Sunday, December 27, 2009

Panhead update #3

Well the frame is finished.It has been sandblasted and is ready for primer and paint.I made a deal with a good friend of mine and aquired a set of orignal 3.5 gallon hand shift tanks.Very hard to come by and glad my friend Tony was willing to come off them.This week its on to wheel building.The holidays though have held up the spokes from getting here.All hoops,hubs and misc parts are blasted and powder coated. Started putting the pieces in place today to see yet what I need to aquire and give me motovation.Just threw some parts that were laying around and it kinda gave it the David Mann Easyrider look....the bikers bike if you will.... Probably not gonna stay this way but fun to play dress up anyhow.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas Ya'll

Merry Christams to all.
Hope everyone gets what they want for Christmas and good times are had with family and friends....See ya on the road.
Remember the reason for the season.....
God Bless,

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


Resting quietly

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Stars and Stripes

Hard Head

Early Ness hard head spotted at Sturgis.If this bike had a early narrow Ness springer it would be over the top....Very nice example though of a classic Ness bike.

Vintage Sexy

Lets go Get on the way back machine.....Motorcycles and Girls both can be dangerous but exciting.......
Just a couple vintage pics from somewhere out there on the world wide web.....

Friday, December 18, 2009

Well I went to lunch and something followed me home

Did some wheeling and dealing and Shoe's House of Chop now has a new bike/parts/dog hauler truck.Shes bout ready for some paint in current state and probably a wheel change will be in order.Gonna do some satin paint with a flaked roof throw the glass in her and drive on.....Hey Diesel I am gonna need a vintage looking logo for the doors...hint hint....

New Shirts are in Route as we Speak......

Been a real busy week and a half or so...not much posting time and all....Trying to finish the panhead as well as a new shop hauler is on the way.So soon there will be pics to follow once the deal goes down.

But,New Shirts are on the way for those who have been asking and patiently waiting.........Stickers should be along in the next few days as well.....

Heres the proofs from my good pals a Merchfits Printing.......I will have a order thing up once they arrive.I hope on Monday...Lets keep our fingers crossed.

Thanks shoe

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Random Shot from the AMD Show

Jeff's Bike being Shot Prior to the AMD show in Sturgis.Trying to post up some lost pics I found this week from Sturgis a few years back.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Sturgis Flashback

Somewhere in Sturgis.Crazy D,Chopper Dave and Jeff from CoC...Its always interesting to see what comes out on the camera while shooting over the shoulder while riding.


That is all.......


Black Magic

Back in Black

Random image from the web...Looks very Sinister

Monday, November 30, 2009

TV for the masses

Rocket Fuel just like Grandpa use to burn.....

Swapmeet panhead frame update 2#

Well not much happening over the holiday weekend so I started fitting all the og style componets on the frame to make sure everything fit.Not quite finished with the frame but close enough to check fitment of the main items.I am kinda leaning towards the bobber/fredder/jimmer look or what ever the cool kids are calling them this year.I have been to quite a few vintage events this year and I have a couple of choppers so my thinking is it would be nice to have a bike to ride to these events.However things can always change as I have had 3 to 4 different frames for this project already....Just need to determine if its a springer or hydraglide frontend going on it.I have both so as soon as the wheels are laced and tires mounted I will try both to see which I like.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

A little Wheelin' Today at Interlake

Well today my buddy Heath,his better half Patty,his father, my daughter and me finally made it down to Interlake.This property is a 3550 acre coal mine that was taken over by the DNA of Indiana.Its open for free sunrise to sunset to fish,hunt or ohv wheeling.The place is just massive and as always we started finding the good trails when its time to go.We had a great day for the first time there with many more places to check out when we return.First time wheeling in the Cherokee and it did great.Just a bit different than my Wrangler but still handled everything like a champ.
one of the old strip mine lakes

The Shoe mobile red red ready.

All in all a good day.heres a little video.
Should have some more pics and videos tomorrow.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgivig

Hope you all have a great day spent with friends and family and giving thanks for everything.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

One time at a swap meet .........

I found a panhead frame......Last summer me and my friend Dave Herr were at a small 2 row swap meet.I dont usually go to this paticular swap meet as there is usually not alot there for my tastes.But dave talked me in to going.I rode my bike(rode thinking I wouldnt find anything to buy).As I walked along this guy throws a frame outta of his van.Well looking from the back I see its pretty decent and in good shape then I get to the neck.Whoopsie is all I can say.Its been necked as alot were but then all the neck had been hacked off.The story then goes something like this.Whats the story on the pan frame? My boy was trying to build a bike outta of it and I told him that it was not safe to use as the neck had been cut and raked so I cut the neck off so he would use it.Well what do you want for it?300 I said it isnt worth that but I will give ya 200.00 and the deal was made.So with a new neck a few other parts and my time I should be in this frame for under 800.00.Its not perfect but should be nice for my modified pan project.Stay tuned as the rest of the frame is repaired.
The frame as found at swap.

The new neck forging and mounts.

Made a engine,trans and motor down tube jig.You have to keep everything in place when you cut the neck off.It can really go wrong if you dont have everything tied down.

The nasty is almost gone.A ten pack of cut off wheels and some sawzall blades later.

Looking better alreadyAlmost ready.

The old junk

Trying to save the stock back bone and make it a little easier my buddy Kidder made me a slide in spud so I could put the neck on the lower legs.I then took a piece of dom tubing the same size of the back bone drilling rosette weld holes in it along with some very small holes.The small holes are for pushing the spud into the og back bone when in place.There would be no way reinforce the back bone without doing this unless complete replacement of it was done.

Once the neck was in place I took a small pocket screw driver and slid the spud into the back bone. Learned this about this spud trick while spending some time last summer with Irish Rich.Thanks Rich for the tip.
Everything in place measured twice and one more time it was time for the welding.

Ready for grinding and metal finishing.

Next was to install the upper motor mount tube and motor mount/tank mount.

Now ready for side car loop repair and a few other minor things before coming outta of the jig.