That's just Joe. Old school choppers all the way . . .
The radio is hooked up in the shop - the heater is not ! WTF ! Joe, it's Minnesota ! Once he gets the heat in the shop, it will be a go . . . He's only been in his house for a couple months.
He said the Left-Side panhead carb is the way to go. It runs and starts better on the left.
It was good to catch up with Joey, and I'll be back once he gets some heat in that place !
It was a Plum Crazy day !
PS. Thanks for coming over Pat . . .
we'll get some plans for that panhead !
Good seein' Denny too . . . Go Vikings.
Ricky Graham and Evel Knievel both caught big air here !
This is about the nicest 1967 XLH I've ever seen - (on Ebay now)
-Electric Start (1st year)
- One year only kicker cover
This is how to hook-up your Tillotson properly and correct.
It's sweet - Professionally built and restored.
This would be your totally awesome view, riding down the highway, through the turns . . . (with correct accessory switch by the way), full instrumentation. This is a very fancy motorcycle. A gentleman's touring motorcycle. Power, storage, comfort. A beautiful evening ride to the AMA meeting on Thursday night . . .
"We still need volunteers for flagmen at the scrambles on Sunday . . . " (Those were the golden years . . .)
So my dad pretty much restores this guy's entire Sturgis motorcycle. It was all farted up. It started with just the motor and transmission. Then, as it goes so often, the owner asks, "Can you put the motor in my bike?" then . . . "Can you hook up the wiring?" "Oh, I forgot . . . Can you put turn signals on it?" "Oh, and can you fix the brakes, and fix the bearings, and fix the dash, and the seat, and the . . . Where does it end? My dad, being the all knowing Harley guru scholar he is . . . pretty much did the entire bike - Started it yesterday, rode it around a bit . . . it's ready for the owner.
I did a couple things on it . . . like source, order and install the nos Sturgis fork cover decal.
Part No. 45771-80
This chrome foil decal had backing on both sides -
and I somehow got the $35.00 item installed perfectly !?!
Over the years, we've done many motorcycles for owners who aren't the best wrench, but they love the old iron. I just hope the owner takes the time to learn, research and read how-to maintain and repair simple things on these motorcycles . . . it's the best for all of us.
The Nutsert or Timesert (center) is good too. I like the top "flange" that gives a surface to tighten against. They are available in "oversize/oversize" when even the Heli-Coil failed.
I use the Heli-Coil (right) most often. Simple to use and works great in aluminum. If you follow the directions, take your time and get it correct, the heli-coil has saved people thousands of dollars and prevented lots of warpage from welding and high heat, trying to weld up and redrill.
All these motors I work on, usually have a lot of this . . .
Speaking of stripped threads . . .
Early LEFT - Late RIGHT
The early-style seals like a steel oil line/brake line - with a flare.
The late-style seals with a rubber seal
(like an ironhead/shovel top end line)
(like an ironhead/shovel top end line)
Problem is . . . these fittings are 1/4" outlet
and my S&S Super E is 5/16" inlet
I also want it "serviceable" if I have a problem on the road. I change, and redo many things when building these bikes. It might look cool, but if I can't fix it with common tools, I shit-can it for a simpler application. I want to run a fuel filter too (5/16" IN and 5/16" OUT)
I decided to go with the flare (seals better for fuel I've found). I chased the old threads to square them up with our Snap-On Tool thread chasers. The thread size is 7/16-20. I'll use a common 1/4" copper tube nut, available at every local hardware store. My next step is to get a short piece of that really good copper connector tubing, that auto parts stores sell. It will already have the flare (factory flared) but it will have too large a diameter for my 1/4" nut . . . so I'll have to drill the nut to .3125(5/16) to fit my tube. This nut will be the only piece of my fuel line that's "special", but easily replicated.
STAY TUNED FOR PART #2.
I measured Bill's cylinders....
The JB Weld is done....
I skipped the DL stuff....
I instead finished honed Michael's rod races....
Got Ricky's pistons from McKensie....
Called Baas....(no answer) I'll try later, he's a busy guy.
A bit more done on Chink's heads....
A good night's work - Got some sleep too....
Snoopy rides a Chopper - Woodstock is the coolest
I researched all the "knee mechanics" and picked one with a good reputation that's been doin' it since the late 70s. The good news is . . . I've been practicing on the WL, kick-starting with my left leg, and got it running for the first time today ! It felt great to ride my vintage motorcycle again.
After my appointment with a knee specialist, and examining the x-rays... I have somewhat severe arthritis and multiple bone spurs from previous knee trauma. He wanted to give me a cortisone shot, but I refused for now. He demonstrated some exercises for me to do. I had been doing some strengthening exercises (but he said I was doing them incorrectly), so I learned that much. He said to bicycle, not walk so much. Rest and use anti-inflammatories to promote healing. Rest, strengthen, anti-inflammatory, keep it easy. Wear a compression sleeve over my knee when necessary. I've got my orders - now I've got to do it, or at least try - or it's an electric start for me I guess?
These dudes know what I like . . .
Check out the SUPERBIKEPLANET for the latest news and insight from the road racing world, and a slice of vintage historical flashback to keep you reminded of where it all started. There's a very nice write up(interview) with Kenny Roberts on the loss of Nicky Hayden. See their Twitter for an inside scoop on Moto GP . . . and what's happening in the racing world. They've got some supercool prints available for your shop too . . . Thanks fella - Catch up with you someday.
Aluminum XRTTs (possibly a testing session) in Talladega, Alabama (cir. late 1971?) All prints are very suitable for framing . . . I'm thinkin' a rustic barn wood possibly on this one?
LIKE to drink. Make sure you go see the Misfits Exhibit at the Rockford Art Center in Rockford, Illinois (goin' on now). Hartman and Allen put a lot of work into promotion for this event . . . and from what I've seen in photos, it's funkin' rad. I think I'll go on the night of the next live music and check out the scene . . . The exhibit has photos from Danny Lyon and all kinds of cool.