K or KH Upper Motor Mount Spacer

I'm missing one spacer . . . Maybe you have one ?

Vertical Magneto Delete

Cylinder Head Fixture

This head needs the head gasket surface fly-cut.  The rocker arm studs are still in this head.  Big Noot dug out this fixture for panheads and shovelheads.  It has a series of holes to displace the studs - and it bolts directly to a precision ground surface.  He made it so you have a couple different ways to mount this to your mill bed.  The head sits level, indicate with thin shims for ultimate precision.  The fixture also swivels to allow seat cutting if necessary.  Saves a lot of time. 


In 1938 - this motorcycle engine was spankin' new . . .
As per the owner's request, 
I'm rebuilding this engine and leaving the outside
with original patina.
Rebuilt . . . without losing a look of age.
I call him "Krusty" with a "K"

1957 - New Year's Resolutions

I need to start "dressing the part" when riding motorcycles.  The rider's cap, proper boots, proper collared shirt . . . get a bit more professional.   
For 2015 . . . I will try to take my motorcycling hobby a step further.  Proper dress and motorcycling etiquette are being overlooked in our sport.  Whether it be an AMA Club or Outlaw Club . . . a proper dress code uniform is a key aspect of respect - for you as an individual enthusiast, and/or a member of a club - and the sport of motorcycling. 

Home Movies

Holy shit !

Bud's Ironhead and Roasting Chestnuts . . .

On Christmas Day - when Bud is sittin' next to the open fire . . . listenin' to the smooth-n-easy sounds of
Fu Manchu . . . he can "load up" on a few pics of his Noot's Built 1000cc custom built ironhead - almost ready for his resurrected, born again Sporty digger . . . Glory Hallelujah.

Clapper Restoration

Chad repaired the cast iron fins on my KHK cylinders.  Excellent workmanship !  His business (Clapper Restoration) repairs frames, sheet-metal, cast iron, forgings . . . I really appreciate the skills for this type of work, since I've attempted to do some of these repairs myself.  There's different techniques and skill required to "repair old hardware" . . . vs "fabricating new hardware" since the metal is usually old, rusty, corroded and needs special attention.  Chad also has a knack for quality paint jobs - and has painted many original, factory-matched H-D fuel tanks, fenders, frames . . . you name it.  He'll even paint your pop machine !

Bob Spina called me . . . Merry Christmas

He wanted to wish me a Merry Christmas and see what was up in Iowa ?  Cool.  I hadn't heard from him for awhile, and I usually wait 'til I have a paint question, or something neat to talk about.  We've always been good friends, and I'm glad to hear he now has over 66,000 miles on his custom Harley FLHX - and it just started seepin' oil out the back rocker.  It's been a reliable bike.  That's a lot of trips to LA and back.  I just got to get back out to Vegas and see my friends soon.  You all have a Happy Holiday too . . .
just like me & Bob. 

Margaret Wilson

This last summer, Margaret passed away.  She lived an incredible life in the ratings of us motorcycle enthusiasts.  She was in her 90s, but rode motorcycles for like 70 years.  That's a long time.  I can only hope to ride bikes for that long.  The Motor Maids (which she was a member) sure got their money's worth with Margaret.  She was like Leo Payne's step-mother too.  I'm sure she gave him motherly advice along the way.
Whenever I saw her, I'd say "Hey Margaret !" and she'd tell me some stories, and it was a real treat to talk with her.  Margaret (and her husband Mike) are one of Iowa's greatest motorcycling hall-of-famers - and real nice people too . . . (see previous post June 2012 on the Wilsons)

KHK Drag Bike

. . . with a 5" stroke.  It must have went good - evidenced by the trophies.

Save for Reference

H-D 4 Speed Mainshaft Lengths

OPEN 24 Hours

Unless there's a Bike Show or Car Show . . .
or just ANCHOR !

Race Only

New decals !

Forty Niner

These cases were just black with oil and dirt.  After soaking, cleaning, bead blasting and washing in hot water - they are beautiful.  I don't think they need a single heli-coil? . . . but, left-side race was bad - and the pinion side got lapped for oversize rollers.  The case is currently set-up to lap Left Race to standard rollers.

Panhead & Shovelhead Head Bolts For Sale

Old School Panhead (and Shovel) head bolts for sale . . . I have (10 each) full set of Acorns.  I have another (5 each) of the Cap-Nut style.  Maybe you need some for your retro pan build ?  $25 shipped.

