I scored this wheel like 10 years ago and have never really had a use for it. It had 5/8" axle bearings and it was a rusty/crusty mess. Well I now need something like this, so I pull it down and have a look. I quickly found the proper bearings to run a 3/4" axle and made a new spacer and then I had to deal with the rust and grime.
At first it was all like...
Then it was like
After a few hours of scrubbing its looking pretty sweet. The rim cleaned up awesome. Most of the spokes polished right up. The nipples still need some more lovin'
It ain't perfect but it's gonna work great for me.
I scored this Fred Hernandez springer front end and got it installed today.
I had this old crusty dual disc 21" wheel with 5/8" bearing. I found some 3/4" bearings and machined a new spacer for it and it looks like it'll work. It needs some serious scrubbing to make it look half decent, but it'll work.
This thing really is a beauty. Very well made.
Last week I got to escape the winter and snow and fly south to Cuba for a week.
One of the hundreds of old cars in Havana
These were the only Harleys I seen. Two of them don't count. Haha.
Look at this! I wish I could have met the owner. Lots of different parts used on this one. Anything to keep it running.
My scooter I rented to rip around Cuba.
My lady and I ripping it up. We came back from the little town in the dark. No glasses and into the worst head wind ever. We're lucky if we could do 30 km/hr! Still had a blast, laughing our asses off the whole way.
This was the slowest scooter I've ever seen. Still had a blast. It ain't a chopper, but two wheels is better then no wheels
Setting land speed records.
Summoning Rollie Free...
Thanks to a lot of people for helping me get this motor back together. It was a complete mess. It needed damn near everything from welding the cases to new bottom end. The only thing salvageable was the flywheels. All new S&S, Jims and Harley internals. This thing should be super reliable and oil tight. I also scored an amazing deal on a Baker 6 in a 4 transmission. This bike will be almost all new parts. I'm hoping for a trouble free 2017 riding season with tons of miles.
It seems like forever since this bike was running. It's been a slow process of gathering parts and pieces for this engine rebuild. It's amazing how many awesome people I've dealt with getting this back together.
I got a great friend and old timer, who is constantly telling me how awful choppers are, but still seems to like me. Haha. He's been putting this together for me one part at a time. He is my go to guy for everything I can't handle. This guy can pretty much do it all. Amazingly talented and has taught me more then any school ever did.
My local shop, Old Dudes Cycle. This is your dream Indy shop. Wayne is a saint among men. The parts and advice is incredible. People local to here are fortunate to have a shop like this.
Choppers rule. Riding. Building. It goes hand in hand. Riding a bike is fun, but riding a chopper, and more specifically, one that you built yourself? Well son, there ain't no better feeling.
This is going to be a great 2017 !!
Flywheels all assembled and trued/balanced.
It's coming together
Awwww Yeah! It's getting close.