Monday, January 31, 2011

Split rockers, step 4

Some are content to leave the edges of the split fairly straight with only a small corner break. I'm not a huge fan of that look and prefer to machine a sizeable radius on either side of the split. Using a 7/16" radius cutting tool, carefully blend to face and inside surface of the rocker box.
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Split rockers, step 3

Next, select an appropriate cutter. Since I speak primarily metric, mine was a 14mm. After cutting to my desired depth and then stepping off .5mm in both the "X+" and "X-" direction, I end up with a separation of approximately 5/8". After stepping down and blending your cut with the "9th" mounting location you should end up with something that looks like this.
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Friday, January 28, 2011

Split rockers, step 2

Using your spindle mount indicator, find the center of one of the rocker shaft holes. Step off 2.125" (half the distance between the rocker arm centers) toward the center of the rocker box.
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Split rockers, step 1

First, muster the courage to cut up a perfectly functional pristine condition set of 34 year old rockers! Done. Next, make a good plan of attack. I like to leave the "9th" mount in the center so I make a good rigid set up in the knee mill with the rockers "face up", like this.
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Testing, testing, 1-2, testing!

First post from my android phone.
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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Lets split!!!

Some before pics of a nice set of fully functional rocker boxes. But, since i just dont know any better......

Lets cut em all up and make a whole bunch more work myself!!

There, thats better. This modification serves absolutely no function other than i think the look is super cool! I can't wait to see Caroline all dressed up in these. I'll post a step by step "How To" when all the welding is finished and the top end oil lines are made.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Burmingham Beast...

In hibernation.

Quote of the day.

The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.

Albert Einstein

Sunday, January 16, 2011

All by myself...

No one to ride with,
But I'm happy on a shelf....


For all those who thought Shortbus had no friends, you stand corrected.

Word of the day.

Ezekiel 37:1-14

The Valley of Dry Bones

1 The hand of the LORD was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the LORD and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2 He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. 3 He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
I said, “Sovereign LORD, you alone know.”

4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! 5 This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath[a] enter you, and you will come to life. 6 I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.’”

7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8 I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.

9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.

11 Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13 Then you, my people, will know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. 14 I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the LORD have spoken, and I have done it, declares the LORD.’”

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

White Death!!!!

Guess who most completely hates the snow!!!


Finally finished the machine work on Craigs '65 Sportster cases. Turned out pretty nice. This poor engine has really been through it!! But a little line honing and some careful assembly and she'll be right back in bidnez!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Shifter 2.0

I wasn't horribly satisfied with the first hand shifter so me and ShortBus worked out a new profile. Little heat and a little welding later and I'm pretty happy.

Two lumps please.

I feel like im married to these two engines! One of them has actually been around longer than me wife. Hope to be finished with them soon.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Happy Hermit,

And his hideous beast.

Trap Door.

I made a fuel recess to hide the gas cap in the back of shoeshine's '50's ford panel. Turned out pretty good I think.

Lost in the shuffel??

Well, it's just a '50 pan. That's perfectly understandable.

Sunday, January 2, 2011


Me and Shortbus have been working out some details on my hand shifter. Here is center position,

This is first gear,

And this is 2-4. Kinda gets into the back of my leg a bit, but I reckon I'll get use to it. My shift knob will be a 100yr old door knob from my house.