saw my brothers bike for the first time yesterday finished, what a friggin work of art! Damn he does nice stuff, he is big on the details.

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He put a Crosley Shevlador refrigerator name plate (what Crosley started out as) on the fork stay (front of the frame.)

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Old 06-18-2017, 05:48 PM
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And the man himself.

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It ain't right. Just not right. No way is it fair......

Everybody got to sit on it but me.

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Really cool. Thanks for posting!
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Old 06-18-2017, 06:59 PM
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I told you he would be here and to come over!
And check out the shift knob, that's out mom in the shift knob, a photo from the mid forties.

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Here's a video.



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It is a beautiful machine. Very, very nice build!
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Nice! A 4 cylinder water cooled, side shifter and a shaft drive that is a piece of art!
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That is a beautiful bike. I could set and look at it all day. I see the little details not a lot of people see and I am rightfully impressed. Motorcycles is my real first love then came cars..
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Thanks, he is wild in his detail. I was telling my son about this on the phone yesterday and he reminded me about a time he helped him put something together, I forget what it was but one of his cars and my son was a teenager. He had him look at the flat washers and put them in "round side up." If you are anal, you know what I am talking about. If you aren't that anal, it's how the washer was stamped out of it's die. The top where the male die hits it is going to be the "sharp" side where it gets pushed out of the die on the bottom will be the "Round" side as the metal is being pushed through the die. THAT is anal! I didn't even realize my brother was that anal, when my son told me this about choked I was laughing so hard.

But damn it, his projects show it. They are always special, very special.

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Nice! A 4 cylinder water cooled, side shifter and a shaft drive that is a piece of art!
I thought I was shooting a video of him rolling past slow of the drive shaft turning, that caught my eye as being very cool! But I messed up and the video didn't exist after he left, crap.

I wanted to ride it so bad, but I haven't ridden a motorcycle now in years, I sold mine 25 years ago which was the last time finished a suicide shift bike, a Harley 45. I rode that, but this one, I felt too shaky, even if he let me, and I didn't even ask.

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I thought I was shooting a video of him rolling past slow of the drive shaft turning, that caught my eye as being very cool! But I messed up and the video didn't exist after he left, crap.

I wanted to ride it so bad, but I haven't ridden a motorcycle now in years, I sold mine 25 years ago which was the last time finished a suicide shift bike, a Harley 45. I rode that, but this one, I felt too shaky, even if he let me, and I didn't even ask.

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It can't be a powerhouse but it can be nastalgic, artistic, and beautiful.

Unfortunately, It also happens to not be in my garage. :

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crosley hot shot engine ?

It's been a long time since I worked on a crosley engine. I remember the crankshaft was turned out of one solid billet of sreel and there were balance weights machined on each side of every rod throw. NO teeter totter forces because of balance weight placement, And if I remember right the block and head were actually one piece and and overhead cam. a very high reving engine, Like I said it was a long time ago.
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It's been a long time since I worked on a crosley engine. I remember the crankshaft was turned out of one solid billet of sreel and there were balance weights machined on each side of every rod throw. NO teeter totter forces because of balance weight placement, And if I remember right the block and head were actually one piece and and overhead cam. a very high reving engine, Like I said it was a long time ago.
As I recall, they were such good little motors, Homelight used the design to make 4 stroke outboard boat motors in the 70's or so.

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Very cool bike. A few have been built over the decades. Crosley Motors also built some proto type 3 wheel cycle when testing for the WW-II effort.

I see a water pump of some design on the large belt pulley. I see hoses running to that area. OEM Crosley had a water pump on the right side driven off the back side of the generator.

OEM Crosley crankshafts were not billet. They ranged from basic cast material to forged steel units that were used in stationary generators. I sold a forged steel Crosley crankshaft for $440.00 about 5 yrs ago. It went into a Crosley built for Salt Flat racing
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