Jeff Leighton's 1938 EL


The owner of this bike is a committed collector, builder, fabricator, rider and lover of old motorcycles. His quiver includes show-stopping Triumphs, Flatheads and more recently, this Knucklehead. With help from very qualified friends like Frank Kaisler and Wes White, Jeff has some serious talent to lean on. Jeff has been riding this machine for a while and since these photos were taken, it's been completely torn down for paint by The Harpoon. We thought it'd be cool to document it in its rougher, "dry build" form.










Owner: Jeff Leighton

Location: SVF California

Engine year, make and model; modifications: 1938 Harley Davidson EL . It has 74" internals, flywheels, barrels and heads. Everything is original Harley parts






Transmission: An early '40s Harley 4-speed with a rachet lid

Frame: 1956 Harley straight leg panhead frame. Stock rake. The normal parts have been chopped off

Fork: Mid 1930's Harley VL front end that has been extended 4 inches and a 1-inch stem installed












Chassis mods: NOS Wassel sheet metal was used. The classic peanut tank with the small side cap and a ribbed fender

Tire/wheel size and style: Star hubs front and rear with a WM0 21" front rim and an 18" old style Harley rim wrapped in Avon rubber





Favorite thing about this bike: My favorite thing about this bike is the stance that comes from the extended front end with the uncut frame. It gives it just alittle bit extra height in the front






Next modification will be: The bike will be taken completely apart for the show bike treatment. Everything will be chromed and the frame and sheet metal will get some paint by Harpoon

Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: The foot peg mount,  brake and clutch pedals, risers, exhaust pipes, and sissy bar where all hand made by me. The handlebars are a set of Flanders number 1's that I narrowed. The seat and P-pad were done by Tom Fugle from Sioux City, IA








Thanks to: I want to thank Wes White, one of my best friends; he always lets me use his shop and always has a ton of moral support for me. But this bike as well as my other bikes wouldnt be on the road if it weren't for the constant help, wealth of knowledge and just great friendship of Frank Kaisler (above, left.) He is truly a great person and someone I am thankful to call a friend





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Commented on 11-15-2009 At 03:21 pm

Jeff, I'm liking the Knuck. I just had one question. Is that welding period correct? HaHa.

Commented on 11-15-2009 At 03:38 pm

jeff thats a rad fuckin knuck!!!!you got there cant wait to see the paint

Commented on 11-15-2009 At 04:01 pm

Cool bike, but were do you put your left foot? (yeah, I'm either a smart ass or dumbass)

Commented on 11-15-2009 At 04:10 pm

Very nice ride, bud. I especially like the narrow profile, and the pipes. Did you think about angling the sissy bar (nice job on that btw) a little more "back" to match the profile of the pipes... ? Also, you just don't see that many knucks with all original parts... GREAT job.

Commented on 11-15-2009 At 05:01 pm

Great looking Knuck! love the extension on the forks....the mutts nuts! Cant wait to see it chromed up and some of the Harpoon paint treatment on that beast....i do kinda like it as it is tho!!! x

Commented on 11-15-2009 At 05:30 pm

fuck the goddamn paint - this bike rocks hard as is....


Commented on 11-15-2009 At 05:39 pm

bad ass knuck

Commented on 11-15-2009 At 05:40 pm

Seriously nice; simple and clean - proportions are perfect.

Commented on 11-15-2009 At 05:47 pm

really like the stance on this, tilted up a bit in the front.

Commented on 11-15-2009 At 05:49 pm

I would think he would rest it on the primary.

Commented on 11-15-2009 At 07:30 pm

Jeff, thanks for use of your big manly leg kicking over my shovel the other day. You're a a real DUDE and I can only hope my torso is one day the size of you forearm.

Commented on 11-15-2009 At 10:06 pm

hey Jeff, this truly is one of my favorite knucks. nice work! big Scott

Commented on 11-16-2009 At 03:35 am

Knucks=The collest fucking bikes, period.

Commented on 11-16-2009 At 03:46 am

sick ride. love it

the featured bikes is quickly becoming my favorite feature here

i look forward to reading each and every one

Commented on 11-16-2009 At 05:15 am

The stance is awsome, can't wait to see it painted

Commented on 11-16-2009 At 06:59 am

Damn, what a Bike. I love it

Commented on 11-16-2009 At 12:23 pm

I love the layout of the bike. Will we get to see pics after paint?

Commented on 11-16-2009 At 02:32 pm

No paint!!!....haha, kick-ass machine bro!

Commented on 11-16-2009 At 07:13 pm

In rust we trust....don't chrome shit!

Commented on 11-17-2009 At 11:08 am

kucks are so rad

Commented on 11-17-2009 At 08:12 pm

not as nice as a moose knuckle, but a real nice looking ride none the less. albiet astheticly matching the sissy to the reviel of the pipes would look nice, wouldn't that be a bit warm? so close to the pipes an all.

Commented on 11-18-2009 At 07:35 am

Real slick front end, and everything else really. Some nice chopper era parts too. Please post some pics when its back from the make it pretty shop.

Commented on 11-20-2009 At 01:18 am

Very nice!!

Commented on 11-20-2009 At 02:50 am


Commented on 11-20-2009 At 04:06 pm

Very nice work !!!

Commented on 11-25-2009 At 04:26 pm

Love the Rust!!!

Commented on 12-3-2009 At 05:09 am

Very nice rat-chopper!
Mad-max style.

Commented on 1-23-2010 At 07:40 pm

that rusty springer is bad ass

Commented on 2-8-2010 At 08:24 pm

Love the rust(adds charm),but even w/new paint & chrome it's that knuck that makes the bike!

Commented on 2-9-2010 At 03:01 pm

save the dough on paint and chrome,put it to another
sled, this one is bad ass

Commented on 6-3-2010 At 06:51 am

dig those pipes.

Commented on 2-8-2011 At 07:52 pm

Rust Heaven

Commented on 3-4-2012 At 08:19 pm

Bad ass as it is so please be tasteful on the paint!

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