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    Big X project

    Hi, bought this Big X project a few months ago and have finally started to piece it together and see what is missing - quite a bit as it turns out!
    Looks like it's original paint to me so the plan is to keep what's left and repaint what I have to and age it somehow.
    Motor rebuild then ride it - easy right?

    Anyway, will post a list of stuff I'm looking for over on the parts thread shortly if anyone can help me out.

    The previous owner has had it for over 40 years in pieces with the intention of always restoring it, now he's elderly with Parkinsons and realised he won't ever get it done. Bike has been in Blenheim (New Zealand) all it's life, he was a Ford salesman and took it as a part payment on a car in the late '60s I think he said.
    He took it apart then, moved house 4 times and unfortunately lost a box or two of pieces along the way.


    Cheers, Rob.








  2. Re: Big X project

    wow love these old bikes

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    Re: Big X project

    Great find, Rob. Your bike is a 1919 Big X. The most distinguishing features of 1919 are the relocated oil tank under the seat, gas only gas tank, the more common use of the military front fork, and the improved clutch, which changed the primary cover. The color is a repaint as the 1919 Excelsior, and Henderson were only offered in military green. Also, the decal says Super X which wasn't available until 1925. In 1920, Excelsior did change to dark blue (almost black). I used to have a front gas tank stamping around here. I'll look around for it.

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    Re: Big X project

    http://www.caimag.com/forum/showthre...t=flxi+sidecar

    This link is to Gene Harper's 1919 Excelsior/with Flxi sidecar. The sidecar is the star of the article, but Gene's 1919 Excelsior is probably the nicest one I have ever seen. I'll revise that; it IS the nicest 1919 I have ever seen

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    Hi Rob,very nice project you have,much more complete than mine,do you sell anything of the extra parts you have double of? Best regards,Patrik

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    Re: Big X project

    Hi Eric, thanks for the info - I did notice the Super X decal but didn't really put it together that this was a few years later than the Big X.
    I had seen Gene's Flxi postings before, had forgotten about that so the reminder is good.

    I've been more of an Indian guy previously so all this Excelsior stuff is new to me and kind of interesting to learn about how another company did things.
    No doubt more questions will be coming...............

    Hi Patrik, at this stage I'll be keeping my doubles - there is really only cases, barrels and flywheels where I have more than 1 set.

    Cheers, Rob.
    Last edited by Chout; 09-29-2019 at 03:18 AM.

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    Re: Big X project

    Actually I'll post the list here too - these are the bits I'm looking for if anyone can help with spares you have, contacts for someone who might be able to help or maybe OK to lend some bits so I can copy them. Thanks!

    Cheers, Rob.

    Handlebars - or just the triple tree casting so I can bend some tube
    Gearshift lever, linkages and rods
    Timing lever, linkages and rods
    1x footboard
    Front hub and wheel - or hub only I can get a wheel made
    Front axle
    Rear hub/brake and wheel - again hub only would be good
    Rear axle
    Throttle and clutch handlebar levers, linkages, rods, grips
    Seat - or just a wire would be a good start
    Speedo/lights - (long shot finding these I imagine)
    Chain/kicker guard
    Push rods
    Cam gears
    Exhaust manifold, pipes and muffler
    Inlet manifold
    gear set - 2nd gear drive and driven in particular
    valves and guides

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