Monday, September 1, 2014

Davenport 2014 Pics from Rusty...Cool Bikes but Holy Shit!!!





Cool Knuckles but...WOW check out dem prices!

Rusty always sends me a link to the great photos of events he attends. This time it's the Davenport Iowa AMCA meet...Check out more of Rusty's photos from Davenport here...Thanks Rusty!

Friday, August 29, 2014

T.R.O.G. 2013 Freaky Photo


I was at the Neshaminy Chapter winter dinner back in January and by chance I was introduced to one of he the members wives just before I left. She said she was at The Race of Gentlemen in Wildwood. After talking for a few minutes she asked what my number was. When I told her 33 she couldn't believe it, she dug through her phone and showed me this picture. Apparently she had  just gotten the phone and didn't know how to use it and the end result was this crazy photo...She told me that she didn't know who 33 was and had been waiting to find him so she could give him the pic...and finally I got it in email the yesterday...
That's the story...cool pic!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Rick's Place...David Carlo Photos



"Photographer Extraordinaire" David Carlo was up at Rick Petko's place the day we were filming and took a ton of great black and white photos. Here are a couple I hijacked by taking a pick of my screen...
David took fantastic photos of the T.R.O.G. last year and will be back at it again this year...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

More from Rick's Place...


"Don't get mud on your helmet"...Oops...














A few more after farm racing in the hay field last Saturday with Rick, Josh and Mel...soiled again....

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Wet and Wild!







Had a wet, wild and generally filthy time up at Rick Petko's place doing some filming this morning...
Beat the piss outta four Flatheads! Me, Mel, Josh, Rick and...oh yeah...Joe Oz (Indian Spectator)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Flat Track Knucklehead Motor Transplant...Successful!

The unsuspecting donor...

First the tanks...


Exhaust, etc., etc.

Popped the sprocket and left the clutch and inner on...

Broken free form the primary!

Ouch!
I'll bet she feels like she just woke up 
in a bathtub full of ice in Bangkok...
Poor girl...

No cooler needed for transport...just a back brace...

In she goes...

Oh yeah...motivation time!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Knucklehead Morris Magneto Install

Pulling out the timer...

Goodbye...

Bent a 7/16 wrench to reach the rear timer bolt...

Timer, Relay, Relay Bracket gone...

Magneto base with hex drive installed with spacer...

Checking for fit with e special plate that
Desh (Dave) from Morris Magneto gave me...
No grinding of case or smashing of fins...

Full range of motion...nice!

Timing...

Plug wires next...

The front "hard" wire boot required 
grinding to fit under the tank...

All set...

Started first kick!

I'm yankin' the 41 FL motor outta the Hydra Bob (I'm building another to replace it) to use in my Flat Track Knuckle. I'm using an old Morris magneto and Desh hooked me up with a plate that has the studs in a different position so there is no messing with fins or engine case needed. It popped right in! I tested this on a mock up motor a few posts ago but it was time for the real thing. I figured I would install it, time it and start it prior to swapping the motor. I learned a couple things about magnetos in the process which a lot of you probably know already...
Timing the Mag
When I time a bike with a timer (not a magneto) I hook my VOM to ground and to the points and set it on "Tone" I have the bike up on the rear stand and in gear. I get the timing mark where it needs to be by pulling the plugs and pressing my thumb over the front plug hole and kicking it over until I feel compression in the front cylinder. I then tap the back wheel to turn the engine in the direction it runs until the mark appears. I set the timer to where the points just begin to open by listening for the VOM tone to stop when the circuit is broken (points opening)...
Anyway I learned that the coil in the mag has continuity to ground when static and therefore the tone will not detect the points opening...simple fix...I disconnected the coil wire from the points and performed the above procedure as if it were a timer...after it was timed I removed the mag head and reattached the wire without disturbing the timing position.
In doing this I realized that if a mag ever died (on the road) you could remove the coil wire from the points and connect an external stock H-D coil (connected to your battery) and plug wires and use the Mag as a timer...
Well the Knuckle started on the first kick and ran like a charm...now to de-install the motor and re-install it into my Flat Track frame!!!