Sunday, September 30, 2012

Up High

Got my project on a workable level. A while back I found this steel tabletop and legs at Ikea in the broken bins. It cost the sum of $7, and has been sitting in my backyard until today. So far, everything is just laying on the frame. I will be getting my engine and tranny back anyday now ($$$), so it was time to get serious. I finally have a mental picture of the stance and I'm digging it. I somehow have to come up with the scratch for a springer and to pay off my machinist. Then, the fun begins.

Saturday, September 29, 2012


I found this most excellent piece of graffiti scrawled on a window downtown. It's the old Church of Scientology building. I think they should ally with the Mormons and form a super-religion to rule the galaxy. We believe.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Spiritual music festival

This was at my Starbucks bulletin board. From what i can gather, the rest of the "musicians" play pan flutes and do interpretive dance. I just happen to think this guy is worth the price of admission alone. With a name and face like that, how can you go wrong?

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Swap of the Meat

Found a bunch of crap today. Some for me, some to flip, most I didn't need. My machinist was there and for no reason he gave me a set of door hinge stops for my Econoline van (still in the Ford box...WOW!)Got some heavy wild springer risers, a couple springer top clamps, a set of evo Sportster mids (hot ticket nowadays), one Flander's dogbone riser minus top clamp (to hang out with my other Flanders without a top), new ironhead sportster axle, and the most kick-ass Hurst/Airheart mini cast aluminum caliper. Chopper goodies.

Hell Box

Got this at a swap meet a few years back. Full of miniature stainless hardware. Hell Box....hmmm, reminds me of a girl I used to date. Pow!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Hotel Amenities

Bikes, beds, bros.
Oil, gas, grimy clothes
Early bird, late riser, we will set this place on fire.

River Ride

Short vid of the ride to Antioch, along the Sacramento River. Doesn't get much better than this. (except for the bee that hid in my helmet at the first gas stop) oh, turn the volume down, iPhones aren't so great when recording wind and v-twins.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Direct Mount

I put one of those beat-up crappy Drag Specialties tachs on the bike this weekend. I used the part that would normally cinch the cable to the back of the tach or drive. Drilled the end so it was all thread inside, and used it as a coupler. Cut a 2" piece of the inner cable (remember they are round, but square where they meet the tach or drive), then I welded the round part of that cable so it wouldn't fray, and hammered it square when it was red hot. Made up a nice thick bracket to secure it all, and it is good to go.

50¢ French Tickler

I was at my local grocery store this morning and see this. Now you can spare the embarrassment of going into the rubber dick and film store. Or just get some for your kids. But,,,why are they made for adult sized fingers?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Photo above not mine (I can't afford aluminum heads). Anyway, the 45" is slowly chugging along. Garry still has the motor and is wrapping it up as I type. I also gave him my early shovel 4-speed to do up. I am expecting a large bill for all this machine work, but I know it will be worth it. I imagine this engine will be bulletproof after this. I got an original springer on ebay last week, and unfortunately when it got here, it seems to be beyond repair. I contacted the seller, and he is working with me for a return, so it goes back to UPS tomorrow. Going to go with an all-black reproduction BT springer through Mike at Old-Stf. He has been helping me with advice and parts on this build. I am lucky to have him within an hour's drive of me. I have the wheels (both early Sportster drums 19/18), frame, oil tank, gas tank, and a few other parts stashed. Once I get the engine in for mock-up, I can start welding on mounts and such. Pretty excited.