Monday, November 26, 2012


Got the tires on. 4.00-19 front, and 4.50-18 rear Firestone Champions.  I really like the tall tire and big (not 16") wheels. I polished up the ironhead drums as well. On the rear I had a crappy new repop chrome backing plate/sprocket assembly and decided to mate it with an original aluminum backing plate with the repop sprocket. That way I'll have a decent looking original backing plate and new rear and transmission sprockets and chain. I hate mixing old and new drive pieces if I don't have to. The hoops and spokes were pretty beat so I just plasti-dipped them for the time being. The future holds lacing powdered black hoops to the drums with stainless spokes, but that is big money, and to be honest, I am apprehensive about lacing wheels for my first time, but it is something I want to do. I got all my bushings, heim joints, and linkages for the brake crossover and clutch pedal from McMaster-Carr today as well. That should be a time consuming but rewarding job setting all that up. I actually enjoyed doing it on my first chop I built, my 66 Triumph, so I am kind of looking forward to it. My chain should be here tomorrow, so I can set up the drive components.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Got the 38-40 knucklehead springer on, top clamp, and some older servi-car police bars on. I am not digging the bars that much, they really dwarf the tank. Maybe they'll just take some getting used to after having narrow bars on my other bikes for so long. I have a set of Biltwell 4-Aces coming that I will try out. Top clamp was a complete pain in the ass. Note to self, take off powdercoat before trying to jam a seemingly press-fit clamp on. Had to get real creative with all-thread, a rubber mallet, miscellaneous nuts and bolts, and a homemade puller. Also got the clutch and belt drive on (with the exception of the lock plate and keyway on the front pulley. The clutch hub gave me trouble fitting it in the basket, heat and cold did nothing. I finally stuck it in my drill press and pressed it on while it was frozen. A few other odds and ends were thrown on as well. My Haifley Bros. seat and pad is amazing, can't wait to mount them up.

Everything so far has been a bolt-on affair, it is time to do some actual 'work' on the bike. This weekend I am going to weld on the seat spring posts, gas tank bungs, and seat hinges. I am using two Biltwell hinges, one for the seat, one for the gas tank. I will be using a AHRMA-style rubber strap to mount the back of the tank, making it able to flip up and off with ease. I'm still torn on what I want to do with the wheels. They are pretty grimy, so I am not sure if I want to blow them apart and powder coat them, or wait until I have done a shake down on the bike and need to do paint and such on all the miscellaneous parts. Still a ways off.

Sunday, November 11, 2012


Got the brake side lined up. I will of course be trimming the mount and shaving off at least 5 pounds. The brake lever is also going away in favor of a smaller tucked-in one I will bend up. I ordered nearly 3K worth of parts through Mike at OLD-STF. Pretty nice to have someone as knowledgeable as him and his dad so close by. Sold my evo sportster to pay for the flathead parts and such. It should work out pretty well. I have a reproduction knuckle springer, belt drive, and a cycle electric gen/reg combo on the way, along with a bunch of other parts. That is about it for the buying, time to start building.


I put this on ebay, as I really don't have a use for it. Chrome over solid brass Flanders (?) inline top clamp. 99¢ and it could be yours.

Friday, November 2, 2012


Snug as a bug, the motor is finally home and in the frame. It's been a long trip just getting this far, and a long way ahead.