Today’s post is a guest piece written by Don Caldwell. Don brought us a pile of parts that used to be a 1926 Harley and this is its story so far.
Thank you Don for the story and the chance to help share this with the world.
This is the other Kuncklehead that Highway Choppers is working on. The motor is done and now they are working on the chassis.
This 1947 EL was purchased by that the owners of Highway Choppers in 1988. As you can tell from the run-stand video of the motor start-up, they have been working on this personal project for many years. While working on it in between daily customers’ work and other restorations, they were finally able to completely restore it. They are currently working on restoring a second one, a 1947 FL.
We did one final run-stand test before our customer picked up his Drake motor. What made this run so special was the custom run-stand that was built by Highway Choppers specifically for this motor. The customer plans to display it in his Harley Davidson dealership showroom in Pennsylvania. This was a fun project for us and we are pleased that the customer was happy with it.
We did some repairs on some JD gas tanks. Here is the before and after some metal work was done on them. They were in bad shape when we got them. We had to cut them apart to straighten them.
Some photos of a valve job being done on a JD cylinder.
We have been working on Gov’s Drake Engine for about a year now. It is finally complete. You can see the initial run-stand video below. As an added bonus we were fortunate enough to be able to interview Buzz Rose. He is a former Drake engine-powered race car driver from the 50’s. Enjoy!
To see the rest of Gov’s Drake engine rebuild story, click here.