Thursday, September 29, 2011

41 FLTT - Screws and Cables

Four special screws to hold the Military deflector

Cable fishing

I'm getting really close with this one. Some pics from the other day. I'm just about ready to bolt the tanks on for good and fill 'em with fuel...just about...

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Knuckle Tappet Guides

Early on the left...late on the right (beveled).

I am not sure when exactly the transition was made or why, but I've narrowed it down. I checked out a nice original 40 motor and it had the early style. I saw a restored 42 on Matt Olsen's blog with the late style (beveled). I have two 41's and one has the late and one has the early. I am sure that Matt Olsen could clear this up for me.
I originally figured they changed when the pushrod tubes changed in 1940 but that does not appear to be the case.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sunday, September 25, 2011

"Dirty Nine" To The Rescue...kinda...

It was a beautiful Fall Day today. I took a ride out through the country on the Old "Dirty Nine". I was cruising along a back road and came upon a car in a ditch with a long haired kid and the home owner standing around looking puzzled. The kid had seen a stereo and speaker out by the road and pulled in for a closer look. He backed right into the ditch. His rear wheel completely off the ground. He said he called his friend to come pull him out. To make a long story short the friend turned out to be a good friend of my youngest son and they all new each other. I hung around and helped get him out and continued on my way. It was a great weather day in PA and the "Dirty Nine" ran like a dream!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Military Air Cleaner/Carb Connection

This seems to work and in this position clears the Choke Lever.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Lappin' it... The needle and seat that is...

Valve Grinding Compound and a Rubber Ducky Float

Lapped and ready for assembly

Now I'm getting somewhere. I lapped the needle and seat with valve grinding compound and assembled/installed the Linkert on my 41 FLTT. I used an old style Flathead thumb choke lever. It looks cool, works great and eliminates the cross over stuff. Now I just have to figure out a period "Bird Deflector" that will work with it....

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Brooklyn Invitational 2011

Guy (Greasy Kulture) Bolton and I

Capt. Cal and father Joe

Max's Knuckle

A LOVE Machine...

Just in case

Well Kelly and I hit the Brooklyn Invitational again this year. I got a chance to meet folks I've only corresponded with through this box. It was great to finally meet Guy Bolton of Greasy Kulture. We have known each other for years through the mag, email, blog ...but never face to face. I also got a chance to meet Jeremiah of LOVE cycles Phoenix AZ, Capt. Cal (Jersey)and his dad Joe who I knew in the early 80's.

It took forever to get outta Brooklyn last night but we finally made it back to PA.

Oh yeah, I forgot my friggin' camera so I had to use my cell phone. Of course that was set wrong so all the pics are small...oops...

Friday, September 16, 2011

Steve Ciccalone - Rest In Peace my friend...

I stole this pic from

I can't believe what I heard on the phone tonight...

I got some very bad news tonight. My good friend Steve Ciccalone passed away today. I don't have any more info then that. Steve was the absolute best. I just talked to him last week and he was looking forward to enjoying a "Life Giving Lager" with me at Jefferson in a couple of weeks...

Steve served as the National Meet Coordinator for the AMCA until a few years ago and was the smiling face you would see first when entering the gate at the Jefferson PA meet.

I have never met a nicer person then Steve. What a loss...

Fond Fairwell...

It was time to send my old dead 6 volt batteries to the scrap yard (and one 12 Volt tractor battery that came in a 72 Shovelhead)... 20 in all.

I have saved these batteries forever. I even moved them to PA from Jersey! There are six Wisco batteries in the bunch that I bought NOS when I was 20!

I did save one old 60's Harley-Davidson Battery for the hell of it...just couldn't let it go...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Stanley Miller and his 36 EL

I was perusing Matt Olsen's Blog and saw the update he did on Stanley Miller's accident and condition (struck by a deer). I see Stanley every year at Wauseon but do not know him well. I snapped this pic of him on his 36 EL at Wauseon this year. He rides that 36 Knuckle in from Texas!
Get well soon!

Monday, September 12, 2011

41 FLTT Exhausted

A simple two into one with a Slash Cut Straight pipe.