The musings of a cantankerous over the hill greasemonkey who, though already old, is rather old for his age. I'll bust greasy knuckles out in the garage or argue politics with anyone who will stand for it....

Thursday, January 31, 2013

The right bits at the right time!

Snagged two old beer tap handles. One will most certainly be the hand shift knob on this bike....

Suspension and Brakes

Two pot rear brake, Jay Brake front and a funky semi-elliptical front spring. Not unique but pretty infrequent, I figure...

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Ya Gotta Put the Oil Somewhere...

Fabio modified an OEM style rigid oil tank to mount to the frame with some gussets added and bungs in the tank. Also added a battery box so the stock tray can be omitted and the rear fender support of the assembly can be eliminated..

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Heartbeat of America

1979 74" Dual Plugged Shovelhead motor going in the Hardtail.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Peace of Mind

"Peace of mind isn't at all superficial,really," I expound. "It's the whole thing. That which produces it is good maintenance. What we call workability of the machine is just an objectification of this peace of mind. The ultimate test is always your own serenity. If you don't have this when you start and maintain it while you are working you're likely to build your personal problems right into the machine itself." ~Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Sunday, January 27, 2013

A new project

I have been gathering parts for a new project some time now. Ever since I read an article where Kevin "Fabricator Kevin" Verkest did a magnificent job hardtailing a swingarm shovelhead frame, it has been stuck in my head to build something with one of these frames one day. Last year I got a good deal on a frame from a friend and had it shipped right to Kevin. I have been gathering other items since. I picked the frame and front end up from Kevin yesterday and couldn't be happier. He set up the wheels and brakes and fabricated a method for mounting an OEM rigid style oil tank to the frame. This thing is gorgeous and ready for me to get busy ironing out details and getting it together.