Wednesday, February 22, 2017

1947 Flathead Un-Redding process... Rear Wheel Time...


So years ago when I re-did my 1947 Flathead I had a red and chrome theme in mind... and I went a little crazy with the red...well soon after that, the 'Rat Rod" flat black, red rim, whitewall craze jumped into high gear... I wasn't a huge fan of that, so over the last couple years I've been toning down the red and adding things like front brake, ride control, etc. still sticking with the red and chrome theme, but going with more chrome than red...

Picked up a $40 chrome wheel at a swap meet last week

Cleaned it up...

Disassembled the hub...

Serviced the hub...

Popped on a new Deluxe blackwall tire....

Popped off the red rim / whitewall...


Popped on the new chrome / blackwall




Takes the edge off nicely... 



Wednesday, February 8, 2017

1939 Knucklehead Rear Wheel Work - Updating the 1935 - 1937 Early Step Hub...(and an interesting discovery regarding the rear brake...)



The wheel I'm using on my 39 is actually a 35 - 37 wheel. The hubs on these early step hub wheels are different and can wear causing problems. Main issue is that there is no 3981-39 Roller Retainer Thrust Washer (top hat washer) pressed into the hub on the big bearing side.... Thanks to Matt Olsen for turning me on to this upgrade!!!!

To update it to the 38 - 39 style you need a few things... a later center sleeve, a 3982-39 small side thrust washer and a 3981-39 Roller Retainer Thrust Washer (top hat washer)... see above. The same bearings, snap rings, etc. are used...


3981-39 Roller Retainer Thrust Washer (top hat washer)
I banged this outta a broken later hub (any year star hub).

"Pressed" it right in caveman style using an old wide glide fork tube and a small sledge hammer... make sure the hub is supported properly as not to brake the flange off on the other side... 

Make sure the "top hat" washer is seated and your bearing, washer and snap ring fit properly... make sure the snap ring seats and can be moved around in the groove...


Put the rest together as you would normally...

Ready for service!

Stuck the wheel on and sized things up...

Getting there...

Mounted a Firestone ANS

Sizing it up again...

Even better...

Got the crossover squared away...

Pulled this of my "sidelined" military big twin side car rig...

Beautiful condition..

Looking good!



Took off the OD I sprayed on it 25 years ago to uncover the black paint underneath by previous owner, then I discovered, upon further investigation, it has original USN (Navy) gray under the black! Turns out my Military Big Twin was once a USN Knuckle with a side car!!!!!

USN Gray hidden away all these years!!!!
Upon even further investigation, the Knuckle Tanks on my military sidecar rig have USN gray under the paint as well! But that's a story for another post...

Hate to do it but I'm using this old Navy brake set up on the 39 EL... brought it back to the old black paint that was under the OD (that I sprayed) and not all the way down to the USN Gray...



On it goes!

I likey...

Monday, January 2, 2017

The Race of Gentlemen "Competition" Motorcycle Specifications for 2017 - Be Aware There Are Changes!!!



The Race of Gentlemen 
"Competition" Motorcycle Specifications for 2017


"Period Correct" is what TROG is looking for with the Motorcycles, Cars and the entire look and feel of the event. 
As you know, or have seen in photos, TROG goes to great lengths to get all the structures, banners, signage, etc. just right to emulate beach racing from the late 1940's / early 50's. Modify your bike for racing. No "straight of the street" bikes. No headlights, No full fenders, etc. Bikes must be “Bobbed” and stripped down for racing. 
The idea is to recreate the look and feel of bikes that would be racing in the late '40's. 

The below specs are for motorcycles from 1930 - 1947. For motorcycles that are pre 1930... Send in your photos and descriptions for approval...

All entrees must be pre-approved and must comply with the spirit of the event.

Year and Make: 1947 or older American made Motorcycles. Exception on year for Harley 45 WRs – If you have a Harley-Davidson factory 45 Flathead model WR that is 1948 – 1952 and want to race, please submit for approval.

Engine: 1947 or Older Overhead (i.e. Knucklehead), Flathead, or other American Overheads - No aftermarket motors, S&S, etc. 
Exception for Harley-Davidson 45 Flathead engines – Due to the fact that Harley 45 Flathead engines are all basically the same throughout the years, we will be allowing motors built up from later Harley 45 Solo and Servi-Car cases upon approval.
Exception for Indian Motocycle Flathead engines – If you have a later Indian 74 Flathead engine that you would like to run in your 1947 and earlier chassis please submit for approval.

General Overall: Period fasteners. No Nylon Zip Ties. No yellow, red, etc. plug wires (if you have them wrap them in black friction tape). No modern hardware.

