- Apr 30, 2005
Does anyone out there know how Kenny Dreer put the electric starter on his Commandos? From what little I have been able to see in a few pictures it appears that he may have used a Harley starter and (guessing) it is engaging a modified Harley (?) ring gear that I suppose is mounted on a modified clutch basket. Since everything is vented it’s obvious that he used a belt drive primary. Wonder what ring gear Kenny used on the clutch basket? Being the adventuresome sort with above average access to a machine shop and also retired with lots of time, I have been thinking about this project for some time. I am thinking of welding a mount on the inner primary and machining it to accept a starter. Then modifying a belt drive clutch basket to accept a ring gear to engage with the starter gear. As of this time I haven’t tried to do any welding on a Norton primary case so I am not sure about the feasibility of adding a lot of material to the case. But from past experience I have found out that some castings seem to accept welding OK and some are a real pain. Depends on the alloy that Norton used. Another possibility may be to add a mount for the starter to the transmission / engine cradle. Yes, I can think of a thousand reasons why such a project could likely turn out to be a real adventure.