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.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

Nitro anyone

Taken last winter while visting Schumacher Racing.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Bonneville or Bust

Photo from Ceazy D's place in Sturgis prior to Bonneville Speed Week.

Ready Set and Go

Yo Quero Zen Of Neato

Public Saftey Annoucement:

Please Always make sure your children are strapped in......

Its the law.

A lovely day for a motorbike ride

Just a random shot from somewhere on the web

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


From the web various T's that have a style that I like.Would some day like to build me one.