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Old 26th September 2014
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Hello all. It's time for another build. I've wanted to do a P-51 build for the longest time, and I ain't gettin' any younger. It'll be based on a P-51C from the 332nd Fighter Group, AKA the Tuskegee Airmen.



The P-51C was the fastest Mustang produced during WWII, even beating out the D model by a few MPH. It only seemed fitting that it be powered by a Buell. I had actually saved up to do a stage 3 build, but something else came along that I needed more urgently. At some point the motor will get the treatment.
I want to be able to do as much as possible as I did on the last build: design, fabrication, paint, leather tooling...
So, not much done yet, other than collecting parts for the past few years. Here's a teaser though:





I'll undoubtedly ask a lot of questions over the next year or two, so please bear with me.
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Ask us questions?? Looks like your skills are beyond most of us.
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Awesome, this should be good!
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Thanks guys. As you may be able to tell from the above photo, the frame was made by a company whose reputation is already in the toilet, so I won't name them until I give them a chance to make good on several different items they screwed me on.
Two of those would be their motor mounts, which were specificaly designed for their frame and the exact motor I have - a 2002 Buell M2 Cyclone motor.
After getting the rear bolts nice and snug in their mounts, this is what I was left with up front:




I had to take the motor in and out of the frame several times until I had cut enough of the lower mounts off to even get them that close. You can see that one of the holes is a good inch off from where it should be. Time for the 4 inch cutting wheel...
You can also see my motor lying on its side in one of the above photos. It's ridiculously easy to get the motor in and out by myself with the motor oriented this way. Less chance of losing a finger as well.
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Subscribing to your build thread to see what you do and how you overcome problems like the above. Good luck with it, and I hope it turns out the way you want.
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I haven't worked on this project for a while. Between contracting out of state and fooling around with some old Hondas I sort of got off track.
At any rate, here's the newest addition to the part collection-it's an actual control grip from a P-51. It's going to be the grip for the suicide shifter. There are two momentary switches which work. I'm not sure which bike function they will govern yet, but I do want to wire them up.
Now I just need to get those rudder pedals for foot controls...

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hope it gets done soon as this look very cool!
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Thanks. In the overall scheme of things, a year should be pretty soon for me. I'm getting back to the motor mounts tonight. Now that I finally have my own drill press it should go smoothly. Nothing like drilling through .375 plate with a hand drill.

I'm in a bit of a rut on the races and bearings. I had a few "donut" pieces made to temporarily mock up the P-51 wheel in my frame. One is very visible n the photos. I'm wondering if I should further work those pieces to accept standard one inch bearings, or make sleeves around the axle to fit the original aircraft bearings. If I go the first route, I haven't settled on a good way to keep the wheels from spinning on the donuts instead of the bearings.
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Life sure makes us take a detour from projects sometimes, doesn't it? I've been gone quite a bit since my last post, but in the interim I did finally get those rudder pedals I wanted. I think they'll make great foot controls. I'm going to blast them and see how they look with a natural metal finish, but more than likely I'll have them powder coated a zinc chromate green along with the rest of the frame. That will keep them looking nearly original.

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