Thursday, October 28, 2010

dreams accomplished and dreams in process

Here is a pic of me on the road on my sears a few days before the crash.

Here is a 42 that the sheet metal is getting fit on. I am really excited about this bike and am looking forward to riding it. It belongs to a hd dealer in Texas and is going to be primo!

And my next long term project just showed up in the mail today. It is a 1917 pope left hand case, I found a right hand case in Australia and will have a bike some day. I have too much healing and work to do for customers to be in a position to tackle this project right now, but I can still collect parts and day dream. life would be boring with out projects.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

pure insanity

sorry for the lack of updates. I got in a bad accident with my sears and have been healing. One of the cool things that has happened since the cannonball at our place was a ride that my dad, Ray and little Neil did with 12 guys from the York Pa Harley facility. We flew them in to our place, taught them how to start old bikes and ride them, then everyone rode up to one of my friends place to look at his collection of 50 really old harleys and an indian. here is the line up of the old bikes that they rode.
lots of neat bikes in this pic. I can't believe that no one crashed or got hurt. this was one of the craziest things that my daddy and I have ever done. Every one had a blast and made new friends.

Here is a pic of everyone leaving. The guy on my 36 is Dave, he runs the union for all of the employees at york. He is a cool guy!

Here is our op 49. You can read about the trip in an up coming issue of HOG tales magazine.

41 el rebuild

after the ride, half the guys flew home in the am and six guys stayed at our place till their evening flight. We let them tear down our 41 motor which had been smoking pretty badly. This bike had 7 thousand miles on it when we bought it in 02. This is the first time that the motor had been out of the frame since 1941

HEre is a pic of Jim, he works on the floor at York and builds bikes all day long. He is a super nice guy.
Here is the problem. ELs don't havethe top compression ring on the front piston. The piston melted and compression was seaping past this nasty part of the piston. The exhaust gasses went through the piston into the cases and out the breather. My dad is planning on taking this bike on our alaska trip, so we were going to go through the motor anyways. The burnt piston scuffed the cylinder wall a little bit but it should clean up at .005 over.