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Volunteer Work Day

January 24, 2009

Reported by Al Sumrall

Turnout was good considering the cold weather--it was definitely not shirtsleeve weather and the wind picked up in the afternoon to make it worse: Tom and Dave Miller, Ron Marcotte, Ted Dawson, Terry Bledsoe, Mike McCormick, John and Johnny Bush, Don Larson, Errol Lee, Jeffrey Basham, and new volunteer Christopher Mitchell appeared. Christopher is from the H-town region and indicated he may have some friends coming in the next time. Christopher has been associated with Mike in the past.

Teams were assigned quickly. Tom, Dave, Don, Jeffrey, Christopher, from what I saw, concentrated on one of the Tommy Wings for the stitching process which is labor intensive. Roger handled the oversight and instruction as it has to be done a certain way.

As the Indian is so close to being ready for engine starting, Errol and Ron concentrated on it, working through the electrics, installing a new battery (took significant work to get the new battery inserted in the battery box), and also disassembling and cleaning the carb. Roger inspected in the late PM and declared the Indian ready for fuel tank engine testing next workday.

Terry, Ted, and Mike broke off and went to the new hangar to do the exasperating and difficult job of building heavy duty "shelves" and putting the abundance of stuff there is in those shelves, boxes, engines, machine tools, you name it. The forklift stayed busy all day and that hanger was COLD. However great progress was made although I am sure it appears to those do it that the job will never be finished. The benefits of this project will be significant for the future as space continues to be at a premium.

Nash Quad fuel tank

John and Johnny with token assistance from me, took on the difficult job of removing the fuel tank from the Quad for maintenance, but it required the removal of the seat and seat box which proved to be an interlocking puzzle that had to be worked out. It will be hopefully easier to put back together. The tank received a steam cleaning, but only partially as the tank was baffled. Some of the rust was removed, but just how successful the process was remains to be seen.

Nickled parts have come back for the Thor motorcycle and they look brand new. To those that saw them rust colored and antique looking, they now look like they just came from the factory. Steve Freeman is supporting this project and it definitely fits a difference niche than the Indian as it is of the same time period as the Bleriot, 1909-1910. It is a second generation motorcycle, the grandpa of the modern motorcycle, more robust, but still having some bicycle features. First generation motorcycles 1900-1905ish, were light, nearly as much bicycle as motorcycle but the Thor represents a maturing of technology, Comparing it to the 1917 Indian is about the same as comparing the Bleriot to the Fokker DVII.

John Van Den Eynde has continued work on the FWD. I did not see John on Saturday to my recollection but he has been working very steadily on the FWD.