Friday, May 31, 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

mounting a Unity/Nash

seems like a mystery to a lot of people...just in my few minutes of searching 'unity light mount' i found thread after thread of guys trying to come up with a way around the lack of any kind of tab or clevis on the bucket.
Here's my solution...
Lathe'd up a 1" delrin bar into a ball end with a ground HSS form tool then drilled a .375" hole through the center and tapped for 3/8-16.
milled the some flats and cross drilled a hole for a 1/4-20 retaining bolt.
made up a little tab with an angled bottom (to match angle of forks) and spray bombed it.

fully adjustable and the perfect balance or form/function...just like this old light.

Monday, January 14, 2013

not all bike stuff here last week, as seems to be the case lately.
Brackets for a cantilevered porch on some multi million dollar house and some brushed 'industrial themed' handrail posts for same house.

Behner machine works horizontal bandsaw clamp

As seen in action on my Johnson 'model J' These are pretty damn nifty for holding small and or irregular shaped pieces on the horizontal, could have some potential in the mill vise as well. Thanks again Ray

Thursday, January 3, 2013

68 Commando rebuild

fun little rebuild we did last year.
new tins/new paint.
new exhaust
new cables
carb rebuild
new tail liight
etc, etc.
then i wrecked it on the shake down run and got to do it all over times.
been so busy that i kinda gave up on posting here.
trying to get back on it.

Monday, March 19, 2012

some stuff

few things we have been up to aside from setting up the new digs. busy doesnt describe whats been going on around here for the past year...but i do get your emails and i'm getting back on the computer, i swear. Pics coming in 3...2...1...

been busy

Thursday, June 30, 2011

updates coming

been super super busy and have had a weird and not so good few months but there is tons of good stuff going on in the shop and i will throw up some updates next week.
got some major progress on a few full builds plus a slew of parts and smaller projects knocked out.

Friday, March 18, 2011

so moving

watch these octogenarians get it rad

Friday, March 4, 2011


Brand new late model narrow glide front single disc.
Custom built 2-1 pipes
5/8" 304 stainless sissy bar made to perfectly match the back of the seat
Fender narrow/re radius and re work/fix of fender mounts
Gas tank rework, petcock bung change, filler neck swap plus body work
New tires front and back
white powder coated 'monkey' bars from Front Street Cycle
Broken exhaust stud drill out
New platforms and controls
New passenger pegs
Lots of other little bits and pieces and all the work that goes along with getting it there.
the red sporty tank is just on there for mock up while the tank liner cured up, the real tank is much nicer Vanguard style.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

been busy

between moving into and building out the new shop and working everyday in the old shop i have had zero time to update here.
here's a teaser as to what i have been doing the past few days.
cold rolled 304 is fun to work and machine.

Friday, January 21, 2011

moving the shop

we found a bigger and much better space so we are moving the shop.
next weekend (feb 19th) and looking for whatever help we can get. hands, trucks, vans, trailers...any help is much appreciated.
we are meeting at the old shop at 8AM and hope to have everything in and done by early afternoon.
i will have drinks and food there for everyone and will owe you a huge debt of gratitude.
email me for specifics if your down to help and thanks.

Friday, December 17, 2010

more tank work

i just cant seem to get away from tank work lately...
changing out the pos filler neck on this wassel along with adding a 22mm petcock bung to one side and fusing in a 1/4 pipe plug to the other.
getting ready to line it then my body guy is coming sometime this morning to make it pretty then it's off to Rich Ryzart for the royal treatment.

Monday, December 13, 2010

dyno tuning a customers bike

doing a frame off complete re build on this shovel and getting a proper before and after diagnosis.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

some basic gas tank fab

just the requisite moving of filler necks and petcocks

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

some good help

my buddy Kris has been on it lately.
he was looking for a little extra work between brokering mortgages and decided to give fabrication a try.
yeah, thats right.

we got this fender cut down and re fit for a guy today, stoked to have someone in the shop with me helping to get shit done!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010

XS tail section on an early frame

so early XS650 frames are completely different than late ones, some of you may know this but i however did not. I priced this job as if it were a regular 4 hour weld on tail section job......16 hours later we are done ;)
lots of stuff needed to be made/machined and some major tweaking was undergone since someone previously did a VERY sketch job of building this guy a rigid tail section.
The thing looked like it was bent around a tree and of all things they used black plumbing pipe for tubing.
 as you can see here the engine loop doesnt land anywhere near the tail section forward cross member.

so we added in this piece of 3/8 x 1 1/2 plate to catch the bottom of the loop.
i then had to machine an angled solid slug on the lathe to catch the piece of plate.

here she is all tacked up and ready to go back in the frame jig.
when it was all said and done it looked like it grew there. nice.
and the (almost) final product. just needs a few final welds and the shouldered seat bungs that i already spun on the lathe need tig'ed on.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

the swap is coming together nicely

updates on the swap next month, things are really looking great. lots of good guys on board for this one, we are getting really excited to see what kind of turn out we can put together.
on the flyer tip, i seriously fucked up my back yesterday somehow in the shop so i have been nursing myself back to health all day which gave me a perfect opportunity to grab the shop laptop, open up illustrator and photoshop and have some fun with art today.
i like both of these very much