Sunday, May 27, 2012


Found this at the swap meet today. Just the body, with a nice hole melted in the topside, and repaired with melted sardine cans. I think it's salvageable, and the price was right.  Found an old Jubilee horn for pan/K-model as well. No trumpet bell, but had one stashed away...laying in wait. The horn is loud. Very loud.


Not fun. Blowing the head gasket was the good part. Getting in there and seeing firsthand the other damage is just hard to look at. Lots of bits and pieces of the piston unaccounted for. I am guessing they are now residing in the bottom end. Going to do my very best to clean this out without splitting the cases.

Monday, May 21, 2012


Finally found a screaming deal on a 45" flathead engine. It is a 1939 "G" model, meaning it was meant for one of the first Servi-Cars. I think I am going with a 2 wheeled ride, even though an old style trike would be cool. I can't afford to use all original parts as of yet, so this will be a long-term project. $1500 for ebay gas/oil tanks is crazy talk. This engine is gutted. I need pretty much everything. I just talked to Mike at OLD-STF about parts and it seems he can help me out with bits and pieces. I'm stoked, but it's going to be a long road.


Just finished this up for a local guy. It is going on a Spartan frame/springer with a panhead in it. I am honored and stoked. The light came out great. Just enough.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Spring forward.

Still trying to decide on the springer. I love my ironhead the way it is, it is what I see when I close my eyes and imagine what an ironhead should look like. If I do the springer, (which is about 8 over) along with it comes a funky seat, new fender, sissy bar, rabbit ears, and frisco tank. I have collected all the parts to actually get the springer on, and already have some of the pieces to complete the 'look', but not sure if I'm into it. So I'm kinda stuck.

Along with that, I have trued up the spool to the best of my abilities, but it just is a hair off still. With a springer this narrow, and 1/8" room on each side,  not much room for a floppy wheel. Taking it to my local bike (bicycle) shop, to see if the guys over there can twist some spokes for me.

I am in the process of cleaning up a set of 900 'shovel' rockers. I have been putting off two rocker box gasket leaks and a somewhat heavy base gasket leak for a while. So, I have a little downtime anyway. Summer is fast approaching. Born Free 4?

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Full Frontal

Got the two front wheels done. I'm stoked on the knock-offs. I have polished these as much as I felt I should. They would be 'too much' if I went crazy and made them a fully bright and shiny, a little grunge is good for the look of the van. The backs should go pretty quick. I found Roloc discs on a drill are the way to go, then lots of hand buffing.

In other van news, I upgraded to a Pertronix system this weekend. It would have all gone smoothly if the harmonic balancer had timing marks, and even more so, if the engine block had a timing pointer. I pulled the #1 plug, got it to TDC, stuck some timing tape on the balancer and made my own pointer. I then timed it to about 12˚ BTC. This van screams now. It's amazing how much you get used to a bad running machine. Plug wires, plugs, rotor, cap, and Flamethrower coil round out the rest.

Tried as much as I could to get the headers and side pipes on, but ran out of time this weekend. Soon.

Random Lights

Picked out some of my favorites. One of these is going to live on one of the best planned out and sanitary panheads I've laid eyes on.