Work, work, work…
Final touches going on to the Panhead since it’s refreshing and rebuild by my good friend Steve Garn of BREW Bike fame. When the sled returned to me last month, we discovered a set of faulty gaskets, which required me to pull the fresh engine out of the beautifully painted, and powder coated frame. That done, with a nice set of JIMS gaskets, thankyouverymuch, it was time to take a quick peek at timing and the jetting of the carb. Altitude changes from where the build took place to where she lives now and a timing pin that jumped on us made for a small headache, but it was no biggie and is now all under control.
Now I am working on tooling a custom seat and putting on a few finishing touches… I would like to swap out the grips, put a new mirror on her, and change over to hairpin springs under the seat.
While working on getting everything buttoned up, I came across some really great items that you might want to know about…
1st is Sudco’s 5th Edition Mikuni Carburetor Manual. Sudco International says it’s the world’s leading source for Mikuni carburetors, parts and tuning components for any motorsports application. Just off the press is the company’s 96-page guide featuring the complete line of Mikuni RM, VM, HSR, HS, TM, TMX and BN carburetors and fuel pumps with parts breakdown diagrams, available tuning components, and tuning and setup information for all Mikuni carburetors and fuel pumps for dirt, street and personal watercraft applications. MSRP is $13.60.
Contact: Sudco International, 323-728-5407, www.sudco.com
2nd are these badass floorboards by Shadetree Fabrications, the shop of Kyle Shorey. Cast from Aluminum, Brass, Red Brass or a combo, these boards are one-of-a-kind pieces that stray from the norm in the billet age! With their classic appeal, they take you back in time and will stand the test of time.
Sand-cast one at a time the old fashioned way right in Texas, They bolt-on as shakers for a stock Harley Crossbones, or you can order rigid mounted with integral brackets that fit all stock Harley-Davidson footboard applications.
Best part? You can design them with your own logo, picture, phrase, or whatever! Just send a PDF of your own design and Kyle can cast it right onto your boards. All aluminum boards with STF logo; $150. All Brass or combo boards with STF logo; $225. Custom Designed boards with your logo; $425. Contact Shadetree Fabrications. 817-475-1145.
3rd During the last year Bert Baker and crew have been busy conceiving several new “old school” parts. Here are the 4 that are most exciting to those of us with older bikes.
3a- The Tin Type Primary (TTP). Available in starter or kick only applications. BAKER took the classic 1936-64 tin primary design and re-constructed it with aircraft grade 6061-T6 aluminum to facilitate a 1970-E84 Big Twin alternator motor. BAKER addressed leaks, reduction in chain noise, and has made modern starter integration possible. The Modern internal design of the primary utilizes stock style double row primary chains (428 chains) along a fine tooth and L-bracket chain tensioner. The chain oiler feed and return provisions mimic the original primary setup so you can run your stock Shovelhead dry clutch components or leave it plugged off to run a wet clutch setup.
The starter version is setup for factory 1.4kw 1990-2006 starters. Compatible with traditional tin derby and inspection covers or BAKER TTP Covers (sold separately). The TTP utilizes the 1955-64 non-compensator style motor sprockets in order to keep that tight/sleek appearance. Primary drive configurations are -24 tooth motor sprocket, 37-tooth clutch sprocket, and stock 82-pitch primary chain, for a 1.54 primary reduction. 24-tooth motor sprocket is the maximum size that fits within the TTP envelope. -22 tooth motor sprocket, 35 tooth clutch sprocket, and 80 pitch primary chain (available through BAKER) for a 1.59 primary reduction. -23 tooth motor sprocket, 38 tooth clutch sprocket, and stock 82 pitch primary chain for a 1.65 reduction. Available bead blasted raw or fully show polished.
3b- The BAKER Shovelhead Splined Clutch 1970-E84 is based off of their 9-plate clutch used on 1990-up applications and fits in the stock primary housing and TTP. BAKER offers 8620 gear steel 35, 36, 37, and 38 tooth clutch sprockets with their clutches, to dial in your overall gear ratio. The new splined clutch comes with or without 66T starter ring gear. Baker’s one piece 66T starter ring gear and kick only clutch basket design is made out of 1145 steel, induction hardened T0 45-55 Rockwell C scale for years of wear free use. 9 two-sided Kevlar clutch plates, deliver ample holding power for up to 125 ft-lbs of continuous use. Featuring a 6061-T651 aircraft grade billet aluminum pressure plate that is hard anodized for durability and specially designed diaphragm spring with ergonomic break-over feel during engagement yet having strong holding power when you put the throttle down.
Now if you are thinking, “my Shovelhead has a tapered shaft,” BAKER offers the splined Shovel clutch kit. You know the sad story. The torque on the clutch nut backs off a hair and the key on the transmission main shaft shears off. This usually happens at the most inconvenient time and place. And the probability of this sad story playing out is greater with performance applications. The kit Retrofits and upgrades the stock tapered main shaft and clutch to a modern 18 tooth spline configuration. Kit includes a fully assembled clutch and splined 4-speed main shaft to retrofit stock 1970-E84 Big Twins has an 18 tooth main shaft to install into your stock 4 Speed.
3c- The BAKER Jockey Top Cover is a new product to complete the puzzle BAKER started last year with the release of their 4 Speed for 1936-E84 models. The BAKER Jockey Top like the Ratchet Top comes with a snot-slick linear ball bearing detent for that smooth positive “snick-pop” shift quality you would expect. Made out of aircraft grade 6061-T6 billet aluminum with hidden vent and sealed shift shaft make this cover leak free. Available in FL / FX shift patterns, blasted raw, wrinkle black or show polished finish.
3d- The BAKER Stash Tube made out of aircraft grade 6061-T6-billet aluminum with a screw on top and a .200” thick O-Ring make for a water-tight seal. Internal diameter is 2.5” by 4” deep giving you plenty of room to conceal your items. Stash tubes come in raw or cat black finish with highlighted fins and fit all Knuckle, Pan and Shovelhead generator right side / alternator left side style motors. Call BAKER Drivetrain for any questions on fitment or pricing. 1-877-640-2004.
4th is Flyrite Choppers. Always a leader in style, has a soon to be famous line of custom bars. The bars come raw and ready to be finished to match your bike. All five styles (JailBar, ZBar, CrowBar, TBar, PryBar) feature 1″ steel tubing no recess, no knurling. Introductory price only $69. While I run apes on my Pan, I know a lot of guys and gals out there that are more into some slick and shorter version of “steerin’ handles.”
Give Flyrite Choppers a call at (512) 918-2467or drop by www.flyritechoppers.com for more information.
5th is, of course, the Clymer Manual that has helped me get through some parts of an engine I had never seen before in real life… that and my “life-line” calls to Brew are what finished this little baby up right.
Brew is an amazing fabricator, builder, and visionary. There will be a more extensive release of the bike in the next week or so… will re-run the groundwork articles as well to get you all ready for the big reveal.
Love, Respect, and Old Iron,