Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Jake spent all day cleaning and blasting parts, which uncovered all the flaws. I'm gonna be busy on the heli-arc for awhile cuz these cases have been around the block, and by the looks of it they got there first! Or broke trying. No worries though. They will be better than new!
Monday, November 28, 2011
Went to the shop tonight with my bottom end. Made some good progress and got the cases split tonight, even without the raw hide hammer the shop manual recommended. Pat got some aircraft stripper shit to get all the old wrinkle coat paint off the jugs and heads. He warned me the shit was pretty harsh...turns out I had some on my gloves and I had to scratch my ass, now my ass cheek is on fire.
Looks like the piston to wall clearance is a little out of spec and we will be going .040 over on the new pistons. Time to make a parts list!
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Pat came over on Saturday for some breakfast beers and top end removal. Today I got the bottom end out. I was a little leary to tear the old girl down without ever even having a chance to see if it ran. Everything on the top end looked pretty good, but we did find a wrist pin bushing was spun on the front rod and some wear was already starting on the wrist pins. Tomorrow we will split the cases and see what we find for the bottom end. Hope nobody gets sick of these posts cause I think there will be a lot!
So Friday after 20 some years my old man was brought face to face with his first bike. There were a lot of smile and holy shit, what the fucks, and disbelief. It all came back to him when he saw it and he pointed out a lot of things that were good to know. He said hell or high water this thing needs to be exactly the way it started out and he brought a pile of pics for reference. Ready to get started!
Friday, November 25, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Found this story about this guy in the 60s on one tough Sportster. This guy lived. Things to note, look at the dent in the tank, the sissy bar whipped forward and caused that. Look at the bars, dude clearly held on through the impact. Also the frame looks pretty much in tact. Cars in the 60s were not made like today, that was a heavy piece of steel.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Next time you are in the market buy some American boots. When you wear them out they will rebuild them just like an old Harley. I wear mine a minimum of 12+ hours a day, 8 of which are spent on my feet fixing motorcycles. The models with a stiched in white tag are made here. They are more money but once you own a pair you won't care what the cost was. They are the BEST!
It's why I'm doing what I do.
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Monday, November 14, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Tonight after literally 2 years of searching and another 8 hours online tonight I think I found my Dad's 59 Sporty for sale. The ad says it is in Benson, MN and only has an email address. If anyone knows Kyle Reinke fron Benson or Danvers Minnesota I could really use your help getting in touch with him. The bike has been changed a little but not a lot. I called my Dad and showed him the ad tonight. I think his heart stopped. He could not even form a complete sentence for a while. Here are the pictures....you be the judge
Here is how I know it is the same bike.
1. Its listed as a 1959
2. Still has the same front end, head light, and invader mag
3. The rear shock has a gold cap on the top of the shock
4. The sissy bar is the same trident as original
5. The neck has the same gusset
6. The frame is the same purple, orange, maroon color. It looks different in all lights
7. The tank and oil bag are different color but still horseshoe and the peanut tank
8. My dad painted the fins on the jugs a purple maroon orange color before he sold it, you can still see it in the pic
CASH REWARD IF ANYONE CAN HELP ME GET THIS BIKE!!!
UPDATE: FOUND THIS ON CRAIGSLIST AS OF OCTOBER 23RD.
CHOPPER GODS BE WITH ME ON THIS ONE....PLEASE
1. Vagina Cake
2. Roast Beef Vagina
I think of some fucked up shit but I cant see how many people put Roast Beef Vagina into search terms on Google.
Either way glad you found us!
Friday, November 11, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Got this other 106" all together. Just waiting on some cables so I can get it on the rollers. Tman 555 cam with ported heads, 1.900 & 1.610 valves. Should make nice power. Also tore down the '39 today to find the mystery tick it developed on the Davenport trip. I decided to make it my winter project. Go through it and do a little nicer job on the fabrication and change up a few things. Maybe make it a little more period correct so when I ride it to all the shows the hipsters give me more props. lol.