Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Plunge router.

After sanding, did a fit up.

b-post in place.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Got 99 problems but a chopper ain't one

Helping my friend Chucky build his bike has been a great experience that I wouldn't
trade for anything. I also want to thank Jack for sharing his wealth of knowledge, helping rebuild the engine,
assembling and making this bike a reliable well running machine. Leo for the encouragement, inspiration, and rides to the swap meets, Diane for the righteous photos, and Seth for the help painting the tank.  Thanks ya'll this bike wouldnt be what is with out you.

Frame welded and fresh out the fixture. This picture is from the first build.
The swing arm mounts were removed and the frame was turned into a rigid, using stock style axle plates from they have a lot of original style Harley frame parts, they're made in the US and the quality was impressive.

Jack donated a nice Wassell tank. The tunnel was a bit rough,
so Chucky and I re fabricated the bottom of the tank so he could get the maximum amount of fuel.

Frame the second time around.
A lot happened in the time between when these photos were shot. We Finished
the bike, and one cold November morning on his way to work Chucky got hit by a guy and broke his back. We tore the bike down checked it in the fixture for straightness and cracks.
The frame checked out, so with the insurance money we rebuilt with some changes that had been swirling around that head of Chucky's.

Mocked up with new pipes, oil bag, real foot pegs, reversed master cylinder, fender, stainless sissy bar, seat, and all kinds of other fancy du-dads. 

Not going to call it finished, because it probably never will be, but this is it back on the road.
Photos Courtesy of the always lovely Diana. Chucky is in the process of changing it all up, when it's done I will do my
best to post some photos.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Broken chuck mount from a friends lathe.
Gave me the blank on the left and asked if I could match the mounting

Started by opening up the hole to the correct diameter.

I.D. opened to final size now time to cut the threads.

Kinda got into the zone when cutting the threads, 
and didn't take any pictures.

Mjolnir approves.
The old Monarch Lathe still cuts a thread after
70 years. A Testament to old American machines.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

first things first

    I'm not much of a writer but going to give this blog thing a try. Recently I found myself checking out all kinds of blogs, and they seem like a good way to connect with some like minded folk. So this is my attempt to share with the world my experience's in building. Also, I thought it might be a good way to chronologically track my work and force me into taking more photos. My interests gravitate toward motorized vehicles of all kinds, but definitely doesn't stop there. I'm going to start by posting some photos of my main project, a 29 Model A Tudor Sedan, one of many ongoing projects.

Gluing up, modifying a stock wood kit.

After a trip to the bandsaw and a little work with my trusty files.


Laying out some sculpting, Like an old wood plane.

Did all the sculpting with a plunge router.