The Girls in Las Vegas

Deb has wanted to take her mother to Las Vegas for a while.  She finally decided that it would make a perfect 80th birthday present for her mother, so the plan was set.  They flew out from Detroit Thursday morning.  Joining them in Las Vegas were…

Update: Starting Dnepr Assembly

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…

Update: Dnepr is Painted

I had planned on painting the Dnepr Saturday, September 10, but Mother Nature already had plans for all-day rains and high winds.  She made up for it the next day as the temps were in the low 70s, with sunshine and a nice, steady breeze –…

Update: Finished Priming the Dnepr

Today the sidecar and sidecar frames got their final coats of primer, completing the priming of parts for the Dnepr project.  A full gallon of primer was consumed to prime the Dnepr.  Before I begin spraying the black 2-part urethane paint, each part will be hand…

Update: More Sanding

This weekend I’ve been block sanding the primed fenders and continuing the body work on the sidecar.  The tubular pieces like the frame will just be wet sanded by hand, but the sheet metal pieces like the fenders and sidecar body have to be straight and…

Family Fun in Alden

The Alden house has played host to both sides of the family the past 2 weekends.  Last Saturday, July 30, was very busy, with Deb’s mother and Aunt Marianne spending a long weekend.  Their brother Fred visited from the Cadillac area with Deb’s cousin Virginia.  Deb’s…

Update: Priming the Dnepr

Yesterday I finally primed the first of many pieces for the Dnepr project.  I’m using Eastwood’s Contour primer, which went on smoothly and evenly.  I’m also quite pleased with the performance of my Sprayit SP-33000 paint gun, a “low-volume, low-pressure” (LVLP) gun that works well with smaller air…

Update: I’ve Become a Stripper

… a paint stripper, specifically.  The Dnepr project is picking up steam this week as I’ve taken some vacation time.  Aside from some work in the garage and the house, I’ve largely focused on getting the paint off the Dnepr parts.  Stripping the paint is no…

Update: Dnepr Rear Drive, Wheel Truing

It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update on the Dnepr project, so I gathered up some recent pictures to share.  The paint has been stripped from the motorcycle frame.  I still need to remove the paint from the fenders, sidecar and sidecar frame.  The…

Update: Dnepr Hub Bearings, New Exhaust

With the exception of the new leading link fork, I’ve received all the parts I’ve ordered for the Dnepr rebuild project.  The shipment of the fork was delayed, but was finally shipped a week ago and was in Warsaw, Poland as of April 20. The new…