Carburetor: Period Carburetors. Linkert or other factory or period (1947 and older) carb. Absolutely NO LATE MODEL CARBURETORS… No Mikuni, S&S, etc. 

Ignition: Period timers, distributors and magnetos. Exception on magnetos: Older Sportster type, Morris or Joe Hunt type magnetos are OK upon approval. None of those modern looking magnetos.

Transmission: Period transmission. No blatantly late model or Aftermarket transmissions. 

Shifting: Period Hand Shift, Foot Clutch - No "Jockey" style ratchet lids, No aftermarket chopper style clutch pedals, No "Cheater" hand clutches...
Harley-Davidson - Tank shift… Indian or other American Motorcycle - Tank shift or Factory off the transmission (i.e. Indian Scouts), Crocker, etc.

Frame: Harley-Davidson - OEM Rigid… Indian - OEM Rigid or stock sprung rear (40-47), Other American brands -  OEM frames

Forks: Period Forks. Harley Springer, Indian Girder or Leaf Spring... Hydraulics i.e. Vard, must be pre-approved

Wheels: Period wheels and hubs - No late model hubs. No aluminum wheels

Brakes: Period Mechanical Drum - No disk brakes, or modern hydraulic drum brakes

Tires: Period Tires with Period Tread - Aggressive OK (i.e. Grasshopper, Firestone ANS, etc.) Absolutely NO MOTOCROSS KNOBBIES, paddle style, or modern tread tires permitted

Paint: Period style paint that emulates the time period. No late model tank graphics, emblems, etc. Bikes can be shiny or crusty as long as they are Period Correct. No blatant “Rat Rod” style paint jobs please.

Number Plates or Painted Numbers: Period Number Plates with racing number clearly visible on both sides of the bike and front fork (if possible). Period style number plates, No yellow plastic Motocross plates with zip ties.  Paint or shoe polish on both sides of the gas tank is OK if you can't do plates.

You must read and agree to comply with these specifications prior to submitting your entry to The Race of Gentlemen.

1939 Knucklehead The Rocketeer...Under Construction....







Monday, December 19, 2016

R.I.P Tom Fugle...


We lost Tom Fugle yesterday... R.I.P. Tom...

Monday, November 14, 2016

TROG West - The Race of Gentlemen Pismo Beach California... Saturday / Sunday / Monday

East Coasters wait for the word Saturday morning...

East Coast encampment...

Got the word and down the road to the pre-staging lot we went...

Japanese media blitz... Ken and Gonz... Roller Magazine

Philly boys...
Grant and Steve Cab wait in pre-staging

We have a wait... that's for sure...

I made a beeline for the bar and snuck out a beer...
Went over to the beach entrance to check the pulse...
Guess who was right behind me... all dressed up...

The ocean was not behaving...

Customs by the Sea started lining up...

Back in pre-staging...Hello Koslow..

Finally moving from the Pre- Staging area lot toward the beach!!! Thanks Burrito Rick for letting me use your Knuckle to lead the racers out to the beach!

Here we go...

Into the Pit Area...

Doesn't look like I'm much help...


Go Takamine!

Steve Caballero waiting it out in the Pits...

Gathering in the pits... is that number 65 back there? Yup... Not sure who's kicking up the sand... looks like Hutch getting the brunt of it...

East meets West... Jeremiah looks happy...

The Harley truck made it...

Some "unstucking" required...


Mike Dyas on 48 

Panoramic... I guess

A "Sneaker Wave" swamped the Pit Area...

Sin Takizawa.. and his Koslow...

A Harely single makes its way into the pit area...

Another single bites the dust on it's way in...

Well sanded rider...

With Burrito Rick...

Flathead Jed...

Moving from the Pit Area to the track... Finally!

Moving into staging at the starting line...

Then the fun began... Staging bikes to race at the starting line... I was so involved in this activity (job) that I did not take one picture of the actual racing (I got two runs on Ricky's Knuckle and that was the extent of my racing)... there are a shit load of pictures and video of the racing out there on the net to view...) Due to the tides we only got about 3 1/2 hours of track time... the entire weekend... Sundays tidal surges were so bad the race had to be canceled! California... 

The sun came out Sunday but the Ocean wasn't having any of it!

The pit area...

Spectator area...



Looked beautiful...

Tidal surge...

The track... ouch!


Mel watching the food truck get unstuck...

Monday morning we went out to the Pismo Pier...
Mel contemplating a long walk... luckily for him it's a long pier...

Joe Oz... doing his best tourist pose...

Surfers enjoying the tides...

OK Joe Oz... I'll pose for a touristy picture before I head to the airport...

I'll even take one with Mel...

Hope for the best for next year!