Thursday, December 30, 2010

heat bending some bars

Gas tank kits in the works

Do you want a Frisco mount sportster tank? Do you know how to weld? Well this 2.2 gal tank kit will be avail soon. What you'll get:

-2.2 gal shell with the top flat spot worked out of it (shown split for narrowing option)
-small vented cap and bung
-one piece bottom and tunnel (not pictured)
-your choice of rubber mounting kit or good 'ol backbone tab mounts
-22mm Frisco style fuel bung (not pictured)

These will be available in 2 weeks, pricing tbd. Picture doesn't represent a complete kit, I'm just shooting what I have now.

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Wesley's bars

Wesley has been very patient during the creation of these bars. I'm really happy with how they came out. I hope he is. I've got some video of the heat bending used I'll post later.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

angles baby, angles.

I used one of these digital angle machines from the future once before and knew I needed one. Found out that HF carries the digital unit for $28 and spent an hour making the bracket to attach it to tubing. Now multi bends will be much easier to duplicate.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Need some feedback

For a few years I taught metalworking classes @ the Worcester Center for Crafts. I tried to talk the front office into starting some sort of "intro to welding" classes but they were hesitant about shelling out any cash for the new idea. I had students of mine ask me about welding often and could only turn them towards the local night classes at Assabet Valley Voc Tech. Well, now that I have a space that could work for teaching welding/fabrication, I want to get some feedback from the loyal people that look at and read my babbling here.

The two classes that I'm thinking of offering (in the beginning) would be:

-Introduction to MIG welding and fabrication basics
-Introduction to TIG welding

Classes would probably be 2 day weekend intensives that would have some sort of project intended to be completed by the end of the 2 days. I'm only at the beginning stages of laying out the classes so I'd love to hear what you think of the idea and what would make it really work for the students. Please feel free to leave a comment or send me an email at


Friday, December 24, 2010

Thanks Everyone!

Thank-you for all the support and interest in the goings on here at SPCL'79 fabrication. I wish all of you a Happy Holiday and a prosperous New Year!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

At the theatre

Went to see "A Christmas Carol" with my wife who seems to really like my beer.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Ryan's springer bars

Built these so Ryan could bolt them into some short risers atop a springer. Not groundbreaking or a new idea, but neat all the same.

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Edit: I rembered where it was that I had once seen bars like this, it was on Eli Wolf's sportster of Cheapskate Cycles. His bike is killer, credit him (and probably others) for the cool bars.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Mig welding

Found this sweet exhaust patch on a pipe for a customer's bike. Although this may be the worst example of mig welding that I've ever seen, I give the producer of this work credit for trying.

Not metal

My wife doesn't like a lot of attention for the sewing she does but I had to share some photos of this cool shoulder bag she made for a friend.

Easy like a...

... Sunday of frame gussets.

I felt like there needed to be more support in this area.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

It lives

Finally took some time at the end of the day today to disassemble the old Pexto roller, fix a couple bits, and get her all lubed up. Thanks go out to the one and only Walter G. for the generous shop donation.

Thanks B-boys

Much appreciated Christmas package from the boys at Biltwell. Filled up the pint as soon as I sat down tonight.

Stupid BSP thread

It took me a while to squeeze info out of the people who resell these little brass petcocks on what exactly the thread pitch was. For anyone that needs to know the pitch was 1/8"-28 bsp parallel. I would've thrown them in the trash if they weren't so neat.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Private stash bars #3

Made from old 2 pc sportster bars and some stainless bits. 3 1/2" mount spacing, 10 1/2" high, 22 1/2" wide. Price is $100 plus shipping or shoot me an offer to

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Private stash bars #2

Same story as the previous post.

Roundish narrow mini apes, 100% 304 stainless. These are a mix of manual bender and heat bends, slight necking in one section of the heat bending but really hard to notice. Thick walled tubing could be blended in that area if it bugs you. 10 1/2" tall, 28" wide with a real comfortable riding position. Price is $150 plus shipping or shoot me an offer to

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Private stash bars #1 sold

T-bars made from splitting an old cast riser for 2 pc bars, the rest of the material is stainless tig welded with some silicon bronze and stainless rod.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Cheap tungsten grinder

Made a tungsten grinder today because I'm a cheap-ass. Did a quick how-to on Chopcult here.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

A reminder of hard work

I remember the first time I was sucked into the story of Dick Proenneke and his choice at the age of 51 to quit his job and move to into the Alaskan wilderness to live in solitude for roughly 35 years. I've read and watched his story many times and it's had a deep effect on me. There are a ton of people I've had the luck of meeting that share the ideals of hard work that I hold dear, but watching "Alone in the Wilderness" again while I'm lining up my week and doing some design work reminds me how many people just don't get it. I myself stray and "don't get it" at times but with a little reminder from time to time I wheel myself back on line. If you've never read or seen Dick Proenneke's story, do yourself a favor and check it out.

Astro Glide chop for sale

She's gotta go, for more info email

t-bar detail

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Forward swept t-bars

Inspired by the works of Ron Finch and one of Max Schaaf's builds. Hats off to the craftsmen that take time in the detail work to make things right.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Self promotional weenie

Yup, that's me. If I don't promote myself, who would I expect to?

Some may have seen the tail section build pics that has been progressing lately. If you want to see a how to from the beginning, check out the write up on ChopCult.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Friday, December 3, 2010

low tz-bars for sale

these are for sale here!

-100% 304 stainless
-cnc bungs with a little extra detail, 3.5" mounting, 1/2 13 threads.

Email me at for pricing with ship.

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Location:Webster St,Worcester,United States

Thursday, December 2, 2010


Makin' miters

Tested the adjustable tube miter fixture in the Bridgeport. Seems to work the way it should but man I wish I had a cold saw.