Thursday, January 29, 2015

Keep it real: HARLEY-DAVIDSON


Restoring a bike can be done in different ways: a) Make it brand new with new parts (mostly made in China cause 47 year old NOS Harley-Davidson parts are hard to find and expensive. b) Use as many original parts you can restore and make them shiny or look like new again. Takes more time but I think it is way better and nicer than a "chinese new bike".

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Rock the house!

Took the ROCKers out today, cleaned everything, polishing tomorrow. Hope we can use these for the rebuild, not sure yet. Been polishing the rocker covers all morning, shitty job but they are looking spanking new again.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

WEEK #12: REBUILD OF THE 1967 IRONHEAD




Oilpump doesn't seem to have problems, it was welded in the pest but no leaks to be seen. Hope its fine cause it costs about 800 bucks to replace the whole pump. Cams seems fine too, but thats just my opinion, we will replace the bearings even if they are in good shape. Yes its really a '67 XLH #2135 engine that came with the frame, all stamped parts I found so far are all from the best year of alltime: 1967.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Oiltank Pressure test and repair


I know, its stupid not to pressure test a gas or oil tank but sometimes you take the chance. Because I didn't weld the tank myself I didn't check it but after mounting the tank on the Ironhead it was leaking in one tiny spot. While the bike is totally taken apart I found the leak by blowing air in the tank and holding it into water so easy job. Tig welded the small leak and tested again: no more leaks so far.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

WEEK #11: REBUILD OF THE 1967 IRONHEAD







Working hard on the Ironhead last few days, Frame is ready for Powdercoat and so are some parts. Took the cams out, the clutch and polished the primary cover and cam cover. Cleaned everything and bagged everything so its easy to find all the parts for the build up. All parts are from 1967 so far so its not really a "frankenstein" as I thought before. Primary chain was WAY TOO LOSE, don't even think someone ever checked that, even one bolt was missing at the adjusting post haha. No I never checked it either....

Friday, January 16, 2015

Week #4/5/6/7/8/9/10 REBUILD OF THE 1967 IRONHEAD




Lots of stuff happened last few weeks but no time to blog it. I welded the bottom of the "Bolt On" hardtail so it will be safer if I lose a bolt again... You can's see it from the top so it still looks like a bolt on. New Hoffman Bikes BMX Pegboss bolts with BMX nuts will be placed when it comes back from the powdercoater.

Licence plate holder, taillight, fender and sissybar are all ready for powdercoat, lots of filling holes and did some welds to make it a cleaner look. The last project before Powdercoat is the oiltank, it leaks on one spot so I will take care of that tomorrow, ran out of gas for the TIG welder this week...
Yes the first: OUT OF GAS is already a fact.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

KERSTSHOW: Eerst FRAU FRAGEN!

DECEMBER 20th 2014: GIGANTISCHE KERSTSHOW at Paul's Boutique / Hoodlum Society!
You are welcome from 11:00h - 18:00h for some drinks, food, surprises and free live band at 16:30h!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

AVY's New school bike



Spending money on  "school bikes" is not my thing, I never had a new school bike in my life and I don't blame my parents at all. I see kids destroying hundreds of dollar bikes in a few weeks so my kids are going to school on "indestructable BMX Bikes"... I spend $ 2,00 on this total bike, all parts are refurbished/welded/polished/re-bend etc so the only thing I used was a inner brake cable. An old "KHE PARIS FLATLAND" frame was used, cut out the cracked top and downtube and made it 1 inch shorter, sleeved it and welded it together, strong enough for a 5 year old.....I hope.

Week #3 REBUILD OF THE 1967 IRONHEAD




Lower bracket of the rearfender was ugly so I made a new one from an old Universal Motocross barmount and a topclamp of an old Harley-Davidson riser. 43 Gold plated bolts will hold the fender nicely in place.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Subaru Forester, yes I know......

Yes I know: I don't like Japanese stuff.
Yes I know: I don't like colored cars
Yes I know: Its a piece of shit

But the good news is: It has black wheels, a Boxer Engine and American General Tires!

Porsche 911



Picked up this 1984 Porsche Carrera last week for Dutchmanphotos, now we have an excuse again to go for an icecream again.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

WEEK #2 REBUILD OF THE 1967 IRONHEAD




Cleaning up the frame, I will fill all the holes that I don't need anymore. The neck will be smoothed out and thinking of welding the "Bolt On" section to the frame so its a bit stronger and it is safer if I loose a bolt again.....

Thursday, October 2, 2014

WEEK #1 REBUILD OF THE 1967 IRONHEAD




WEEK #1: 1967 IRONHEAD RESTORATION.

Workshop Wednesday's are gone, it will be weekly updates on the rebuild of the 1967 Ironhead Sportster. Engine is out of the frame, need a total rebuild with new cylinders/pistons/bigend/oilpump/clutch/mayby gearbox etc so lots of work/money to go this Winter of 2014/2015.

Frame will be cleaned up, holes are going to be filled, everything shaved and we will check if the bolt on frame is straight. Powdercoater is ready but I'm not sure about the color yet but I have some weeks to think about it. Haven't seen any cracks yet but we will see if the paint is off.

Friday, September 26, 2014

1967 Ironhead break down almost ready




Building stuff is not really hard, I think its harder to break down a bike. I tried to take as many pictures as I could so I can check where everything was sitting and I hope I can still read my greasy handwriting in a few months. Next week I take out the rest of the engine, fork and rearwheel and start welding all the holes in the frame and clean it up for powdercoat. No color decision yet, asphalt Black or gloss black is the choice right now but I can go with silver too.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Dodge Ram Front brakes




Had some problems with overheated brakes in Austria last summer so I had to figure out why: 1 left brakepiston got stucked in the caliper so it was hitting the brakepad and pushing it to the disc all the time. Ordered some new kevlar coated pistons and new disc and Hawk brakepads to be sure everything is fresh again. Pistons in and out took a while, righthand side took half an hour. Some bleeding going on tonight so the brakefluid DOT 3 is fresh and we can drive safe for another 6 years.