The Dnepr project resumed this past weekend. The biggest accomplishment was completing the truing of all 4 wheels. I was struggling with this task until I realized that the axle that came with the balancing stand didn’t work well with these Soviet hubs, preventing the wheel hub from centering on the axle. I decided to use the motorcycle’s axle on the balancing stand instead, and that corrected the issue. At that point, I was able to true each wheel in about an hour. These wheels have no visible vertical or lateral run-out and spin very true, which was never the case with the original wheels. That should improve the ride. I also mounted one tire – the remaining 3 will be mounted next weekend. I hope to balance the wheels next weekend if the weights arrive in time.
I also mounted the rear swing arm with new bushings. In the picture below, the seat is just resting on the frame for visual effect. I hope to mount the engine in the frame next weekend. Stay tuned!