I bought these years ago outside, on a beautiful summer day in Anamosa at a vintage swap meet. I just thought they were so cool. I like to sell crap to fund my other projects, so I put 'em up for sale. Now they're off to Japan ! I've sold more stuff to the Japanese. Iron Sportster parts, panhead parts, entire motorcycles . . . It used to kinda piss me off they were buying all our American heritage...but after gettin' to know some guys that come to Davenport and chat on-line....I realize how much they dig these vintage Harleys(and Chevelles) as much as we do - and it's ok with me now. It's going to a good place. Sometimes guys are just weird.
I took the drain plug out, and I thought it was empty??? Huh? What the heck? Oh, there it is - all 4 quarts of oil took about 6 hours to drain. A small little string of oil just kept on and on near the end. No lie !
Now I got this thing for a "crusty" early ironhead swingarm bike - with a slightly over stock or springer front end. Short rear fender (maybe with a steel tail-light hiked up?), peanut tank, flaking chrome, vintage seat, maybe a painted frame . . . A bike you wouldn't worry about leaving outside covered with tarp - with a log chain around it. Never wash it (wouldn't want to rinse the grease out). We've had this 1970 ironhead engine with peeling chrome that would make a good mill....
This motor is pretty much done. A couple things to check over before I give it back to my friend Chad, who I've been riding to Sturgis with the last few years. New lower end, dynamically balanced crankshaft, Kibblewhite valves, Rowe guides, bore job, pistons, lower Timken....all checked out. It'd better be good, since I'll be riding with him - and if anything happens - fingers get pointed !
My 1952 Model K is receiving a "refresher." I'm back to +.010 over pistons with these restored cylinders. Chad fixed some cooling fins, Hawbaker repaired a base, I did a new sleeve in one. My late and great acquaintance Mr. John Penner made this KHRM high desert pipe which I'll try and run with a factory, early XLCH single muffler. These K Models run sweet with Dellorto PHM38mm carburetors - so here's a new one for this thing. I'll probably sell off my ol' CV carb, old cylinders, some other junk I don't need, to fund my addiction. The magneto still throws a hot spark with little effort. More updates later . . .