When I was a teen, my neighbors (who taught me 99% of the skills I still use) bought a 426 R/T that had stuck in a tree @ ~120 mph. They took the motor (dual 4 barrel) and rebuilt it over the winter. We had guidance from Harry Hyde. They let me do much of the assembly (always over my shoulder checking). Dropped it in a 55 Ford frame for 1/4 mile dirt track racing. What a monster! That was my last year with them before work, school, and Navy took me out of town.Good eye! 426 Hemi with a 4-speed indeed scarce... 1 of only 38 built in 69.
Glad you got that! Should be fun!
Oh yeah fine, low speed crash. It's tough to see in photos but that section is really steep and I just couldn't hold the line up the hill and dumped it. Had to drag it by the back wheel down the hill to get it back up.Ouch, bummer! Are you ok?
That looks like a whole bunch of uncontrollable fun haha
Nice. lucky you! I think this is a later H1, handles better but less power than the first ones, easy fix of course a little bit of porting and you are laughing.
It's a 74. The Google says it's the same 60HP as the 69. I don't know a ton about them, outside of a couple RD's and a Buffalo, it's the only other smoker I have bought.Nice. lucky you! I think this is a later H1, handles better but less power than the first ones, easy fix of course a little bit of porting and you are laughing.
Well, I could be wrong and am confusing the H1 with the H2 that had it's power reduced in, I think 1974. Either way, the sound of a 2-stroke triple with chambers, on the boil, is fantastic!It's a 74. The Google says it's the same 60HP as the 69. I don't know a ton about them, outside of a couple RD's and a Buffalo, it's the only other smoker I have bought.
That frame needs a whole lot of bracing.60HP, On/off switch throttle response, in a spaghetti frame with drum brakes. What could go wring
Should be a damn blast
I had an H2 and the handling was...exciting but I was able to improve it quite a bit. I put in a fork kit, Boge Mulholland shocks, brass swing arm bushings and braced the frame. I also put clip ons on it. One of the issues with the H2 and the H1 was that there was not enough weight on the front wheel (especially the H2). The clip ons helped a lot with this, putting more of my body weight on the front. Alloy rims, and a drilled disc brake reduced the unsprung weight, helping a bit more. K81 tires (which were the hot tires in those days) also helped. Back in the 70's most Japanese frames and forks were spindly but the suspension and tires that came stock were shit and just upgrading those makes a big difference. All in all. I also knocked 65lbs off of her., I think, and that helped. Your H1 weighs not much more than 400lbs, I think the early ones were under 400 lbs. The chambers knock off probably 15lbs, a light battery, another 4 or 5 lbs, those fenders are heavy, no center stand with chambers, so you can easily reduce the weight on your bike. Less weight puts less stress on the frame. With clip ons, my hands would go numb wth the vibration, the engine would surge when driving at a continuous speed, it would make all kinds of odd noises, sounding like it was going to rattle apart, and rings and pistons did not last long but I loved this bike and wish I had never sold it. Fast for it's time back in the 70's, it would scare me and thrill me with that sound, a triple 2-stroke with chambers, full throttle and in the power band the memories of which, still thrill me. I can't wait to see what you do to this bike, I know she will be a beauty.That frame needs a whole lot of bracing.
I'm leaning towards later model running gear, with better brakes, and keeping the aesthetics mostly stock. Need to get the carbs sorted, and put some miles on her in the Ozarks.