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Old 03-25-2015, 12:03 PM   #2601
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A great photo . For the curious, what 1/4 mile ET and speed was that bike capable of.. And HP guess ?
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Old 03-25-2015, 03:08 PM   #2602
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Frank, that picture was pretty large but I did crop and enlarge it to get what you see and that picture was in 1967...
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Old 03-25-2015, 03:14 PM   #2603
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Truckitup, it had a best of 157 MPH and a best ET of 9.80 on 86 percent nitro...HP no idea...
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Old 03-25-2015, 04:46 PM   #2604
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The picture had to be late 60's, it was Irwindale.
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Old 03-25-2015, 07:34 PM   #2605
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Frank, that picture was pretty large but I did crop and enlarge it to get what you see and that picture was in 1967...
Didn't know you raced a hand shift knuck that late.
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Old 03-25-2015, 09:07 PM   #2606
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Frank, yes for awhile, some of the years back then are a little mixed in my mind...it's because after I crashed riding the Barn Job in 58 I retired and came back in 64...but I crashed on that bike some time in mid to late sixties and when I put it back together I put a foot shit on it...I hadn't been running fuel long when I went down and it was with the jocky shift...so that picture is sometime between 64 and 67...right after that I build my best frame and ran the knuck in it until I got my first shovel build, then switched motors, went to high gear only and that bike became Drag Racings First Eight Second Bike in 71...Build my first double in 73, won Indy in 74...
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Old 03-25-2015, 09:20 PM   #2607
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WOW!!!

Living legends.....are so cool.
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Old 03-25-2015, 10:56 PM   #2608
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Joe, did that knuck have lightened/holey gears in the cam chest? Did the gears get thinned, or did it not matter with the nitro? Also, lightened or knife edged flywheels? Or heavier than stock? Any secret cam lift/duration/tricks you would care to share? I know, I know, eye of a newt, secrets ect, Just thought I would ask. thanks.
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Old 03-26-2015, 09:13 AM   #2609
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Flatman, no everything was left stock, i tried a lot of those things in the beginning but it never changed any thing, only thing i ever did to the flywheel area was make sure there was clearance between flywheels and case, i used a double hack saw blade fo check and never used a mill to make clearance on any thing, sharp edges leave break points, always used a hand grinder, the cam was a Lleneweber, one of his first, had stalite weld lobs and then ground to a 525 lift, never checked the duration... all my motors had stock HD case that were welded around the tappet block holes for reinforcement, also welded the timing plug hole and moved it to the front bottom, most important is always fit the cases empty to frame, bolting down the back first to see it it lifts up or pushed down on front mounts... always found it lifted so made spacers/shims and always kept them for that motor...
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thanks for the history lesson Joe...awesome incarnation of your knuck...
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thanks for the info. appreciate your sharing! thanks again!
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Old 03-27-2015, 11:20 PM   #2613
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Old 03-29-2015, 12:34 PM   #2614
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I remember that story, kool one...it's not a 100 % right but close...
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ME AND DANNY JOHNSON, (RIP), NOT A GOOD PICTURE...THIS IS THE RUN WHERE ME AND DANNY FLIP FOR SIDES DURING QUALIFYING AND I GOT THE RIGHT SIDE BUT OFF THE ROLLERS DANNY JUMPED OVER IN THE RIGHT LANE.



EVERY TIME IT WAS QUALIFYING TIME DANNY AND I WOULD ALWAYS BE LINE UP TOGETHER, I HAD THE RIGHT SIDE THE FIRST TWO TIMES AND WE FLIPPED A COIN FOR THE THIRD TIME, THAT WAS WHEN HE JUMPED IN MY LANE, I WON ALL THREE TIMES AND WAS TUNING THOSE 180 MPH PASSES...IT WAS A FUN TIME..
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Clem Johnson (RIP) on the Barn Job...

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Very inspiring Joe! I am working on a dual carb ironhead drag bike in my high school chopper class with the Help of Lee Wickstrom.




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Old 04-07-2015, 11:30 AM   #2618
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Vary cool Kevin, We did a cross flow ironhead back in the mid '80s and it went real good, i see your not running oil to the top end are you going to run fuel?
Are you going to the melt down drags with it?
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Teach, good work on the Iron Head, great class picture...
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Old 04-08-2015, 10:09 AM   #2620
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Here's a photo of Clem Johnson, Mike Parti, Tommy Auger (hiding in back) other Vincent Club member at a BBQ at my shop in South Gate, Ca a few years ago. Parti still has the 'other motor' Clem started to build for Barn Job.
Before Clem left, he took a shop cat home with him. Didn't know he loved cats.
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