Years ago, Noot's name was in Easyriders Magazine (Nov. 1976) when he did the motor work on this Pan/Shovel Stroker Custom built by Boyd Dingman of Charles City, Iowa. An 86" motor was a big deal back then - and this thing ran pretty hard. I picked up this un-circulated issue since he didn't have a copy. Dingman still builds, paints and drag races his custom motorcycles - and it makes you wonder if this project had been a failure - would Boyd (or Noot for that matter) still be doin' it ? As it turned out - they both are still bitten by the bug !
You take a Linkert / Bendix Adapter and saw off the Bendix flange. Then, you turn off the spigot using a 4 jaw chuck - and utilize the Mikuni 38mm rubber spigot. This moved my carb in about 1 1/2" and gave it more stability, and a bit more throttle response . . . AND more leg room for panic braking situations ! Thanks to Jeff Mac for makin' the shavings !
Bored for .050 over pistons (which measured a perfect 3.4875). Our new boring cutter is exact - spot on. The old cutter liked to bore .001 oversize, which is fine - just so you take that into consideration. I like to give a .0015 to .0020 clearance on these newer cast pistons. The old (oem) cast Harley pistons were probably a bit more porous, (more air space in the aluminum) so they expanded less, and you might get away with a tighter tolerance - like .001 to .0015. Make sense? Now I'm confused.
It's nice to check in every now and then with Dan . . . He built this "newer version" of a water cooled knuckle. You can remove the heads for service. A better design than the one-piece unitized head and cylinder combo of the two previous liquid knuckle water bubblers. Dan also built a new shop and everything is goin' great in Spicewood. Hope to see him soon, if not, I'll probably have to make a run down there. I asked if the ground was soft enough for tent stakes . . . "Oh, Noot - I got a special place just for you . . .hmmmm ?????"
Chopper Dave's "Steel Shoe" Oil cooler, single shocker, forks, cast pieces, and you can't overlook the obvious - If the Born Free contestants had a race? . . . and - It will burn up those CD5s in a hurry ! I looked back Aaron, you are correct with "Mad Scientist" however calculated and precise with everything.
My friend Gordy has his knuckle cylinder heads rebuilt by Lee Wickstrom (yes, that Lee) . . . and the heads always look so nice and professional. The combustion chambers are coated with some type of sealer - and there's clear coat in the exhaust ports. I need to call Lee (never talked to him yet, my fault) and see what he uses for this. It's more fun to assemble motors when the "jobbed outside work" is spot on and properly done. Very nice work Lee ! It called for a celebration of carry-out Taquitos Rancheros with chicken and Plaza Mex hot sauce !
(PS, I've been a bit slow lately since my foot got injured and I now qualify for a "if you don't limp, you ain't shit shirts . . . - NOT THE KICKER FOOT THE OTHER ONE )
Why doesn't our government offer some kind of incentive for riding a motorcycle, moped, go ped or golf cart when living in a small town? All these small communities could lower our fuel usage and demand - and hopefully lower prices. You big city dwellers are stuck with the bus, sub, or sit in traffic.
Maybe it wouldn't make a difference? My 1.160 gallons of fuel will last me about a week of running around town, cruising . . . and hauling parts in my backpack.
This was the first time I ever bought tickets from a guy out front.
He was so pissed at his daughter and her boyfriend he sold me their ($90 worth of tickets) for $20/pr.. Don't tick off the future father-in-law !