Friday, October 31, 2014

Return of Swap Meet Man

Swap Meet Man made a brief appearance this Halloween. He's got an NOS Triumph Delta Head but you don't have anywhere near enough money to buy it.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Savings Account


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pre Unit Gearbox Needle Bearing Conversion

I had never heard of this conversion before finding the Franz & Grubb post. Pretty cool. I have to build a Pre Unit gearbox soon. I'll have to consider it.

Required parts:
1 closed end needle bearing part #57-1606
1 open needle bearing part #57-1614
2 thrust washers part #57-1607

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Rust Inhibitor

Moving from the Southwest desert to the rainy Pacific Northwest his introduced some entirely new problems to me. For example... I've never needed to figure out how to prevent moss from growing on my front steps before.

There are lots of unfinished surfaces on your typical vintage motorcycle I've never had to worry about before either. Well in this climate they all flash rust. There are lots of plating solutions (CAD, chrome, Parkerizing, etc.) but some things are just unplated.  I had to search for some sort rust inhibitor.

This stuff has worked pretty darn well for me in the past. Apparently it's faired pretty impressively for others too. Unfortunately it's nearly impossible to buy off shelf anywhere.

Obviously this stuff has to be reapplied from time-to-time which I can live with. The other gun corrosion inhibitors I've tried don't work nearly as well which makes me wonder why the Eezox stuff isn't easier to find. Are there any other products, approaches or suggestions my friends from wetter habitats might suggest?

Baron's Speed Shop Video

Thanks to Vorhese for pointing this one out.

Monday, October 20, 2014


From the legendary Metro archives. As a reminded Nate, not all Sportster's are girl's bikes.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ran When Parked

1940 Harley Davidson UA Military WWll - This bike is way too clean and way too unridden but otherwise it's awesome.

One of only 300 74ci. Harley Davidson UA model produced for the US Marine Corps. This period correct and authentically restored motorcycle is perfect in every way. Every attention to detail has been taken to restore this very rare "pre Jeep" motorcycle back to the way it rolled off of the Harley Davidson assembly line back in 1940. Unlike the ten's of thousand's Harley WLA's produced for WWII, these 74ci motorcycles were only produced from 1939 to 1941 and very few survivors are known to exist. This motorcycle is another fine example coming from the David Sarafan stables and all attention to detail has been researched and applied to this ultra rare pre WWII military vehicle. An excellent machine for any military or motorcycle museum.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Jon's Metal Casting

Some of the stuff this guy makes is pretty damn cool.

Coil Covers
Pre Unit Engine Mounts
Triumph 750 Rocker Box Covers