Mr. Big’s Blog

January 24, 2012

1951 Peoria National Motorcycle Races

Here’s a video sponsored by Firestone Tires of the 1951 Peoria National Motorcycle Races.  Really interesting because it’s in color and you can see all the vintage motorcycles when brand new. The club members as well are really dressed to the nine’s with all the clothing accessories of the day.

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November 2, 2011

Mr. Big’s Classic Harley Blog – “Good-bye Ol’ Red, Hello Ol’ Blue”

I blame T-Bone for this. He may claim innocence but his casual remark started all this. On my return trip to the AMCA meet in Wauseon this summer, I had the opportunity to meet forum member T-Bone and we had a nice chat and talked about my search for sidecar parts for my Harley-Davidson “45” rig. During our conversation he said, “Why don’t you get a Big Twin?” “Hmm….I thought, why don’t I get a Big Twin?”

I have really enjoyed tinkering with and riding “Ol Red”, my 45ci Harley sidecar rig. But the downside is that it’s a bit limited for traveling any real distance and freeways are just not possible in Houston traffic unless you have a death wish. So the wheels were set in motion (pun intended) and I started a search for a classic Harley-Davidson Big Twin and to find a buyer for mine.

I guess you could say I was a bit lucky, but this past Sunday I purchased this 1952 Harley FL Panhead, now named Ol’ Blue, and four hours later I sold my 1941 Harley WLA and 1951 Goulding sidecar. Love it or hate it, eBay has surely changed the face of buying and selling pretty much anything vintage.

Anyhoo, the shipping company is scheduled to pick it up on Thursday and with any luck it will arrive in a couple weeks. Now I just need to find a Goulding Rocket to hang on it! I’ll update my progress here on my blog and also in the “Member’s Projects” on the forum. Stay tuned……

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February 20, 2011

Linkert Carburetor Rebuild Video – Mr. Big’s Blog

Well guys, just for grins I thought I would video a Linkert carb rebuild for the viewers here at Classic American Iron Magazine. When I first joined the forum, I didn’t know a Linkert carb from a monkey’s butt. Now I’m fairly certain I know a monkey’s butt when I see one so I’m far from being an expert.

In any case, I’m sure there are newbies to vintage motorcycles like myself that could benefit from some basic guidelines to working on these neat little carburetors. Part one below will cover available literature, teardown, cleaning and fuel bowl setup. Part two will cover throttle shaft bushing replacement, final assembly and tuning.

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