Sunday, June 16, 2013

Miniature Knucklehead Engine Built For Show And Go

One of the best things that a father or any parent for that matter can pass down, is knowledge. I got lucky and have a great dad, who can work on anything under the sun and make it perform better. One of the cool things to learn from, was seeing mechanical items being torn apart and fixed. It might be a lawn mower one weekend or a motorcycle the next, but something was always on the work bench in a state of repair. 

Do yourself a favor and pass along as much knowledge and know how as you can. It is the gift that keeps on giving. This model below is something that I could definitely see as a great father and kid project.

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"Former Wisconsin power company worker Jerry Kieffer didn't exactly take it easy when he retired. Instead, he dedicated himself to building perfect recreations of mechanical objects, in very small scale.

What started as a 1/6th scale Harley-Davidson engine (which actually runs) evolved into a yet-smaller 1/8th scale rendition of an entire Harley-Davidson Knucklehead bike, which is currently in the process of being built. When it's done, Kieffer intends every aspect of the motorcycle model to work, from the kick start mechanism to the gearbox and the speedometer."

Miniature Knucklehead model built by Jerry Kieffer
Miniature working model of a 1947 Knucklehead motor
Using a quarter for scale reference check out the transmission shifting gears pulled out next to the frame.
Miniature springer front end
Knucklehead miniature build based on the original 1947 model

Inside of the miniature primary on the knucklehead model
Using a quarter for scale reference next to the miniature primary gears.
Original Knucklehead spark plug next to the miniature custom knucklehead and spark plugs