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PostPosted: Mon Dec 13, 2010 11:02 pm    Post subject: TURK DALE AND HIS MAIL BOX SPECIAL Reply with quote

You remember Turk Dale and his XX-A Gas Drag Bike, here he is at Bowling Green...Turk's Drag Racing was between 1976 and 91...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4a48ykFPt8



On top of Turk's Mail Box in front of his home is a old 1936 VLH motor as a Decoration...He decided beings they were both born in the same year it was time to do something with it...






A trip or two to the Swap Meet...



Turk started project September 17th, had it running December 6th... Motor is 1936 VLH stroked to 4 3/4 ",3 1/2 bore ,92 cubic inches,ported relieved, bigger stainless valves,valve springs from Paul Friebus, larger carburetor,drag pipes. Turk is making some .500 lift cams for later.




From the Mail Box to the Street...
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 7:19 am    Post subject: Awesome Reply with quote

That is my daddy! Isn't he the best??

He put this bike together in record time! It is beautiful and sounds awesome! Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

IT is a VLH motor---T
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 19, 2010 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Turk and Iron Mistress number two...this bike ran Alky and N20...


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 26, 2010 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

O.K. SO WHAT ENGINE DID HE REPLACE THE MAILBOX WITH Question
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Poor old mailbox has lost it's friend for 40 years ,no replacement, But the mailbox VL says WHAAAH what has happend to me,probably been 50 years since it has run.---T
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Couple more pictures someone sent me of Turk and Iron Mistress...



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 12:00 pm    Post subject: My daddy! Reply with quote

wow, those pics bring back lots of memories!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Announcing the Birth of the Bonneville Salt Flats Bike " JEZABEL" Mistress of the Salt, Daughter of "THE IRON MISTRESS" ready to rock and roar, going to Bonneville Aug 25-Sept 1. Racer again at 75...






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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Granddaddy Joe, is this roughly the same configuration that you used when you ran dual carb Shovel heads?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

St. Lee wrote:
Granddaddy Joe, is this roughly the same configuration that you used when you ran dual carb Shovel heads?


I really don't know if it has a cylinder turned 180 or not...lets see if we can get Turk to answer that question...
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greetings group: The front is a rear jug and head turned 180 & the rocker box turned 180 on the head, ports were raised and made bigger,2.250 ID ,D shaped exhausts 2.250 outlet. lots of welding and shaping. I had a flow bench when I built these heads in 1984. Turk
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 6:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

St. Lee wrote:
Granddaddy Joe, is this roughly the same configuration that you used when you ran dual carb Shovel heads?


So St. Lee, it is the same as I did in 1970...however I don't know about today's later head parts but in 1970 the problem I had was running a rear rocker box as the front...after all they were stamped F for front and R for rear...

The motor would run and sound perfectly normal but I had trouble with fuel spitting first out the front Injector and the same when changed to Carburetors...I did blow that motor completely out of the frame on 86 percent Nitro and discarded the idea at the time...and was told by the Harley Factory the Rocker Boxes weren't Interchangeable...

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Turk. And thanks Joe - I have had a hankerin' to build a Shovel like this ever since I read about yours on your blog a couple years back. Now if only I can find a customer to pay me to experiment ...
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used a front and a rear rocker boxes. The oil feed holes in the middle are the only differences I could see. If I was to do it again I would do it like the xlr 1000 and have a cam ground for it> but thats what we did in the 80,s. These were left over from then and I had a lot of cams. I did run 150 mph in the quarter on straight methanol with them,made over 150 passes no problems.
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