Saturday, July 4, 2015

1947 Knucklehead Maintenance - Intake leakage and Carb bolt fix

Was feeling like I had an intake leak on the 47 FL

So I dropped the carb...

Found that, although the nuts were tight, the intake was loose...it moved freely when the carb support bracket was removed indicating that the brass bushings were not tightening up and sealing around the manifold

I popped off the manifold...you can also see in this picture an old intake nipple replacement fix using allen head set screws...hey it works...

The bushings slid on and off with ease. I tried other bushings and had the same issue with this manifold...pretty obvious as to where it was leaking...

The only other manifold I had that was the proper length was a chrome one. I have found that a quick trip to the glass bead cabinet textures chrome pretty well and gives it a cad type finish...

Looks OK to me...yeah I know I shoulda sent away for the new improved bushing/Peek seals or had my manifold reworked by the pros or whatever such stuff restorers do these days...but I didn't. I found two bushings that slid on tight and looked OK and used them...

Everything was going just fine until I began tightening the screw/bolts that hold the carb to the manifold...the last one (lower right) gave me that sickening feeling of stripage just I was carefully tightening it up...FUCK!

I went to the "well" and found three different size carb mounting screw/bolts

I took the longest one and ran some more threads down it so that it would screw through what was left of the carb threads and poke out the other side long enough to put a lock washer and nut on it 

I love house wire! I used my patented wire wrap technique to sneak the nut into the tight spot and get it started...worked like a charm!

I really hated to do this but I did not have a choice if I wanted to ride yesterday...maybe I'll fix it right when I pull the carb off in another 20 years...maybe not...It's tucked away down there...

...and from the other side looks perfect!

Oh yeah... she's running great now with no leakage...was out all day "test driving"...the only thing leaking is me from all the Lager intake...

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

1947 Knuckle Maintenance...Clutch and Timing

Pulling the clutch apart to check it out...
seemed a little slippy to me at the top of the gears

I can't even count the times I've pulled one of these things apart...
My special washer for these many occasions...
...and yes, I know the inside of my inner is red...

Out it all comes...

Oh yeah, I'm fixing my boot too...

Plates out, soak in gas, dry, resurface...back in...
I also tightened up the rivets on the spring plate

Side Note: See the holes in this pressure plate. They tell me that this was once used with a B&H hand clutch set up. In the Instructions for installing a B&H it tells you to drill holes and rivet a friction disc on the pressure plate and get rid of the spring plate.

All back together, spring tension adjusted 31/32 and ready to roll.

Now to check the timing...

The points are shitty...better start there...

N.O.S. Dixi points in stock...

Installed and gap set at .22...

The way I check my timing...a VOM (Volt / Ohm Meter) with a continuity tester that gives off a tone when it senses continuity. The manual tells you to use a test light but I like to hear it instead of look for it and I don't want to leave my ignition on during the process...

I attach it to ground and the points terminal..

I disconnect the wire from the points to the coil to avoid the false reading...then I pull the front plug, stick my thumb over the plug hole and slowly kick it over and wait to feel the compression stroke on the front cylinder. When I feel it start to blow my thumb off I stop kicking and turn on the VOM (the tone should be sounding because the points are not opened yet which produces continuity to the VOM and hence, sounds the tone). I move over to the timing hole and slowly rotate the engine in the direction it runs. I usually do this by having the rear wheel off the ground and the bike in gear. I grab the rear wheel and move it so that it turns the motor over a little at a time kind of like tapping it forward (this works well because if you pass the hole you can just turn the wheel backwards to get it back)...When the timing mark just begins to appear at the rear of the hole the points should break, silencing the tone coming from the VOM. If it doesn't then the fun begins! Time to loosen the stud nut on the dist head and start messing with the timing until you get it perfecto... The Knuckle has felt like the timing was a bit retarded. It started too easily, without retarding and just seemed a bit off on power...I was correct and now it is FIXED!

Everything back together and ready for Wing Night!

Monday, June 29, 2015

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Various Stuff from June

Father's Day Gathering

Mugging it up...

Plaque my daughter painted for me...


Fixed my U.S. Postal Meter Carbine...

The offending spent shell...

Took the '50 Pan out...

Bought and drank a lot of these...

Rode the '47 to the Hillclimbs

Hillclimbs

Saw this in the bar parking lot...

Not sure...

'47 through the screen...

Got a visit from Dr. Sprocket...fresh from Rhinebeck and the NH road run with Dave and Larry

Love Child...somehow Dr. Sprocket showed up on a '69 my buddy Mike sold 10 years ago...he called it the Love Child...

'46 sunning itself...

The cat brought me meat and vegetables...weird...
no starch???

Started to look into getting the Buick fired up....

Knuckle silhouette...

Prepping an off set fork for my '47 Bob Job

Needs tweaking...

Saw Mel in Jersey...at Joe Oz's

Rode to Mike Napolitano's viewing...

Rick's Pan 

Oz's Chief...

Rode off into the sunset with a couple hundred Harleys and a police escort from H-D of Ocean County in Lakewood NJ to the Funeral Home a few towns over...