Chris' '63 outside oiler pan was runnin' Evo pinion roller set-up . . . Hmmmm? Learn something new everyday. As far as rods go - the crankpin measured -.0005 under(maybe worn a bit) but straight. His rods were 1.6265 (thou & a half oversize) It had +.0006 over rollers (a bit loose - that's what was in it).
I could slightly hone the races to square them up and go with +.001 over, which is probably what I'll do. Remember, we still need .001 clearance in there somewhere. Hey, mathematics was not my strongest subject - I only went to intermediate algebra and hung it up.
One of the fastest guys to ever dirt track a motorcycle . . . Keener is in more flat track photos than any other rider. He was on the podium more times, and a threat to win any race at any time. All the greats from Springsteen to Roberts looked over their shoulder and saw a big " 62 " comin' at 'em . . . Keener had a front row seat to many of the AMA's greatest races (since he was bar to bar with them all 25 laps). I can't believe he isn't in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. There's probably as many photos of CK in there as anybody . . . Last photo above: Keener, Shell Thuet(Robert's tuner), King Kenny and Dave Aldana. Total Flat Track Royalty ! Period.
Morty just wanted to let Irish Rich, Part-Timer Steve, Arlin, Debbie Doo and our other friends out there in Colorado know - he was thinkin' about 'em . . . and hoped all those cats got to higher ground? Since our high water in 2008 - Mort sleeps in the attic now.
Rall was one of the fastest privateers to ever race a motorcycle. He once got asked to join the Harley factory team, but he needed to work on the farm - so, he just got a "bit" of factory support . . . that was about it. When the track was loose and slippery - Rall just got faster. He won at all types of events from 1/2 miles, short tracks, scrambles and road races. He also flew planes. Ron would disassemble his race bike, load it in the plane, fly to the race, rent a big car and then reassemble the bike and race it. I guess he still farms and his son Chad carries on the family tradition bangin' bars with Geo Roeder at Wauseon.
Back by popular demand (for James) this is how to make a hidden stop. This way you don't need to hit your peg or floorboard - you can do what you want. It helps to have a buddy with a rotary table or mill chuck. Don't forget to trim out your fiber washer . . .
The Benassi's came up with a set of heads for me. Broken exhaust flanges, warped, bad guide, no guide, stripped threads, no threads, pitted seat, guide too tight, burrs and more bad threads. Pretty screwed set of heads for $200.00. ($100/head). Not a deal - Not a Rip-off.
1. Washed & blasted
2. Measured & measured some more.
3. Pressed in new guide
4. Pressed out old guide
5. Sized all guides to valve stems
6. Cut seats
7. Ground valves
8. Lapped valves & seats
9. McFarland surfaced heads
10. Wiley machined exhaust flanges, cut step,
pressed in flanges and welded
11. Installed 15ea 10-24 helicoils
12. Chased threads
13. Smoothed out bad cooling fins
14. Cleaned up ports
15. Bead blasted and washed (again)
AND . . . I'm about 1/2 done . . . not counting all the time to set up and measure spring heights, etc.,
rocker studs, locks, oilers, etc. So, if somebody has a nicely rebuilt set of heads for $500-$750 . . . it's probably really not that bad a deal ! Pans are cool . . . but a P. I. T. Ass sometimes.
My friend Jeff is really into these old silverside buses. He owns a couple and is one of the few guys in this country you can call to go "get your bus runnin" and drive it for you. Whenever I poke my head in the door, they always still have the old, familiar "bus smell." I just want to grab my old Samsonite, jump in and start up a 10 hour conversation with a stranger. Jeff also builds great Harley motors - and has went an unofficial 200mph at Bonneville on a nitro Sportster. You better have a big building if you want to start gettin' into old buses . . . or trains, or cruise ships.
Originally a CHP "police bike" in Los Angeles. A local guy had a relative that ran an escort service. No, not that kind of escort. The type that chauffeurs important celebrities around. He'd buy the higher-mileage motorcycles at the police auctions - and use them with his business (limos, etc.) Long story shorter, the local kid got the bike finally in the early 70s. He rode it for years. It was about junk, sitting next to his shed - it got stolen and was missing for years and years. Then he got it back - but he didn't want it. So, Big Noot bought and spent a bunch of time and money - and restored it. Pretty and original, but a little custom. He rode it to Sturgis in 2000. We just freshened it up with new tires. It has over 100,000 miles on it. I figure it was on the force in California around the same time as the Easyrider movie bikes. Probably was if you think about it . . . Wondered why every single time I take it for a ride . . . I lose my watch.
Today I got to work and there's Darrel's 1968 Plymouth GTX factory ordered with 440ci and 4 speed transmission just sitting there with all the windows down. Holy Shit it is so cool ! The first 41 years of my life I pretty much saw this same rusty, GTX running around town with Darrel or one of his boys behind the wheel. Then, when it wouldn't go anymore - it sat outside beside the garage and began to erode away. I'm sure many people tried to buy it. Weeds all around. Then, Darrel got a wild hair and had it restored - and he drives it again. He told me this was an early '68 since it didn't have the turn signals on the top of the fenders yet . . . and I like his quart of oil under the brake pedal to keep the lights off when parked . . . Darrel said . . . "Oh yeah, gotta get that fixed . . . " Baby boomers had some cool shit in their day . . . We get freakin' I Phones and a Prius . . . .
A total of 6 cars went overseas. Only 5 came back. This (6th) super Daytona Cobra was found a few years ago after a father left it to his daughter (and she killed herself). This Cobra was found in the shed. It is worth 4.5 million dollars - from a reported 5K investment. But, it's still a Ford . . .