Thursday, December 30, 2010

December 30th

here are some photos i took yesterday. after i took these, i worked on making copper oil lines. almost done. next will be wiring and gas lines.


Sugisack's awesome striping!!! THANK YOU!!!


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

December 7th - Big Catch Up Post

ok folks, so here's a big post to catch everyone up to where i am on this. basically, i have the bike mostly done. there are just a few small things i need to do, and i need to wire the bike, then i can start it finally.

i entered it in the Yokohama Hot Rod & Custom Show this past Sunday with Tomo's garage, Bike Garage Kokoro. we had a lot of fun and quite a few people seemed to like my bike, so i was happy. thanks Tomo!!!

well, here's what i've done...


この前の日曜日にトモさんのバイクガレージ心と一緒にYokohama Hot Rod & Custom Showに出した。楽しむこと色々ありました。そして、色々の人は私のバイクを好きだったみたいですので、とても嬉しかった。有り難うトモさん!!!


seat pan done and covered with foam rubber.


leather cut, design stamped, and ready for dye.


dyed, laced, and mounted.


frame painted.


other stuff ready for paint.


anyone dig flake?


my metal melting foundry.




spoon for removing slag.


how about some lace?


first attempt didn't quite work out like i wanted, but a quick photo before wiping it off.


and ready to go again.


second go round. still not what i had in mind, but a fortuitous accident. i liked this better than what i had planned.


starting to look like a bike again...




and ready for the show. you can't see it much here, but Sugisack (Sugisack Studio) laid down the best pinstriping and gold leaf i have EVER SEEN for me. simply amazing, i've got to get some more photos to show.

それで、イベントの為の準備が終わりました。この写真で余り見えないですが、Sugisackさん(Sugisack Studio)はこのバイクに今まで見たことあるピンストライプの中で一番最高なピンストライプとゴルドリーフを入れてくれました。本当に感動的です。もっともっと写真をポストするべき。

of course i have to give a shout out to my Dad and brother for helping all along the way. and Tomo has helped me in more ways than i can even begin to mention. you guys rock!!!


Monday, November 22, 2010

November 22nd

here are a couple of shots of what it looked like before i broke it down for paint.


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

November 3rd

wow! i'm actually posting 2 days in a row! amazing, huh?


here are some shots of the girder a few days ago. at this point, it was pretty much finished except for the shock mounts and headlight mount. i got all that stuff done too, but i'll post those pics later.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

November 2nd

just a couple of quick progress pics tonight. i've actually made quite a bit of progress recently, but i'm only gonna post a couple of pics per night.


first, we have the oil tank, gas tank, and rear fender in the first coat of primer.


i wonder if i can get this puzzle back together??? actually it's already mostly back together, but no photo yet.


more tomorrow.


Friday, October 15, 2010

Day - Oh, Who Knows???

enough with the day thing, already. i'm back at work, so it doesn't matter much. the new goal is to have the bike ready in time for the Yokohama Hot Rod & Custom show on Dec. 5th.

〜日目のことはもういいですね?仕事へ戻ったから余りそんなに関係ないですね。新しい目的は12月5日の横浜のHot Rod & Custom Showまで仕上がること。

i need to get caught up on some posting. here are a few from the last couple of weeks. i've really got more done, just no photos as of yet.


i got the foundry cement for my foundry poured. the cement is now curing and i should be able to fire it soon!


and here are the rear sections of the girder legs, bent and tack welded. actually they are completely welded in now, but i don't have a photo. all that remains is to weld on the shock mounts, caliper mounts, and lower pivot shaft, and it will be done!


Friday, October 1, 2010

Day 90

last day before i go back to work. here's what i finished.


sanded on my pipes.


got my oil tank and gas tank ready for the first primer coat.


lower yoke is finished (thanks for the welding Tomo!) and both yokes are on the bike.


got the jig done for building the girder legs. got the front parts of the leg and pivot shaft clamped in and spot welded.


drew out a guide for the rear portion of the girder legs.


and last, i got the handle for my jockey shift arm finished.


now i will be back at work, so i will only have some weekend and evening hours to work on the bike, but i hope to finish it by the end of October. let's see what happens.


Day 87

the vacation is almost over. i'm racing to get done all i can before i go back to work.


i got the top yoke finished. Tomo finish welded the yoke for me. he is just an amazing welder.


and started making a kicker arm. i cut a block of steel, drilled 4 small holes for the corners, then drilled the center out as close to the final size of the square as possible, then filed it until it was square and fit on the shaft on the transmission.


finished my rear brake rod.


and the next day i drilled and threaded the block for the kick arm, cut a slot in it, and welded it to the upper portion that i had made previously.


also got the paint on my transmission stripped and the ear for the bearing support cut off so i can use it for my knucklehead.