My very best buddy Morty ("Morty The Official Shop Cat") passed away from natural causes last Sunday, Oct. 4th. Morty was the best pet I ever had, and I documented many things ol' Mort did over the years with the expressions and adventures he did around the garage and shop. This BLOG introduced me to many fellow motorcycle enthusiasts over all the years. I remember trying to figure out how to post photos, type text, etc...and this first photo was my test to see if I could do it. I'd see this big, biker dudes at swap meets and events, and one of the first things they'd ask is..."How's Morty?" It was pretty cool. The blogs are a dying method (almost gone fully actually), but there was a time when it was the hottest and best way to get the word out, meet people, they were just awesome ! Each time I get on here to post, Google makes weird changes, and you gotta learn all this crap again... it's like - Nothin' lasts forever for sure. Makes me sad. Buy hey... I got an Instagram (for short attention spans I call it) - and I still post on that. I'll try to send a post now and then, but it just ain't the same - and I'll miss Morty, and I already miss the blogs - but times change - and we just got to go onward into the future - but never sell those old Harleys and keep the vintage bike spirit alive - and maybe I'll see or hear from you all soon? Thanks for the great times we've had ! -Noot
Got this '67FLH motor about wrapped up. It came in really gross and rusty - but now it's ready for action ! Bone stock - but tight. 1967 was the 2nd year of the shovelhead engine production. I reused and detailed about all the fasteners, except the case bolts nuts and rocker slotted nuts (from Colony).
The early primary chain adjusters didn't have the "nylon shoe" on the adjuster pad...it just had this soft metal pad, permanently attached. The pad wore just a tiny bit(where the chain grooves started to show) and you didn't want to run your chain over tight.. The face of the adjuster was a bit narrower to fit a KR(XLCH type) tin primary cover. The clutch basket was narrower, so the shoe had to be a bit narrower too. I've found those nylon pads aren't always the best since the retainers often come loose, and the nylon shavings from the pad can clog your countershaft needle bearing oiler.
Hartman's mill. I went thru this ripper years ago - and it still runs pretty good. You do your best, try not to skip steps or cut corners...and sometimes you get lucky. He runs 2 carbs on everything - and he's good at it. Tuning, jetting - he makes it work. This bike is insane with details !