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American Iron Garage August 2018

American Iron Garage: The ultimate do-it-yourself, tech and homebuilt motorcycle magazine. Looking to learn more about how to maintain and customize your own motorcycle? American Iron Garage is jam packed with great do-it-yourself tech and homebuilt custom motorcycles. Plus, easy to follow step by step how-to installs, maintenance tips, home garage tool reviews and safety features. A must read for the weekend wrench.

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3 min.
stock or not

I just came back from a swap meet this past weekend where I once again had to weed through piles of stock/take-off parts to find just the morsel of hardware I was looking for. I’m sure the piles of parts I rummaged through look just like the piles of parts at your local swap meet. You know, the usual stuff: stock mirrors, stock handlebars, take-off pipes, tons of stock grips, and bins full of stock air cleaners. …some of these parts had more miles on them being hauled around in the back of a pickup truck… I used to joke that Harley should offer partially built bikes, ones missing these commonly changed items, so that customers could install their favorite style of accessories to complete the look. Surely that would keep all…

3 min.
pay attention to yourself

I don’t know about you, but when I’m in the shop working on my bikes, time seems to just slip away. You get on a roll, and your mind just blocks out other things. It’s a great time, but you may forget a few things. … few realize that working and not taking in any fluids can also put you in the danger zone This recently happened to me while working around the Brew farm and shops! You see, it was the first nice weekend after a dreary spring. So much to do and all was going great. Many things were getting done; I was working hard, and the time just slipped away. I noticed I was extremely thirsty, but I didn’t take time to stop for a drink of water. I…

6 min.

Don’t Call It Old School I’ve been building bikes for 38 years. I’ve done Pans, Knuckles, and Shovels. I got together with my good friend Kenneth Goebel and dug through his old parts, ultimately deciding to turn a 45 WL into a 45 Magnum. I machined the cases, wheels, and cams. I used Sportster flywheels, rods, heads, and cylinders. I heavily modified the Paughco frame and tank. The rest of the parts are either handmade, borrowed, or reproduction. It took 18 months to complete, working on it paycheck to paycheck. We don’t build for show, we build to ride. Whether it’s a Knuckle, Pan, or flathead, we have fun on all the old bikes. When people see our bikes and the work we do, they call it old school. I don’t care…

6 min.
bucked right off!

As Tanner Tonkin lay there battered and bruised on the side of the road, he could only think about one thing: whether his Nightster was okay. His ride was fine, aside from a few skid marks, a crushed air cleaner, and a brake-side peg assembly that had been smashed into the cam case. Tanner, however, wasn’t okay, as he would later find out from his doctors. They told him that he’d shattered his T-5 and T-6 vertebrae and that a bone shard had severed his spinal cord. He would never walk again, the doctors said. That didn’t stop Tanner, though. After intensive surgery, the number-one thing on his mind was rebuilding and getting back on the very horse that had bucked him off—once he got out of that damn hospital bed. Tanner didn’t…

7 min.
racing to perfection

We’re going to make this introduction incredibly short because the list of mods Hamish Allan of New Zealand did to his Indian Scout is, well, astoundingly long—and that includes the Big Base engine work. Hamish has the know-how to tinker with pushrods and pistons because he works as a mechanical fitter and welds pressure pipework at Hydro PowerStations. Growing up, Hamish came to love Indians because his father owned a 741B Scout (which Hamish later customized). This appreciation naturally led to a special affinity for Big Base Scouts, so when he finally got one of his own, Hamish just had to squeeze out as much horsepower and torque as possible. But measuring that power the traditional way would’ve cost him a pretty penny. Instead of dynoing his bike, Hamish tuned it at Teretonga…

1 min.
on the track

2016 November Burt Munro Challenge, Teretonga Park Circuit, Pre-63 Girder Fork Class “The engine had a valvetrain failure a few weeks prior to the race. The engine was rebuilt 48 hours prior without degreeing the cams. It ran poorly.” 2018 February Burt Munro Challenge (first time for Class C) Day 1: Bluff Hillclimb Hamish finished second behind a 72" Indian in a field of 10. Day 2: Beach Racing, two laps, one-mile track Hamish again finished second behind a 72" Indian in a field of 10. Day 3: Circuit Racing, Teretonga The bike ran well, and Hamish achieved a personal best lap time. Day 4: Street Racing The race was canceled due to an oil spill from a British bike.…