Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Ritchie Corrie's Bike of Terror!

If you have been visiting this blog page or know me for any length of time you know I like sci-fi and weird mechanical stuff. Hell, some of you might even get a little too into it, as I do. Well, Mr. Ritchie Corrie, of Hillsborough Christchurch New Zealand, is just as nutty as me it seems. He's another guy that bought my "How to Build a Fiberglass Body at Home" DVD, and just could not help himself, and had to get out in his garage and build something . . . something far out! Ritchie started out with an old Honda 3 wheeler ATV, cut it up, and turned it into a two wheeler. Then going for a "Mad Max" and Marvel comic's "Enforcer" kind of look, he made a plaster buck right on top of the bike, and rolled out his fiberglass matt into an all encasing shell. It's got an electric start and a four speed box to boot! The machine guns are old copper pipe he had laying about, but no worries the bullets are made of wood stuck into real shell casings. He says "It's a bit scary to ride, but lots of smiles per hour". That's the spirit Ritchie! I think its neat, and proves that anyone can do and build anything, you just have to want to do it!. What have you guys been up to? Get out in the garage and build something. Fritz

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The "Invasion" Car Show, Dallas Texas 2015

I'll be in Dallas Texas September 5th, 2015 for the "Invasion" Car Show. Come by check out the "Roswell Rod", say hello, and see my neat Spritz by Fritz stuff. See ya there! FRITZ

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Louisville Street Rod Nationals - August 6-9, 2015

Are you washing and waxing up yer buggy getting ready for the Louisville Kentucky Street Rod Nationals next weekend? August 6, 7, 8, and 9th. I sure hope so! 'Cause I'll be in the "House Of Kolor" Booth with my new Show Rod the "Baja Bandeeto". Stop in and say "Hi", Let me tell ya how great HOK paints are, get some "Spritz By Fritz" merchandise, have a root beer and a soft pretzel with me, and chat all things that burn fuel! Yah baby! There's lots of neat cars to pop yer peepers on, a swap meet, what else does a gear head need, maybe a hot dog! yah! Hot Dogs! See you guys there! - FRITZ

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

1914 Indian

A while before I moved from Long Island, NY. to Kansas City, MO my friend Bob McQueen gave me a rusted and clapped out 1914 Indian power plus Motorcycle frame, well, what was left of one. It was a fantastic piece of yard art at my new home, then my wife found out she had breast cancer and we all freaked out. I promised Bob I would not sell the old Indian relic, but I knew I would need a lot of money fast to cover all the shit that unfortunately goes along with any cancer. I sold it to a fellow way up in Canada who said he was going to build a complete running bike out of it. I was a bit skeptical, but needed the cash, so I cut the frame where he asked me, boxed it up, and UPS'd it off to the great white north. We e-mailed each other over the net 5 years as he got the bits apart, had some new castings made, and spent a lot of time making a rotted, rusty, bent up old piece of junk, into a beautiful racing motorcycle. I must say that I did not see the potential in the old Indian frame as it was sitting in my yard against the old fence post. I am glad I let it go to Mr. Michelline et Laurent as he did something wonderful with it, he got an old piece of history back on the road! Look at the pics and you can see what he started with and where he ended up. Pure determination and vision, and anyone really can do anything if you just have the drive to do it! Now get out in the garage and build something ---Fritz

Monday, April 6, 2015

Where there's a will there's a way!

Thats something I am sure your parents told you when you were a kid. "Oh, you want a new bicycle?", or "You want that new G.I. Joe jeep with 50 cal. machine gun? Well, save your money. Where there's' a will there's a way." Words that come back to haunt you in a good way as you get older. I always say "Get out in the Garage and build something.", a mantra to get you out and away from the T.V. set, to stop watching those mindless and stupid car shows that teach us and show us nothing, to get you away from video games and mindlessly sitting on Facebook looking at nothing. Gilligan never gets off the island gang, its the same show every week. Well gang, there's a guy Named "Nicky", from my old hometown of Long Island, New York, who bought my DVD "How to Build a Fiberglass Body at Home" and after watching it his "will" became so great that he found a way. He's a car guy with a two car garage attached to his house, only problem is there are already two classic cars in there. What do you do if you are a guy that has a great "will" to build a funky fiberglass bubble car, that is a terrible messy process, with no space to do it in? Well, you "get out to the tent and build something" but, only in the warmer months of the north east 'cause you'll freeze otherwise. Nicky put up one of those temporary tents, hung with a tube frame so he had a spot to build his fiberglass fantasy. The first year He stripped down an old-10, I think it was, and started plopping spit wads of newspaper and plaster on the rolling frame to get the basic shape he wanted, the next summer he did a bit more, and really got a fine tuned shape. Then last summer, he rolled out fiberglass matt etc. I don't have any pics of this summer's work 'cause well, Nicky is still in his tent, cranking away on his bubble top! I am sure he has gotten to the knock the plaster out, and mount the body to the frame stage. Enjoy the Pics of Nicky's project guys, its just goes to show that there is "no excuse" if you really wanna do something you "WILL" figure it out and make it happen, you "WILL" find a way. I wanted to finish the inside of my pole barn and get a new bigger garage set up, but I had no money to do it, so I started selling stuff on Facebook and ebay, everything that just didn't matter to me in life. How many model kits do you really need. Will you build them all? Extra bicycles? How many old gas pumps, die cast cars, bullet holed rusty signs, on hand in the man cave wall, that could be turned into cash? Its what I used to call "everything but the bike syndrome". Guys would own every Harley-Davidson dust collecting piece of "not important" things like toy trucks, snow globes etc., but not the actual motorcycle. I would say if you sold all that stupid stuff you could buy yourself two bikes!!!!! So what's it gonna be guys? Another summer of watching that idiot on "Ass Money Garage" or the "Can't Count"?, or getting yer ass in gear and out to the tent, tool shed, or green house, and building something with yer own two hands. FRITZ

Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Long Time Coming.

I had this pole barn built about 3 years ago and promptly filled it with projects. I became the guy I used to make fun of when I was much younger. A bunch of projects, and not really working on any of them, not really getting anything finished. Its not like I work for some spoiled son of a wealthy dad, who can piss money away paying me a weekly paycheck to build his pipe dream junk, to impress his fake friends. I had too many incomplete possessions, and not many quality completions. The funny thing is, I had the barn built so I could have a bitchin shop to build these projects, that were now in the way of that dream. Many factors come into play at the same time here. My day job that I loved was literally in a cave, an underground shop that was great, but due to my health and continuing sinus problems (body shop guys know what I'm talking about) I had to leave. I started another dream project the "Beatnik Bandit" clone, while some other things I have started still sat stagnant, waiting to be finished. While out of work, and with a lot of time on my hands, I did some hard thinking with star trek "Vulcan" logic, and the clarity of mind like a Kung Fu Shaolin Priest. In October my brother from another mother "Poncho Bill" dropped off his 57 Starchief for me to go through and give a make over. Bill was the final piece to the "get your ass in gear" puzzle. I didn't want to let my friend down, my wife, or myself. So, while fishing in the pond, sipping a few beers, chatting with Poncho, the harsh truth that came was the fact that if I cut loose those projects, that I have not yet started or was not really into, I could make room and money to build the shop I wanted, and finish up the projects that I love, and Bill's Pontiac. I took it several steps further and cleaned house of everything, old magazines, extra car and motorcycle parts, if it wasn't for a project I was working on, it had to go! I had a stack of old Barris "how to do it" books from the 90's sitting in my closet, that I had not looked at since I moved to Missouri six years ago. I sold them all, and got over $300.00 bucks! and that was just some old books sitting on the closet floor. I am still going through the many boxes of stuff I have in the basement of my house, and getting rid of it on ebay, Facebook and Chop Cult. To be honest, I have cleared just about $10,000.00 grand in my clean up (as a side note a good chunk of that went on the side for Mrs Fritz's new car) but I've spent well over five grand in the barn, and now have a 16 by 30 paint booth, a 24 by 30 machine shop and tool room, and a 30 by 30 work space. It feels good! It feels even better, mentally, to have unburdened my self of life's extra crap that accumulates as time goes on. I haven't posted much because I have taken my own advice. I got out in the garage and built something "A GARAGE" !!!!!! Do some early spring cleaning and clear your head, mind and soul, and a space in the garage for that project you have always wanted to do. I did it, and you can too! Qui Chang Fritz

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Bandit Post Nov.23, 2014

Yah you noticed huh? I haven't posted on the blog for a long ass time. I had nose sinus surgery. My sinuses were clogged, as in jam packed with polyps, to the point where I could not really breath out my nose, it was horrible. I had a hard time bouncing back from the surgery, a real hard time, to the point where I had to quit my job 'cause I just can't be around the dust and paint fumes too much for a while. At least at home I can control my body shop style environment, and get away to breathe some fresh air when I need to, or have to. That's it in a nut shell. I don't wanna bring you down with my silly shit. I have been working on the "Beatnik Bandit" clone a bunch! My friend Ellis Kendrick has even been helping mix the Plaster as I goop a body out of buckets! I am still waiting for the radiator shop to do what they have to, then I take it, and work on it, and give it back. Time . . . its all just time, but I can't work on the nose of the car until I get the radically shortened radiator back and mounted. Its a childhood dream really. I hope to share it with all you crazies when its done. Get out in the garage and build something! Fritz