Sunday, July 10, 2016

Dad's Soft tail chopper shotgun pipes!

I got stymied on Bill's Pontiac, I had to order a set of rear Body mount bushings so I started making a set of shotGun Pipes for Dads chopped soft tail project. I had a purple softy I built in the early 90's (see iron horse magazine) with a set of pipes like this and Pop & I liked 'em so here I am doing the same thing again. Just like back in the day I got my pipe bends from the stock exhaust systems that guys take off and trash for straight pipes. Those and a 7 foot length of 1 3/4 exhaust tubing from the auto store and I am on my way! I got Bill's Bushings this saturday so I'd like to button up the exhaust system so I can put the bike on the side and get back on the Pontiac, "Get out in the Garage and build something" ---FRITZ-------------------------------

Friday, July 1, 2016

Ed "Big Daddy" Roth's "MYSTERION" clone.

So I am friends with the nice fellow on Facebook, Mr Jeffery Jones, he's from California and has almost the same fascination with crazy Ed Roth show rods as I do and Im guessing a lot of you out there, there is one special car he thinks is the Rat Finks knees and thats the twin engine show rod sensation "Mysterion" some of you know and some of you may not know that I painted and pinstriped the clone that Dave Shuten built in the early 2000's that now sits in the Galpin Ford show room. Its a great Car but Jeffery's "Mysterion" is better, way Better! how so you may ask, It took him a long, long time to build this car. I remember it from at least 10 plus years ago, seeing pics on the internet and such, His "Mysterion" is more "SPOT ON" then the Galpin car. its in the details, the subtle little thing that unless you are really, really, really into this stuff probably wouldn't notice, if I had to pick one to be the best representation of true to Ed Roth's original car I would have to go with Jeff's "Mysterion" he has written a book about his car building adventure that you can buy offline called "Ed Roth's Mysterion" search for it on Amazon, it sells for $35.00 bucks, I need to get a copy myself. one thing Id like to point out is that It took Jeff sometime from start to finish to get this Fantastic Show Rod done! don't give up on your project! get off the couch and turn off the TV, Gilligan never gets off the Island gang! Get out in the garage and build something BUILD!!!!!!!!! -- FRITZ

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Lester's Candy painted goodness from Norway!

I've been on T.V. shows, pod casts, radio spots, newspaper articles, morning news shows, magazine features, gotten big trophies, been the feature car at car shows, befriended movie actors and musicians, but like Jack Kerouac says "Fame is like old newspapers blowing down Bleeker Street" its all well and good but nothing makes me prouder of what I do and who I am then when I get an e-mail from someone that bought one of my DVD's and sends me pics of their project. I always try and post these folks projects here on my blog to share with you as they did with me, the e-mails are usually like "I never did anything like this before and your DVD gave me the confidence to give it a go" or "I have painted things in the past usually just one color, but never a crazy paint job, you took the fear out of it for me" and "your Fiberglass DVD was easy to understand like we were two guys B.S'ing in the garage together, I'm now building a body for my sons go kart" I know it must sound like an infomercial but these how to DVDs are the best thing I ever did and it gets guys "Out in the Garage" - - - - - Here are some pics from Lester In Norway, he gave a go at doing a custom paint job on his chopper, he got my "how to paint a motorcycle" & "paint tips and tricks" DVD's then laid out a nice candy panel paint job with fish scales, lace panels etc. just look at the pics!!!! Lester's custom paint job looks awesome!!! I'm proud of You Lester, Great Job Mate!!! so what are you guys waiting for? "Get out in the Garage and build something" FRITZ

Sunday, May 29, 2016


I've been kicking it the last week or so trying to fill orders, Hand paint Rat Finks on helmets & bowling pins while building up some inventory to bring to the "Rat Fink Reunion" in Manti Utah the first weekend of June! These are all going to Ed Roth's house with me but if you want a cool metal flake Surfer Helmet or a raw fiberglass one you can paint yourself or even one of my half bowling pins to hang on the wall they will all be on my website store after i get back from the Reunion. in the mean time "Get out in the garage and build Something" -FRITZ-------------------------

Friday, May 20, 2016

Rat Fink Reunion 2016

Its Official. I'll be at the "Rat Fink Reunion" this year with the "Baja Bandeeto" Thats right Kids, the first weekend of June In Manti UT. the gathering of the Faithful, the lovers of the Rat and friends of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth! lots of cool cars artists and the smell of One Shot in the air. Get out in the garage and build something! -FRITZ-

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Poncho Bill's Starchief update #5

I got distracted by doing other stuff in the shop, I've been making a new DVD on how to repair busted motorcycle frames and such, doing car shows and just shop life in general. I have been working On Bill's 1957 Pontiac and here are some updates! I got the drivers side floor pan and frame support brace all made and welded in, its all pretty much the same song as the passenger side only played backwards for the secret message (for you younger kids, Us old farts used to play LP records form the likes of Pink Floyed & the Beatles and if you played them backwards you could hear a hidden message! or the devils voice all depends on your point of view or chemicals in your body) The big challenge as of late is restoring the trunk tail pan area, We got a '57 chevy gas tank with the fuel pump inside for EFI motors and decided it was a good idea to change out the trunk floor pan also as the original one had rust, rot, and cracking issues. In order to really get at the tail pan area I cut the trunk extension off the car to revel the ugly work of moisture and age in a tight steel area. I bought '57 chevy tail pan pieces and a cross support brace but they are way to different to use so as I type this my Friend Dean at Gieske steel here in Kansas City is bending up a new thicker cross brace for me. My low buck angle iron metal brake wasn't gonna do a great job of it so I took it to Dean to do the right thing. I'm supposed to pick it up later today so until then, "Get out in the garage and build something!" -FRITZ-

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Fun with Bowling Pins!

So I put another bright idea into motion, I cut a fairly nice bowling pin in half, made a mold off of it and have been making metal flake bowling pin half's that can be painted up with Slobbering Monsters or pinstriped in any Von Dutch style you can think of! they'll be in my web site store along with the "surfer Helmets" in a few weeks so you guy's can Jazz up yer garages! Get out in the garage and build something! - FRITZ -