Check out Jeremiah's Instagram at Love Cycles and see where he rebuilt and restored Tom Fugle's 1936 Knucklehead Chopper in a few months flat. He did a great job - It's just an great story with a fine tribute as the end result.
Saturday, McFarland machined off +.005 from each gasket surface for a solid gasket seal. I checked the guide / stem clearance with precision check pins and they are all within spec. I suspect these heads were gone through not that long ago. The seats were checked, and after thoroughly lapping in the valves, they're ready for assembly (after a good cleaning).
FTWCO. If you wear Large gloves(please order the XL size) - they fit my skinny hands perfect. They stretch. The inside palms should grip your grips - and I like the "sticky squares" to grab your levers while grabbin' gears, or hittin' the binders. They'll see me coming blazing my international orange through the work zones . . .
I was doing all this work in the garage after a strong storm came through about 6:15pm last night. I just got home, parked my cherry pickup under my trusty, solid elm tree (full of leaves to deflect hail).
The neighbor's hanging baskets looked like open parachutes in the wind - Holy Shit ! They said it got to 100mph right through my neighborhood. My 1880s house, with original cedar siding and square-head nails held up. The elm bopped a 4" branch, putting a silver dollar dent in my top - Rats.
I had a few sticks here and there - My neighbors (photos below) weren't as lucky . . .
I saw one of these run again recently . . . and this will be the next thing I want to get. I remember watching a field of 15+ H-D Sprints at full speed on the Davenport 1/2 Mile years ago, and this brought it all back.
PS. I think the above side valve was built by Billy Lane? I like how Billy has changed his life, but he's still into building bikes. Now he's doing Harley, Indian "teens and 20s" racers and thin, board style race bikes. Stuff that smokes and leaks. Billy Lane always had great skills welding and fabricating, and he's been workin' on improving his skills with carbs, valves, flywheels, etc . . . pushing himself to learn the rest. I like the new Billy Lane even better. Keep up the good work Billy - maybe see you again at Davenport this year ?