Wednesday, August 31, 2011

$2 Lid

Next door to the girlfriend's grandma's house lived an old hoarder. That hoarder died. They were going to hold an auction the next week for all of his stuff. 6 foot piles of stuff all over the yard, required a skidloader to separate the shit. I walked over and took a look and found this. It's a Comet Deluxe by Nesco, '50's or '60's. Has a few different visors with it, the bubble shield is some super thick lexan. Came in the original packaging, plastic and foam, unopened. Of course I had to open it and put it on. It'll be used eventually. All for $2.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Come together

I found a part! It's coming together. I guess I could consider this the first step for Cherry. I picked up the steel fender for $15. I found a fiberglass one for 20 and a different raw steel one for 120. I opted for this one. Cherry will become a solo bike, fingers crossed, after this winter.

I'm still kicking myself for not getting an oil tank today though. There will be more swap meets to come. My plan is to customize the Ironhead into MY bike, without chopping up the frame (Dad's condition on the deal) and without altering the stock components, the way it sits now. I'll keep all the stock shit and put it away, until future generations may want to have her restored to her original glory, years and years and years down the road.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Swap meeeeeeeeeet

is this Sunday again. Just a heads up. At the Twin Drive-in. The drive in is located on 291 Hwy, 6 miles north of I-70, in Independence, MO (East of Downtown Kansas City).
$5 per person, 7am to 2pm. Google Jeff Williams swap meet. On a better note. Don't go. I want all the cheap parts. All to myself.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Put your party pants on...

...because it's Tuesday! Today we will celebrate not spending any money. Some hackerman got my to my card and she had to go. Tryin' to reserve a fancy hotel in Aruba or some shit. Good thing I bank at a small bank, they called me up this morning and said, "Hey Jimmy, we saw on your card you're reserving a hotel in Aruba for 600 bucks?" Fuck no that ain't me!...and I didn't have to pay that shit, but I did have to annihilate the card. I was wondering why everyone has been declining my card the last few days, I just figured I was broke again! Also, for future reference, I thought the Budweiser 40 oz would be a good idea but I realized it is not. A quarter down and it's warm as fuck already. Good night.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

That hat.

An essential. That hat. My favorite hat. I lost my last one on the bike so now I have a new and improved one.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Mania Part 2!

Scooters, mopeds, choppers, bicycles, cafe racers, bobbers or whatever, were all welcome at the mania. A few things that caught my attention...

Friday, August 12, 2011

1976 harley did not come stock with Bendix carb?

In anticipation for the motorcycle mania happening this Saturday at the Beaumont Club's Backyard, I needed to get Cherry up and running. This required a new throttle cable, which I was able to obtain, fo' free... from Blue Star Motorcycles over on Troost here in KC. The harley mechanic there told me that in 1976, there was no Bendix carburetor that came stock. Also, he said that there is no way that there is just a bolt pinching the throttle cable to the butterfly valve on the carb. So he fitted me with a throttle cable for a Keihin carb, refused payment from me and away I went...

Well he was wrong, I thought so at the shop but hey what the hell do I know? I'm just a kid with an old ironhead, right? It did come stock in '76 with a Bendix, which is on the bike, and yes there is just a bolt pinching the throttle cable to hold it in. It's shitty engineering and yes there should be a ferrule end for both ends but that's not the way it was apparently, oh well. With help from dad, who rode up from barnes for the mania, we made her work.
The cable was too short, I cut a section of sleeve out and...

...watched dad come up with an idea for a connection.

I used the metal elbow for the throttle housing off of my old cable, and the cable housing/cable from the new cable.

I drilled out the guide for the other end of the throttle cable to accommodate the new cable housing. New housing is slightly larger than old, although the cable is thinner.

I put the ends of the cable section I cut out together...

...and with dad's ingenuity, used a Dillon's (has to be Dillon's) pen for a solid sleeve for the spliced cable so it doesn't fold on me.

Finishing up the process, I made sure to watch dad tape up the handy dandy Dillon's sleeve while I had my beer and took pictures. I put the tank/air filter back on, took her for a test ride, and she work's great! Motorcycle Mania - we are ready for you.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Calling all two-wheelers!!!!

Is this Saturday! Doesn't matter what it is, as long as it's on two wheels, its free!