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    I finished up the fairing today. It's spitting snow right now so I think I'll wait to test it. I know, what better time to test?

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    I like it. I think it needed it to balance out the size of the back end.

    I got the Lexon from McMaster-Carr and the stainless button head bolts and stuff from my local ACE hardware.

    I'm hoping the gap between the headlight and the fairing will allow air in to break up any buffeting.

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    Nice job Carl, I think it looks pretty darn good.
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    Nice match to existing theme, the first ride will tell the aerodynamic story...Can't help but admire that wood pile...this time of the year it's the first thing I notice. lol

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    Thanks guys, The wood pile is mostly maple and cherry with a little oak. I split everything by hand. It keeps an old guy active.

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    It was a strange warm day on the 16th so I took a ride and met another fellow at the Quehanna nuclear jet testing bunkers about 35 miles from home. It was a government contract facility that did secret stuff in the 1950s. They would tie jet engines down and rev them until they blew up. The guys would observe from the bunkers behind bullet proof glass. What a crazy job!

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    This is one of the bunkers. It's getting a little over grown after 60+ years.

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    You can see the slot where the window was and the cement where they bolted the engines down.

    The fairing worked great. I got some buffeting from 50 mph on up. I might make a taller windshield, maybe 3"-4" taller just to see how that works. I then can cut the one that's on there now down real short for summer time.

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    We have about 6" of snow right now and the over night temps. are going to be around 0*F so this seems like a good time to do some fixing up. It's been about 15 years since my engine was built and I don't think I had proper breathing on it for most of that time. Between gaskets getting old and too much internal pressure blowing past some gaskets I had leaks all over. I got a complete engine gasket set and started tearing things apart.

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    I found the compression ring gaps were lined up with each other, they're not supposed to be. Other than that everything looked good so far.

    I'm going to revamp my air cleaner set-up when I get up to that point. I want my breather lines to go to the air cleaner like on a stock engine.

    My intake gaskets were very hard and broke apart when I took them off. May have had an intake leak there. On the one manifold there was a tube that maybe was a vacuum inlet that was just crimped shut. I don't need it for my set-up but I could suck air through the crimp. An intake leak there for sure.

    Sure is nice doing this stuff in the warm. I used to work on big engines outside when it was 0* out.

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