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This page will be in future issues of the VI, and will chart the progress of the Warpath Peoples' Indian with monthly updates.
For new readers, the Warpath Project sprang from Lyle's improved 1948 Daytona "Big Base" Sport Scout racing engine cases, and it just may become the first new (real!) Indian since1953. -And with a twist. This modern-day web stuff makes it possible for people all around the world to stay close in touch and work together on various projects. Pooling our resources and relying on trading as far as possible to keep costs down, it looks like we could build new, slightly modernised and quite affordable, Sport Scouts if we work together. The VI Exchange and Buyers' Club are both part of, what we could call the VI Network, together with this page, and I hope the parts can nourish each other for a greater whole.
Besides the engine cases, there are already
quite a few related projects going on, and this page will keep you up to
date, so if you are interested in this project -and perhaps a Warpath of
your own, check back every month!
New this month:
Idea: How about if some of the people, wanting one of these bikes did some sketches and a story of what their bike would be (roadster, racer, original, bobber, chopper??), and how they intended to go about it (all new parts? mix of new/old?) and sent it to me for posting here to help the creative juices get flowing in the garages all around the world?
OK, it ain't much, but here's a page on my Warpath project...
here's Tim Pickering's thoughts
on the same theme!
|Rick Abbott has made some neat drive side main bearing retainer nuts with a modern lip seal.||Rick Abbott||Nuts|
|Jim Wall has finished machining the first batch of Lyle's cam covers.||Jim Wall||WP Update|
|Cotten at Liberty Motorcycle Specialties has developed a new hightech manifold seal ("Liberty Rings") for all models of Indians (including Warpaths!)||Cotten||Liberty Rings|
|Dec. 00||Oil Pump||Two separate projects on gears and pump bodies for the aluminum pumps going on + Lyle making patterns for the outer cover.||Moen||Newsflash|
||Rick has finished machining the first batch of Lyle's outer primary covers. Also new improved ratio transmission gears...||Rick Abbott||Gears|
||Rocky is about to have the first prototype replica Koslo OHV heads cast. These, and matching cylinders, valve gear etc will be made to fit Chiefs, 101s, Sport Scouts, and of course Warpaths!||Rocky||OHV|
|Oct. 00||Lifts||Matt Wilkinson has finished the first batch of 10 sets of Sport Scout Bonnevile (exhaust) valve lifts. Regular price $250/set. Special price for VI Listers $200/set.||Matt Wilkinson||Lifts
||Lyle has cast the aluminum master pattern for the cases, as well as actual prototypes of the cam-side case. These were shown at the VI booth at the Davenport meet and are now being machined up. Some minor changes will be made.||Moen||Case
||The prototype inner cover has been machined, and adjustments to the pattern is being done. Outer covers will be machined soon. Magneto drive cover (in two versions; stock and finned!) will be done soon.||
|Sept. 00||Lifts||Matt Wilkinson's Bonneville exhaust valve lifts will be ready for the Chester PA meet October 6. Price $200-250. Nine sets still available.||Matt Wilkinson||Buyers' Club|
|Sept. 00||Gaskets||The VI Blueprint team has made drawings for the cylinder base gaskets (SS, 741, Warpath) for James Gaskets. James is doing the tooling for the gaskets now, and they should be ready soon. Other gaskets may follow.||Dave Clements||Blueprints|
||Case patterns progressing||
|August 00||Heads||Problems with mold release (tall fins and sand is a tough mix) are being solved.||
Heads May story
|Prototype inner primaries cast and sent for machining. Outer cover also cast.||Moen||Case update|
with the help of Jim Wall and others is making good progress on the engine
cases. See this month's article.
Cam covers have been cast and are being test machined. More on this next month
||New Kevlar clutch
plates (and soon complete kits of clutch plates and springs) are now available
at prices close to OEM plates. Sounds perfect for Warpaths!
See this month's article. (updated September)
|May 00||Fenders||Tom Keene has unfinished front fender blanks for trade. These are the prewar type and for 18" wheels. See the Exchange page||
||If 10 orders can be found,
new complete 640 front forks from Jürgen Hecker can be made at a projected
retail price of US$1600. Or possibly new 741 forks could be made (as the
factory racers used these) See the Buyers' Club page
At the same time, VI "projecteers" are talking about possible forks too. Nothing definite on this now, but hopefully there will be an update on this next month.
||If 10 orders can
be found, new 640 front frames from Jürgen Hecker can be made at a
projected retail price of US$1200. The same goes for rear frames, at a
projected retail price of US$400. These could either be 640 or 741 (as
the factory racers used these). See the Buyers' Club
page for details.
VI "projecteers" are talking about possible frames too. Both front and rear, and hopefully there will be an update on this next month.
For VI frames:
JH 4 frames
||Jim Wall has the patterns for the pre-war "Tall Fin" racing heads at a foundry for a quote. More next month. See the Buyers' Club page.||
|Lyle currently has both inner and outer primary cover, as well as the cover for the magneto drive opening, available in unmachined form. Patterns may be modified to fit coming transmission case for 4-speed gears (& clutch?). This will not be until the engine cases are done. See this month's article.||
||Matt Wilkinson is making a batch of 10 sets of Bonneville Scout valve lifts. See the Buyers' Club page.||Matt Wilkinson||Buyers' Club|