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Ricky Noot - Vintage Harley-Davidsons, motor building, racing, history, art, music and event coverage and sometimes Morty The Official Cat. Blog / Instagram

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Sailor's Morning . .

The calm before the blizzard.  We've had a funky winter this year...no snow, very little ice, no ice riding, no snowmobiling, no ice fishing...kinda fartin' up the winter sports.
A couple small flurries....and a trip to the local coffee bar for a small one from Brazil. 
As I drink my cafe' . . . I like this exhaust pipe.  The KHRM came with this desert pipe.

Yes on this one . . .





Photos stolen from BaRon's blog and DICE Magazine.  This build is really neat - about everything about it - I like it a lot . . .


I like the front wheel, rear fender, frame molding, high shoulder rims, paint color, mural . . . it's just a bitchin' build.  I might shorten the sissy bar and lean it back a bit...and ditch the CV carburetor for an SU or Linkert...but, hey - it's not my bike - and I don't think it's for sale - and if it was, I probably couldn't afford it.  Hats off to one sweet ride. 

Harley WR Racing Engine

I've been jammin' the last few weeks to get this WR engine done so I can deliver it to
The Mama Tried Motorcycle Show on Feb. 15-16 in Milwaukee.  This particular engine has some documented race history with a top 5 finish in the early 1950s at the legendary Springfield Mile. 
After repairing the engine cases, machining, measuring, etc.  Almost every part on the engine has required attention.  The motor was assembled when I received it, but the parts mirrored "swap meet specials" haphazardly assembled.  The ball bearing construction appears easy to conquer...but now you're dealing with hand-press-fit on everything.  It's very difficult to align the cam timing marks when each cam is pressed into position.  There are so many particulars that need addressed when assembling an engine of this nature.  Basically, it's got to be perfect, or it won't run at all.  This is the 5th ball bearing-type engine I've built (with my dad too) - and we still spend about as much time reading, as we do building the motor.
The magneto is a horizontally mounted Wico Single Fire type unit.  The ignition timing is best set by
location of the piston to TDC...then verify the timing actual timing mark on the flywheel.  On the earlier WRs, once the gear cover is on...you can't change your timing from the outside, since the magneto is bolted solid to the case.  No rotation.  The Wico cap has a #1 which indicates the REAR(or #1 cylinder) and the spark plug wires must be installed correctly. 
I updated the sprocket shaft seal (from the steel reverse thread seal) to a modern type rubber-lip seal.  The seal kit (from Colony) is the same as a Big Twin seal, since the sprocket shaft in a WR is the same diameter as a panhead....but runs the larger 25mm ID ball bearing.  A #1205 ball bearing to be exact: 25mm x 52mm x 15mm Superblend-type bearing.

The lower pump has been checked over, blasted, washed and inspected.  I painted it my special cast iron gray, installed, with breather timed.  I bumped the breather ahead 1 tooth, since the piston was already about 2" down in the cylinder before it started opening (via timing mark).  By one tooth advanced, the breather window opens just after TDC - to get that crankcase evacuated of pressurized air a bit sooner. 

Top End History

The Harley 45"
Simplicity at it's finest, and most likely the longest running H-D design now and forever.  From the late 1930s all the way to 1973 - they're still one of the best designs to ever come out of Milwaukee.
The 74" and 80" Sidevalves
Take the tried and true and trusted reliability of the 45" and make it bigger !
The K Model and KH Model
Take the basic good points and mannerisms of the flathead, unitize the engine block with the transmission, and add a healthy dose of cams, racing style carburetion, pop-up pistons and smoothed ports . .  and hold on !
Let's go Overhead !
Since 1936 - it's been the King of the Road for the H-D line.  Highly sought by collectors and retro chopper fiends...The Knucklehead in all it's glory.
The Beauty Queen . . . The Panhead
Arguably the engine that put H-D on the map.  Reliability and beauty at the same time.  The subject of songs, movies and the dream to just have one in the garage with your name on the title (even if it runs or not)  I just don't know why they never made it an 80 incher.....
The Tough Guy !
The end result of all it's forefathers . . . The Shovelhead kept the company's (no pun intended) head afloat and lost credo to the Evo as the savior.  But, ask any die hard old-timer wrench-n-rider and they'd rather run their shovel than the Evo any day.
The Evolution
It's taken many years, but it's early respect has morphed into the historical respect it deserves.  The "rock" of the H-D engine line - It's finally becoming a collector in it's own right.  Long live the Evo and welcome to the club !
 

S&S Air Cleaner (again)

I can see it now....I'm gonna end up with an S&S air cleaner on everything.  I made up another "B" series backing plate to adapt to my "E" series carburetor.... and it just rips now !  All kinds of response, and it just runs better (than the Linkert style, 7" round style).  That round air cleaner didn't like wind or rain much either - but I've never had a problem with the S&S teardrop in those conditions.  Now just need some nice weather.  I'm still riding short runs, so I fulfilled my 2017 goal again of riding every month.

More Mert . . .

He looks tiny on this thing.  Not a real big guy anyway, just stocky and strong.  Looks like it's got aluminum rims?   Anyone know what sauce pan they used to make air-cleaners out of ???  A guy told me once, and I should have wrote it down. 

Mert Lawwill

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