Everything is a "Hundred Bucks" now . . . hell, a couple years ago this tank was $5, $10 . . . now if it's got a lame 70's paint job it's $100 . . . I wouldn't have this on my scoot even back in the day. It's kinda fug'ly . . . That tin primary cover was all beat to shit - with crappy chrome too. I need to beat up more of my good parts. It's easy to build a rat bike (but apparently expensive).
I had to call a guy about servicing a few things on his motorcycle. It was his dad's bike that we worked on years ago. His dad is gone now - and it's been handed down to the son. The trailer door came down and my jaw hit the floor. Awesome! I got it running in about 15 minutes, but the cups and oil lines leak so bad - the oil is running all over the motor, smoke is rolling, the carb is seeping, but I'll get it sealed up. Pretty neat bike - huh?
You had to kinda look around to find some cool shit goin' on this year - but it was worth the trip.
A "little" something for everyone. By Sunday, the crowd is gettin thin and you can move around a bit more. I see Steve Driscoll was there - airbrushing up a storm. Some unique stuff I didn't see last year. 1967 XLCH sold for $1000 bucks. That green panhead was damn cool !
I use PJ1 Wrinkle Paint (make sure you clean the tip and the can) it likes to stick up after one usage. I then spray Plastic-Coat Flat Black Hi-Heat over the top to dull it up - otherwise it's too shiney and looks like ass . . . Keep the wrinkle a uniform thickness and lay it on a little heavy, but don't get a run or yer screw'd. Tricky stuff - but if you do it right - looks bitchin' . . .
When I was first hangin' more at the family shop, my dad had me working and servicing this panhead whenever it came in. The guy was from Ames, Iowa and I eventually took the whole bike apart and we rebuilt everything. He put quite a few miles on it every year. It had that square "police oil bag" and other cop goodies on it. Wonder if he still has it?
Sometimes you wonder whatever happened to the girl in the Allied Advertisements? Did she go on to have this huge modeling career? Is she just a housewife now? Is this gal a famous movie actress - and I just don't recognize her? Where the hell's she at . . . damn it !
Long Beach Swap Meet looks to be a good one? Plenty of goodies. 4 speed case, rigid frame, 32E generator, SU carb w/ remote float, pistons, rings . . . and the '64 CH custom. Bacon just moved there a few weeks ago. He'll be ridin' year 'round now - Hmmmm, maybe just maybe . . ?
(pic stolen from Chris K.)
(pic stolen from Chris K.)
Met this talented painter named Mike at the Cedar Rapids Swap Meet. He does some really cool paint jobs with lace & flake. He fabricated his own method to "louver" gas tanks and fenders - and everything looked real professional. See his blog at: flyingweaselgarage.blogspot.com. Mike is located in Keokuk, Iowa - Go see him when you're in the area (bar next door).
Everything needed to be gone through . . . it was a mess.
If you've ever tried to get a new set of field coils in a generator - you know what I mean. What a bitch. You need to c-clamp 'em about 10 times (while tightening the screws more & more each time) - then grind a little on the shoes.
Shit. Damn. This sucks. Finally the armature will fit and spin freely.