Monday, September 5, 2011

WL followed me home from D-port

1946 WL. Yup, that's a 45. I think they call it "skyway blue".

No, I have no interest in a resto. Gonna try to leave it as "barn fresh" as possible.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Get head

# 1 is a 1956 front( 1 60). Nice shape, clean and includes the new valves. All threads look good. 1 fin repaired. Shows crack between spark plug hole and valve seat - like usual. Good head.

# 2 is a 1956 rear (1 60) matches #1. All threads look good. As shown, there is a crack at the exhaust valve insert. I have heard this can be fixed - but I don't think I would.

# 3 is a 1950 front(8 2). The intake spikot has been changed to later style but needs new seal. All threads look good. Nice head.

# 4 is a 1956 rear(5 58)I think 3 and 4 were run together. Exhaust spikot has been repaired in past - good job, still good. Intake spikot has a chip out of it - might work but could be repaired. 1 bottom fin and 2 other lower fins broke.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Making chips

Yep. There is now billet on my '28 B.
Found the sample neck cup in a misc box lot on Ebay. Turned down by hand on my lathe from a 2" round bar.

I am going to case harden by heating to cherry red and quenching in oil. Should be tough enough for the limited duty a 1928 B will see today.

Welding - done

A broken 1928 only harley "B" trans case is sad

But, there is hope

It actually welded pretty good - for a 83 year old casting.

Monday, July 4, 2011


Took a bit longer than I figured it would . . .

but that's the way it is with motorcycles, eh.

It is an 82 FXR. When bought, the DPO thought it was a touring bike. The saddlebags were so big, they look big on a Guzzi . . . . with a sidecar.
So I skinnyized it a bit - narrowed the front turns, rear turns, highway pegs, new more assertive bars, seat change, exhaust, oh - and some new rear works shocks.
Can't wait to ride it . . . .

Monday, May 9, 2011


Hopefully "after" will follow very soon.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

When in the coarse . . . . . . . .

of too much to do, a person needs to make a decision. So I did.
It turned summer on me. And I want to ride. And I want to ride my FXR. So, it makes me sad, but, off with the buell -

There isn't THAT much left, but there is some re-fab work that didn't work out, and finish the wiring, and, and, too much to slam together in a hurry.
Hell. I got time. So it will happily wait.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

. . . and motorcycles. Oh my

Hit a wall a while back

Got a few things done - the brake, center stand, pegs some other bolt on stuff and went to lay in the wiring harness I had for it. Well, the guy who painted it did such a good job, made my harness look like dog dodo. I totally stalled. Just couldn't bring myself to start over and wire from scratch - especially with all the deutz wiring plugs involved. So I finally decided to do the best I could with what I had - that getting the bike done, even if it wasn't "perfect" was more important to me than the alternative.

So there.