Airbrush, Flake, Lettering, Striping, Leaf . . . so many options.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Lenny, all I really ever cared about was old Harleys. I got what I could afford, money wise. I got what other people didn't want at the time. I liked the early 900 Iron Sportster - the introductory hot-rod, cool bike. A powerful motor with style. A versatile machine. There's one called a Shovelhead. Better on the road, still cool, a little heavier, but smoother with more power without revving the motor up too much to get the power. Since I worked on these things a lot in my dad's shop, and they were broken a lot. Not always the motor itself, just everything else. I never really wanted one - always thought they were (not really junk) but weaker, just wasn't the greatest - and still do, sorry. Then, when you are really getting into old bikes, and have established yourself as a vintage Harley enthusiast - you start looking at the Panhead since it's such a beautiful engine, excellent cruiser - and the customers that brought in the panheads for service were old-school riders and wouldn't trade it for anything - and that left an impression on me. The panheads were beautiful when clean, and looked the absolute worst when dirty and oily - but they just kept running and running. Now if you're lucky enough to get a knucklehead - they are like the "holy one." The Harley that usually stays in the family the longest. There's a lot of knuckles out there still owned by widows, daughters, grandmothers and step-brothers that will never ride it and don't care about motorcycles - but, they'll never sell that knuckle 'cause they've had about 1000 people try to buy it - or force them to sell it with every story you've ever heard of - "why they aren't any good, old, break down, etc . . . so, why does everyone want to buy it ?" Lenny, all these bikes are awesome (oh, there's some good shovels) - and they emit a certain aura. Like any painting, the canvas can be painted over - an early Harley can be rebuilt. But, these machines are rolling art, rolling sculpture with smoke and sound - and most important Lenny -
A ride you never forget.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Monday, January 26, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
80" Flywheel Casting Number
Hawbaker had a great couple weeks . . .
Won a motorcycle ice race in Wisconsin
and a snowmobile race in Clear Lake !
Harley VL Cylinders: They need valves, guides & a fresh bore.
Iowa can be very barren in the winter.
Rochester Harley-Davidson Schedule:
MC 10.5:1 Forged Pistons w/Offset Pins
Now this is a 4 X 4 !
Always a good time in Des Moines
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Mini-Bridgeport he's built from scratch. He's currently working on the lead screw and belt drive system. It will run - and actually machine, small micro parts - mostly brass and aluminum. The Micro-V-Twin engine was also built from scratch. The arm on the front will advance the timing - it will actually run. He's working on the fuel system. His shop is heated with this big wood burner, old machines . . . a metal storage bin full of steel bars, brass, aluminum . . . shavings everywhere. Cold beer - cigarette smoke. Fun stuff !
Monday, January 19, 2015
Friday, January 16, 2015
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Newway Seat Cutter. The carbide cutters are adjustable, they give you the 46 and the 30 (just flip it over) and you can get a 60 degree too - and then you can achieve the seat width you want, and with some practice, you get a nice smooth seat finish by gradually decreasing the pressure on the spring-loaded handle. It makes cutting seats fun, and it's not so messy. I lap the valves in carefully with a low-speed drill (forward & reverse) and then hand-lap the final finish. This is my KHK racer cylinders with big, honkin' valves. They almost touch each other. She's factory-ported and I just dig these K Models !