Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Day One

The day I test rode it, and then bought it. It was the inner beauty I was concerned with.


In Case You Were Wondering

Specs from my FXR's original owner's manual from 1988. (Technically, mine is an FXRS)


Monday, December 29, 2008

Cat Mosh

Oh my, I have to thank Richie for this one.

Paul, is this what it's like at your house?!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Death Machine

Received this along with some other goodies from Kyle at Death Machine Corpse. Another fine piece made by Dave, this one in bronze. It might be a little pricey, but Dave makes some quality cast parts.


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Santa = Satan

Uggghhhh....Even Santa does the stupid Bro Wave. At least he has a badass sled bro.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

I Hate Work

Here's a few pictures from my drive to work today. I already have 50 hours and I get called out on a Saturday to drive to New Hampshire the morning after a storm to "Check if our power got shut off because we didn't pay the bill". I hate being on call and subcontracting for another company. I tried to explain that it was over 2Hrs away and I most likely wouldn't be able to get access because of the snow. They didn't care and said it was a "Priority". Yeah, must be nice when you're sitting in 75 degree weather in Mississippi and force a tech to go out in 15 degree weather to check if power's on at a site. Man I need that job.





Friday, December 19, 2008

This Is The PAINKILLER!

Faster than a lazer bullet, it's 6 minutes of metal mayhem!



(Hey Richie, I think he's wearing my old saddle bags!)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Watercooled Knuckle

Don't know what it is about knuckleheads, but they've always been a motor that I've been drawn to. I was playing around on the net and came across this beauty. A Drake watercooled v-twin knucklehead. Not something you see everyday!






Some info:

Earlyriders article on Harley-Davidson Drake knucklehead engines

In the 1930s Drake Engineering began producing special Harley-Davidson based motors for racing that were used in quarter-mile midget cars. The cases were early HD 61 OHV, usually beefed with extra welding and fitted with steel strocker flywheels. The trans was an in-or-out gearbox [3] - no clutch - made from Ford "A" parts that bolted to the engine sprocket boss. Since the cases were spun around and mounted in the chassis crosswise, this was the back of the engine.

In place of the stock knuck to end, one piece water jacketed cylinders and heads with mounts for dual 1 1/4" carbs [cast in Iron by Drake] accepted standrad HD valve gear. With a 4 5/8" stroke and a monster 3 1/2" bore, displacement worked out to 89 cubes with a 96-inch version appearing later.

Most of the internals started out as standard HD, but the power that the engine produced made stronger replacements necessary. Years before the factory did it, the cases were bored out for Timken type bearings, and mainshaft sizes grew to 1 1/2" and eventually 2". Early stock rods bnt like pretzels and racers used Cartwright forgings or 4130billet units made by Barker. Cams were either Lightning Knuckle or Schaeller regrinds. The standard generator was replaced with an Edison-Splitdorf mag and later, with Bosh or Wico magnetosrunning in a special front drive cam cover by Elder.

Since the powerplant was just for racing, a number of Los Angeles area shops made special conversions for themselves. Pordugiel and Smiley produced some with steel crankcases [whitled out of a solid billet!] and one of the Hoak brothers' motors had alloy valve covers like later Panheads!

The engines were used in midgt car racers in the late 1930s and in the post WWII era. Their low speed torque made them competitive with the Offy's [Four cylinder engines Offenhauser engines also used in midgets] on short or slippery tracks. However, on longer circuits, they would overheat and lose power. Because the cooling system had no water pump and depend on thermal currents for circulation hrough a font mounted mounted radiator. Another major problem was vibration. The "shakers" or "popers, as they were called, would work a car to death, splitting float bowls and slowly shedding parts all over the track unless revswere limited to about 4000. A few Drake engines were use by bike drag racers in the 1950s, but most of the 400-odd produced have probably gone to the scrap yard now. The production of the engine parts passed out of Drake through several owners, ending up in 1952 with Edgar Elder, who still has the orginal patterns.

Taken from an article in Earlyriders, Published by Easyriders in the late 70's or early 80's

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Wowzers

Damn, I hate the Japanese! How is it they end up with so many kickass knucks and pans?! Lucky bastids. Check out the linky.









