This post chronicles the complete restoration of Buddy’s 1914 Excelsior. We began the project this past October and completed it today (December 20th, 2014). The frame and sheet metal came to us painted by Mike V in California. The rest was done here at HWC.
Completing the Bike:
Start-up and first ride:
This one of our customer’s bikes. He is a WWII veteran who went to the Normandy Beach reunion this year and ran in the marathon. While there, he found a M1-A1 NOS gun scabbard and brought it back to the States with him to complete his project. He loves riding this bike; he’s the “real deal.” We just love caring for and maintaining this bike for him and we thought we would share it with you.
This was the initial engine start-up for Scott’s Panhead. We have already rebuilt the transmission. The original rigid frame has been “old-school” molded with all the original tabs on it and painted bright orange. This will be a complete old-school chopper build in the end. We will continue to post updates. Stay tuned. But for now, enjoy the run video.
We built Gary’s engine and transmission 10 years ago. He was going to assemble the bike, but ran out of time. So, he brought it to our shop for us to assemble. We put the motor on the run stand, which can be seen in the video below. Everything was fine, so we started assembling the bike. Here are some of the restoration photos.
We continue to work on Dennis’s Indian. Here are some pictures of some engine rebuild. The rest of Dennis’s story can be seen here and here.
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.
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.
The carburetor has been nickel-plated and reassembled as per original.
You can see the first part of Ron’s story here.
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.
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.
We did some searching around our shop and ran across these uncirculated, early ’80s, S&S brochures and catalog. It was a great find!
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.