northernmainecoal wrote:Beautiful restoration job! You must be close to burning some coal in that by now?
I wish I was, but progress is slow. I have found more cracks as I bead-blasted the parts and have been concentrating on making everything safe to use. I have to work slowly because I can't move around very well and standing up is difficult, but it's getting better. I was involved in an accident on my '74 Electra Glide last June where a lady with a suspended driver's license and a borrowed car made a left turn directly in front of me at about 40mph. I came close to not making it and nearly lost the lower part of my left leg. I am finally learning to walk again after 9 surgeries and skin grafts.
Thank you for the compliment, and I will be posting more progress soon. I'm at a point where I can start to think about re-assembly. One major headache turned out to be the lower ash pan which had a long crack in it and when I tried to weld it the way it was designed made it warp like a lp record left in the sun. I might have to fabricate a replacement. I don't want to try to work with the original one any more because it's still in one piece and could be recast if someday I find a way to have it done. For now, I think the right thing to do is make a substitute and save the original. Jerry