Friday, February 26, 2010

Spinning, once again

Spent some time making a set of 2" riser extensions. There really is no way to make these things quickly by hand, which means they can't be made to be profitable. Maybe I'm just really slow on the lathe.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

rear leg work

The bends are in place, just need to do some finish welding. Wish I had the motor with me so I could line things up and mount the rear fender. Now I have to ask Darren what kind of tank he's thinking about.

Sunday, February 21, 2010


Here's some video of the slugs I turned down for the rear transition under the stock forged motor mount to bottom frame rail area. Nothing groundbreaking, but this will have to do while I'm working on the final touches of the rear bends.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Ironhead hardtail part 2

Here's some clips I took a little while ago. This frame has been a learning process as it is the first ironhead I've made a hardtail for. It's tough to make the lower frame rails transition into the new rear section cleanly, but I think I figured it out. I'll have the finishing touches done by the end of the weekend.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Tube coping with paper templates

My drill press mounted coper/fishmouth fixture thingamajiggy can't cope a smaller angle than 45 degrees. There are a couple free online programs that will determine the cope profile you need with just punching in the tubing sizes, wall thickness, and cope angle. Calculate the profile, print it, wrap it, and notch. Tube notcher+ works great, just convert your inch measurements to mm.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Daniel's whip

Daniel just sent me a photo of his sporty after having his tins painted. I really dig getting photos of completed projects, I'm glad to have been able to help with the tank and bars.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Jack's new shovel

Jack sent me some pics of his new build with the tank I built for him on it. Fine job Jack, I'm jealous you can ride this time of year.

alum cafe tank

My friend Shawn has been building a CB360 cafe for a customer. This is the first aluminum tank he's made from scratch. He's a hell of welder/fabricator so I expected it to come out super nice. Anyone looking for hand built aluminum tanks can shoot me an e-mail and I can put you in touch with him.

Blue's sportster sissybar

Made this sissybar for Blue's sportster. The rear frame section was chopped already, so I had to come up with another non-stock mounting setup.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Road trip... a boring one

Well, I got the call from the garage that my car was all set and ready to pick up. Seems the problem was exactly what I thought it was, a skipped timing belt. The buffoon (previous mechanic/owner) who did the timing belt 7k miles ago didn't think it was important to replace the idler pulley bearings bearings while he was in there. So...

-timing belt, 3 idler bearings, belt tensioner
-2 sensors, which weren't the problem but the mechanic broke the old ones taking them out
-rental car

$1160, which would've paid for the shovel and Triumph rebuild parts. Shit.

Good news is I got to stop at my favorite surplus shops in NY on the way home and grab some bits and pieces.

Well, enjoy the boring pics of my Friday road trip.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Alfred T. Palmer, photographer.

A girl riveting machine operator at the Douglas Aircraft Company plant joins sections of wing ribs to reinforce the inner wing assemblies of B17F heavy bombers, Long Beach, CA.  October 1942.

Hard workin', making holes.

Alfred T. Palmer, photographer.

Woman drilling holes in an A-20 bomber at the Douglas Aircraft Company plant in Long Beach, CA circa 1942.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A little vid of DD

A short clip, but it speaks volumes as to how the night was.

New bungs @ Pangea Speed

I checked out Andy's site/blog today and saw these beauties.  I had similar bungs in the works, but I don't mind supporting other talent (and he's got plenty).  When available, I'll be getting these from Pangea Speed to add some niceness to the bars I make. 

Monday, February 8, 2010

Broken down

Heading home from the V-twin Expo and about 300+ miles from home my car decides to act up. This is what I have to look forward to.
-car repair
-car rental
-another night in a hotel
-5 more hours of driving home
-5 more hours of driving back to PA to pick up my car
-5 more hours of driving home

For now my shop/office is in the lobby of the Super8 in Danville, PA. Waiting for the local car rental outfit to pick Jake and I up so we can get the hell out of here and get home.

Biltwell Bro-Down

Thanks to the fine folks @ Biltwell for fueling the fire @ the Mainstay Rock Bar. Good times and good people.

V-Twin Expo

Some cool stuff to see, but better people to hang around with.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Just listen.

I know this thing doesn't have 2 wheels (or any wheels for that matter), but I find the imagery and sound makes up for it.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Doesn't seem like a good idea.

I was clued in to this fakeness @ Irish Rich's Applied Machete.