Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Race Of Gentlemen 2017 - A Few Quickies







Weather Great, People Great, Bikes Great, Cars Great.... 
Event Great... more to come

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

1939 Knucklehead Finished and On The Road!


Ready to start!

Fired right the fuck up!

Yes!

Yes!

...and Yes!!!

First Bar Hop....

Running like a champ!

Love that stance!

The siblings are getting along just fine...

Monday, May 8, 2017

1939 Knucklehead... I Can See the Light!!!!

Sunday early AM start...

Ugh... my favorite... I can fix!

Starting to light up!

...in the rear

Had to swap the relay out... guess which one works... Yup! the crusty one of course...

Getting to these trouble makers

Oh yeah...

...and ... done

Fitting the tanks and dash

Air nozzle...

LIGHT IT UP!!!!!!!!

Horn and light wiring... left side

Horn and light wiring... right side

Got this old coil working... it gave me a scare but all is good!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

1939 EL Build Update - Getting Closer!

Primary all buttoned up...

Tail light, rear crash bar and rear stand catch

Tool box permanently mounted

Floor boards and front crash bar

Cleaned up the switch

Coil testing

Coil mounted

Horn assemblage....

Sexy!

Horn assembled and mounted

Love it...

Getting into the wiring...

Yanked a nice left side (large) petcock out of a set of UL tanks... it's perfect except the threads for the line are cockeyed... should be fun trying to straighten those out!


Haven't updated the Blog on 39 EL progress lately... getting a shit load done. Above are some highlights... grabbed a bunch of hardware from Old Dude at Oley to help finish her up!




Wednesday, April 5, 2017

TROG 2017 REGISTRATION CLOSES APRIL 15th!!!!


TROG Registration closes in 10 Days! 
April 15th... is the last day to get your entries submitted!!!! Read the specs, send in the necessary info and clear left and right side pics... PLEASE... 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

1939 Knucklehead Clutch Update....

It twas with high hopes that I began to assemble the clutch in the 39 EL project that I have been working on for nigh on 7 years now....

It had no seal so I incorporated a thick slice of fuel line to do the job (fingers crossed)...

It went together nicely and I completed the install and adjusted it... when I gave a pull on the release arm I knew something was amiss... it was like arm wrestling the fuckin' Hulk! So I fucked with this and that, spring pressure, adjusting screw, etc. and realized it's all gotta come apart again...

I checked the springs and they were fine... length and tension all good. So I'm sliding stuff in and out and what not, I notice that one of the metal plates is hanging up on the 2489-36 Drive Disk with Adjusting Studs (yeah that's the name H-D gave to the part in the pic above)

It was this one above... it was catching on wear burrs on the slots of that Drive Disc... the wear was from these metal plates moving to and fro during clutch operation. they cut into the sides of the slots in the Drive Disc and push a little burr of metal up... this plate would catch as I tried to slide it in and out... very interesting...

....But the other did not catch... comparing the two I notice the other had little notches cut into it on either side of the "tangs"... hhhhmmmm... see above and below

Notice the little notches on each side of the "tang" that let this plate slide past the wear burrs....

I also noticed that one friction plate had splits in 4 of it's "tangs" acting like springs.... I'm guessing anti-rattle like the spring balls on the later clutch plates? Another Factory Update? 

Notice splits above....

No splits in this plate...

So I head to my clutch parts pile and what to my wondering eyes should appear? What looks like a factory fix to the metal plates! See the big old notches in them! Ah Ha!!!! So instead of using these factory updated plates (my theory anyway) I grabbed the Dremmel and cut my own notches in the plate I had... I also hit the burrs on the Drive Disc with a file... it all went together like a dream and the clutch works great now!!!! 

All assembled and ready for chain adjustment! Now let that be a lesson to yuh! (It was to me)