Dan Mullins in Arkansas
Dan has a new front number tag. It says it all.
"It's another miserable gray day here so I went out to tinker. To enhance the look I'm after, I painted the generator and mounting straps black. Generators should be black and it looks great. I also painted the clutch arm, choke lever, all parts of the seat spring, fork dampener adjuster and front brake arm."
"These details really make the bike look like it should—to me anyway. The pictures don't do it justice but I sent them along. Tomorrow the weather will good for riding... and I have the day off!" "
"One of the guys had the hood up on his truck at work today."
"I was looking at the radiator hose and saw all the bends and the size, and it gave me an idea."
"I took the air hoses off the bike and put them along the radiator hose until I found where to make the cuts. What do you think? Easy on, easy off, and should last forever."
"I stopped at the parts store on the way home and got a top hose for a 1982 Chevy truck, hose # 21204."
"The damned rain finally stopped so I got the bike out today."
"Here are some pics. I had a good laugh when you said my shop looked bigger than yours."
"Check out the 12'x16' box I tinker around in! You can see the headlight rim and speedo face from Blitz Bikes I put on this winter."
(Dan's bike is registered as a Beemer which, in some states, is the most practical way to do it, hence the badges.)
Dan has been around bikes a good long time—and not just your run of the mill Japanese stuff. Feast your eyes on this BSA, for example. Dan no longer owns this old gal. As a matter of fact, he swapped it for the Chang seen below.
Dan fills 'er up at the antique car museum in his hometown. The building is a replica of a log cabin that was on the main street when Dan was a kid. The enlarged image shows a whole lot more.
Dan's spare Lanxiang engine... and gearbox! How's the bike doing? "I've put 1350 trouble-free kilometers on it so far—two trips of over 100 miles to visit a friend—on secondary roads, of course. It just keeps running better and stronger." Most excellent. Dan's dropping the taller 4th. gear set into the spare box so his bike won't be laid up!
Dan just keeps at it. Today we're showing you the toolbox he mounted on the rear fender just under the seat.
How perfect is this? It's from a junked Honda 110 three wheeler.
And it's practical. Not bad for $5 and a half hour's work. Not bad at all.
Here's what Dan did to get more power and a better sound: "I used a long punch to knock a dimple in the baffle from the inlet end of the muffler then drilled a small pilot hole. I then used a " bit to open the hole. I welded an extension to the bit long enough to run through the baffle at the rear. The picture shows where I made the holes. It was easy and I believe worth doing. I've been watching the plugs since I did it and there is no change in color."
Model A taillights look great on a CJ, much better than those plastic abortions that come with the newers bikes. Take look at the taillight on Dan's bike! It's the first one I've ever seen that has "STOP" incorporated into the lens. (The enlarged image shows a whole lot more than the thumbnail.) Are these available in Chinese? He found it on eBay for $7, and yes, the lens is glass.
It's Dan's M1 with a few new personal touches. As you can see, he lowered the front fender, built a side stand and installed a deep sump. What you can't see are the sealed wheel bearings and the new front tire. Look at the horn location—this is a cooool bike.
The engine tag on Dan's bike. That's right—it's a Lanxiang engine! The tag reads Ministry of Aviation and Space Technology, Main Changzhou Lanxiang Machine Factory. This is a superior SV engine.
The generator tag looks very much like a Guiyang tag however the trademark is different.
Here's Dan aboard the new Blitz Bikes M1 solo that he got in trade for his old Beeza. I see a really cool looking taillight lurking on the back fender, and none of those funky looking plastic turn signals. It also has a black exhaust system which I think looks just dandy on a Chang. What a fine looking machine this is!
Dan decided to swap his vintage BSA to Mike Allen for this M1. He hasn't taken possession yet due to the logistics but should have it next week. The sidecar wasn't part of the trade so it'll be an M1 solo.
Dan was originally taking a very unique approach to buying a CJ—buying it piece by piece and building it as he went.
The first component was a 6V M1 engine and gearbox combination from Shao at CJS. Dan's no stranger to building bikes so this would be a great project for him.