Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Photo Above: Dan and Nate(RIP)

I didn't even know Nate.  I'm sure I never met him in person.  But, I followed him on the web, his posts, his trials, his old photos - all the things which were most important to him . . . and his cancer fight.  I sure felt like I knew him.  Nate never seemed to have a whole lot of tangible items, but he had family and friends - was loved and liked by so many.  He did his best with what he could.  He just kept going.  What a super tough dude Nate was.  I just met Dan for the first time a couple weeks ago . . . and I see he was friends with Nate too.  I just wanted to express my heart-felt condolences to all Nate's family and friends (and there's a lot of them).  His last post really hit my heart - where he said something like, "The doctor told him he could bring a dog to be with him in his hospital bed . . . but, all he had was a small kitten."  My eyes welled up with tears. I just wanted him to beat that cancer so bad.  We all did.

Each year I dedicate my Sturgis ride to someone who may not be able to make it this time.  I ride for them, 'cause I can - and I go in the memory of that person - and this year it's for Nate.  We'll all really miss him - and I'll have the great spirit of Nate with me as I ride - and I'll smile with his spirit..  - Long Live all the great memories ya'll had with him.  I feel for you . . .  Respectfully, Noot

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Steel, Magnesium, Aluminum, Protons & Neutrons

One reason they call them "The Meltdown Drags" is because there's a giant plume directly at the end of the drag strip from the nuclear power plant.  This place is epic.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

To Hell and back . . .

Tryin' to make these flywheels work that have been apart and back together a thousand times.  Sometimes you wonder if it's better to get some T&O wheels, Jim's or Eastern Shafts . . . rebuild the rods again and again . . . but, then you're dealing with aftermarket parts that don't fit either.  You still end up spending all your time fartin' around with these, when you could be on Snap Chat with Taylor Swift . . . or doin' some really fun video game walking around town - hypnotized by your phones like lost zombies.

The Brandon, Josh & Bill Show

Worked on (3) ironheads last night.  Brandon's '76 top end is on . . . with std. bore cylinders, P Cams, rebuilt oil pump, advanced weights have been fitted.  There were issues and tweaks along the way, but it's good now.
Josh's early gear cover has never been on this set of cases before.  It's kinda "binding" and fits really tight.  It's one of those things you mess with for hours, and finally get everything to turn smoothly and work correctly.
Bill's motor needs the front cylinder base stud holes modified to fit the cases (with no binding).  The cylinders should fit nicely on the studs, with just a little wiggle room.  If you have to force things, it's not a good idea since it may warp your bore or have a base gasket leak.  Take your time, do it right is always your best chance at success.
I rode my '61 CH last night - then, after work I terrorized the town and went home as the sun was down with a beautiful full moon lighting my way !

Monday, July 18, 2016

Hartman's Heavy Foot !

Byron Meltdown Drags Road Trippin'

After riding through a little wind and misty rain . . . I made a stop in Galena, Illinois.  My bike is running great, except my brake light quit . .

At the track I found Hartman's bike pretty quick . . . then here he comes in his Henry J . . . !

The drags run "heads-up" all day and into the night.  Over 600 entries.  Lee ran his knucklehead . . . Andrezzi was there too . . . Flathead running over 100mph . . . Vintage gassers going 7.50 in 1320.  Vintage, period survivor original race cars.  A decent swap meet and car show too !  This event was really well organized, they kept it moving.  The announcer was excellent !

Kurpius, Warren, Lil' Chris & Dan(cool cat, nice to meet ya). . . . came to join the party.  Me and Ryan were racin' through the Illinois countryside after the races Friday Nite.  Lighting mechanicals.  Dark river roads.  We all flew through the gritty backstreets of Rockford, Illinois . . . The Rue ! . . . Drew's garage . . . cops, fireworks . . . and a couple choppers in the grass.  These guys roll hard.  Kinda nuts. Thanks for the fun fellas !
Respectfully & Yours Truly, -Noot

It wouldn't be a party without some pyro . . . and the cops showin' up.  Thanks Drew !
Sunny skies, the wind at my back . . . and a stop in Savanna, IL at the Iron Horse just in time for the afternoon band and a cold one.  A bar full of vintage race bikes - doesn't get much better than that . . .

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Vintage Drag Racing This Weekend

The Meltdown Drags
Byron Dragway 
Vintage Dragsters, Motorcycles, Rails, Nitro, Alcohol, Gassers, Altered,
Swap Meet, Car Show, Vendors . . .
Beer, Camping, Food, Party, Sunny Skies . . . America ! 
Friday - Saturday - Sunday 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Summer Evening Rides

I gassed up the WLA and hit the backroads . . . threw a drink in the backpack and made a big loop around the city - watching the Iowa sunset.  The days are still long enough to take in a long evening. 

Busy Bee

The razor is for trimming the gaskets (not shoppin' lines) and I've got this ironhead pump all aligned, breather timed and spinning free.  I like the steel-type shifter shaft seals the best.
My dad's a TV repairman . . . "Ultimate set 'o tools"  Pinion gear correct depth.

Got this transmission all together with correct end-play.  FL shift cam is lubed and timed.  This will be my first ratchet top 4-speed.  Built a few for other folks, but never had one for myself.  I restored an original mousetrap to go with it !  

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Kenny's kinda crazy . . .

 . . . but you gotta love him.  Nice to see you again Kenny !