The Old Grey Mare - my first CJ750
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CJU webmaster Danno has one wife, one cat, one rabbit, ten Edsels and two CJs.
Like many other CJ enthusiasts, I'm also a car guy. (Do Edsels count as cars?) We've got ten of these things, four of which are licensed. The rest are parts cars.
 
The sidecar cover that came with my M1 didn't fit, so I had a new one made locally. It attaches with snaps.
All the mounting stuff for the original cover was removed when I repainted the bike.
At first, I was disappointed with how it looked, but it has grown on me.
Not bad for $130, at least in New York.
 
Here she is with a pair of reproduction Beemer emblems from Blitz Bikes. They have since been removed in favor of emphasizing the fact that it's a Chang Jiang, not a BMW.
This aerial view also reveals the new tool box from Scott Snaden. I think it's well worth the $65, not to mention the free bonus folding Chinese tool kit.
This view shows the tool box in a little more detail.
So does this one.
Here's the sidecar tag from Blitz Bikes. It too has been removed.
This image is just here.
Here's the saddle tag, also from Blitz Bikes.
And another aerial view.
A short-lived development. I shortened the pipes by 4" and removed the black finish, then I blew a piston. We're back to the original black fishtails now.
 
Read about my piston meltdown.
 
The BIG WINTER PROJECT is complete. And here she is, sporting a lighter shade of grey, black wheels, fat Russian tires, straight pipes and a bunch of other stuff. My goal was to achieve a conservative, although generic vintage look.
Those big tires look just great on this bike. I swapped some narrower Avons for them. Thanks Dennis.
The interior of the sidecar and the insides of the fenders have a heavy, slightly textured satin finish. It's a slightly different shade than the exterior. All the fasteners for the sidecar cover have been removed. I'll be having a new cover made that'll attach with snaps.
As you may have guessed, this is my favorite angle for viewing a Chang. Those black wheels seem to work well on this bike. Thanks Jay Williams and Richie Hahn for the new spokes and nipples.
The straight pipes extend just past the tire to help reduce the amount of crud that collects on the rear wheel. They're made from 1" copper water pipe. The frame is still the original Dong Tian Panzer Grey. I may paint it black next winter. Oh yeah, that's a new Chinese 6V battery. It looks excellent.
Another 3/4 view. The decision to abandon the rear fender bracket and the spare tire took many months to make. The rear fender has two steel x " braces welded underneath. Without a pedestal you need them. They run from the front end all the way to the hinge.
Check out the taillights.
This is a J.C. Whitney Model A unit. It was only $16. Thanks to Tony Linz for the information on that one. I do like the coffee can taillights, but these are even nicer. It has a really nice vintage look.
This came from Advance Auto Parts. It was around $4. All I had to do was paint it and change the bulb. The lens matches the running light. It looks like it really belongs on this bike.
I went a whole year without a petcock because the Chinese one went bad almost immediately after I got the bike. This baby was constructed using hardware from the local plumbing supply store. It has no rubber or plastic parts inside.
The original splash guard was cut off and replaced with this heavy, rubberized plastic flap. It's attached with carriage bolts.
Carriage bolts were also used to hide the holes for the rear seat pedestal which I may someday want to reinstall. That's why they weren't filled. The carriage bolts look just fine.
There's also a pair of carriage bolts holding the headlamp.
Carriage bolts are used for the trunk hinges, too. In fact, I used them just about everywhere I could. The sidecar fender and front fender are held on with them as is the sidecar foot rest. They're also used to attach the sidecar to the frame as the heads are less instrusive on the floor.
The mean 746cc M1 engine, not.
Look at those beefy sausages.
Here's a new angle.
Here's an old one.
See the extended road tube? There's also a drain hose for seepage from the front seal. It no longers runs down the front of the engine as before.
Who's this wanker?
I may shorten the pipes just a touch. The bike really sounds tough with straight pipes.
Another corny angle.
And another one. Note the smooth sides along the bottom of the car. Dave Anstett did that.
That's the horn I got from Richie Hahn. It's loud. I ground off the mounts for the original horn (which didn't work.) They were on the frame. I just didn't care for the placement. Richie also supplied the battery and regulator.
 
This sidecar fender lens came from the local NAPA store. It was around $5 and has made quite an improvement in visibility. Plus it looks vintage.
 
I replaced the factory sidecar taillight with a coffee can taillight. It's much brighter.
What do you think? I didn't like it so I replaced both taillights with something different.
 
Puttin' around.
That's me and Dave Walczak out for a night ride. We had gone to his house to pick up a potato gun.
 
The CJ is getting a LOT of use this summer. I hope to ride it year round. It sure is tough keeping it clean.
That dent in the fender was the result of being hit by a parked car.
This horn is from a 1948 Studebaker Champion. It's a temporary installation. I'm thinking about mounting a locomotive air horn after some of the close calls I've had.
Does a Chang look better without a spare tire? I ran mine without one for about a week last year and am debating whether or not to put it on when I complete the BIG WINTER UPGRADE project.
The parcel rack will also be left off.
I think it looks pretty good without a spare. What do you think?
Compare this view with Ross Griffeth's Chang. What a tough decision. If the spare is left off it can easily put back on later.
 
This is how it looked right after it was assembled. I lowered the front fender, but hadn't removed the splash guard yet.
That's the coffee can taillight.
Rear view.
Here's a similar view taken several weeks later. The parcel tray has been removed in this shot.
Here's the M1 without the parcel tray. I had to put it back on because the fender needs the support. It started to crack without it.
Here's a rear shot of the M1. This bike is painted a glossy grey.
Here it is again.
And again. Yes, that is indeed a 1958 Edsel in the background.
Okay. One more time. This was right after I built it. The front fender splash guard has been 'airbrushed' out of this picture. It was actually still on the bike.
Sorry, but here's another picture of my M1.
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