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Old 04-30-2012, 12:02 AM   #1
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Default Knucklehead Barn Find or Truck Find?

Just found this 1942 Harley FL Knucklehead in the back of an old truck from a listing in a local advertisment

The bike was stored in the back of this truck since 1969 when it was parked. The owner was from California and at one point had the bike stripped down and raced in the desert. It was bought out of California in the early 50's and owned by the same guy ever since. He passed away and his family inherited his things, they didn't want the bike so it found it's way to me.

The bike has a toolbox full of tools and an extra can of oil in the saddlebag, a true time capsule.

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Old 04-30-2012, 12:18 AM   #2
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damnn...... so what did you end up paying for that unwanted pos ? ;-)
did you get the rest of the junk in the truck too ??
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Old 04-30-2012, 12:23 AM   #3
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beautiful, don't change a thing
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^^^ what he said ^^^

Amazingly beautiful machine.. Congrats on a cool score
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Old 04-30-2012, 02:21 AM   #5
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incredible find, it looks incredible.

that knuck is screaming for only service parts and then ride.... dont clean a thing!!!
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Old 04-30-2012, 02:29 AM   #6
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I think those tanks are later than 42, but that is most likely original peacock blue paint. Don't touch it, both for aesthetic and financial reasons. They are only original once.

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Damn, nice find! All those years I lived in Edmonton, and that couldn't have found it's way to ME??
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wow, that is super sweet
Indeed, don't change a thing on it
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Damn that is cool.
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:06 AM   #10
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Congratulations, it's nice to see it found a new home, this old treasure deserve to be riden !
Take good care of it, but I'm sure you will...
(looks like plenty of other parts in the truck, frame, front end... did you score the whole truck? what's in it? we want more details !!! )
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:14 AM   #11
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i wish we could have knuckles like this in the uk, just waiting to be found, very jealous
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WOW! Incredible find. Agreed, get it running and keep it as is, congrats!
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Sell for more than you paid; reap benefits, enjoy profits.
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:28 AM   #14
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Good on ya for chasing up a lead!
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Sell for more than you paid; reap benefits, enjoy profits.

Dont forget....spend profits on necessities...mortgage, new carpet, wifes vacation, transmission for daily driver, kids food (ungrateful little bastards), dogs facelift, bolt-ons for your stripper friend, and wonder if the new bike owner is enjoying it.
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Sell for more than you paid; reap benefits, enjoy profits.
Sell truck and all the junk in it; fix bike with proceeds, enjoy a once in a lifetime find.
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Nice find people say you cant find bikes like this anymore
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That's absolutely beautiful! Put on a vintage soft cap, a flannel scarf and some goggles and go ride the wheels off that bike. What a find...
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That's awesome did you get the other bike parts too?
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W o w .
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You're killing me..................
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I just hope one day to have such a lucky shot!! congrats!
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wee wow this find shows that they are still out there
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Wow....what a killer truck!!! Did you stuff the other junk in a dumpster somewhere??.....
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What an awesome find you lucky dog. Someday maybe...Keep us posted
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What can I say besides... Awesome! Keepus posted!
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Very nice find!
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That looks like $20k+ sitting there!!!!!!!!!
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That looks like $20k+ sitting there!!!!!!!!!
I'd say closer to $35 K by what they have been selling for on ebay.
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Coolest story I have heard in awhile.

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u got some good luck
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I just shit myself.....

btw, original paint knucks and pans are going for CRAZY money lately on ebay. just sayin'.
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Danm ! That is pure junk...... Send it to me..... I might even pay you if you do ..... Just kidding dude.Congrats on a great find !
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thats a keeper! that first pic took my breath away,what a score,hope you dont sell it and ride the shit out of it!
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Definitely a once in a lifetime find. Hope I get lucky like that one day. Congrats! Keep us updated.
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DAMN.... thats all I can say
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thanks for sharing man...awesome truck and perfect knuck...i hope ya leave her be
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*places face into hands * damn man..... just damn. so ok besides the holy grail, whats up with that other stuff!!!!???? help some brothers out!
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Do you own a house? If not there's a deposit, shit in some places you'd buy the whole place
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What a score, enjoy it as it is and get anyone else jellus
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Thanks for all the comments folks. I'm not doing a thing to the bike, just going to get it up and running again.
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Thanks for all the comments folks. I'm not doing a thing to the bike, just going to get it up and running again.
Please post some progress pics and updates if you get the chance. Thanks for the chance to get a peak at a pretty original bike.
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Thanks for all the comments folks. I'm not doing a thing to the bike, just going to get it up and running again.
So what about the other parts in the truck ?
If it's just half as amazing as the knuck, there must be great stuff...
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I hate this shit. With as many posts as you have and for as long as you've been on the board, I hope you're joking.
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Hey Mike, I understand what you are sayin, but think about it this way--if you found that bike for dirt cheap and could sell it for $30K, why not do it. You could turn around and get a knuckle project or complete pan for $10K, use some money to build the bike up nice, and still have $15K in your pocket. Not everyone wants to ride stockish bikes, and there is a slew of dudes willing to spend big bucks on that stuff. I know for me, I would rarely ride a kinda stock bike like that. I think they are super cool, and I would love to own one as a 4th bike or something, but I like choppers. Just another perspective.
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Part sarcasm, part trend identification. You see a lot of that "Hey, look what *I* found!!" then see it for sale. Certainly their prerogative; no harm, no foul.

Now personally...without knowing what he paid for it, if I could get $20-$30k for that bike? In a heartbeat.

Option A., ride around on a knucklehead. Option B., have 25 large in my pocket?

Simply not worth that kind of $ to me just to ride an old bike. I know others differ, please enjoy.

Edit: Whoops. What Nutz said too.

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I'd love to find an as found stock bike like that and ride it as is. Having a chopper wouldn't be bad either.
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Nice find !
But yes, I agree with Tha Nutz and the Doc..
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Isn't anything sacred please keep the bike don't sell it! The money comes and goes but that bike will stay.
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Look at it this was ya got a Knuck on the cheep ya keep it its better than the stock market ,goes up in $ every yr,You can ride something that not to many folks have.
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Isn't anything sacred please keep the bike don't sell it! The money comes and goes but that bike will stay.
This I can agree with.

I'm sorry but if you're into bikes to find good deals and make money then you're in it for the wrong reason.
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I look at it this way, you get a once in a lifetime deal, you dont squander it.

I have gotten a couple good deals now and figure if I just turned a buck on the deal, I would just be giving away my luck.

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Just chop that baby already!
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