Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Someday I hope to have enough money to pay some poor bastard to prep my shit and paint it. Cuz I fucking HATE it.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

I'm one of the cool kids!!!

Got home from bc. Today and look what was waiting for me. My slightly used vintage levis Jean jacket with red plad liner. Now I can have a Canadian tuxedo.

Lee from Hambone Kustoms.

Gem in creston.

Totally unnecessary....... But totally bad ass

Lee from Hambone Kustoms.

ghetto p-pad

I've been on the look-out for a real narrow/skinny sissy-bar pad preferably in distressed leather. After a few weeks of looking all I'd come up with was fat, overpriced old vinyl pieces of shit. So time for a little DIY home-ec.

Step 1: Cut a piece of ply-wood the shape you'd like the pad to be (preferably matches the lines of the sissy bar). Then plaster it with the old Elmers Carpenter's glue. (Note* Be sure not to eat any glue in the process no matter how tempting.)

Step 2: Borrow some stuff from your wife's sewing room while she's not looking and cut out some le3ather from an old weathered leather jacket from the thrift store or basement. Make one equal size to the plywood and the other the same shape, but an inch and a quarter larger all around. Glue the one of equal size to the prepared surface (sticky side) of the plywood.

Step 3: Cut out a piece of foam from your least favorite camping roll. (Note: Just one layer. Remember the goal is not to actually make this thing comfortable. God forbid she actually wants to ride back there all the time. Besides the goal is skinny and narrow).

Step 4: Assembly. begin folding the edges of the larger piece of leather over the back of the plywood and fasten them down with old screws that you salvaged from some other project that never worked out. See I told you you'd want hose someday.

Step 5: To really finish it off pull two or three of those buttony thingy's off of the roof liner of your van and tack them down to give it that pillowy look.

And BAM! you're done!! A custom sissy bar pad built just the way you want it.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

I fall to pieces...

Electrical surprises that are mechanical

While the paint dries...I mean powder bakes.. I installed a new Points and Condenser kit on the shovel. Decided I'd better have a look at the advance assembly in behind and...surprise.

Don't believe Harley Davidson ever made a two piece fly-weight spring nor do I know how to effectively install such an oddity, should they have.

The weights were pretty sticky and it was all tighter than a ... (please complete this sentence in the comments section)

But a good grease and I'm a one-piece spring away from setting my static timing.

When it's cold outside...

I got the month of May.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Room Temperature Powder Coating

Learned of a new type of powder coating from our friend Dirk over at fifty's haze. This robust frame coating sets at room temperatures and is easily brushed on as a thick liquid type substance. Bakes to a hard finish in about 8 hours at room temperature. Amazing.

prep work


God loves a Socialist

I love the province I live in. What's more, is I love building choppers here. I have boxes of parts, an aftermarket uncertified frame from the '70's and an engine with a bill of sale (no title) that says it was purchased from Alberta Salvage where, if still located in Alberta, would require a new VIN number to be stamped after a safety inspection. But here in the land of easy chopper registration it's all good. Walk in with my sketchy documents to any SGI accredited insurance broker and Bob's your Uncle. You walk out with plates and insurance. God Bless what's left of our Saskatchewan Socialist Society.


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Have you seen my carb?

I seem to have misplaced it.

Stopped at Tj's salvage on my way to bc. Was looking for a 4 into 1 for the cafe.... No dice...

Lee from Hambone Kustoms.


Final grooming of the frame and engine before the final assembly begins.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

plus temps cause for bear poking

So with the temperature reaching into the plus side of zero today I was tempted into trying to fire up the Shadow (my daily driver). Having snuck it into my wife's studio for the winter I slacked off on the routine battery maintenance and today, although sitting at a balmy 10 degrees in the studio, it bit me in the ass. Couldn't wake the sleepy bear.

Gettin 'er done

Got the new seat pan made up
 And found out that northern bush welding is almost identical to welding on the farm
When the seat cover gets hear from some guy in La Ronge I will be taking it out on some trails!!!

Road trip

Heading to Creston early tomorrow to check out the new shop and get hired at a local fab shop. Be back Sunday.

Lee from Hambone Kustoms.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Bravo progress

So the seat....
needs a little work.
Started with some new sliders for the track and rebuilding the rewind
Easier to do with the engine removed
 Also had to get at the busted engine mount
Then we cleaned the carb
which led us to remove whatever the gas had turned into over the past years
 turns out that one of the jets is so clogged up we just grabbed another one.
 After a bit of problems with some wiring it is back together and running great!
All that is left is to get a kill switch, redo the seat.... and oh yea weld the cracks in the frame.
That's some optimal muleage!

new obsession

Ok I have a new obsession, I'll admit it, but sites like rat45crew are not helping. Found via BENTENKOZOU's Diary which is also feeding my obsessive mind.

Monday, February 20, 2012

speaking of 45's

happy birthday man

Fuel Haul

Early Mornings
Low flying to stay out of the wind 
That's my room... 3rd one on the left
Back again pick up 7 plus some drilling mud
Flying low
Half done 7 at a time
Flying lower
Flying really freaking low
 And a little De Haviland formation flying photo op for me & the new Turbo Otter driver
 Beauty way to finish a 200 barrel fuel haul!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Rear fairing

And clubmans

Lee from Hambone Kustoms.

Chicken Poo

D-T-F-P has got this killer survivor of a 45 for sale. I've been thinking about a 45 project a lot lately (racer maybe). I'm pretty smitten with this one as is though. Apparently came outta a barn looking just like this, but covered in...you guessed it. Anyway. If you're ready to buy then you should go check it out.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Mule Power

Thinkin' about going another direction and running a VW engine on the next mule.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Rear shocks!!!!

It's coming along nicely.

Lee from Hambone Kustoms.