At first Look, you might think Luke has increased the distance from bearing support to flywheel center line, but not the case according to Luke.
He has trimmed a lot of material off that bearing housing before fitting his mods.
Some might look at Luke’s efforts and think they are extreme, but this set of Mods addresses some of the largest problems we typically see in Indian Lister clones. It’s the gear train, and they fail for all kinds of reasons. About the time people assume they’ve seen all the causes of failures, another one pops up.
Noel Douglas in Fiji has recently been fighting a problem where the crank gear splits and then spins.. no other gears break, gear problems can have many root causes. For those familiar, we see train wrecks all too often, Cam Gears break, Idlers Break, and the biggest pain is when the harder gear on the crank is damaged, it’s a lot of work to change.
Steve, ‘proprietor of Ozlisteroids’ is considering using a tapered bush to lock the flywheel in position, and he is dedicated to making reliable power with this old design. The Taper Lock will certainly make Western owners happy, as too few of us know how to deal with the Gibs, and only the Indians continue to use them.
If Luke produces Cams, Governors, and his belt drive, what next to improve? If we look at the GM90, we see they have managed to deliver lube oil under pressure to the crank pin, no that’s a worth while MOD too .
As of today, I know of many who have thought about MODs like this, but I don’t know of anyone that has actually done it. Will Luke do an overhead cam next? Will Luke’s Parts find customers? We’ll see.
Hats off to Luke, if you are looking for more information about Luke, you might contact through their website. Maybe Steve or Luke will come along and tell us more?