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American Pickers buy "37 nuck

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Post by 108 » Thu Aug 05, 2010 3:27 am

Anybody see the American Pickers show on the History Channel where the two antique hunters bought the fairly stock looking '37 for $20K ? Then they took it to a "Nuckle/pan expert" to get it runnig, and then the guy realized the had built the bike for sombody 30 years ago . I didnt catch the guys name or where he's located. Any body on here know him?



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Re: American Pickers buy "37 nuck

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Post by Bosheff » Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:48 am

Not to belittle the "37 Knucklehead", but from what I could see, the only major component that 1937 was probably the mill, and according to the "pickers", it had one incorrect cylinder head. Wrong frame, wrong front end, way to much chrome. To be fair, the mechanic that supposedly got it running, and also did the restoration some 30 years prior, did admit it was not a nut and bolt correct restoration. What puzzles me is that they supposedly paid 20 G's for the unit and expected to turn a profit on it. I may be wrong, but I think at $20K invested, they paid to much to realize a realistic profit for the dollars invested. I guess ya just gotta remember it's T.V. and it sells advertising. Unrealistic in my eyes, but to the 99 percent of the viewing public that doesn't know any better it may be interesting. Kinda reminds me of the Barret/Jackson auctions. Unrealistic....bosheff

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Re: American Pickers buy "37 nuck

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Post by DaveSwanson » Thu Aug 05, 2010 12:26 pm

108 wrote:I didnt catch the guys name or where he's located. Any body on here know him?
James Long, Bellevue, Iowa

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Re: American Pickers buy "37 nuck

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Post by 57rigid » Fri Aug 06, 2010 2:05 am

the restorer offered them 25.k when they dropped it off. 5k to me seems to be a pretty good profit

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Re: American Pickers buy "37 nuck

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Post by 108 » Fri Aug 06, 2010 3:32 am

Thanks Dave Swanson, Do you know James Long or if he's ever posted hear or is aware of this site? I was just 40 miles from Bellvue driving through Iowa in July and would have visited his shop had I known.

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Re: American Pickers buy "37 nuck

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Post by Sir_Rat » Fri Aug 06, 2010 8:35 am

108, I googled James Long Motorcycles and came up with this....

James Long Motorcycles
909 South Riverview Street
Bellevue, IA 52031
Phone: 563.872.5730

don't know if its the same guy or not but I don't think it will cost you much to find out.

Aloha....Mike

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Re: American Pickers buy "37 nuck

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Post by DaveSwanson » Fri Aug 06, 2010 11:19 am

I have stopped in his shop a number of times over the years. A cool shop right on the river. It's impossible to determine if the 25k offer was authentic. The cameras were rolling.

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Re: American Pickers buy "37 nuck

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Post by Panacea » Fri Aug 06, 2010 10:23 pm

Is that the same guy that "fixed" Big's frame?

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Re: American Pickers buy "37 nuck

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Post by hplhd » Sat Aug 07, 2010 9:59 am

Panacea wrote:Is that the same guy that "fixed" Big's frame?
surely is.

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Re: American Pickers buy "37 nuck

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Post by Bigincher » Sun Aug 08, 2010 6:00 am

Panacea wrote:Is that the same guy that "fixed" Big's frame?
Yup. It was pretty funny to actually see the guy on TV. Missing teeth, beer belly, and all. While I was watching, I was shouting out loud "RUN..! RUN FAST AND DON'T LOOK BACK...!!! GET THE HELL OUT OF THERE...!!!!!"
Just for the record, I had an extremely bad experience with Mr Jim Long in Bellevue Iowa, and would highly reccommend to anyone and everyone to turn away, move fast, say nothing, and find someone who really knows what they're doing, because this jamoke DOESN'T...!!!!!!
If you want details, PM me directly, and I'll tell you all about it. Other than that, just let it pass...........

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Re: American Pickers buy "37 nuck

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Post by chadu607 » Sun Aug 08, 2010 4:46 pm

Hey, anyone get the location of the guy with all the Harley NOS parts on an earlier show?
I went to the pickets web site and they were selling the Harley horn for $200. No mention of their source though.

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Re: American Pickers buy "37 nuck

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Post by kevsett » Mon Aug 09, 2010 6:50 pm

So the general consensus here is that the restorer is a dipstick (or worse) and the buyer that paid $20K for that knuckle is a dipstick too? I watched it with my 13 year old and that's what we both figured; but we were not sure of the originality and resultant true worth of the knuckle.

I did like it that the buyer wasn't necessarily going to attempt a resale for profit b/c he loved the bike. I wonder if he still has it now?

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Re: American Pickers buy "37 nuck

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Post by FlatHeadSix » Tue Aug 10, 2010 4:15 am

kevsett wrote: I watched it with my 13 year old and that's what we both figured
Kev, I think you and your 13 year old are right on the money. the guy that rebuilt that bike a long time ago may not intentionally be a dipstick, he was probably just doing what he knew how to do and put an old piece of iron back on the road with whatever means, and parts, he had laying around. There are a lot of those bikes around, I'm riding one!

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Re: American Pickers buy "37 nuck

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Post by Bosheff » Tue Aug 10, 2010 7:37 am

I believe the whole damn thing was staged and the motorcycle never even changed hands....bosheff

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Re: American Pickers buy "37 nuck

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Post by Panhead Ed » Tue Aug 10, 2010 1:11 pm

just more reallity TV for those who dont know

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