WF motor update

posted Feb 9, 2013, 5:23 AM by Scoob Edoo
Well with a bit more investigation I discerned that the rod had spun on the crank, leading to the problem.  I never did get the side cover off all the way - and then I couldn't get it back on all the way, either.  The cylinder looked to be in great shape, so the motor needs a new rod, crank, bearings, and gasket.  The piston, rings, and cylinder should be OK, but I'll know more in a few days.  I sent it off to Eric Nelson for the rebuild since I don't have the tools to do it myself.  So I'll have a brand new motor for about what a brand new motor with everything would have cost me buying it new anyway.  Live and (hopefully) learn.

Separately we've been trying to get the SEB to agree to the language on the optional removal of the electric starter on the WF.  We sent it in December, but they balked when the SEB members changed and wanted clarification on why we were proposing the removal of the on-board starter.  It's in their hands now, but won't be discussed until the end of Feb at the convention in Vegas, so any published clarification, if one is forthcoming, won't come in time for the Dixie or Wilmington Tours.  So I reluctantly put out a call for a used electric starter on EKN - and only received two responses.  I was able to secure one for about half price from new, but still $35 more than I should have needed to spend on an 8 lb weight exactly where he doesn't need it.  I don't think he'll be able to make minimum weight now with the balancing we'll need to drive safely.  Hopefully SEB will see the folly of this requirement and we'll be able to take it back off before the big events.