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NEW T SHIRTS AND PARTS COMING SOON...

Getting the old Blog fired up. New Born-Loser Tees and parts coming soon. Who's still out there?



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The Black Sportster

Now I'm running those Alto Red clutch fibers (wet).  I soaked them overnight, then lightly wiped 'em off.  I left the clutch basket cover off.  The clutch in this thing has always been touchy as hell.  Tiny adjustments make big differences - dragging or slipping in high under acceleration.  Better hit neutral before you stop type-o-deal.  Just a little draggy.  As the clutch warms up - there goes any free play you had at the lever - not good.  After a lot of testing, I can live with it now.  I made a "clutch cable luber" from a piece of rubber hose - and ran everything from Motion Pro Cable Lube, DuPont Chain Lube, a shot of Lincoln Spray Grease - and finally some lube from a 30 year old can of genuine Harley-Davidson chain lube . . . which works perfect since it dribbles out (with no pressure in the can shooting back at you from the straw).  Now it works a bit better.  Wiley has a genuine H-D clutch cable for me, and I'm getting it soon - gotta get this bike working for The Meltdown Drag Run.
Ultra dark shield on the Simpson Street Bandit is so I can ride across town and not have to wave at everybody . . . small town life.  They know who I am anyway.

Sturgis

I know right where they're standing....
(I didn't know that used to be a One-Way)

Bubble Bags for Rigid Frames

This style of saddlebag was first offered in 1954.  I believe they were designed by William Harley, and he patented his design?  I bought the bags(without lids) for $75/pair since they had holes, and were all beat to shit.  Using sheet metal, old sign material, license plate metal, pop rivets and Gorilla tape . . . they are now solid.  I sealed the seams with gasket maker - then lined the bags with speaker cabinet carpet(when I was in a rock band for 3 months) and 3M spray fixative..  They look crusty from the outside, but nice and soft on the inside.  Ready for your leather jacket, clothes, camera or a bag of chips and cookies.
PS. Last night I sprayed 'em with the garden hose all over to see if they'd leak - Nope !  But we all know a garden hose ain't no match for Mother Nature....

Last Night Working in The Garage

I got these shovelhead cylinders for the 3.4665 pistons.  I've give 'em +.002 piston/wall fit.
These fancy panhead head gaskets - made for me in Italy.  Fire Ring style . . .
They line up nice, and fit tighter around the cylinder fire-ring than my other gaskets.  They feel sticky.  I super cleaned the surfaces with electrical contact cleaner - installed them dry as directed.
ABOVE: Heads on - Intake lined up and sealed.  These clamps don't work for everyone, but they seem to work for me?  Lube up the O-rings with oily fingers helps . . .

45 Short Block

This motor came with .325 lift cams (stock are more like .318 or .320) so, I'm not sure if they're a later model camshaft?  Hmmm?  I went with my patented cast-iron-gray high heat paint on the iron parts.  It will run an FM magneto.  This motor will power a TROG-ish, period race-type 45 with original frame and springer. 
All tappet faces were resurfaced on the valve grinder stem attachment.  WR/early XLCH solid mount magneto base plate.

Ending soon - Advance tickets for the Deadbeat Retreat

FYI- Deadbeat Retreat advance ticket sales end tomorrow. Grab yours now and beat the rush!

The time is running out

Just a friendly reminder that the First MFG Co Born-Free Fairfax and Ludlow vest giveaway ends at 2 pm pt. today. You can enter here and here. We'll announce the lucky winners today at 4 pm. 
Good luck!
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