Category Archives: Cool Stuff

Posts of things laying around that we find interesting.

Scott’s Panhead Project Complete

Here is Scott’s completed “old school” chopper project.  He has owned this bike for many years and wanted it restored to its original look.  It is the same color as it was in the ’70s and has all its original parts.  To see the initial engine run click here.

1941 Military 45

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.

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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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!

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Bill Rodencal Visits Highway Choppers

A couple of weeks ago Bill Rodencal, the head Restorer/Conservator at Harley Davidson, called and asked if he could visit our shop while he was in town on his family vacation.  He stopped by on a Tuesday and visited for about two hours.  We talked about all kinds of Harley and Indian motorcycles.  We were thrilled and honored to have such an expert in the field spend time both chatting with us and checking out some of our current restoration projects.  The following Saturday, we took a ride to Cave Creek, Arizona and met him for lunch.  We had a great time and look forward to his next visit.  Thanks, Bill, for visiting.  

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1950 Indian Barn Find

This 1950 Indian was found in a barn in Pennsylvania.  It was originally brought to us for restoration, but we talked the owner into getting it running and leaving it original after we saw how special this bike was.  1950 was the first year Indians were produced with a telescopic front fork as well as left-hand shift and right-hand throttle.  It was also the first year for the 80 cubic inch motor.  This bike was painted black when it came to us, but we removed the black paint to find the original Indian Red paint.  Original-paint bikes are much more desirable than restored ones, in our opinion.  In order to get it running, we may have to do a top-end on it.  We also anticipate having to rewire and rebuild some components.  This project may take a couple of months.  These pictures may give you an idea of what an original 1950 Indian looks like.