Friday, December 23, 2016

Friday, September 9, 2016

Garage Remodel

Because of my obsessive compulsive issues of having too much shit, I ran out of garage space and had to go vertical. With the help of my pops and my buddy Bryan I created a whole bunch of shelving and vertical platforms for the projects. Projects on top, complete bikes on bottom.



Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Another one followed me home

I found this 1964 T100SC in Chicago. A kid was about to BOBBER it but, like most people, lost interest. And I'm thankful for that. 1 of 342. it somehow made it's way to Chicago from Oregon. It has a rich history of racing up and down the West Coast. And most amazing of all, I managed to convince my 70+ year old parents to drive from Ohio to Chicago to get it, and then drive clear out to California with it. It's obvious my parents are enablers. I plan to build it up as a sister bike to the '55 for riding dirt with. No frills dirt bike.

Saturday, September 3, 2016


I saw this thing needing rescued down near San Louis Obispo, and you know how I am with strays needing a home. It was just weird. A unit motor modified (with questionable craftsmanship) into a rigid pre-unit frame. I've been told my some to just replace the seat tube and return it to a stock rigid frame and sell the motor for parts, but they can't see through the ugly and weirdness like I can. Depending on the direction I go with this, I may or may not change the uncompleted rake to stock. But it will definitely be going to a frame guy to straighten out as it will definitely still have a unit motor. And I don't make ugly bikes.

I think if I keep the rake it will have a drag bike vibe to it. 21" in front, short bars, big rear tire.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Another pea in the pod

Due date: February 25, 2017!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Ok Wanda, let's do this shit

The following pictures represent a few months of work on the 1959 Chevy Kingswood wagon.

Inland Empire Driveshaft and carrier bearing

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Vintage & Custom Motorcycle Night is BACK!

1964 Triumph TR6R DONEZO

Back in the day I would be posting every day with every bit of minutia about the build I was doing. But sometimes it's nice to just suddenly have a finished bike posted. And here she is. Now that I have a bike to ride this summer, back onto finishing the '62.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

1969 Honda CB750K

Another Craigslist find. I was looking for a another CB750 and this one popped up. I knew it was an earlier one, but it proved better than expected. It was a 1969, non-sandcast but still an early K0 with the wrinkle tank that sandcast 750s have. The bike was in very good cosmetic condition, new seat, but it appears the final drive bearing in the transmission blew up. That will require splitting the cases. I pointed that out and got it for 1/4 of the asking price. I was going to flip it but I think I will hold on to it for collector purposes and a "someday" bike. I have a nice 4-4 exhaust to put on it and it will then be bone stock.

Wrinkle tank close up. Collectors eat this shit up! :)

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Fired Up

It's been about a year since I traded my XS650 for a basket case 1964 TR6 with a motor that "should run". I worked on it here and there; I went through the entire motor without removing the top end or splitting the cases. New gaskets and seals, reconditioned the clutch, pressure release valves, and oil pump, upgraded to 12v stator, tympanium, C5 ignition. Then this happened:

Monday, April 4, 2016

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Introducing Wanda

After years of wanting, and years of me begging, I convinced Lori to spend her bonus on herself and treat herself to the wagon she's always wanted. New windows can wait, dear!. We spent weeks looking at ads around the country, and were close to having a non-runner shipped, but one morning I woke and checked Craigslist, and there, 5 miles away, sat this 1959 Chevy Kingswood. I frantically spent all morning trying to get a hold of the seller. I just about gave up when I got a call. Halfway into the conversation the call got disconnected. 30 minutes later I got a hold of him again. I ran to the bank and ran to him with cash. I took one look, and quickly made the deal and snagged the pink slip. I left the wagon there and waited until Lori got home so we could go pick it up. Apparently I barely beat out a slew of callers, a few had left notes for me to sell it.

This wagon is a former Yosemite park ranger car and still has some of it's passes from the 60's visible on the windshield. There are a slew of chips in the windshield from a trip to Alaska in the 60's. It was repainted about 20 years ago, formerly white. The motor is a crate 350 from about 15 years ago. My first goal is to go through the entire suspension. Plan is a nice, simple low custom.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

1956 Tiger 110

Lawdy lawdy, how I wish this was mine... but it's the next best thing; it's officially the first Triumph I'm helping build for someone else. I managed to finally convince a friend to buy a project Triumph to build, and it's a doozy. Matching ‪#‎s‬ 1956 Tiger 110 with a very well-done grafted 1950-1954 rigid rear section. It will be living in my garage for the next couple years. How fun it will to help spend someone else's money! I'll be posting updates as we go. I'm not sure who's more excited, me or him?