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Finally made it to Wheels through Time Museum a couple weeks ago. Rode the BRP with a couple friends , them on their Ultra's me on the Heritage, anyway, both had been to the museum before and told me it would take hours to see and digest everything. They were right, we rode in about 11am, by 3:30-4:00 we were starving but had not really covered everything! I was fascinated by the "Chopper" area, the Knuckleheads and old panheads! I love PANS!!:icon_cool: especially old Duo-Glides!! Hope to have one some Day!!!
Anyway, one thing I found interesting was the hill climbers, most of them had their cooling fins ground flat or almost flat on the cylinder heads and one even had the cooling fins on the jugs ground flat!! We were very curious about that, so we asked a new "Tour Guide" ( he was from England!!) who was answering peoples questions what was up with that?? He say's they did that to lighten them up,:confused::confused::(:coffeescreen: well....I may have come in on a boat....but not last night,I know the guy probably was giving it his best effort...but the little Aluminum that was .removed...not much weight I am guessing! so we decided when we saw Dale making his rounds to ask him, finally we saw Dale and asked him, he quickly replied that the old hill climbers ran on Alcohol! and the cooling fins were ground off heads and jugs to allow engines to heat up quicker!! Seems believable to me!Never knew they ran Alcohol on those on Hill Climbers!!!! I will have to ask Eye if they ran higher compression pistons to take advantage of the Alcohol!!?? Just curious ya know.
Dale got several of the really old bikes fired up...shooting flames out the exhaust, noticed a funny smell from the fuel..( Yea, I'm an old drag racer too!) Seems he was running "Av-Gas" on the old bikes !
All in all the time spent at the museum was awesome!! my 2 friends had been 2 years ago but said that there were a lot of changes and additions since they were there!! So, guess a once a year trip there is the plan!!
I wonder if Eye and the other serious Bike Techs who have been there noticed all the huge stock of NOS parts still in the original Harley boxes ??? everywhere.??:confused::smiley_drinkcoffee:
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Great museum, don't think you can see everything in one day
 

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Hill climbers running on ETOH were wayyyyy before my time, Ed.

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Yea, Sorry Eye!!:biggrin:
Didnt mean you were there wrenching on Hill Climbers back then..my friend!!:) LOL
I was just thinking you may be familiar with the history of it or know something about the engines??!!;)
Actually......I am thinking ...maybe I am not too much older than you?
Then again...?? Oh Well..:smiley_drinkcoffee:..thought you might know the "411" ( Info,History) was on those bikes.
When you visited there, did you see all the NOS parts in the original Harley boxes all over the place? Just think about all the NOS Knuckle and Pan parts!?
I heard that the story was the owner operator ( Dale Walksler) his father was supposedly a long time Harley Dealer in Illinois?? and that they sold the dealership up there and thats when Dale moved to Maggie Valley? Just heard that a while back, dont know if its true or an "Urban Legend",?
Later Eye!!
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Great museum, don't think you can see everything in one day
Nope
We spent about 4 hours looking, and watching and all, I am sure we still missed somethings!! I was fascinated by it!
By the way Critter, they do give a "Military Discount" for admission, showed my Disabled V.A. ID card , got in for $10, saved $2.
Later Sir!
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I went the whole tamale, got the admission, tshirt and DVD. Got a good discount so I bought tickets for the raffle. :)
 

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We stayed for several hours and came no where near seeing everything we wanted to see in detail. I learned a lot about the old bikes. We saw one that was found in a brick wall in Chicago. It was very well built and was a one of a kind. Dale told us he had never heard of that bike until they found it. I can't remember what the name on the tank was though.

Dale riding the old bikes through the museum and the parking lot certainly added to the experience.
 

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I went the whole tamale, got the admission, tshirt and DVD. Got a good discount so I bought tickets for the raffle. :)
I did get 3 tickets for the $20 on the raffle :biggrin:. I think that drawing is coming up soon? I wish I had gotten a T-shirt...maybe next year.
I am looking forward to going back!:)
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No Ed, I really don't know a thing about the hill climbers or their engineering. For some reason I just never read anything about them or had any interest in them. I guess subconsciously I put them in the "dirt bike" category and just kept going.:)

I didn't pay too much attention to the NOS parts because if I did I knew I'd be tempted to come back later with a pair of bolt cutters and a cutting torch or something.

But seriously though, it's a great place, and actually I think LWRider (Mike) on this forum is friends with the guys up there.

Say, while you were in that area did anyone tell you how to say "Hello" in Cherokee? :biggrin:
 

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No Ed, I really don't know a thing about the hill climbers or their engineering. For some reason I just never read anything about them or had any interest in them. I guess subconsciously I put them in the "dirt bike" category and just kept going.:)

I didn't pay too much attention to the NOS parts because if I did I knew I'd be tempted to come back later with a pair of bolt cutters and a cutting torch or something.

But seriously though, it's a great place, and actually I think LWRider (Mike) on this forum is friends with the guys up there.

Say, while you were in that area did anyone tell you how to say "Hello" in Cherokee? :biggrin:
Hey Eye:biggrin:
I guess since they were Harleys, I just didnt think about the "Dirt Bike" aspect:confused:, I see what ya mean though, while I am interested in some of the Engine Mods and engineering of them........I would never in a million years actually ride one! :) I was kinda hoping being an old Drag Racer myself that they would have a display of some old Top Fuel Harleys or other Harley Drag Bikes, or even Evil Knievel stunt bikes ?( Yea , I know thats not cruisers....but), since this area all around the museum is a "HotBed" of Drag Racing!! , maybe they should think about that?! Might generate some more interest!!??:icon_cool:
I was.... I admit a little jealous of all the NOS parts, I kept thinking to myself.....Somewhere theres someone desperately searching for some of these old parts to get an old Harley going again! and here they are in piles!! LOL:biggrin:
Did someone tell me how to say "Hello" in Cherokee??:confused: Ummmmmm.....:coffeescreen:....No, Ok, I guess Ill "Fall for it"!! Tell me Eye.....How?? :coffeescreen: LMAO!
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Well, if you're at the Wheels Through Time museum in Maggie Valley, take Rt 19 over the mountains and down into town, stop, get off the bike, and say, "Hello."

::Ba-da-bump!::

Yeah, I agree though... a section devoted to drag racers in the museum would definitely get my interest!
 

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Well, if you're at the Wheels Through Time museum in Maggie Valley, take Rt 19 over the mountains and down into town, stop, get off the bike, and say, "Hello."

::Ba-da-bump!::

Yeah, I agree though... a section devoted to drag racers in the museum would definitely get my interest!

Hmmmmmm
Am I gonna get my ass kicked?? You do remember how 18 Echos roll?
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Have any of you guys ever been to Bills Bike Barn in Berwick, PA? They've got a lot of the old bikes and other stuff to. It's about a mile off I80. Been to the Wheels through Time museum a couple times. I've got a video of the old lady riding that giant bike they have out front. Dale fired it up for us.
 

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Hmmmmmm
Am I gonna get my ass kicked?? You do remember how 18 Echos roll?
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For a former commo specialist, Ed, we ain't all that four by four on this one. Lol!

See, Rt 19 leads down into the town of Cherokee. So if you roll into town and say "Hello," you've said "Hello in Cherokee."

"Hello" in the Cherokee language is "Shee-ogh." (Or I think that's what I remember.)
 

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Turns Out, the museum is closed Tuesday and Wednesday. We're at Iron Horse tonight and will head back over to Maggie Valley to try again tomorrow.
 
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