Saturday 16 November 2013

Engine plates

This week i got the engine plates for the warrior scout tt roughed out with the plasma cutter at work

Then lined up and drilled to suit frame mounts

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Saturday 9 November 2013

Warrior TT 45 update

A bit of progress with the build, I cut down the cross tubes on the seat post from 4" to 3" to allow the standard Scout rear engine plates to slide back and down into the frame. With the lower rails slightly spread to give some clearance, the bottom of the sump now sits level with the underside of the frame rails.

From the outset, I had hoped to keep the seat post intact but this would mean sitting the BSA gearbox further back than I would like and the motor would not sit centrally in the V of the front frame section. If the motor sits 0.5" further back it sits just right, if the gearbox is moved forward 2" it will sit at the same distance as the standard Scout box.
With a bit of modification to the inner primary I can get the BSA box to work with an Indian primary case ... Similar to this set up for sale on Ziggy's site using a Triumph ( I think) gearbox

To do this the seat post will need trimmed below the top cross tube and a gearbox mount plate welded in to replace the lower half

Thursday 12 September 2013

Warrior TT 45 special

I was gathering the parts together for the Fire Arrow Scout and the opportunity to get a '51 Warrior frame and fork turned up, so a bit of wheelin and dealin later the plan has changed. Still planning a hot 640 45cu" motor in a light chassis driving through a four sped foot shift box, but it will now be in a pukka pre '53 Indian frame.... albeit for a vertical twin instead of a V.

Wheels are a mix of straight pull Talon hubs, a grass track 19" rear and a 21" from a Beta trials iron. Option to run a single disc sprotor at the back or have small trials type discs either end.

Friday 3 May 2013

Arrow chassis

Tried a Ceriani front end for size and the ally tank that was in my Norton pile, makes for a really slim and light chassis

Thats a BSA a10 gearbox, will fit nice behind the 640 motor

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Tuesday 23 April 2013


Picked up a good set of 640 cases to go with my cylinders, heads next!

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Sunday 14 April 2013

Flat slide or pumper

Got to make up new throttle and choke cables, and tidy up the fuel line.... But on looks alone the flatslide Dellorto is the winner. Now to see if it works!!!

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Thursday 11 April 2013


Pair of nice 640 cylinders just arrived from Canada, base spigots slightly damaged in transit due to poor packaging but otherwise in good order

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Sunday 17 March 2013

Latest from Performance Indian

" I just finished a motor for Matt Blake last night. It is a 648 "Big Base" 58" Stroker. It has all the best stuff in it. I used S&S 58" wheels, and Carrillo rods. I had light Arias "Tall Dome" pistons made with .180" pop-up. It has Enfield Racing's reproduction cylinders, that I ported. It has my racing lifters, and hi-lift cams. It has my new 36mm Mikuni setup that is perfectly suited for this motor. It has some original 648 parts, and alot of NOS parts. It's gonna be a screamer! I am just now putting my Twin-Scout motors back together now, after doing some mods, and clearance changes. It will be a much faster bike this year at the Bonneville "Speed Week" meet. I'll keep you posted. See Ya; Jim Mosher."

Friday 15 February 2013

741b Racer Project FS

  • set of 741b crankcases in need of slight repair (can have this done for purchaser at cost)
  • set of lined 741b cylinders, all fins (now) intact
  • pair of serviceable 741b cylinder heads
  • Chris Ireland built frame jigged from a standard 741b frame ... needs minor finishing works
  • Set of engine plates
  • Pair of original steel ex army 741b tanks 
  • BSA B series forks and front wheel
  • Choice of rear wheels
  • Choice of flywheels to give 500cc, 600cc, 750cc or 830cc

Friday 18 January 2013

Pick n mix Scout

741b cases, Chris Ireland built 741b front frame, jigged on his old kitchen table and an Antig grasstrack tail section, frame could easily be modded to take SS cylinders to make a 45cu" class C style racer

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Wednesday 9 January 2013

Scout racer tanks

From Matt Blake at Iron Horse Corral...


High on my wish list!

