Thursday, January 31, 2013

Ironhead hydraulic clutch

I'm not the first to try this... or the last, but this is my shot at it.  I'm trying a brembo clutch slave cylinder off a Ducati and I'll spin up an adapter to mount the unit where the inspection/adjustment for the clutch is on the primary cover.  The knurled piece shown was done for mock-up to make sure this whole idea was feasible, the actual mount will be lathed out of that big chunk of aluminum so it will be big enough to pick up the clutch slave mounting points.  I'll know soon if it'll work, once the clutch lever/mastercylinder shows up.

Monday, January 28, 2013

SPCL'79 "welder guy" t-shirts in stock

Got some more "welder guy" t-shirts printed up today.  L, XL, and 2XL ready to go, discharge printed so the print area will soften up nicely after a couple washes.  You can purchase shirts here if you so desire.

This t-shirt is specifically being printed to help finance the journey out to Born Free 5 this coming summer.  I'm pretty damn exited to be involved in the Show Class People's Champ contest and although I feel really good about the ironhead I've put in the contest, the talent is deep and voting is really tight for the top 12 spots.  I've made up my mind to get myself and the bike out to the west coast no matter what the outcome of the contest is.  If my bike somehow ends up in the final 6, fantastic... if it doesn't, I'll be there supporting the builders that made it.  Good luck to all the builders involved and huge thanks to the good people at Show Class Mag, Mike D, Grant, and all the rest that make Born Free 5 possible.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Jock shit

Yeah, yeah, yeah... so I grew up playing hockey.  I catch shit from my motorcycle friends from time to time for being a "jock" because I grew up playing the greatest sport ever.  Where else can you glide, turn, exercise, and rough someone up if they get out of line... all in an hours time.

Got the chance to represent my high school alma mater in a alumni hockey game on Saturday at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA before the high school kids took the ice.  I think there were more people on the ice than in the arena for our game, go figure.

Bates lamp side table

Finally got around to snapping a couple decent pics of the cherry wood Bates side table in its finished state.  Huge thanks go out to Brian McAlpine of Eternal Furniture for the beautiful woodworking job he did on the carcass.  It reminds me how much of a hack I am in a wood shop!

This table is up for sale if anyone is interested.  Please contact me at for further details.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

3rd Annual 47 Industries Unfinished Bike Show

Always a good time put on by Mike47 and the boys in Raritan, NJ.  Drink some beers, hang with good people, check out a great fabrication shop, and look at project bikes in various stages of completion.  Count me in.

Show Class Mag People's Champ 1st round voting

The voting for Show Class Mag People's Champ 1st round has opened up.  If you dig my '74 Ironhead, shoot me a vote.  If not, find another bike to vote for.  There's a lot of cool builds going on! 


Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Got the ac cover roughed out for
Show Class Mag's People's Coice for Born Free 5. Wow, that's a mouthful.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Ritmo Sereno Ambassador

Dig this Guzzi by Ritmo Sereno in BikeExif.  Reminds me that I have a '69 to work on myself.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Air cleaner silliness

Got some of the machining done for the aircleaner on the build for Show Class Mag's people's choice build for Born Free 5. Getting there, slowly but surely!

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Friday, January 4, 2013


It's cold as hell now and I'm keeping busy with many irons in the fire.  Lot's of exiting stuff on the horizon... stay tuned.

For now, I'll bore you with a summer day dog life.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Shirt sample

Got the test print for the new t-shirts done today. Thanks to the Masterman Garment Co. Crew for the help! Shirts will be available soon.

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To all my friends!

I'm posting this purely for the reason that my Mom loves this movie and can't help from smiling whenever it's mentioned.  I love you Mom, thanks for always believing in me.  This one's for you.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Thank you!

Thank you to all that find what I do interesting enough to stop by and check out my metal butchery and read my ramblings.  I wish everyone health, happiness, and prosperity for 2013 and beyond!

Need a bigger...

... lathe?