Sunday, November 29, 2009
Finally after countless hours building the girder fork I have started on the frame. A portion of the frame is made of stainless with the majority in mild steel. Where the two materials meet I wanted to treat it like you would a lug on a bicycle frame so I coped the steel and press fit the stainless into it after which I ran a little tig bead around. I love the zen like moments that tig welding creates... I love the focus!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Built between 2001 and 2005 by Speed Shop Design this 1931 Model A Ford is now owned by a gentleman named Tim in Tacoma, WA. Tim laid down a sick black paint job that simply makes the car look amazing. Like any true hot rod the car seems to constantly evolve to improve reliability, performance, and style. I love seeing this car around at all the local gatherings.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
I feel like I will never get around to all of them so I sketch them real quick in my sketch book in hopes that some of them make it into future projects. In this drawing I particularly like the idea of making a sprung sissy bar/banana type seat that hides the spring under the tail piece.
One of these days! ;)
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Over the past few months my dad and I have been talking allot about the bike I am designing for him. I had been playing with the idea of making a frame from scratch but with the BSA project being so labor intensive I was a little worried that doing so would take forever for him to get his bike made. So... after lots of thought I figured the best frame I could buy would be a feather bed and low and behold I was able to score this 1965 slimline feather bed frame. I like the slimline frames over the wide because I feel the waist will lend it's self to a more sculptural tank and tail piece. I want to make a roller of the parts asap so I can start the sheet metal work. This thing is going to be kick ass!
Friday, November 6, 2009
... well not really. Last week I spent allot of time on the lathe, mill, and the belt sander making more components for the BSA project. This bike is about 95% one off components, pretty much the only thing I'm not fabricating is the engine. What your looking at here are a couple of top plates for the girder fork as well as some front axle pockets. I also machined some stainless exhaust couplers for the unique 2 into 1 system the bike will have. The other pieces are aluminum and something I am not going to talk about... you will just have to wait and see the finished bike to understand what they are ;)
Hopefully next week I start welding some frame components together but I'm not so sure, I still have a shopping list of parts to machine about a mile long.
This week the flue decided it was my turn to be sick. All I have been able to do is a few sketches here and there and no fabrication time in the shop. Last night Lynn stopped by our favorite noodle spot, Samurai Noodle, and got me the perfect comfort food :) I love my tonkatsu ramen!!! Thanks babe ;)