Tuesday, 14 April 2009
Saturday, 11 April 2009
Thursday, 9 April 2009
I decided to leave off the pussypad until I get it covered in mushroom-colored leather. I'm really glad I had to go for a foot clutch - jock shift arrangement in the end as it just looks right: an old skool bike with no levers, although I still have to fab the gubbins to make it work. I love the feel of the shifter as I reach behind my leg - just such a cool feeling that..
Tuesday, 7 April 2009
I found a new pair of front wheel bearings supplied by my good friend and fellow bike builder Paul Milbourne aka Jonny Eighthammers, which were surplus from the shovel build - ta mate! Whilst I was out in the 'shop for the first time in a couple weeks, I decided I needed to paint the bars on my shovel - which I still wasn't feeling exactly. Then it occured to me - those bars were OK but a bit "nice" really - you know, people might have said "nice bars".. drag bars - bit of a drag.. hmm.
Fought my way through hords of Easter shoppers piling vast trolleys high with food & booze (a lot of which, statistics say, will be thrown away uneaten) and what bargains I found.. Oh well, that's the Easter food shopping budget spent, a couple of hours in the fridge & both should be ready to eat! Eddie.. Eddie?
Earlier I stated I'm aiming for a high end finish. That's true but I won't be leaving behind any old school values. For me it's about making something with the minimum tools, fabbing stuff by hand and by eye. I don't like having machined parts set the tone of my bikes or to rely on expensive parts for a professional appearance. If my stuff looks hand made - it is!
Let the games commence..
Let the games commence..
Bulldog Bash 2006 & 2007. I'm not a rest on my laurels kind of bloke so these are pretty seldom seen & in fact have been tucked away in my shop but I'm glad to have them as they have good memories attached. Those are both runner up pots so I still have to get gold instead of silver!
I had this 16" Harley rim stashed - straight off an old 70's sled - it even had aluminium wheel discs bolted on it. When I took those off it was a bit rusty underneath & for a long time I was going to run it as it is on an Evo rat/hot rod bike I might get around to doing after the Pan. What I like is the rim has a great rolled edge - it actually comes back in on itself - it'd hold dog piss! Both hub & rim will be powder coated black. I'll get a nicer tire for it.
I got this hub which is a Honda part from a moped a few years ago, it's new old stock & has that 70's feel I dig. I'm going to run it up front on the Pan and get a nos brake plate which will be PC'd black - the hub itself will stay laquer coated alloy as stock. It's a good start..
I plan to run a disc brake on a 16" Harley rear rim which I have stashed, front will be a small super-cool drum I happened upon. 21" front rim, with a trials tire on there. I haven't decided on a tank yet for sure, nor oilbag but I can see that being horseshoe again. There's not going to be any chrome to speak of, a lot of black powder & it's going to run low.. real low! I'm very influenced by what the Japs are doing at the moment with Pans and other old motors. I'm staying rigid rear though - although I could make a swing-arm bike I prefer the purity of a rigid rear. I just have to keep the finish high-end really and it'll work, 60 pc show 40 pc street balance. I am budgeting in a good paint job from a serious artist too, although it will be subtle. I'm doing all the welding myself as I'm getting my coding in the summer and so it'll be certified quality throughout. I will make pipes, bars, controls, and some kind of one-off carb inlet manifold to set it apart from the stockers in that dept. If funds permit I will run a magneto and an S.U. carb for sure. Internal throttle and foot clutch/hand shifter are a must on this project.
So I have been collecting a few parts and more importantly a few ideas for the BulldogBash build. I'm going to stay HD as I have the jig set up right & all the dimensions at my finger-tips. I'm building a twin downtube frame, a wishbone set-up for a Panhead motor & 4 speed ratchet-top tranny. I want to get a short stock pattern springer for the front end and I have a cool hub to use up front already stashed. It's high end dough for the motor I suppose but I have a bit of cash coming in a month or three & I see this as an investment somewhat as we motorcycle junkies do of course.
I'm just one of those guys that if I'm not building something or planning a build then I don't have any purpose in my life - & I'm an arse to live with too.. So I was thinking this last week about the future & I decided to have another pop at winning something shiny at the Bulldog Bash. Sometimes it's easier to have a definate deadline or aim to a build & so I came to that decision. I have said I'm over showbikes a few times but that is true in the sense that I'm over only for show bikes. Anything I build nowadays has got to have a primary purpose like a street bike & be showable too if needs be. I love the excitement of a big show and all that goes with it: groupies, free beer and drugs, oh sorry I was dreaming a bit there.. Seriously I do love all the down home englishness of camping, tinned beer and the smell of petulie oil on a warm summer breeze. Just need a reformed-for-the-night Led Zeppelin & it's about perfect!
As far as the shovelhead build goes, I'm collecting the oiltank and sissybar tomorrow from Bob the chroming guy. I'm glad I didn't plan on more chrome for this bike as it's pricey these days. Bob Cooper does a great job of polishing though & the parts should look really good fitted back on the bike. I plan to gradually complete this bike which is intended as my daily rider, fitting the remaining parts like the primary/clutch & the electrics and ignition as I get funds. Stay patient! At the same time I'm already turning to the next build as I'm both a junkie hooked on creating & probably a closet masochist as in my financial situation I should be doing stamp collecting really instead of putting together vintage Harleys.. Doh!
My point featuring this picture? None. OK so I've had a frustrating week or two, no funds for progress, indeed I've been rather neglecting important things like eating in order to get so far with the bike. It's Easter though & I figured I better prioritize a little different for a change and so food shopping first! To be honest it's sometimes a bit more than simple black & white: eating/going hungry a little. I guess I've been suffering from post creation blues.. Time to re-focus on the future.