Here’s a nice follow up from Charles Lathe on the earlier 52 Panhead rebuild post. I asked him, “Who gets the bike? and here’s his response with another fantastic pic.
Ed Rich gets the bike. That’s Ed on the bike in the photo I’m attaching.
Ed owns the Museum of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles in Asheboro, North Carolina. The bikes start out as basket cases, or just parts of a bike, and the classes do a complete restoration from engine rebuild down to bead blasting and parkerizing the nuts, bolts, and washers.
We asked what he’s rebuilding next year and he says, “Probably a knucklehead. They are too much work for me to do by myself anymore and I have three more to build before to make a complete set of knuckleheads.”
There are five, five week long classes. They are two nights a week, three hours a night and they cost $120 each. Not only does Ed run the free museum, but he sells and repairs Harleys. When we come to class, we never know what else he’s going to have in the shop. There is a constant flow of big twin and 45 flatheads, knuckleheads, panheads, shovelheads, and evo bikes. They come in as old school choppers, show stopping restorations, and hard run old bikes. I think he stopped working on bikes newer than 2000 because their owners are sometimes harder to get along with.
My favorite bike in his collection is a black and grey 1943 knucklehead. Harley only built about 75 of them because they were so busy building 45s for the army during the war.