Here is the motor before the pushrods were installed. It has parkerized early 36 frogeyes. It looks really neat
HEre it is installed in the frame with all of the oil lines on it. My friend doug did all of the nickel plating, it is perfect!
Here is the jewelery pic. This is one of the prettiest motors that we have ever done. Check out the nickel plated pushrod tubes, parkerizedfrogeyes and all of the other neat details. I really like this one. It is difficult to improve on the looks of a knucklehead engine, but we did it this time.
Jesse took the muffler cover off of my dad's 49 today. We are shipping it to a friend out east who is going to make a very small run of them. Hopefully he can do a good job of accurately reproducing them and still be cost effective. We will see. Shoot me an email if you are interested in one or two.
This weekend my dad, tim and I went to the black hills for the AMCA Black Hills Chapter christmas party. I got some rims pinstriped while we were there. They look great. These black cream and red rims are for a 45 wlbobber that Iam working on.
HEre are the rims for my 1914 sears. They are pretty flashy, and kind of remind me of a box of animal crackers. The sears bike is going to be a real looker.
We picked up timssheetmetal today. It turned out really well. I love working with Mike Schwaub. He restores muscle cars, and really gets the concept of fixing stuff up.
Here is the front fender. It is awesome!
Here is some mopar car that Mike is working on, It is kind of a rootbear orange.
Check out all the details under this hood. Mike is an obsessive nerd with this stuff. We have a lot in common, he cares as much about all the little details on cars as I do on bikes. I love working with him.
Here is a motor ready to be installed. I kind of feel bad for car guys, they work so hard on the details, and it all gets covered up by a hood.
Here is the horn for the 36 that I am working on. I still have to finish the spring plates. They were kind of gun blued and dipped in shelac from the factory. I ran out of shelac and had to order some:(
Here are all of the pieces that go into a 9 bolt horn. The body is a real deal 9 bolt body. The diaphragm and reinforcement ring are later versions that I drilled three holes in. Check out all the hardware that it takes to mount one of these horns. I made the top rubber piece, it is 36/37 only.
Tim and I mounted some exhaust pipes on Doug's 36 last night. This is a great looking exhaust set up. I like the way the bike looks without a tool box, it look a lot longer.
The rivet heads are on the inside of the s pipe on early bikes. This is an original pipe, and it is the only one that we had that had the rivets reversed. 36s with the deluxe sport solo package listed chrome pipes as one of the perks, but HD only chromed the rear header pipe and muffler, the front header pipe and clamps are still painted black. It is a pretty neat deal, and looks cool.
Fed ex showed up today and brought us 5 beautiful speedos from Janus in Canada. He does great work. One of the 38 speedos isn't in the pic. You guys get the idea though.
Tim and Jesse did a big batch of parkerizing yesterday, I did not participate because the fumes would would have made me throw up all over the place. Here are tim's squashed birds, they are probably the only parkerized set I will ever see, they look really cool. I am machining up some rocker arm shafts today, I will post pics later.
About a year ago I cast up some 41 42 squashed birds. Tim bought a set from me last month and fit them to his fenders. The plan is to parkerize them and paint the inside line. It will look a lot classier than it sounds. I am really excited about Tim's 46, he isn't too concerned about making a correct 46, he is cherry picking the best looking parts from all different years and putting them on his bike.
Here is his handlebar set up. Check out the black 36 steering dampner lever, I don't think I will ever see another black one on a bike. It is pretty cool.
I have the flu and it sucks. I am just kind of hanging out at the shop trying to keep busy. I took this neat picture of three different styles of rear exhaust rocker shafts. The first one is a 36/37 shaft, the second one is a 38/40 shaft and the third one is a 41 to 47.
I have been working on wiring doug's 36 for the last day. It is going really well. All the wires are new old stock wires. Early nos wires do not have a rubber insulator, it is just cotton braiding over the copper wire, so they are a smaller diameter.
The generator in this pic is just an old junk one that I am using for setup. I should have the correct rebuilt genny back from Dale Cashman next week sometime. I am just using it for set up. I had to re dye the wires to get their original color back. They look bitchin!!!!
Here is the coil set up. I brought my daddy's original paint 37 over to use as a reference, they are pretty much wired the same, except for a couple details.
The two wires for the taillight and brake light are covered in a clothe woven loom that runs all the way to the tail light. I have been saving that little piece of wire for four years for this bike. I am really happy with the way this is turning out.
Check out the noose wire end, HD used this set up through the middle of 39. It is a classy and finished looking deal.
John's 48 frame is a nice 48 only frame, the only modification that had been done to it was the toolbox strap being cut off. This is a really common deal, I would estimate that 70 percent of the frames that we fix up during the coarse of a year need this bracket welded onto them. Check out the square that is on the fifth mount of the transmission. Now is a good opportunity to check the measurement before it gets welded on for good.
Here is Bob's 47 all shined up and ready to ship out. It is always kind of a sad day when the Truck comes to pick up a project to deliver to the customer. This is one of the best 47s that we have done, and I am really proud of it.
Those little rings are 38 to 40 rear rocker box spacers. They press into the rear exhaust hole in the rocker box. These little buggers are tough to get out of the rocker box. You usually have to heat them up and pull them out.
Here is the hole that the spacer presses into. The sealer is #2 permatex. It works good, we use it for sealing fittings too.
Here is a pic of the spacer being pressed into the head. After the piece is pressed in, you have to wipe off the excess #2 permatex.
The finished product! This is a really cool detail.
we got another batch of 36 shift arms in the mail earlier this week. It is a shame that HD only made these levers for one year. They are such a nice looking piece compared with the 37 to 46 style shift lever.
Tim decided to put one on his 46. I wasn't sure if there would be enough room for the trim strip, but there was. Tim is going to paint his gate and lever black, it should be pretty cool!