Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Oley PA, AMCA Meet 2009

A couple more pictures from Oley PA AMCA meet last weekend including a super cool, water cooled Drake Knuckle project.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Four (Fourty Fives) in a row

Just returned from AMCA Meet in Oley PA. The theme was Flatheads. The guy who built this went a little over board! It ran and I saw five people on it riding around the meet.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

In Memory of Russ Paradise: February 20, 1945 - April 03, 2009

I received word yesterday that my good friend and mentor Russ Paradise passed away. I was looking forward to seeing him this Thursday at an AMCA meet in Pennsylvania.

The attached crappy pictures I snapped from images of an old VHS tape on my TV. Russ raced dirt track in the 60's until Uncle Sam interrupted his career by drafting him off to Vietnam. He resumed after he returned.

The pictures above are from 1991 at the Fulton County Fairgrounds in Western Ohio. Russ is on his old 45" WLDR Flathead. As I looked through the view finder I realized that this is the exact moment that I decided that I had to Flat Track race before I die. It took me almost ten years to make that a reality.

Russ loved to "get right up in the loose stuff" and spray the crowd with pea gravel (his favorite racing surface) as he went by the Grand stands.

Russ shared a lot of his experience and wisdom with me over the years. Trying to teach me the art of broad sliding, tuning my Flathead and drinking Jack and Ginger at 7 AM when it's "Crackin' Cold"! I only mastered the latter. He recently sold his Knucklehead to another friend and I got to ride it around his property this past fall.

I will definitely miss this (sometimes cranky) old bastard! I learned a lot from him...now I just need to put it to some good use!


Sunday, April 19, 2009

41 Hydra-Bob on the road!

Finished up the 41 Knuckle today and took it out for it's maiden voyage.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Nj Auction...One More.

OK...two more. I couldn't leave out the Hearse.

More Jersey Auction Pictures

Tons of iron and a petrified Critter or something.

Motorcycle and Car Auction in New Jersey 2007

Just found some photos I took at an auction in NJ in September of 2007. A guy in his 80's decided to sell off his junk pile. Cool shit.

41 Hydra-Bob Progress

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Knuckle Hill Climb Engine

Fins shaved off the Heads and Cylinders. Exposed rockers and valves

48 WL

1948 WL. Hellings bars and risers, Beck headlight, "XA type" front end factory extended but for a 41 WLA. Cylinders relieved between the valves and bore (someone Hot Rodded this one).

41 Hydra-Bob

41 FL under construction with black police adjustable Hydra-Glide forks. The front end came off an old Pan (converted to bob job) police bike. all the black paint is original Harley (forks, wheels, primarys, oil tank, etc. The frame needed fixing so it got some touch up. The red paint is old, the scallops are new. 16in GoodyearGrass Hoppers front and rear.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

B&H/ Thoro Shifter Stuff

B&H shifter and clutch Booster a Thoro clutch lever with longer throw than the stock one.