As fitted to Doug Young's racer

Different Strokes

Dewey's 42cu" 741b

"This engine design was of my own creation. I'd been spending countless nights going over the numbers - stroke, rod length, compression height - until I settled on this configuration. I was told I was the first to try this, but given all the builders out there I can't believe someone didn't beat me to it. Anyway, it has the 45" Scout flywheels & rods, and HD 45 stroker pistons from T&O. The pistons are ok, but just ok. I would have liked to see a little more effort in the machining end such as a true cam ground skirt. I assembled the bottom end, installed the old 741 pistons and barrels, and measured how far they protruded above the deck. Then I compared the difference in compression heights and calculated what the rod length actually needed to be with the stroker pistons. I had Rocky relieve a little from the inside of the piston pin boss, hone out the small end to accept a thicker bushing and then offset bore the bushings to get the deck height perfect with no shimming at all. One rod was offset .029" and the other was .039". The difference reflects inaccuracies in the machining of the case. All this was intended so I didn't end up with an engine that required changes in the frame. The 741 frame is quite small so a taller engine would require a lot more work. I'm using the original cams & lifters, carburetor too. I did put in larger intake valves. I found the intakes from a Ford 200 six worked fine after turning down the head diameter and then machining the valve head thinner for a normal margin. This also lightened it. I had to relieve a bit out of the cylinder head to make room for the valve. The key groove is about 1/16" farther down the stem so all I needed was a 1/16" thick shim under the spring. The only other thing that is home grown is my exhaust system. I made the headers almost 40 years ago out of 1 1/2" pipe and fabbed up the muffler last spring. There's a few other odds & ends that I had made over the years. A sidestand, my brake pedal which was out of a Datsun 240Z originally. The front fender is a mystery. I have no idea what it came from but think it could be from a Jr. Scout. If anybody could identify it I'd like to know. It's definitely NOT 741. I have one of those in the loft.
I live in the mountains of Vermont and was always having to shift down to climb these steep grades with the original engine. That's a thing of the past now. I can zip up a 14% grade at 60+ mph and that's after stepping up the drive sprocket 4 teeth! My buddy from New Jersey came up on his Yamaha and after about 15 miles stated that I was a little hard to keep up with. Didn't hurt my feelings one bit!


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Saturday 10 November 2012

Wednesday 12 September 2012

Performance Indian crack record

Jim Mosher and crew are now the record holders for the AV-F 1350cc class with a speed of 148 mph the previous record was 129mph

Monday 20 August 2012

Fire Arrow Scout mock up

741b Scout motor, Norton 4 speed box, '58 Fire Arrow frame, BSA B40 fork 4.00x18 Pirelli trials tyres on Honda K4 hubs with flanged akront rims.
Tanks are 741b Scout. 10" of ground clearance if 13" shocks are used.

Perfect for a bash at Red Marley hillclimb!

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Friday 17 August 2012

Mid mounts for the L'il Red Rooster

Being in trackside condition, the Rooster came to me with no brakes and with staggered foitpegs. Not much use on Highland roads, or tracks!

First job was to work out how....

Its already fitted with a pair of super light A&A Racing hubs and rims, the rear has provision for a disk, so to get a UK mot I'll need to rig up two independent means of braking on thd same disk.

For the foot pegs i trimmed the Bates fold up ones off their existing mounts made up some 3/8x1" flat hangers and fitted them over the ends of a 1/2" hex rod fed through the hex hole in the engine plates that usually takes the rear footboard mount... I turned the bar round on the lathe for where it feeds through the primary.

With the clutch pedal refitted i looked to the RHS to suss out a brake pedal and try to hide a master cylinder.

Best place for it is tucked in behind the rear exhaust and mounted to the engine plate (I'll make up a little heat shield to hide and protect it). I turned down the brake side of the hex bar and made a steel sleeve to fit it, cut up an old honda brake pedal ( one that came with the Nissin master cylinder) to use the pivot end on the sleeve. And cut a flat bar to be carved in to a pedal then both can be welded to either end of the sleeve.

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Wednesday 15 August 2012

Sometimes its a good to go back to an old idea

Thinking about a stroked 741b motor in a Fire Arrow frame, I mocked this up a few years back but shelved it while I got the Sport Scout finished

the powerplant needs moved back about 2" but everything lines up nicely and most of the  parts are "Indian."

Tuesday 14 August 2012

Desperately Seeking Speed

Chris Ireland is at Bonneville with Bella this week... and next week, looking to break some records.

You can follow his progress here speedweek updates

Best of luck  Chris 8)

Thursday 2 August 2012

Class C 45

Arrived at the Speedshop this week, '37 Bonneville Scout in a modified 1950 Warrior TT frame

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Friday 6 July 2012

Another afternoon fettlin in the sun

Fitted a new needle and dashpot damper to the SU, still running too lean, i think the pancake air filter isn't really helpimg matters!
Thinking of fitting a more restrictive air intake

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Monday 4 June 2012

All together again....

Fuelled, oiled and ready to rumble..... but ive been too busy in the shop today to get it going!!!

I did get a chance to make up a cut down spark plug key using my cut down 1/2" af cylinder base nut spanner and an old plug socket

Location:Sunny Achnasheen