20140414

Shovels forever...

My heart was kinda heavy yesterday after hearing about Larry. I decided to get out in the garage and play with my toys.

Peace out, Larry...

I'm sure you've seen it all over. This is a pic from the Haints Christmas party several years ago. This picture has been hanging in my garage (thanks Eric) for 2 or 3 years.

20140406

Neil Fallon said...

"You can't stop progress..."

20140403

Old Gold Garage...

Picked up a seat from them for the '69 build. I think this thing will take shape fast.

20140331

Coming together...in my mind...

This is giving me visuals. I've got good feeling about how this one is going to turn out.

20140321

Nitro!!!

The Magic Muffler Fiat. One of the most famous drag photos ever. A hairline crack on the front main up to the cam journal results in the entire rotating assembly leaving In a mass exodus, taken by Ron Lahr.

20140318

If you haven't started watching Cosmos...

Then get over to Fox.com and catch up. Neil Degrasse Tyson is a rockstar.


20140317

Colorful...


    
Scraping it all together for the '69.  

20140311

Still drinkin'...

A red rye from Terrapin makes things feel better...

Still movin'...

I've got the '69 Shovel and the '60 Ironhead both in the works. Gonna do them simultaneously. No sweat on time, just doing it as I can.

20140310

Still fanstatic...

Still running...

God it's been beautiful the past couple of days.

20140214

Snow day...

Pimpin the yard with an OG snow man.

Best thing I've seen today...

Happy Valentine's Day...

20140127

The Ryno...

It may look fruitier than a shirtless softball game in the Tenderloin, but if I lived in a small apartment in a large city, you'd better believe I would ride one these bastards around. Or, it's always an option if you're one of those habitual DUI offenders that has their license suspended for years on end causing you to ride around on a <49cc a="" bar.="" can="" car="" drunky="" fit="" from="" girl="" home="" if="" in="" nbsp="" of="" p="" pep="" ride="" scooter.="" some="" something="" take="" that="" the="" to="" trunk="" up="" wants="" will="" you="">


20140122

Peach State Purple Pinner...

Trying my hand at carving. This shit is tough an tedious with a dremel. Maybe one day I'll try my hand with a graver.

20140120

First ride...

Obviously not my first ride on this bike, but my first ride since I got new eyes. Last Thursday I had lasik surgery to fix my shitty vision. The ability to see as normal happens nearly immediately, but the recovery time takes a while. I decided yesterday to wheel around a bit for the first time since then and although cold, it was a great feeling.

Mo shovel...

20140113

I won't say where...

But I was in the same room with this Saturday. Son of a bitch, a sublime green Cuda.

20140112

20131223

Merry Christmas...

I hope all of your Christmas dreams come true. One of mine is to be transported back to Club La Vela some time in the late 90's when my body spit out a hangover like I was king of the world. Just one day of fun, then back to my working stiff nonsense again. Anyway, enjoy your Christmas and have some yuletide cocktails with your friends. 

20131205

Sifton Stingers...

A pleasant surprise in the Ironhead. These apparently pull a pretty penny as do all of the OG grinds from Tom Sifton before he sold the company.

20131203

One of two...Joe King Speed Shop

I asked Paulo a long time ago about a helmet, well one became two and time went on. This one is on its way to me now and the other is being finished. I have a reason why I wanted white with purple...you'll see.

20131128

Ookin' pa nub...

I'm thankful for everything; good, bad and in between. If you read this, I'm thankful for you too.

20131126

More crap...

Been kinda buying stuff for future prospects while working on current ones. Time away makes the hunt feel that much better.

I'd never seen one this complete. Instructions, two bags of jets, the factory tag, even the S&S throttle.

20131125

Vroom...

Now I just have to build an ENTIRE bike around it.

20131119

Guess what I found...

The forced induction Gods have smiled upon my parts collection. Now it's time to build something around it. I have the ideas, it's a matter of time and money. This will not go on the blue bike.
 
Photos courtesy of Hot Bike (obviously).

20131111

It may take a while...

But this thing will be pretty when I'm done.

He strikes again...

Going to rebuild heads and I find this beauty. Blazed for her pleasure. I've seen more hack shit on this bike than pretty much any I've encountered.

The name is Dumace...

So the guy I bought this bike from was obviously a hack mechanic that read too much Chop Cult. He shaved the fork legs and gouged them several times only to fill them with bondo and paint over them with a brush. I didn't find this until stripping the lowers with aircraft stripper. What an idiot.

20131106

Fresh start...

Time away makes the heart grow fonder. Between the rain this summer and other things I need to get under my belt, things were going slow in my neck of the woods. Time to get back to basics.

20131105

The times, they are a changin'...

Whether you're in the "it's about damn time" or the "I can't believe this shit" camp, it doesn't matter. Harley was headed towards water-cooled motors regardless of your persuasion (and to be honest, the latter weren't buying new bikes anyway). The introduction of the 500cc & 750cc, mini V-Rod powered "Street" by Harley was dropped yesterday and I have probably read 30 articles, blog posts, forum threads, etc. on it.
 
Oh, you want my take on it? Well, look at it like this; it was inevitable. Harley has undergone plenty of evolutionary changes over the years and with every one there has been a little part of what the vintage enthusiasts enjoy, taken away. Switching to alternator motors, removal of the kicker in the 5 speed, the starter itself in 1965, the swing arm frame in 1958, Hydra Glide in 1949, different motor configurations, different frame styles, six-speed transmissions and what I consider to be the nail in the coffin, the entire line's axe to the carburetor. Hell, timing covers themselves have no purpose anymore unless you're trying to hide something really small.
 
So what's the point of all of that? Well, you weren't going to buy a new bike anyway, unless they completely reverted to wet sump oiling systems and 6 volt electrics. It's always good for an American company to attempt to stay on its toes, so why not let the next generation have something to bitch about in 30 or 40 years ("remember when we had tires?")? When was the last time you went to a dealership anyway, so why be concerned with the newest iteration of motorcycle from the Motor Company?
 
Now, as for me. I'm also not going to buy one. I have too much time money, love, daydreams, and so on tied up in old pieces of shit that cause my right leg to be bigger than my left and my tools to stay warm. To be honest though, I would like to take one of these and fiddle with it. They're cheap enough that you could get one to beat on and if nothing else, it opens up a brand new market for anyone looking to make parts for something that doesn't already have a flooded market. Hell, I'd buy one and put some Distanzas on it and find some fire roads.
 
Quit bitching. At least they still make motorcycles.
 

20131101

Spooks...

One year, about 1994 or so, I wore a White Zombie shirt in my yearbook picture for school. I managed to find J. Yuenger's blog a while back and talked to him. He released these classic WZ shirts and I had to have one...

This shirt and Pumking on Halloween is right as rain.

Howl at the moon...

20131031

Happy Halloween...

Put on your offensive costume, grab your candy bucket, and go out for some tricks and treats. Watch out for razor blades in your candy bars or old ladies giving out weird shit from around their house instead of candy.
 
In all honesty, I love this holiday. It's fun for kids of all ages because you can be as ridiculous as you want and people just accept it without pause. The classic horror films on TV add to it as well.

20131030

Shit to shineola...

Working slowly on the Ironhead. Not working magic or anything, but it'll be much prettier when I'm done.