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

Monday, October 7, 2013

Margarita Drinking Paint Huffers on Milk Duds!

I have been hard at it working on the "Baja Bandeeto" paint job. I wasn't really sure what to do, but sort of had ideas of what I wanted. I did not want anything that looked like Ed "Big Daddy" Roth painted it in the early 60's (pearl white with panel work). I love the man, and he is a hero, but I wanted this to be "MINE" and only my work. A few years ago, it all started with a drawing that "Jimmy Smith" did of a fantasy car. I wanted to work with someone on this project as I usually work alone. Someone to share ideas and bounce thoughts back and forth with. I had some input but the basic Idea was all Jimmy's. The paint job is all me. I miss the days when I used to sit with my friend Paul Cox and go over paint work for the Indian Larry choppers. Paul always had great vision, a very talented artist on many levels. I was looking to grab that Larry and Paul vibe, and put it into four wheeler mode, on a bigger canvas though. This paint job is far from being done, but the basic lay out is there. I still have 500 sheets of red variegated gold leaf to burn through, and miles of pin stripe work to brush on. if you think this is over the top, you have not even come close to the top shelf liquor yet gang. It will get better! For those of you guys on Facebook look for me and like my page at for instant fast crazy updates! Get out in the garage and build something! FRITZ

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

New Orleans Extra Shots

I've been busy painting the "Baja Bandeeto" gang, so I kinda lost track of blogging for a bit.While taking pics with the camera, I see a few of cool signs and stuff from New Orleans that didn't get posted. So I'll throw them up now, just some neat stuff that I like and hope you will too. I will post some good pics of the "Bandeeto's" paint work in a day or so. I have been posting some spy shots on my face book page, friend me there and see some of the action that happens in the garage when I get home from work.