Watch Wheels Via Time Put The Heads On A 1939 Harley Knucklehead

Wheels Via Time has been laborious at work on its ‘39 Rustoration mission for a while and it’s getting nearer and nearer to completion. When you haven’t been following alongside, the bike is a 1939 Harley-Davidson EL Knucklehead from Indiana that, at one level, was in a fireplace and was fully disassembled in 1975. Fortunately, miraculously, the components stayed collectively all these many years and it’s now coming again to life in Matt Walksler’s store. 

Though he hasn’t gone deep into the historical past of this bike within the movies to this point, Walksler was crystal clear about wanting to maintain the outside patina on this bike in its current situation. Opinions will, after all, differ—however his feeling is that when a motorbike has lived a life, it is smart to indicate it off, not attempt to conceal it behind a better-than-showroom-fresh restoration. 

When we final checked in on the ‘39 Rustoration, it was lacking its cylinder heads, pushrods, exhaust, and some different items right here and there. On this video, we get to see the cylinder heads, pushrods, exhaust, and recovered seat return on—together with the carburetor and accent air cleaner.  

Though Walksler selected to maintain the outside patina, all of the mechanical bits are getting a full restoration as wanted. Issues like ensuring the bores look good and have good crosshatching, new valve seats, and so forth are all being rigorously ticked off the checklist, whereas the skin stays as crusty as is smart for this construct.  

Curiously, Walksler additionally says he thinks this might find yourself being probably the most appropriate bike that he’s put collectively to this point, simply because all the precise components got here collectively on the proper time. From new-old inventory gadgets to issues he was capable of supply via his varied connections, there are many uncommon components that he’s introduced collectively to make the ‘39 Rustoration a runner. The place that wasn’t attainable—resembling with the muffler on the exhaust—he was capable of get an especially good duplicate that he talks a few bit on this video. (The fishtail on the top, in addition to the remainder of the exhaust, are OEM Harley components, although.) 

There’s a very charming second when he’s putting in the pushrods on this engine, after he’s bought the heads again in place. He pulls a screwdriver out and reveals off the particular divot his dad modified it with, only for the precise process of getting the pushrods into place on these engines. It’s not simply bikes that inform tales—generally, it’s your instruments, too.