What I Do
Buy and sell Ironheads and other Classic Iron.
Buy and sell used parts for Ironheads and other Classic Iron
Recondition Ironheads and other Classic Iron
Wheel building and lacing
Computer generated custom wiring diagrams
Engine and transmission rebuilding
Machining, lathe and mill work
Powdercoating (small parts only)
I perform virtually all of my work in house, I have a small lathe and mill,
a Kwik-Way boring bar and a Miller Tig welder. When I rebuild an engine I control
the entire process from start to finish. Nothing leaves my shop until I am
certain it is as good as it can be.
The Ironhead version of Harley's Sportster has been around since 1957 and managed to survive until 1985, and, of course, the Evo version continues on today. All versions of the Sportster can trace their roots back to the VLs of the 30s. In fact the V begot the W, which begot the K, which begot the XL. And of course there are the racing sub-models, WRs, KRs and of course the ultimate XR. And a host of other sub-models, XLCs, XLCRs, XLCHs and XLHs. My favorite is the XLCH.The XL's direct predecessor, the K, took one of the main advantages of the side valve engine, the four cam design, and used that design to transition to the OHV XL. The four cam XLs have inherently better valve train geometry than any big twin engine Harley makes or has made. If fact, the twin-cam engine is an attempt to make up for some of that disadvantage. The second thing the K did was to eliminate a major flaw of all other Harleys, the separate engine and transmission cases. The unit construction of the K and XL is much sturdier, lighter and smaller than the big twin. It makes for lighter, better handling bikes. In fact the new big twins bolt the transmission directly to the engine, thus trying to gain back some of the advantage that the Ks and XLs have always had. And thirdly, the K had hydraulic suspension at both ends, which was passed on to the XL. I've owned and ridden rigid's with springer front ends; it is not what it is cracked up to be. Those bikes are ill handling, rough riding, kidney pounders. All in all, the XL is a better bike than the big twin. And the Ironhead is emblematic of everything that is raw and nasty about Harley. The XL Evo is a damn good motorcycle; it fixes the ills of the earlier XLs, but just doesn't capture the essence of the earlier XL. There is nothing like an old Ironhead for peeling the pavement off the road.
What is Classic Iron?
I like bikes from the early sixties to the late seventies and maybe even some early eighties. Bikes older than that tend to be getting real hard to find parts for, although I have been known to work on old 45 Flatheads and K Models. I specialize in Ironheads, but I also like old jap bikes. Bring me your 350, 450, and 750 Hondas and your 650 Yamahas. Those bikes are great. And your rusted, neglected English Iron; Triumph and BSA, bring em on, they will purr like kittens. In my career I have been professionally employed by two independent bike shops and a Triumph dealer, there isn't much from the early sixties to early eighties I haven't worked on. I regard most all bikes from that era as Classics.
What do I mean by recondition?
No offense to the Antique Motorcycle Association, but you guys are all nuts and I ain't wasting my time or money to track down some goofy piece of parkerized hardware when a grade five zinc plated bolt I can buy at an auto parts store will work just fine. Same with your cad plated spokes; why rebuild a wheel with cad plated spokes when stainless steel is so much more durable? My bikes are built to be ridden every day; modern materials will be substituted and used whenever the original is not readily available or readily affordable. I don't claim to be a restorer. I specialize in taking that rusty piece of junk that has been sitting behind your garage for 8 years and turning it into a reliable, roadworthy, good looking machine again. Each old bike is one of a kind and will be treated in accordance with its special needs. It all depends on the manner in which your machine met its doom.
How do you get your bike done?
me and send a jpeg of your
problem machine and a detailed description of what you want done.
I can do most anything, welding, sandblasting, wheel building,
wiring and engine building. We will discuss over the telephone
just how long I anticipate a project will take and how much
it will cost. You will be given a written estimate. I don't
work fast and I don't work cheap. One of the things that really
bothers me these days is when people say they'll do something "real
quick". When somebody is working on something for me, I
don't want it done "real quick". I want the person
doing the work to take their time and do a good job. I live just
north of Fort Worth, Texas and can pick up bikes within a 100
mile radius. Outside of that radius, you are on your own. If
the cost of reconditioning and shipping is too high, I'll make
an offer to take that neglected hunk of classic iron off of your
hands. You'll probably see it for sale here in a year or so.
Terms and Conditions
I accept postal money orders,
certified checks, Paypal, gold bricks and good old cash. Payment is required
before shipping. Prices do not include shipping.