I like stopping by a certain garage in town since there's usually some kind of building or machining going on . . . pretty much all the time. The chopped, big block Model A sedan, the "wall-of intakes", the big slots above the cabinets, it's all part of the scene. "Mac" has built a bunch o' stuff over the years. The latest (in process) is this Flathead Ford engine for the T Project. (cold beer in the fridge too !)
My creativity "bug" has now bitten me - and I'm in full gear on the iron Sporty project. I pinstriped the newly powdercoated rims (16" rear/19" front) and I'm working on the heads, tranny, frame, tank . . . just trying to get something together that looks cool. Important decisions must be made in the early stages. The bike is a '78 - One of those truly "bastard stepchild" years for Sporties. I'm not buying any parts I don't already have - use what you got. Run what ya brung !
Hawbaker was over the other night grindin' valves . . . and he was talkin' about getting his new ice tires. It reminded me of my pattern I got from "Mr Ice" Craig Pickett about 15 years ago. This was Pickett's trick pattern for Kold Kutters on the Kenda ice tire. It works. I believe they still use basically the same thing. If you're makin' up some tires - try this for the rear. The rest is up to you.
Let's take a moment and remember Grizz.(or someone you may know like him) I remember as a lil' shaver my dad workin' on Grizz's engine in our basement on a Sunday. It was time for supper - and mom invited Grizz to join us. I peeked out the corner of my eye to see if this bearded biker would bow his head with us during the family prayer. Sure enough he did. I could go on with another 6-7 stories of Grizz and "The Nuggets" motorcycle club for which he was a member. When your dad is a Harley mechanic during the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's (hell he's still does it) - you get a colorful array of customers. Grizz passed away much too soon. However, he will never be forgotten.
For a few hundred bucks you could have a bike. For a few hundred more, you could have it custom. Photos like these just blow me away - the way it was - and never will be again. A guy I used to work with told me he had a 1946 Harley overhead valve 74. The year was 1951. It was beaten and broken. He sold it for $150 and a push mower. I'll bet we could've fixed it !
Whenever I'm in a city I haven't been to . . . I stop at the local shops and 'hang around' eventually asking if they have any old ironhead stuff to get rid of . . . Most of the time - I can pick up some parts. Cheap. Hell - not lately. The reply is, "Oh, we got some stuff - but, I think I'll hang on to it - or it's not for sale." How much you give me for it? Naw - I'll just keep it - Gettin' hard to come by . . . oh come on fucker - so is H1N1 shots . . .They'd rather let it rust than sell it to someone who'll actually do something with it. And the world goes round and round.
I don't know what it's like where you're from - but, it's Fall in Iowa - the leaves are almost all gone and the temps are going down. This weekend is set to be about 60 degrees (Indian Summer) so it may be one of the last for motorcycles. It's all downhill from here. Snow, cold, ice, wind . . . nasty stuff coming - always does. My dad (big Noot) is back home after his heart valve repair. I was just starting to keep up with him - now, he'll be in front of the pack again. Good deal. If you're in the area - stop over and say hello. PS. Swap meet season comin' up !