Random Parts

Box of random parts. They'll clean up nicely. Some of it will be used on the rebuild. I have so many different stashes of random crap. I really need to gather everything together and go through it.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Original

15 Years ago, the original Steel Heart by Busse. Sorry, I got nothing better today, but it's always cool to check out old(er) ads.


Saturday, December 13, 2008

Rockers

No, not like the Mods and the Rockers (at least not yet), I mean rocker covers. This is what I did today. 99.995% of people will never notice when they're done, but I thought it would be pretty cool to "melt" all the corners and edges on my rocker covers. Nothing even really too dramatic, but it took a hell of a long time just to massage all the corners with files. I've got the basic shapes, now I just need to start sanding through the various grits and then polish. I'll get some more pics when they're finished.



Thursday, December 11, 2008

Rant: Work Bites

This is how I feel today. After 14 years, it finally happened. I get a memo in my payroll check today stating that the company is cutting Christmas Bonuses. "After rising gas prices, poor economy, blah blah blah...." You know, they nickel and dime everything, but have no problem throwing thousands (over a million in one case) away on failed projects and unnecessary equipment and personnel. Hell, they buy the company free lunch EVERY Friday since I've been here. That costs quite a bit to feed everybody in the office building. Why don't they cut that out for a couple weeks? Sorry, but I'm just not in a good mood today. Christmas is gonna be pretty bleak this year.......


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Super Villain

After finally seeing the movie, I must say Heath Ledger's performance as The Joker in the Dark Knight is one of the best movie villains of all time. I can name off quite a few great performances, but Heath's really stands out. Say whatever you want about the movie in general, but that has to be one of the best renditions of The Joker ever. There were times when I couldn't believe I was seeing the same actor that played a butt-cowboy in Brokeback Mountain. (And no, I don't care what you pay me, I'm still not seeing that movie) Really, you should see Batman: The Dark Knight, if just to see it for the new Joker. Such a shame that there won't be any sequels involving Heath.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Santanico Pandemonium

I need to find a bar like this.....

Monday, December 8, 2008

Ironhead II

Another incarnation in the evolution of my Rolling Nightmare

On it's way

Can never have enough spare parts around. Scored this recently for a paltry sum. All I really wanted were the trees. Looks like I got an extra set of sliders to get turned and cleaned up along with my other ones. Yay for spare parts.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Used to

A picture of one of the ironhead incarnations

This Guy

Cought this guy following me around and offering me candy bars. Anyone know who he is? (Yes I was bored and did this in Paint)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Swingin' Time

Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels. It was this or the Ronettes. A young Miss Veronica Bennett may make an appearance sometime in the future, but for now you get Mitch.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Stage One-Alpha

It has begun. The Rolling Nightmare is getting torn down and finally built the way I've wanted since I got it. Since I need to get the frame to Tigman to get hardtailed, I figured I might as well take my time and do the whole bike over. Cleanup, re-wire, paint, etc. It also helps that I now have the luxury of another bike to ride while I work on this one, which is why I couldn't really do this before since the bike was my main mode of 2 wheeled transportation.

Here's what the heads look like after I removed them the other day. From what I can gather, they look pretty normal for having about 12-15K on them. From L to R, rear exhaust, rear intake, front intake, front exhaust. The carbon build up is likely from leaky valve guides (which I knew about). Looks like it may have been running a little lean in the front, but it was running good soooo I dunno? If any of you have any ideas or thoughts about it, please let me know. I just want to make sure that what I'm seeing is relatively normal.



For Richie

I think I found your problem....

The 'Other' Captain

My buddy Ryan. He's a captain and a blackhawk pilot for the U.S. Army, and dare I say, a very good friend of mine. This is a picture he sent me from when he was in Iraq. As you can see, he's standing with Governor Mitt Romney. Ryan was tasked with flying Mitt around when he visited the troops in Iraq. I thought it was a pretty neat picture. Thanks Ryan!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Bros

I might throw these guys a bro wave. They're pretty cool I guess....



I also have to throw one up of me and Drunky Drunky McDrunkpants. That had to be one of the best times I've ever had. Thanks Jay! (Just no more "Bundy-ing" it with the speedos!)

Monday, December 1, 2008

More Gypsy

The Swingin' Pickle



Mass(achusetts) Exodus



Walter, the man that put it all together



Camouflage. If he covered his head, you'd never see him



(Paul, I also have a really good one of you and Josh. Let me know if it's cool to post it at some point)