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June 27, 2010

Mr. Big’s Blog – “Linkerts for Dummies”

As I sink deeper into the madness that is vintage motorcycling, I found myself discovering that it’s a really a hobby with lots of little hobbies intertwined which is where I discovered these cool little Linkert carburetors.  As I was collecting parts I needed to transform Ol’ Red from a 1941 Harley Davidson WLA into a 1947 WL, I bought a Linkert M51 to replace the military style M88 which would be correct for my bike.

Lots of Linkerts!

Lots of Linkerts!

 

Wow, what a neat little carb I thought.  So, I started collecting parts just for grins.  Carb bodies, fuel bowls, Hi and Lo speed needles, throttle plates, and so forth.  I bought the Victory Linkert book, which I highly recommend, to further my education.  When I first got it, it looked like it was mainly about performance tuning, but it really has a lot of basic information that a rookie like myself could use.

So, my first Linkert M51 that I purchased turned out to be not exactly what I needed.  Had I stuck my nose in my “How to Restore your Harley Davidson” by Bruce Palmer III like I should have, I would have discovered that there were two versions of the M51.  The bodies produced up to 1939 were called a “4 line” because it has “Langenskamp-Linkert” on the carb body along with 3 lines of text.  From 1940 on, the carb body was produced with “L & L Manufacturing” on the body along with 2 lines of text making it a “3 line” carburetor.

"4 Line" & "3 Line" Linkerts

"4 Line" & "3 Line" Linkerts

 

To be correct for a 1947 WL, I would need the “3 line” Linkert M51.  So, I purchased the later carb body along with as many OEM and NOS parts as I could find and set about rebuilding one for Ol’ Red.  Starting off, the body I selected (I have three of ‘em) got a good bath in a bucket of carb cleaner and I continued the cleaning process by making sure all the Hi and Lo speed circuits were cleaned out and all the threads were good.

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April 4, 2010

Mr. Big’s Blog – A “Classic” Love Story

When I was about 11 or 12 and living on the northside of Houston in the early 60’s, my best friend and I used to hang out at a man’s home near us that was on a couple acres and he raised all kinds of animals.  Ducks, geese, pigeons, goats, and all kinds of critters abounded on his property so we hung out there a lot as it was almost like a petting zoo.

Anyway, one day we stumbled across an old scooter basket case he had.  It was a late 40’s or early 50’s Cushman Highlander that was rolling but the motor was in pieces.  I made an offer and for 15 dollars my friend and I collected the parts and rolled it all the way home.

1948 Cushman Highlander

1948 Cushman Highlander

 

I was very envious of the older kids at school who were zipping around on Cushman Eagles, Mustangs, and even a Ducati.  After a lot of whining, I convinced my dad to help me get my new acquisition rebuilt and back on the road.  So, the motor was redone, a rattle can paint job was applied and even got a nice new seat cover.

Man, I tore the street up in front of our house with that thing.  I wasn’t old enough to travel with the big boys, but at least I was in the game.  Time passed and I don’t remember what happened to that old Cushman, but we moved to another neighborhood and, as they say, life went on.

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February 28, 2010

“Mr Big’s Big Vintage Harley Adventure – Update”

My apologies to my legions of fans out there, but I’ve been remiss in updating my vintage motorcycle blog and it’s time to correct that. In my last entry, I detailed my ability to crash unceremoniously in my driveway. Undeterred, I have been back in the saddle a few times since to better acquaint myself with the old girl.

1947 Harley "45" Sales Brochure

1947 Harley "45" Sales Brochure

I must admit that I haven’t felt quite ready to get out into real traffic yet. Understand that I live in a suburb of Houston and the traffic, even just outside my neighborhood, is quite demanding. Even on a modern bike, you better More on “Mr Big’s Big Vintage Harley Adventure – Update”

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