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The Dedication in Restoring a 1947 Knuckle

By Edited Jun 12, 2016 0 0

This was not his very first rodeo, though. He and his old man individually have their own old knuckle heads. They’ve each raised from the dead a couple of the old bikes in their lifetimes. Matt crafted another ’47 before the current project.

From his descriptionyou could nearly consider the very first knuckle as rehearsal for this.

“The first bobber was nice yet it was not exactly what I imagined. Another person had started building it and that I just completed it from unfinished work by the previous builder,” he says.

The earliest was sold by him at an antique bike swap meet. Some guy fell in love with it and unconditionally had to buy it. Although Matt was reluctant to start with, he eventually decided and scooted out the swap meet without the knuckle head but with a fat pocket.

That turned out for the best. The issue with the previous project was that Matt stepped in when the motorcycle was less -half original from another builder's styles and he just completed the puzzle. Imagine this as kind of starter house, it’s not the best choice, however the equity in it helps you to get what you want next time. He poured the funds from the sale into making the bike you see before you now.

Matt's first thing on his list was research. He checked old pictures, motorcycle magazines and photos on the internet to get a concept of what alterations and add-ons were carried out to these bikes back in the fifties. He knew the significant bits and pieces. What Matt needed were the normal changes. After that, it was a matter of setting up that knowledge into play. Mainly, that meant searching everywhere to gather most of the elements. What if you bought an old knuckle and everything worked on it, there wouldn’t be much of a restorative tale in it, now would there?

Matt totally reconstructed the motor. It was similar to hunting for treasure. He acquired the cases from one place, barrels from another, and so on. Part by ancient part he set it all together, and after that took the engine to Ben’s V-twins where they carried out some hardware work and assembled it. The authentic parts were worn-out, though. Because He was reconstructing this motorcycle as a rider and not a museum curator, he wanted good quality replacements on the inside. That’s why he chose S&S pistons, rods, Rowe valves, and an Andrews S grind cam. So far, Matt has already logged 13K miles on it without a hitch.

Presently there isn’t much in the way of fabrication on this bike but what little there is comes straight from Matt himself. He bobbed the back fender and topped it with a tail light. Also the pipe has his handy work in it. He took a couple of headers and constructed the rest himself. It had taken McManus seven months from hunting parts to paint to reinvigorate this motorcycle.

I have thought of customizing the bike further in the future by putting the original fenders and seat back on it, but for now I'm just going to let those parts and accessories like harley hand grips and the likes lay around and relish the bike how it is now,” says Matt.

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