Monday, May 31, 2010

Knuckledragger Live

The wife and I took a little time Monday afternoon to fire up "The Knuckledragger." The oil pressure problem seems to be completely cured by the addition of a small oil tank that I made for it last week. We are also getting the starting drill worked out. Reminds me of the good old days with just Jane and I doing the prep and start up without any outside help (not that we didn't have some great guys helping us at various times during our racing career).

One kind of cool feature that Neil, owner of American Thunder next door to my shop, put in is a "burn out pit." The idea was to add some entertainment during special events, but it turns out it is a pretty safe alternative for doing a little "break in" run on a drag bike.

The following video (Jane's first try at video with her digital camera) shows the Knuckledragger on its second time off the rollers. After the previous start up, I leaned the carbs out a bunch, but it is still way rich in the video.

From here it is time to jump back to present day technology and get the Knuckledragger onto a dyno, which will shorten up the tuning process considerably, saving a load of wear and tear on the motor.


Kevin "TEACH" Baas said...

AWSOME LEE and congrats that bike is really one of the most amazing knuckles I have ever seen

Electra Glide In Blue said...

That old bike is starting to sound pretty darn good.

Anonymous said...

OH YEAH!! Thanks for posting video!

Joe Jewett said...

Mean & nasty - but oooooh sooooo SWEEEEET!!!!