Ron’s 1936 Steve McQueen VLH–Completed

Ron’s 1936 VLH Steve McQueen bike is finally complete.  It came to us needing engine, transmission, and chassis work.  After rebuilding the engine, we ran it on our run-stand as you can see in previous posts here and here.  Now it is all together and running down the road.  We are putting a few miles on it before Ron picks it up.  We think he will be pleased with the results.

Ron’s 1936 Steve McQueen VLH 80″–ENGINE UPDATE

We are continuing to work on Ron’s 1936 VLH and we now have the engine completed.  The pictures and video below are from the first new engine start-up on our engine stand.

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The carburetor has been nickel-plated and reassembled as per original.

You can see the first part of Ron’s story here.

Ron’s 1936 Steve McQueen VLH 80″

Ron bought this 1936 VLH at the Steve McQueen auction in Las Vegas and has been trying to put it together.  He brought it to us to finish a few things, and we found some problems with the motor.  So, we pulled the engine out and found that it needed to be rebuilt completely.  These are some of the process pictures up to this point.  It is currently on the bench for final assembly.

 

A Visit From S&S

Mr. Ken Smith and his wife, owners of S&S Cycle, were in Phoenix and stopped by the shop for a visit.  We had a great time visiting and they enjoyed a tour of our shop.  Hope to see them again in the future.

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We did some searching around our shop and ran across these uncirculated, early ’80s, S&S brochures and catalog.  It was a great find!

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Dennis O.’s 1946 Indian Restoration Update

We have slowly but surely been working on Dennis’ Indian.  Here are a few picture updates. You can see the first part of Dennis’ restoration story here.

Currently, the sheet metal is straightened, primed, and is ready for paint.  The engine is going together.  These are some shots of the machine work being done.  Our next steps will be fitting the sheet metal to the frame, rebuilding the transmission, and refurbishing the wheels.

1928 JD Harley Engine Barn Find

This 1928 Harley engine as come to us for a complete rebuild.  We are in the process of tearing down and cleaning.  These pictures give you a good idea of what kind of condition it was in when it came to us.  We will update you as we continue to work on this project.

Tandy’s 1939 Knucklehead

We have a special guest writer for this newest post.  We met Tandy approximately 15 years ago when she came in for some help with her Knucklehead, and she has been a faithful customer and friend ever since.  Enjoy.

I bought my bike in 1981.  It was love at first sight and I bought her before I could even kick-start her.  The current owner started her and despite the suicide/jockey shift, I rode off as if she had been mine for years.   

The first few years I lived on her but then life happened ….. my family all sold their bikes but I kept her and rode alone.  

I made seat, fender, and paint changes to her over the years but could never find anyone that really seemed to understand her until I met the guys at HWC.  They kept her running well for years then one day I had the money and they had the know-how to rebuild the engine and transmission, as well as make some chassie modifications.   

Thanks to the guys at Highway Choppers I will be riding my scooter for as long as I possibly can.  And yes, a ridge frame at 50 is not as easy as it was at 20 but it is still just as much fun!

Tandy