Has Thus Ever Happened To You?
Bear with me on this. The day before I left for Bonneville in August I got a message on FB from a friend asking if I wanted some Weslake parts. I said sure but I'm heading to Bonneville in the morning. Can I call you when I get back? I get back and go collect what was most of a 350 Weslake that had been destroked to make it a 250. But a lot of useful parts none the less. Fast forward a couple of weeks. I'm on the Weslake forum on FB asking some questions about the engine.
Another FB friend gets into the discussion and during the course of talking he tells me he has a 641 cc Weslake. Huh? I run a 540 cc Weslake in my LSR sidecar. It's been more successful than I could have dreamed. But being 110 cc short of the limit was always in the back of my mind. I had to ask how he got the engine to that size without serious re-engineering like moving the crankcase studs etc. He then sent me a bunch of photos showing me that it could be done without all that work. I started to think I have a donor crankcase and a cylinder. All I need is a crankshaft and a head and I'm in business
Fast forward a few weeks. I'm watching superbikes on TV with the FB page open. I get a message from Malcolm about the 650 Weslake. I told him I was on my way to making one. He comes back and say he'd like me to have it. "Cool. How much? "(hoping I wouldn't have to take out a second mortgage) He says 'No, I want to give it to you". Wait, wait, wait. People don't do things like that. Especially with a valuable engine. He said he had been following my "exploits" at Bonneville and wanted to help. I kept looking at his message thinking this is Sept. not April 1st.
The engine arrived a couple of weeks ago and I keep looking at it thinking what the hell? Clean as a whistle. All good parts. Jawa Rod and big end. Mahle piston in excellent condition Looks like new valves. I'm thinking this must be what a lotto winner feels. Still can't believe it but I am very grateful. I don't know how many times I said thanks but it still feels inadequate.
I'm really looking forward to Bonneville next year.I think the only acceptable reason for not going would be death.