Saturday, March 1, 2014

"Best bar in America"

I have been seeing this little gem float around posts on Facebook for a while now. So, I figured I would pick up a copy, and give it a look see. A motorcycle movie, usually Hollywood turns out real pieces of shit when it comes to bike movies. Only independents turn out anything that's genuine. "The best bar in America", yeah you might need this in the collection. A guy on the road with his 'ol lady, is hitting all the gin mills in the west, and writing a book about it. Said "guy" loses 'ol lady, and the book deal, only to continue on life's journey, and meet a host of characters and booze bottles along the way. The bike is an old BMW with a hack that has been pieced together out of swap meet parts. My kinda guy. I don't wanna give away too much, not that I am a movie critic, but I'd say its sort of like Jack Kerouac meets Easy Rider. I liked it, and I liked it a lot. I would say yes, get yer own copy. It's about $25 bucks with shipping, and you can get yer copy at www.bestbarinamerica.com

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, safe holiday season and a prosperous New Year. We look forward to sharing more of this crazy custom journey with you in 2014. From my family to all of yours. - Fritz & Carrol

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Fighting the Clock

The "Baja Bandeeto" is basically done except for a few things. It still needs to get wired. The good folks at "Rebel Wire" set me up with a nice kit to do the job! I did some free hand stripe work, but put it on hold so I could spritz three gas tanks for the International Motorcycle Show in Novi, Michigan next month, Jan 3rd, 4th, and 5th. If you are in the area stop by the Progressive Insurance booth and say "Hi". I'll be pulling lines and munching on soft pretzels! Sorry there isn't much to post, but with the holidays, and trying to catch up on work, I don't have much free time handy. I'll try to keep ya posted on the gas tanks I'm painting, I got one started tonight. Get out there and keep the welding light burning. FRITZ

Sunday, November 24, 2013

D-Day (done day) for the "Baja Bandeeto"

I am coming out of turn four, and heading for the finish line gang! I asked my boss "Jason" if I could take a week off to try and do as much as I could to get The "Baja Bandeeto" done, and he was sympathetic to my cause. I had a lot of time consuming little jobs to do, make a gear shift knob, install the albino Wookiee fur, make a lens and light socket set up for the 1958 Ford hood ornament. As I type this I am between paint coats on the rings for the bubble. I still need to wet sand and polish the body, then lay out some pin stripes. Show season will be here in less then 40 days, and I don't wanna disappoint you cats that have been waiting to see this ride in person at yer local show. Something else for you motorcycle guys, I will be prepping three sportster tanks to paint and stripe at the International Motorcycle Show in Novi, Michigan, outside of Detroit this January. Look for me in the Progressive Insurance booth! I know its getting cold out, but crank up that wood stove or little kerosene heater, and get out and the garage and build something, Build something crazy!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Body & Chassis Together Again

It was a good weekend Gang! Got the "Baja Bandeeto" body on the frame and all bolted up! I wanna Thank Zim, Casey and his Dad, Brett and Bradon "The God Father", for coming by, and helping get the Body installed. I still have lots of stuff to do, polishing some assembly work, pin striping, installing the Whookie fur, etc. I think The car looks Fantastic! I have already gotten a lot of interest from show promoters so I hope I have a full show season this winter. I hope I get to set up at a show in yer town! That's It I'm gonna get back out in the garage and build!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Clear for the "Bandeeto"

Been a while, a hard while for me. I took time off from work here and there. I was burning the midnight oil while emptying beer cans after the day job, and every weekend, to get this thing to where it is now. My air compressor took a shit, had to replace two start up capacitors (thanks Bryan), but here we are! The last coats of clear. After it sets up and cures I'll be wet sanding and polishing the body, and then plopping it onto the rolling chassis. I have a bunch of crazy stripe work to do, but that'll come later on. I did get a "Bandeeto" slobbering monster on the nose, and "Our flying eyeball of Guadalupe" (Named Courtesy of Jimmy Smith) out back on the engine cover. All in all, I am real happy with the way the "Baja Bandeeto" turned out. Mucho Thanks to my Homies at "House of Kolor" for being a part of this project and Artist "Jimmy Smith" for letting me build off his rad art work! I included a pic from the outside looking in, for all you guys that are like me and work in a small two car or smaller garage. You can do it guys! It doesn't take much space to make it happen. I push my bike outside, and some other stuff, to make room, and roll it all back in when I lock up for the night, but I make it work with what I have, and you can too. Just get out in the garage and build something!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Junkyard Gigolo - Inner Primary Issues

I wanted to bolt up the inner primary on the Junkyard Gigolo but ran into a few snags. Its a nice factory piece, but it had the abuse of an owner that did not maintain their ride. The drive chain must have gotten wore out and sloppy, and was slapping the primary under the starter housing boss. It was welded once before, not a great job but you'd figure the idiot would have stayed on top of a problem . . . not a chance. I had to have the same spot built up with weld again, and the drain plug was a bit of a brain teaser also. What do you do when you strip the threads of the drain plug? Well, ya just stick it back in there, and pile up silicone around it, and hope you never have to take it out again! Well gang, what I did was just drill it out to 1/2 inch, and machine up a little piece of aluminum stock to fit with a shouldered flange. Then I drilled the I.D. and made new threads for the drain plug. Jason at work was kind enough to do all the fantastic aluminum welding for me. Old skool Harley guys we don't throw nothin' out! Get out in the garage and build something. Fritz