Saturday, January 29, 2011

Linkert Rebuild

Finally got to the carb. This thing was so crusty, I can't believe how well its turning out. Got it done except I went to stick the float bowl on and realized theres no "main nozzle"! Really weird cause I never took one out of it....but its supposed to be there. Gotta order one, good thing this stuff is available. The black magic of setting the float up really isnt that big a deal, easy rebuild once you know what everything is. These carbs are cool cause you can adjust them with your fingers (not a screwdriver) and they adjust in small increments "clicking" when they do so. I hate counting rotations on a small screwdriver and loosing track, then having to start over!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Wasn't joking when I said it would be a roller soon. I'm torn between these two tanks, the Wassell is borrowed just to see if I like it. I do. A lot. Thinking high pipes? Any opinions on tank selection?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The beginning of version 4.
Tore the front end apart again to make sure its right. Hate fork parts. Running a 2"under FL front end and actually found the spacers I made that have been missing for 3 years! Should be back together and in roller form shortly. Stay tuned...

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Seat Progression

Got some time to work on the seat. Tore apart what I had goin and started over. Got cocky and decided some pleats would look good.....Remembered some how-to article from Hotrod or some other mag, and while I was at the local fabric store found the perfect foam for the job. Finally getting the hang of this sewing machine, its actually fun to fix and learn how it works-very simple. I got close to finishing, but the side skirt is hard to get just right. Maybe 1 more re-do will get it.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Seat cover

 Helps to make some reference points.
 Bobbin. Evil. I learned how to wind it though when I ran out of thread just when I was gettin it.
 Not bad
Tore up my SOA jacket...

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

'74 74"

I really miss this bike. Terribly slow and needed a top-end rebuild bad, but super comfy like a favorite pair of jeans. I will find another....
Hey it actually works! The 1924 Singer kicks much ass at sewing leather. I had to re-teach myself how to sew, but I should be able to whip up a new seat cover with the quickness. Felt weird cutting into the sleazy biker jacket for these test strips. Im going to try making the cover using a skanky old leather biker jacket I have laying around. When I cut into it I thought I heard Steve Perry crying in the distance....

Sunday, January 16, 2011


Are done! Hand screen printed on Hanes beefy T's by DB. Check out the store link to the right if you are interested. Stay tuned for more designs in the near future!

Thursday, January 13, 2011


This arrived in mail today. Now I have to figure out the pattern and sew the leather cover. Stoked to try the "new" machine!

Sunday, January 9, 2011


Scored a killer old Singer industrial machine for sewing up leather. Seat foam on its way, leather sitting in shop. This machine was made in 1924, has a leather drive belt, and still operates smoothly. I can still find parts for this thing, Rad!

Saturday, January 8, 2011


This seat came on my Pan. Apparently its an old Bates? Check out the perfect patina!! Im gonna run it just like this. Im kidding. I do like the seat pan shape, but the foam has got to go. West Eagle sells seat pan foam for this purpose, and I also have a huge buddy seat that was on my shovel I might sacrifice. We'll see. I dont have the frame yet, so I'll finish what I can while I wait. Tore the old foam and cig butts off now its ready for paint, foam and some leather. I don't have much left of the original bike I started with, so Im stoked to use this seat that rode on the old drop seat frame.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Version 4 (final) coming soon

 Version 1. OG tanks, swingarm w/low shocks, shit load of green tape, never happened.
 Version 2. Swingarm gone, motor done, wish I had kept these tanks, 2 under FL front end w/Franks tubes, Never Happened

Version 3. Same frame, Fiberglass borrowed sporty tank, tranny done, Front St. fender, ripped it apart.
Frame too wide in rear. blah blah blah YEARS LATER....

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Tandoori Surprise

Whatever, I know its a food post. Deal with it. Made a run to Seattle to grab the new iMac that Iam currently typing on. Had to get a new set up for design purposes, and the antiquated laptop I have been using seized up at highway speed last night. Forgot my camera, otherwise I would have more interesting things to look at. If you are into Indian food and happen to be in the Emerald City, go to Cedars in the U district. 50th and something, by Safeway right off the ave. The above meal is the Tandoori Surprise, basically the meat sampler super plate. Perfect every time, I dont even know what else they have on the menu, I dont bother. Amazingly there is no "surprise" hours later after eating this!? Dont fret, there will be much chopper related shit coming in the future.....

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Monday, January 3, 2011

Scored a sweet frame from the Toecutter, stay tuned for updates....

Sunday, January 2, 2011

local roadtrip

Sweet area to explore just east of Pastime Headquarters. Miles of farmland full of antique farm equipment, old cars, tons of potential. Im pretty sure theres Knucks and Pans in most of these barns. Driving in rural areas like this is like going back in time, and its a killer place to ride on two wheels. Two lane blacktop for at least 2 1/2 hours straight, 65 mph speed limit, cops are rare, and endless side roads to explore.