Web Only Exclusive: Old El Paso Spit Shine - 1947 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead

Shaun Revelle's Knuckle that didn't get away

I’ve had a passion for motorcycles since I was young having grown up with parents in motorcycle clubs. Old Harleys have always been in my life, so when I found a 1947 Knuckle in El Paso there was no way I was going to let it slip by me, especially since I had already missed out on a 1950 Panhead from the same dealership.

With my buddy Pedro Andres help, we were off to El Paso. After a fine spit shine, I was hooked and couldn’t let it go.

After a fine spit shine, I was hooked and couldn’t let it go.

I bought it on the spot and headed back to Austin. After a month of short runs on it and a bad wiring job, I decided to find someone to help me fix it right.

That’s when Johnny Galvan entered my life. Johnny owns Kool Daddy Motorcycle in Austin and specializes in old Harleys. After a break down of the motor we decided to start from scratch and do it right. Johnny went through the whole motor and I did all the metal fab work. It took us four and half years because I didn’t have the kind of money needed especially because how expensive Knuckle part are.

In the end it was all worth it. What once was a spit shined turd became a piece of rolling art and history.

What once was a spit shined turd became a piece of rolling art and history.

This was only because of the help from pals, patience and hard work of course. Thanks to Pedro for the ride, Johnny for all his hard work and knowledge, and lastly Destry Grimm for his bad ass paint work.