Friday, July 30, 2010

sears paint and the giveaway bike!

I picked up my sears paint this morning and sent it to wisconsin to get pinstriped, I should have it back on sunday.

This is the industry Giant Kevin Baas and his cool apron. He came over to help out on the giveaway 45, the sears and hook up a sidecar on his 47 fl.

Here is a pic of Ryan and Dave Monahan working on the AMCA giveaway bike that Ryan won last year. we are taking the sears and his 45 to sturgis next week!

shiny stuff. Wait till the stripes get laid down. check out to see some pics of the rest of the bike!

Fancy scallops on my fork

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Sears and 45 bobber

Well folks, I finally reached over a 100 followers which is amazing, I started this site just to document projects and keep in contact with customers. I hope that you guys have picked up some valuable info over the last year and also that you continue to enjoy the nerdy little details that I get so excited over. I have been making a ton of progress on the sears. this pic is a couple days old. My front fender is fit up and ready for paint.

Here is a pic of the giveaway bike. If you want to see the entire build of the bike go to and check it out on the forum section. This bike is entirely made up of parts that were donated from amca members all over the world. Our club ran an essay contest last year that gave the parts and shop time away to teach a 18 to 24 year old us citizen how to build their own bike. anyways, Ryan Mackey from Ohio won it and is flying in tomorrow afternoon to finish it up. Hopefully my sears and his bike will be done for sturgis. we have reinforcements coming in throughout the next week and i think we can pull it off. wish me luck

After sturgis I am going to knock out another neat 45 bobber that I have been looking forward to doing for a long time. Both of the bikes are going to be amazing, so stay tuned if you dig wls

this is what a knucklehead oil pump looks like on a sears. crazy stuff! I still have to set up the belt drive for it and nickle plate the lines, but you get the idea. The only thing original on this bike is the mag, cases, intake manifold and cylinders. Everything else was made by my friend and me! What a project!

Monday, July 12, 2010

36EL1005 riding pics and first start up video

This is a pic of my dad on 36el1005. My dad rode 36el1002 when it was still in this country, so it is safe to say that he is probably the only guy in the world that has ridden 2 of the first 5 knuckleheads. Plus he is my hero and best friend. This bike looks so good moving. I love it. This has been a six year project and the toughest bike that I have ever done. It is pretty crazy to think about all of the things that have come and gone and changed in my life over the last six years that it took to produce this bike. What an amazing thing.

I retubed the front half of this frame, it is one of the first posts on this blog. Check it out. I rode it tonight for four miles without my hands on the handlebars. IT is perfect!

Here is a pic of the two bikes at a gas station! I am happy with how the overhead oiling is set up and will be putting the right tank on tonight!

I took this pic rolling down the rode at fifty miles an hour. It is so much fun to cruis around and put your right hand on the rockers while they move, you can really feel the motor run and get in tune with everything that is happening. It is zen like!

VROOM, here is a video of it starting up for the first time. What a cream puff. If you are going to sturgis, it will be at the Eternal Combustion Exhibit at the Buffalo chip!

Monday, July 5, 2010

1940 bottom end

Here is a 40 bottom end that my daddy put together over the weekend. Check out all the nice detailing, I love all the nice contrasts on pre war knuckle engines. This motor had the roughest cases that we have ever had to fix up. Some of you long time followers will remember the post with the set of 40 cases that had been poorly repaired years ago. You could literally see light through the cases under the front cylinder.

anyways, here is the repaired case. This is an absolutely awesome job and proof that you can fix up pretty much anything as long as you want to do it. Here is the link to see how messed up these cases were before we sorted them out.