Being on bicycles for 40 years and motorcycles for 20 years I'm glad I can use that experience at Paul's Boutique BMX shop and as a Biltwell Dealer in the Netherlands, Europe. Loving almost everything on wheels and its hard to miss that at our shop: Classic cars, MX bikes, BMX Old School bikes, Harley-Davidson's, Skateboards are all over the place and the only thing that stops us is the lack of space. I started the Hoodlumsociety blog to show people what we are doing in our spare time, hope its interesting enough for you to visit us.
Being on bicycles for 40 years and motorcycles for 20 years I'm glad I can use that experience at Paul's Boutique BMX shop and as a Biltwell Dealer in the Netherlands, Europe. Loving almost everything on wheels and its hard to miss that at our shop: Classic cars, MX bikes, BMX Old School bikes, Harley-Davidson's, Skateboards are all over the place and the only thing that stops us is the lack of space. I started the Hoodlumsociety blog to show people what we are doing in our spare time, hope its interesting enough for you to visit us. Paul.
Okay, lets start this serie again: Workshop Wednesday by Hoodlum Society season 2015/2016.
#1: Not a lot happened during the summer, just been riding a bit with the 1972 Ironhead to Axel and Herten (Germany), and our "own" show in Aarle-Rixtel. Got the speedometer calibrated with my iphone and solved the starting problems. Yes I managed to be out of gas again but I was in my driveway so it doesn't count....
Frame of the 1967 is ready for the engine. BA MO TECH is working hard to make it the best 1967 Ironhead in history, everything will be mapped and calibrated very precisely so it will be running for another 48 years.... Frame looks very good with a flat black powdercoat with a bit of flakes only to be seen in the sun. Placed some Old School Tioga headsetplugs to get rid of the holes under the seat, S&M BMX badge and grease nipple. Next are the headset cups, I keep you tuned every Wednesday.
Problems solved: It took a while to find "all" the problems but in the end it works fine now so I don't have to kick the bike anymore and just hit the button like an Internet Outlaw. Replaced the starter with the one from the '67 Ironhead, new Selenoid cause I cooked the other one, new selenoid rubber (new type) that will work way better. I made a spacer for the selenoid cause it was never gonna fit the starter housing, I really thought I "invented" something and made a bracket out of a Brembo brakebracket but when fitting the selenoid I found the "original H-D bracket" on the engine hahaha, so no patent pending... Replaced the wire by a shorter one and double insulated to be stronger. Bend the fork and bracket in the housing so they line up better and its all working now. Just hit the button and off we go.
The BIGest problem of my '67 engine was: EVERYTHING. Bigend with lots of play, even 10mm side to side, bend crankshaft, worn pistons in scratched cylinders with a "homemade" oilpump that was not working properly, and two different engine cases to top that of! So I bought two matching number cases on Ebay, two new cylinders in Pennsylvania, a new oilpump as well and BA MO Tech installed a new crankshaft and repaired all the Bigend bearings etc, so we are on our way to make this bike run for another 48 years....
Again I had problems with to electric start the Ironhead, Kicking was no problem at all this time and on the way to KKF and Chopper Bash I had no problems at all. I guess it has to do either with the rain or with the heat so I'm going to rebuilt the starter with new bushings (of course I broke the thin ground plate ) and check if that helps, if not I'm going to take the selenoid out and repair that. Also checking the starter cables and all connectors cause the rain could corrode them and give troubles. Kickstart an Ironhead was never an option I thought but now after over 50 times its not a big of a deal.
The ride to the Flanders Chopper Bash was flawless, the ride back was worser. I made it home but with pushing the bike twice and kickstarting the bike a million times. For some reason the battery was out of juice or the sellenoid was unhappy but I had to rebuild the starter button and kill switch anyway so I updated the whole side mount dash to the new dash. I can even see if the running light or high beam is on! Never had that before haha, I can also push the right button for the horn cause most of the time I was hitting the starter button instead....