hey Lacey!!!! I just rode the Eager Beaver!! (get your minds outta the gutter) I had to pedal start it. I flooded it trying to rope start. It started up on my 2nd pass by the house & by applying different downward pressure on the "clutch", I found the "sweet spot" and it tried to pull me. sounded strong...then it bogged & died, like before. We gotta look at that carb, fer sure.
I wish Lacey would splain this.....hahaha
NO! he's not my imaginary friend~! haha
the friction wheel is a piece of 1.75" exhaust-type pipe! scored with grinder, sawzall, dremel, and weld splatter!
overkill? i think not!!
it is welded directly to the clutch assembly (shown below). the clutch assembly was welded solid on both sides. the friction wheel is directly welded to the clutch assemble.
this is all mounted on a pivoting platform.
(the clutch) the pivot is controlled by a lever parallel with the top tube of the bike. this is the clutch. (2nd pic)
this direct drive set up can be started both by pull start or pedaling.