Category Archives: Engine Shop

Our work on cool engines, both classic and high performance.

Highway Classics’ 1940 Flathead

This 1940 Flathead UL motor used to belong to a good friend of ours, Robert Dail.  He purchased it in 1970.  We originally re-built the engine in 1971.  It changed hands a few times and we were able to buy it back and are now rebuilding it again 40+ years later.  Here are some photos of the finished motor and a video of the initial start-up on our run-stand.

 

Scott’s Panhead

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.

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.

 

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