Freezing Cold Solvent and Orange Goo

We know the temperature water freezes at . . . When does Safety Kleen solvent freeze?  It must be way down there?  It just burns your hands.  I don't like blowing off parts inside, since it flies all over everything.  I have a "special stand" for blowing off parts.  This job sucks.  Check the casting date code on this one.  Got to love that old, Orange Perma goo . . . I like the H-D Case Sealer - Gray (it's a nice gray color) available from your Harley-Davidson dealer.  Let it tack up for a few, assemble cases, let tack up a few more minutes, and it wipes clean and looks correct.  Comes as a tube in a box. Part No. 99650-02

Speaking of Parker . . .

Posters look better framed (then stapled)
The old Camel Pro Parker #11 . . . kinda rare.

Scott Parker

I'd never seen the photo before.  He must be about 15 or 16 here?  Pretty damn good already with a matching suit and helmet.  Already decided in his head what he wanted to do . . . go out and win some races and be a professional motorcycle flat track racer.  Do this instead of school.  He wants that Pro License. Go race at all the tracks - the entire circuit.  Go to California and race.  It's only the beginning, he just doesn't know it yet.  Go Parker Go.  He's goin' around this track so fast, he's gonna put this thing in the Main.  If the motor holds up, if she don't break . . . he's probably gonna win it . . .

I can just hear the people in the grandstands talkin' " . . . that Parker kid is lookin' good today." 

I've been saving this picture . . .

This bike is rad.  I like it.  I might change a couple things(just personal preferences), but this builder did a great job.  1938 ULH - 80 cu. in.

Toby's Tired Twin

Cam roller had failed (ate the cam)
Upon further engine dis-assembly and inspection:
Broken left side bearing cage
(lucky that didn't 'cause some serious harm)
The bearing spacer wasn't between the cages.
Head bolts weren't real tight . . .
You could see where the head gasket was ready to leak or blow.
Crank Pin nuts weren't very tight either . . .
Rods kinda loose too . . .
Low compression pistons with stock cam wasn't really takin' advantage of those STD heads . . .
but, I'll see what he wants to do ?  
Build a solid, reliable engine.

Roberts, Goss, Jones & Pooh Bear

1969 XLCH Engine

Completely rebuilt top to bottom.  New cylinders & pistons (std. bore).  P-Cams.  Hot Spark Magneto included(it has about the best chrome I've ever seen on a magneto, needs a lock or custom plug) This thing is a fresh, Noot's built, complete.  $2500 or offers?  Includes: Complete clutch set-up(not shown) and an aftermarket, chrome primary cover (that round, chrome steel Paughco one) My dad is fussy. New bushings, bolts, races lapped, new rollers and seals, tight transmission - Chrome rockers and gear cover have that "character" weather'd chrome, looks good.  New kicker cover. 1968s and '69s were the fast ones with factory complete set of P Grind Cams and Tillotson Carb . . .
Hold On - Ready to fly !  
Serial numbers checked out clean (no title)
Matching cases & belly numbers.
Call 641-228-6038 and ask for Noot.

Gentle Cycle

Buell heads . . . stripped, blasted, washed, rinsed . . . blow dried.  Ready for measurements.

Morty's Perch

Previously . . . Morty would roll or dig in the snow until he had a bare piece of concrete to sit.  I made him up this little carpet perch . . . and of coarse, he's really likes it.   Mort's been an outside cat for 15 years now, and still catches birds, and chases off other cats.  But, he's like buddies with the squirrels now ?  Sometimes this same squirrel and Morty sit within a couple feet of each other.  Mort must think he's cool - so I won't harass you?  He likes this 15-20 degree weather better than below zero.  When it's too cold, and I open his cat door . . . he makes this little growling sound - in disgust.

