Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Pan Parts Update

Looks like I'm going to be building every part of this beast from the ground up. Assembling the motor and the tranny, lacing the wheels and rebuilding the star hubs, assembling a Linkert m74B carb, and then all the other stuff that I've done before like rebuilding a clutch, brakes, wiring, yaddy yaddy yadah. It's actually pretty awesome, because by the time it's all together I'm hoping to have my first stage brown belt in Mule Wizardry.

Here's where we're at:
The Tranny is inventoried and cataloged. Just a few pieces to find at the swap meet and it can all go together again.

The motor is waiting on a different sized thrush washer so I can set the flywheel endplay and finally button up the fly wheel assembly safely inside the cases and start working on the cam gear assembly.
The heads are still in Toronto with Jason Parker getting turned into something awesome. Oversized valves, new valve springs, guides and a few repairs should make these things pound as hard as any shovel out there. Matched with a set of 9:1 compression Wiseco pistons we should make some smoke.


The wheels still need to be laced and I've decided not to use the late panhead, early shovelhead mid-star hub and drum brake and run the other older starhub I have instead. Need to find an older style brake now, but I want to keep this thing as Pantastic as possible.

The linkert carb is really just a chrome body with the venturi half sticking out, so I'm hoping to find a donor with all the right parts I can strip off at the swap.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Panny tranny

Found a bargain on a 4 speed pan tranny with a chromed case. Now all I need to do is....

The PeeWee Project

Elliott thought I better put the whole project up on the blog. So here goes.

The PeeWee came cheap and had some pretty cheesy graphics, but the guy I bought it from had a brand new set of plastics and seat that he'd bought but hadn't use yet. He also said he did graphics packages for bikes and could do something different if I didn't like the angry clown motif.


I got the bike home and assessed the project. It needed wheel bearings front and back, the neck bearings were shot, the forks were seized, the carb leaked, the throttle didn't snap closed, etc etc. A perfect mule from day one. I decided to save the work for Elliott and I to do together. "You ride it, you wrench it."

So I cleaned it up a little, put the new plastics on, and did a little cosmetic painting, mostly so that the wife wouldn't shoot me for spending $300 on a piece of shit. Got the new graphics from the guy a little while later with the #05 on it and waited for Elliott's 5th birthday.

He was obviously stoked.


That weekend I was informed that the garage was now split three ways between Carole, myself and Elliott, because if he was going to own a bike then he needed a garage to work on it. I graciously accepted this truth and my new shop mate and I began tearing the PW apart.

Elliott did all the work. I'd break the bolt for him and he'd wrench it out. When he got distracted with something else I'd start working on my Panhead or the Shovel. He'd come back a few minutes later and ask, "Now what?" I'd give him some direction as to what to do pull off next and he'd get back at it. Sometimes the music was too much to resist and an impromptu dance party broke out.

Pretty soon we had that thing stripped down pretty good.

Over the next few weeks we pulled the front end apart and rebuilt it (new seals, cleaned up the threads, new neck bearings and races, and some paint. Also did the wheel bearings and replaced the throttle cable. We discovered a few other things along the way, but the boy kept at it and did the lions share of the work himself.

We got Elliott's bike all back together and I said, "Ok now you have to kick start it. Because if you can't kick start it, you can't ride it." Challenge accepted.

Just waiting for the snow to melt. Com'on spring!

Monday, February 25, 2013

First winter rider

Followed this guy on the way home today. I don't mind riding in both the cold and the snow...but I think I'd stay off the busier streets when they are pure ice.  Bugger's gonna get run over when he goes tits up.


Some day I'm gonna fix this check valve issue that has my Shovel puking out the breather. Bluuuaaaahhhh!!!!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Red Rooster

Brian finished up the Red Rooster recently so we loaded it up and took him out for a winter shakedown. Photo's to come. Oh yeah and if you like what you see, the Rooster will be for sale very soon, so start putting your money aside for this touch as hell cone zone shovel. Billy, I'm thinking you ought to buy this for the Mrs. She'll hate it and then you can ride it instead.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


Deus ex Machina showed off a few of it's amazing creations at The 1 Motorcycle Show in Portland tis year where I had a few of my resin covered photos displayed. Here's a little video they shot. And if you don't know the Deus culture do yourself a favor and check them out. The set up they have going in Indonesia is especially inspiring.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Michael Kiwanuka

Discovered this amazing dude today.

Reminds me a lot of Rodriguez. Good soul music.

Monday, February 18, 2013

SGI Rate Hike!!!

SGI is proposing an insane rate increase on your motorcycle registration this year people. We need your voice to stop them. Email and tell them what you think. If passed your insurance will MORE THAN DOUBLE!!! Don't let SGI punish the 90% of safe riders out there for the actions of the crotch rocketing goofballs who are crashing their bikes. Seriously! We can still stop this. Let your voice be heard!!! Go now, email!!!! Ask all your friends to do the same!!!
More info Here

Gone Gone Ghetto Glide

Buy low sell high. Everyday I'm hustling. Sold off the Ghetto Glide last night for a tidy profit. I may be sorry someday, but with the California trip coming up this summer I wasn't gonna be getting in another big bike trip this year and couldn't stand to have that much money tied up in something that wasn't gonna get used. Sooo, the glide was picked up by a body man here in town who's sure to scrub the ghetto outta that glide like Richard Gere. Her new name is Pretty Woman.

Gonna put some money here and there, but a good chunk will go into the Panhead and a few bucks into paying off the F150, but I should have a decent nest egg squirreled away for maybe a sporty or something reliable come spring. Knowing me I'll probably blow it on a truck load of greasy half broken bobbles and trinkets. 

Saturday, February 16, 2013


An awesome evening of smokey fun. Good times for daughter, dad, and grandpa.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Epic GT6

So a buddy of the Mule, Dave, works with this guy who back in the '80's slipped a '68 Camero 327 into a Triumph GT6. Dave's been telling me about this thing for a while and now there's proof.

Just look at this Mad Max Mother!

Note the use of the kiddy's swing set as engine crane.

The craziest part of the whole thing is that he wants to give it to Dave. GIVE IT TO HIM and Dave won't take it. Help me people, get Dave into this project!!! For the FULL set of photo's detailing the entire project click here.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Friday, February 1, 2013

Oil and Rust Launch

If you're in the Vancouver area this month head over to The Shop Vancouver on  Saturday, February 23rd for the official launch of the OilandRust website and check out some art while you're at it you uncultured cave dweller.

More vintage Hell Yeah...

... from Hell On Wheels