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My Current Project

Postby tomcatshaas » Fri Feb 18, 2011 8:48 am

As most of you have observed. I have sold all my German Stuff. And I'm sure you have all been wondering why. Well here it is. My life long dream. It's a ground up build all from original parts being bought one at a time from swap meets and other sources as I find them. So far I have an engine and transmission and brakes. It's going to take....well the rest of my life, but I'm hoping to have it done in the next 3 to 5 years so I can enjoy it the rest of my life. :mrgreen:

1947 Harley Davidson Knucklehead original engine.

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Re: My Current Project

Postby Bil » Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:15 am

Very nice indeed! However,'the rest of my life' and '3 to 5 years' shouldn't go together! :? I tell people that I have saved and invested enough that I could quit work and live just like I do now,if I die by Tuesday! Many,many years of riding pleasure to you! When it is done,and winter sets in,bring it to California-they are more lenient with bike that with guns! ---bil
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Re: My Current Project

Postby 42rocker » Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:35 am

Good Luck with the new project... Switching from 1930's/40's stuff to 1947... Still same time period....
During the winter snow months glide down to Fla got a spot for you to stop at for a day or two... You can revisit a lot of your stuff that you sold me.....LOL..........

ENJOY the ride... Glide Free.....

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Re: My Current Project

Postby Blanksguy » Fri Feb 18, 2011 11:56 am

tomcatshass,
Engine looks good.......did you build her, or rebuilt at a local shop (?).

Although original frames are still out there that have not been modified or "tweeked", they are very few and far between........same as the springer-front-ends, tanks, sheetmetal, etc..
There is a company starting to manufacture early frames from newly-made castings. This is not "V-Twin" who's ridgid-frames started being made in USA and then switched to "overseas" manufacture (NOTE: A lot of talk about V-Twins frames not being withing "specs", etc.) ..........it is a company who bought the tooling and castings from a company down in Austrailia....and should be making them shortly with all of the raised "casting-numbers/letters".

We could go on-and-on about older Harley projects as I have been riding since about 1966/67.
As a trained Harley-Davidson Mechanic........if you need some information/help, send me an e-mail.
Good luck on your change in "hobbies".

Regards, RichardS in MI.
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PS: Not knocking your choice of engines....if using this for normal highway speeds of 70-MPH and higher for longer periods of time/"cross-country"........I would have looked into a newly manufactured S&S 93" Knuckle-Head engine.

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Re: My Current Project

Postby tomcatshaas » Fri Feb 18, 2011 4:49 pm

I need an offset front forks. :mrgreen:

I just spoke to Craig down in Tennessee Of Tennessee Frame Company . Too bad about Steve Little in Austrailia. I guess he has West Niles virus. Craig is waiting on a shipment of castings and wont be up an running for a few months. I should of bought a frame last year when the exchange rate was better.

Anyways, their is a Father and Son outfit in South Dakota that runs the crap out of their 61" and 74 " Knuckles all over the country at highway speeds with no problems so I should be good.

I found a nice set of original tanks in Germany of all places. I'm still waiting for them to enter the USA.

Did I mention that I need an offset front forks. :mrgreen:

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Postby Blanksguy » Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:16 am

I hadn't heard that Steve was ill......hope he makes a full recovery soon.

I haven't gotten back with "Craig" after receiving his e-mail ........ just giving them a chance to get the welding-jigs in along with those first sets of frame-casting from "Steve".

We both should have picked these up years ago before the exchange-rate went up......and I believe that this is one of the reasons for setting up a good frame-shop in the USA.......and the added advantage of better (read that as more detailed) frame-casting........"and" the ability for some custom-work.

After owning/riding a '57 Pan all over the USA, and then all over the available areas in Europe (pre-wall take-down).....I would still be a little hesitant on the ability of the older parts in the Knuck's engine to take no-lead gas (as you said all original) in this day and age of no-lead and then alcohol added to fuel make slight-changes to even the present-day "TC" "maps" if moving to a different area to get best performance.
Hopefully, you had the engine-builder incorporate most of the "up-date" into the engine as could be done........we use up-date a lot of earlier engines to "no-lead" valve-seats, valves/and guides w/seals as HD did with the last years of the Shovelheads......which made engines last much longer.

On the "off-set" springer.......what year Knuck are you building (?).........my last complete off-set springer went to a club-brother a few years ago that was building a bike.
Watch the parts coming out of Europe......there are a few people manufacturing early-parts......even to include early Indian frames, etc..

My best suggestion on locating an complete "off-set" spriner front-end would be the internet..........go from any of the MC Magazines ad-sections and then start e-mailing the shops ....... may come across one that way......and a WTB ad on some of the Forums may bring you one from someone parts-pile due to economy/"bills".........but again, just watch out for newly made springers (both painted and chromed) as they may be made overseas and were/are sold by "V-Twin".

Keep the rubber-side down.....and maybe I'll see ya' out on the highway sometime.
Regards, RichardS in MI.
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Re: My Current Project

Postby tomcatshaas » Fri Apr 08, 2011 7:22 pm

More progress

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Re: My Current Project

Postby tomcatshaas » Thu Jun 16, 2011 12:04 pm

A big piece of the puzzle is found ! An original 47 knucklehead frame

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Re: My Current Project

Postby 42rocker » Thu Jun 16, 2011 8:58 pm

Way to go.

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Re: My Current Project

Postby DARIVS ARCHITECTVS » Thu Jun 16, 2011 11:14 pm

Keep Building TC!!!!! Looks great! :bnija:
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Re: My Current Project

Postby Bil » Fri Jun 17, 2011 9:23 am

Sweet!! :D And as you know,finding a good frame for these is one of the hardest parts! Really good start. PM me with your e-mail,I have some pics and contacts to set you up with. ---bil
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Re: My Current Project

Postby Taurus454 » Fri Jun 17, 2011 1:03 pm

What can I say? Very nice dream! Keep it alive mu friend :)

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Re: My Current Project

Postby tomcatshaas » Sat Mar 29, 2014 9:24 pm

Well 3 years later and I'm this far on the knucklehead project. Yes I sold all my German stuff for this. Was it worth it.....hell yes!

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Postby tomcatshaas » Sat Mar 29, 2014 9:29 pm

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Re: My Current Project

Postby 42rocker » Sat Mar 29, 2014 10:21 pm

Looking Good!!

Glad to see you posting again.

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Re: My Current Project

Postby DARIVS ARCHITECTVS » Sun Mar 30, 2014 10:29 am

Is that a bobber? If so, can I test ride it? I'll trade you for a ride on this:

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