1918 Harley-Davidson TECH:

The (-18) designates the first model year this part was utilized on a 
Harley-Davidson motorcycle . . .
If H-D made a change to this part after a few years . . . they may add a letter(A) to the end of the part number to indicate a change in the part.
Example: 23985-18A
If another change was made, they may add a (B)or(C)
Example 23985-18B  or maybe 23985-18C
Many times, you can almost determine what model the part is for via part number.  The first year of the particular model is the end number of the part number.  This is a good thing to know when digging through swap meet NOS parts in NOS packages . . . This ain't written in stone by any means . . . and engine parts (especially things like keys above) are utilized on new 2016 models.  The same part used in the motor all those years.  It gives you a good idea what part you have, for what model. The 23985- of the part number also falls into it's own, special category . . . and it has taken me years to figure this out, which you'll just have to find out for yourself - I ain't got that much time to explain.
WL Parts: -36, -41, -46
K Model Parts:  -52, -54, -55, -56
Ironhead Sportster Parts -52, -54, -56, -57, -58, -71, -72
Panhead Parts -48, -49, -57, -58, -65
Knucklehead Parts -36, -41, -46, -47
Shovelhead Parts -66, -68, -70, -75, -79
FXR Parts -82, -83, -84, -86, -89, -92

Crossed the Tee's - Dotted the Eyes

I ended up with 0 on sprocket shaft, and a heavy half on pinion.
Trued up rod races a touch.
Crank pin was 1.2495(a little big)
Wire brushed the rust off.
Trued 1/2s
Pressed bushings in correctly . . .
They used kinda heavy grease on rollers,
don't know if it was oil soluble??
(whoever redid these previously did a pretty
good job, they knew motors) 
Just made good a little better . . .


This will be a new experience . . . learning the ways of the factory race department.  They look about the same from the outside . . . but, are quite different on the inside.

McFarland's "Benchport" Mill

This thing is so sweet.  Like a mouse machine shop.  He's made every single piece on this, from ball ends, threaded parts, etc.  It looks cool next to the mini roller cabinet.  That Kurt vise !

EL = 61 cu. in.

Dave & Paul came down and picked up a fresh lower end.  They tried "parkerized cylinders" on this one.  Kinda neat, but they may need a spray of oil here and there ?  Updated race with Colony seal.

1948 Motor

All parts blasted and washed.
Rod races replaced and surface ground
Races honed (rough to finish)
Bore gauges set-up
Wrist pin bushings replaced(Kibblewhite)
Reamed & Fine Honed
(now a light press at 70 degrees)
Shafts checked for run-out (centers checked)
Flywheels blasted, washed and shafts trued with each side
Cylinders turned (turned base and head gasket surface
with live center) Fire Ring height checked
Cylinders bored and finish honed
(painted H-D Hi-Heat)
Crank Pin measures a bit big @ 1.250
(should be 1.249)

Bruce Palmer - Second Edition

I don't want my original all trashed in the shop.  This Second Edition has more information.  If you read all these from cover to cover, and have decent comprehension . . . you will be an expert on 1936-1965 Harley Davidson Big Twins and Sidevalves.  Thanks Bruce & Friends !


I like Rosemary Chicken.  I bit into a large piece of the spice - whoa . . . it has a distinctive "flower power" taste.  A hint is best. 

Thor Drake of See See Motorcycles

I've only met him once . . . but, he left a great impression.  Super nice fella from the northwest.  Very talented in all things motorcycle.  AND, he's really a hell-of-a motorcycle rider . . . touring, long distance, trails or flat track - this guy can go !   Cool name:  Thor Drake (almost as good as Lake Speed)

Cold, Clear & Clean

Cold air brings back memories of mod SRXs, GPXs, Blizzards, TXLs . . . Sno Pro on the ice oval with Super Seer shields and leathers.  See: of Ice & Engines by C.J. Ramstad.
My name is in the book . . .

The Perfect Bowie Tribute

The local radio station 103.7 did about as perfect of a David Bowie tribute as could be done.  All requests by local listeners left me rocking and smiling with Suffragette City and Rebel Rebel near the end.  His new album Black Star is already a hit . . . leaving the rest of us back here on planet earth with more new music.  Bowie's career will most likely never end.

RETRO REWIND Dubuque - Kicks Ass !

A great turn-out of choppers, hot-rods and customs filled the Five Flags Center.  Lots of stuff to check out from nostalgia clothing, antiques, auction, music, films all day . . . a real lay back event right in the heart of Dubuque, Iowa's historical district.  A great time was had by all . . .

Partied down with Steve, Susan, Michael, Clara, Pete & crew . . . Good to see Nate, Mike, Jimbo,
Spencer, Zac, Darryl, McCoy, John (as in Wells) . . . and the whole Hee Haw gang  !

Above:  Phantom Party People (guess who ???)

Winter blues . . . now cured.