Drilled Motor Mounts

XLR Fender

Mark Williams: Norton Factory Team

  #70 Mark Williams
All three of these racers (Morrison, Hateley and Williams)
had success in their racing careers.
But, I'd like to note that Williams led the AMA GNC Points 
for the first few months of the 1976 season -
against the likes of Springsteen, Scott and Aldana.

Williams crashed soon after in his career and was unfortunately paralyzed from the waist down for the remainder of his life.  However, it didn't really slow him down much, since he drove boats, snowmobiles and was an excellent remote control airplane operator.  He passed away in 2012, but Mark remains a legend in motorcycle flat track racing history.

1961 KR

At least it's got a '61 XLCH tank on it.  This rider, Mike Long, sure has the perfect build for a flat-track racer.  Solid dude with crop haircut, nerves of steel and a winning attitude.  Mike and his wrench, (Hale Klapper) were a winning combination at tracks in Kansas and Oklahoma in the early 1960s.  Mike Long earned National Number 54.  His rides were powered by BSA and H-D. That trophy is huge !  Great photo.

Forrest sells his KH . . .

The top photo is a guy named Forrest.  He's was only the 2nd owner of this KH(1960-2014) Forrest owned this bike all those years - and he just sold it to a guy who wanted it pretty bad.  The new owner (Dave) got the motorcycle all prepped and it runs now (lower photo).  This motorcycle is so sweet.  You have to commend Forrest for keeping it all these years, even if it wasn't perfect and running.  Sometimes I wonder why a man who's owned a rusty old motorcycle or car for many years won't sell it to someone who wants to ride it - or restore it?  As I get older, I'm starting to see why.  Just because, that might be all they have?  They own a Harley-Davidson.  They own an old, classic KH.  That was real nice of Forrest to sell it.  More kudos to the seller - than the new owner for this post.  Hats off to the sellers - for without them - we wouldn't get to own any classics.


Ironhead Lower

Just like a Zippo Lighter: You can rebuild it !  That's the beauty of the early Harley-Davidson engine design which has "serviceable" parts.  Races that can be honed oversize and fitted with new oversize bearing rollers, bushings that can be replaced.  Cylinders with enough material to bore for oversize pistons.  The motors can be put back to service and run again and again.  We honed the original rod races (round again) and fitted +.001 rod rollers.  His crank pin was still good.  The original H-D crank pin - not pitted, still measured standard size.  We fitted new wrist pin bushings, reamed, then precision honed for a light press pin fit at 70 degrees(temp).   

Gold Mags Are In . . . .

Photo by: C.D.

 Copeland's builds are innovative and functional.  Solid.
One of my favorite bikes . . . and it looks like one
of those "single fire" mag deals - I've heard they work !

Bud's Cases

I've been sanding and scotch brighting these cases for a couple days now.  The "machined look" will really pop on these . . . all he's gotta do is Scotch on 'em to make it look boss again . . . Cool Daddy-O !

35+ Hours Jammin'

You ever just put your head down and jam to get stuff done?  Forget all the bullshit.  Forget sittin' on your ass in front of the tube . . . forget all the yada yada shit and get your dirty jeans on - Lock the door, turn off your phone and start grinding, sanding, drilling, measuring - get your hands grungy, dirt in your nose, just jam.  I been jammin' about 35+ hours extra, each week, trying to get some shit done.   Pat welded up my gear cover (the front was completely broke off) and I got hours in this thing, and it still ain't done - but, it fits now.  Perfecto !   But, still jammin' . . .

Bud's XL Heads & Rods

1. Larger exhaust valves (moving seat out)
2. Rods honed for +.001 rollers
3. Wrist pin bushings reamed & honed
perfectly for his new pins . . .

Race Only

25T with special length primary chain
Aluminum Clutch Cover
XLRTT "D" Ratio Transmission Gears
Raybestos Dry Plates

Ironheads For Sale

A couple solid motors, built by my dad.  Throw some offer money at us . . . they ain't givin' no satisfaction on the bench. 

Wintertime Soups & Sandwich

I like food . . .

EZ Seat: Ironhead Bates Plate

Lower is (1/4" plate) bent at 30 degrees.  Spacers between plate and frame.  Weld top piece.  Drill & slot holes for adjustment.  Springs were too tall, so I put them in a 100 ton press and made them shorter.  Now just deburr, bevel and paint.  The seat is original Bates - "the little shit one . . . "