Monday, December 17, 2012

The 10%is the hardest

Today I started working on the 72. It has been sitting awhile. It's down to paint, plumbing, cables and then tuning. It will be a nice little lane splitter when done.

Friday, December 14, 2012

29 jd

I picked up a 29 jd frame awhile ago and have been slowly grabbing parts for it when I see them. The other day I was looking on eBay and noticed jd parts located in Lake Orion. Well turns out the Dave lives across the street, small world. He is building a 29 and has a 23 engine. His blog is Fastisfast

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Kaw W head work

Sometimes I just can't leave things be. I always love to clean up the intake ports and polish the exhaust plus polish the combustion chamber.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Zinc plated triumph hardware

Went up to Mid State Plating Co. In Flint to get my hardware today. Never had hardware so pretty! I love this neon sign! The shop sits across Dort hwy from the concrete slab that use to be the AC factory.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Marine city Parts for the Harley D

Got a call from Jeff in Canada said he had some parts for me. So this morning I rode over to Marine City to take the ferry to Canada. Not the most pleasant day to ride the ferry. Rain and snow but I do enjoy the blue water. Never really seems like I'm crossing to a foreign country. I got some good controls I believe there off a 32 but they will work on the 30 frame. I also got the 29 valve covers the other day. Covers came from the Czech Republic. So far this bike is a combination of parts from 4 countries. Next hopefully I find a rear wheel/hub

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Zinc plating

I've been avoiding it but its time to get it done. I have 2 Triumph restorations going on a 71 and a 68. Plus the Triumphs I've been building. So I've spent the last seems like thousand hour going and pulling everything's that needs plating.The bucket should have maybe 4 bikes worth of bolts.and hardware. Hopefully with a couple trips to the plater I will have nothing but clean beautiful hardware.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Reggae and motorcyles

I'm a huge reggae fan! My Dad introduced rasta and reggae to me when I was a child.  Reggae is always on in my house.  It is a major soundtrack to my life in and out of the garage.  Reggae and motorcycles have a great history.  The small displacement bike was a perfect match for the island.  Cheap and easy on gas and you could load a hundred "45's" on the rack.  The record industry was built with a major help from the bike.  A song could be recorded, a "45" pressed and be cranking at the local Sound System in a matter of hours. The motorcycle was a quick way to get the record there.   Really its how the first album was ever spoke over by URoy.  Which lead to the creation of Hip Hop down the road.  The studio recorded the album so quick that when they pressed the "45" they forgot to record the vocals.  When URoy got the "45" at the SoundSystem, he dropped the needle to only realize there was no vocals.  So what did URoy do? He picked up the mic and made history!


Friday, November 30, 2012

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Detroit Fort street bridge light

Picked this up off Craigslist yesterday. This is the top of the light pole cast alum circa 20's.  Think it was 2 years ago I was working on a house in Allen Park.  Everyday I drove over the Rouge and watched them tearing down the old bridge.  The guy I bought this off of was working on the road and had 4 thugs get out of a car and beat him into the hospital.  Part of the  Rouge area  is called the DelRay.  It is old and kinda lost by time.  Not many people venture into this part of Detroit unless you live or work there.  The structures are amazing built in a time when immigrants were moving from all over the world to Detroit. In 1930 the population of this part of Detroit was 23,000 now it is around 2,000.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

My gas pump Standard oil

 My grandpa ran a garbage business for 50 years this is the only thing left. The old pump.  Every cool garage needs a pump!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Mobil gas pump

Hopefully these follow me home one day

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Vets Day 9th Marines my Grandpa

This is a picture of my grandpa on Bougainville.  I think he was 18 or 19 here.  They are leaving Torokina point on Bougainville after 48 hours of intense fighting.  The battle of Torokina Point was one of the bloodiest battles the Marines have ever fought in. Pure Hell! This picture has been in hundreds of books and now numerous webpages.  I've always tried to find what government office this picture comes from I would so love to get a copy.  Every search i do i can not find a archive number but yet i still find it everywhere.  If someone can help me that would rule!

Monday, November 12, 2012