Category Archives: Restorations

Current and competed motorcycle restorations.

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.


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.

Chris V. 1947 Kuncklehead

This is Chris V.’s 1947 Kuncklehead partial restoration.  We are rebuilding the motor and transmission and installing it in his chassis.  We are also installing new handlebars as well as replacing his aftermarket tanks with original ones.  After all the changes are made the final step will be painting to match.

This is the first time the engine ran after restoration.


Mike’s 1948 Indian Update #1

We are making headway on Mike’s 1948 Indian Chief.  The engine is balanced and blueprinted.  We put all new gears in the transmission, including mainshaft and countershaft.  The engine and transmission are joined together and installed in the frame.  We also did the the last sheet metal fitting to make sure that there are no issues or extra holds and that it all fits perfectly prior to painting.  Mike chose red and cream; he likes to refer to it as red and vanilla.  Much thanks to Dave at The Shop in Ventura California.  He is a long time friend and Indian guru.

Buddy’s 1947 Knucklehead Restoration

This is Buddy’s 1947 Knucklehead restoration that we completed.  This is one of several motorcycles that we have restored or worked on for Buddy.  We worked on this project for about two years off and on between other projects for Buddy and other customers.  The bike is painted Skyway Blue (one of three original colors offered that year).  We were very pleased with the way it turned out, as was Buddy.

Below is a video of one of the initial tests we did on the engine on our run-stand.

We test ride our bike projects several times before the customer picks it up.



Dennis O.’s 1946 Indian Restoration

Dennis brought his 1946 Indian to us this last summer for a full restoration.  It was a complete bike but was fully disassembled.  These pictures show some of the process that the bike is currently going through as we begin our restoration.  The frame and finders have been sandblasted in preparation for bodywork and paint.  We have cleaned the frame, removing all non-original pieces, and we have gone though most of the parts to see what is good and what is still needed.  We will post more updates as we continue working on this bike.

1947 Denny McLain Knuckle

Before and After Slideshow


The Tale of a Knucklehead
By Denny McLain
June 15th, 2008 Father’s Day

I hadn’t really thought about writing something like this but early on in the restoration process with the Harley it was strongly suggested by Dave at Highway Choppers. He said getting the bike fixed back up was only half of my responsibility. I owed it to the bike and to the family to write down everything that I could remember about growing up with it. That way, long after I’m gone there’s still a connection to the family. Along the way each member of the family that takes on the responsibility to care for the bike will add their own pages to the story. They’ll add their own pictures and maintain the history.  Continue reading

1939 Knucklehead

The story of two best friends and a very special1939 Harley-Davidson 61 OHV knucklehead.

Written by Randy D. Lowery, son of Robert Lee Lowery and current 1939 Harley caretaker.

This ’39 Harley started life as a police motorcycle. It was sold to the California highway patrol through Dudley Perkins Co. in San Francisco and was in service until 1946 . After World War II , the highway patrol updated it’s fleet, with the Harley being transferred to the Eureka police department in northern California.

In 1948, Lee Wally Shields Jr. was a motorcycle mechanic working at the local Harley shop that was supplying new bikes to the Eureka police department. He bought the bike in late 1948 in fairly rough condition. With limited funds, he did a custom paint job ( black with yellow scallops), removed the front fender and crash bar, removed the back section of the rear fender, changed the handle bars and relocated the license plate and rear lighting.
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