December 24, 2010

Thanks Classic American Iron Magazine! – Mr Big

1941 Harley Davidson WLA and 1951 Goulding Ls Sidecar

A little over a year ago I was happily cruising around on my 2003 Harley Electra-Glide and had become a member and reader of the American Iron Magazine Forum. I kept noticing a link to a “Classic” forum and thinking that I was a classic kind of guy decided to investigate. Having spent some time building classic cars this seemed like it would be right up my alley. Little did I know what I was getting myself into.

I was immediately drawn to the vintage Harleys being discussed and couldn’t wait to own one. It wasn’t long after that I found and purchased a 1941 Harley Davidson WLA. When it arrived, I was just mesmerized by it. I had to know everything about it. And to give you an example of how little I did know, when my buddy and I first rolled it into the garage to look it over, we both saw the fuel shutoff on top of the tank and neither of us had any idea what it was. I had a very long way to go.

Fast forward to today. With the help and tutelage of my many new friends on the Classic American Iron forum, I started this blog, made over 1200 posts on the forum, traveled to Wauseon, Ohio for an AMCA meet at the invitation of a forum member, assisted in developing a website dedicated to the Goulding sidecar ( with the grandson of James Goulding, found and purchased a 1951 Goulding sidecar, rebuilt several Linkert carburetors, and the most important, had a blast doing it.

So, without further ado, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to Buzz Kanter and the American Iron crew for making the Classic American Iron magazine and forum available. As a total newbie to vintage Harley’s, it would have taken me years to access the knowledge I have gained without the support of the forum and its members. Thanks again to all of you and a Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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August 8, 2010

Mr. Big’s Blog – “GouldingSidecars.Com”

Welcome to  Still kind of amazed at how all this came about but here’s the story.  After purchasing my 1941 WLA Harley Davidson last year, I was cruising the forum here and a vintage bike with a sidecar caught my eye.  Not sure why, but I was just drawn to it and I could picture myself being a “sidecar guy”.  I made some inquiries about what would be correct for my bike and forum member “Sarge” gave me a quick lesson on Goulding’s and the Litecar or Ls sidecar that was manufactured for the HD “45”.  He also pointed me in the direction of “Clydeflathead” (Dave), a forum member he knew to be well versed in this area.

Mark (Mr.Big) Dave (Clydeflathead) Ron (Gouldingboy)

Mark (Mr.Big) Dave (Clydeflathead) Ron (Gouldingboy)


I contacted Dave and from PM’s to emails to phone conversations a couple times a week, the search was on.  Just one of the nicest guys you’d ever want to meet and he was more than happy to educate me and assist in my search for a Goulding sidecar.  He told me about the friendship he had developed with Ron Rae, grandson of James Goulding and author of The Goulding Album and how they would meet periodically to discuss all things Goulding.

Original paint Goulding Ls Dave found at Wauseon

Original paint Goulding Ls Dave found at Wauseon


The more time I spent chatting with Dave, the more impressed I became with his passion and thirst for knowledge on the Goulding sidecar.  I told him that all his research was fantastic and he should write a book detailing the technical aspects of these sidecars.  Ron had covered the family history in The Goulding Album but there was nothing out there for the enthusiast wanting information on Goulding sidecars for their restoration.

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February 8, 2009

New England Winter Motorcycle Ride


I wouldn’t normally blog about a simple Sunday local ride, but after 2-3 months of VERY cold weather in the northeast, a simple local ride is a BIG deal for me! I haven’t been out in months, and the temperature spiked into the 50’s today and gave me the opportunity to hit the road — even though it was still chilly and a bit sloppy from the snow melt. My 1959 Panhead and sidecar rig doesn’t fit in my basement for winter storage, so it was sitting there ready to go. I also figured that 3 wheels would be my best bet on More on New England Winter Motorcycle Ride

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