The Old Grey Mare, page 2
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The head bolts are always a rusty mess each year when I pull the heads for the annual decoking. So this year I'm trying something new.
I replaced the original washers with these brass ones from the local hardware store...
...and painted the bolts with stove paint after a session on the wire wheel. At the moment it looks really nice but we'll take another look after next year's riding season.
When I first got my bike I had trouble with the generator rotating in its mount and causing the drive gear to disengage. It also leaked oil around the front seal. So I made this little bracket from an old car part and both problems are history. Using high-temperature silicone around the seal also helps.
This is the NOS Nanchang-Hongdu solid state 6V regulator. It beats the original Guiyang regulator hands down.
I'm using this H-D aftermarket brake light switch from the local H-D shop. It was only $12.
Adding this nut corrected a problem with the brake not returning all the way to its original position when not in use. It also prevents it from going out of adjustment.
If you need to fill a hole in sheet metal and need a quick solution, use a painted carriage bolt like this one.
The best thing about my Guiyang generator is the colorful number tag.
Bailing (Lark) brand DL79-6 horn.
 
We're ready for spring. The bike's been serviced, cleaned and touched up.
Too bad it's so freakin' cold and icy here. I want to RIDE this thing, not just take pictures.
One last look until riding season returns.
 
After lowering the horn about an inch.
I always meant to take a picture of the bike with the headlight on. Today I finally got around to it.
Same with the taillight.
 
I ride this thing whenever the roads aren't icy regardless of how cold it is. It ain't no show bike, that's for sure. See where the horn is? Just like an old M72 or vintage CJ. But I think it needs to be lowered about half an inch, probably today sometime.
Flatheads forever. Yep, she's a filthy mess but she has more character than you can shake a stick at.
My recently constructed high-speed final drive wouldn't have been complete without a number tag. So I used this early one from the State Owned Nanfang Dongli Machinery Factory.
Here's another little detail on the drive that I really like. It has 750 cast into the outer housing.
The gas tank emblems still look as good as they did on day they were put on. Dripping gasoline hasn't had any effect on them whatsoever.
 
Happy freakin' Halloween.
We'll be down until the new part arrives. Unfortunately I have to leave town in a couple days and will be gone until mid-December. For us, this year's riding season is over.
Which part is it? Click and see. I'll get a few extras for the next time.
Luckily I have my beloved CJ750 spare tire cover to cheer me up.
 
A fine but slightly chilly autumn day in western New York, great for riding.
The old girl is finishing out a trouble-free riding season.
She's looking a little worse for wear at the moment but when she rolls out next spring she'll look brand new again.
There's the Model A taillight from JC Whitney and the PLA reflector.
One more...
...for the road...
 
What do you do when there's two shots left in the camera and the Chang is sitting in front of the garage?
Exactly.
 

I had the sidecar on for our week at Keuka Lake. We racked up a lot of miles this year and had no problems. The sidecar is off again, but I wanted you to see this.

That's right—it's the Beijing license plate Don Miller sent. The sidecar fender is an ideal place for it, but now that I'm riding solo again, the tag is back on the wall of my shop. I'd love to get my hands on a yellow one.
And this is my beloved PLA reflector. Is that neat or what? The enlarged image shows the entire fender.
 
I tend to get carried away with the camera, by the way.
The bike's seeing a lot of use this year as all the dirt and dust would suggest.
The right side is my favorite due to the hand shifter and the final drive.
Here's my beloved Huangshan speedometer with the Chinese characters. It's now on the bike. I can't decide which speedo I like best since they're all so cool.
Starting to get bored yet?
How about now?
Now?
Okay. This will do it for today.
 
This outlaw biker chick is my niece Jade trying her hardest to look bad for the camera. Okay.
I recently received a package from which contained the detail items pictured below.
This is my Jiangxi speedometer with Chinese characters.
This horn was only $15.
A Lanxiang engine tag
A Chairman Mao gearbox tag. It reads: It is the People and only the People who can initiate the creation of world history.
Embossed Nanfang timing cover
Ministry of Aviation and Space Technology Industry, South Engine Machinery Factory final drive tag
Jiangxi seat tag.
 
Here's how she looked in April, 2003.
The pipes certainly do look better with black coating on them.
Just your basic M1.
Maybe another picture of our gas tank emblems will encourage you to order a set.
 
As long as there's a CJ present, a shot of my brother-in-law's R60 is acceptable.
 
For a very brief time I had a set of CJ leg shields on the bike.
As much as I like CJ stuff, this particular accessory looks better hanging on the wall in my shop.
But I had to take a few pictures before removing them. On this day I had just completed coating the copper straight pipes as well. The bike sounds a lot like a Harley. It's very loud.
The shields aren't very prominent at this angle.
But they are at this one. They're embossed with giant Chinese characters for Chang Jiang. Gerald sells them for $35 a set.
One more shot of the leg shields.
 
This picture shows the prototype for our new gas tank emblems. Too bad it's such a lousy picture as the production emblems look terrific.
In this picture you can see the blue, oval-shaped number tag on the generator and a dark green rectangular number tag on the regulator. If all goes well, there will soon be a red tag on the gearbox and a blue one on the engine. These Chinese number tags enhance the bike's mystique, IMHO.
The sidestand is from 750 Sidecar Craft, $12. Can't beat that, and it sure beats a center stand. I just installed a deep sump, high-capacity oil pump & MPH speedometer as well. I saved probably 80% buying stuff from 750SC.
What's up with those straight pipes? They're flared 1" copper tubes with two 7/8" restrictors inside each one. They sound like straight pipes but still provide good back pressure.
The rear seat support is back on the bike... for now, anyway. Seems like I picked the lousiest day of the year to take these pictures. Those white specks and streaks are snowflakes.
I think it needs solo rear springs, though. It sits kind of high back there.
The toolbox came from from Scott Snaden. He sells them on eBay. I've got NOS plug wires with fabric insulation and bakelite terminals that'll be going on the bike as soon as they arrive. I'd really like a speedometer with Chinese characters.
 
We finished out the year in solo mode. This is before I got a proper side stand and the bike is propped up with a piece of all-thread. The bike was pretty filthy by the start of winter.
Those fishtails and Beemer emblems are gone now.
We had a good year... except for the piston meltdown and rear main seal mounting flange cracking. But other than that...
It's a pretty bike. No question about it.
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