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PAGE 3: BUILDING A WORLD LAND SPEED
Adapting Harley engines to EPA standards
that time the EPA took the lead out of gasoline and reduced octane
ratings, and a whole new challenge was presented to Harley tuners like
myself: how to manage the combustion chamber heat buildup that the lead
in gasoline had helped dissipate?
put my racing experience to the problem – race tuning is all about
heat management – and found the right combination of valves, guides
and seats unique to every Harley engine type up to the Evo, that cured
overheating when running no-lead gas.
fact, I had those old Knuckles, Pans and Shovels running stronger and
cooler than when they were running leaded high-test!
Perry was workin' a flowbench when most
of today's Harley tuners were watching Sesame Street.
Evolution engine brought more exciting challenges. Its design was a big
step forward, but a lot of things didn’t get done right on that motor.
I worked the problems and came up with solutions nobody else had thought
of, mostly in the cylinder head area.
magazines called, and at their request I wrote more articles. As word
got around that some guy on the Central Coast was coming up with Harley
performance solutions that worked, I decided to adapt my company name to
focus on my specialty. That’s why we’re now known as FLO Headworks.
popular request I created a six-hour video that shows my porting and
tuning techniques in detailed, real-time demonstrations. This video is
not available to the public. However, it can be seen at Daytona, Sturgis
and Laughlin, at the FLO Headworks booth.
Building a world land speed record
day out of the blue I got a call from Larry Easley, a long-time Harley
performance enthusiast from Arkansas. He wanted to run a Panhead at
Bonneville and go for the record, and he wanted me to do the heads.
sounded like a great project. It would give me the opportunity to learn
in the best classroom of all, building competition engines, and find out
if my techniques really could measure up against the best Harley
builders out there.
scheduled a year for the project, and over that time my area of
responsibility went beyond the heads to include the entire engine. (Even
though my company is FLO Headworks, I do bottom-end work on all Harley
engine types on request.) To everyone’s surprise, at their first
outing at a wet and sloppy Bonneville, Larry’s Panhead, with his son
Cecil riding, set a world land speed record in the 2000cc Pushrod Gas
class. The bubbly flowed that night!
Larry Easley's 1999 world speed record
Panhead, engine built by Perry, ridden by Cecil Easley, pictured. For
more info about this awesome machine, click on the picture.
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UPGRADING THE TWIN CAM, ON TO A BRIGHT FUTURE