Tuesday, October 28, 2008
winter's here. This place is small!
That's right. I'm gonna need a bigger shop. As you can see it's getting a bit tight in there. 1 car, 3 bikes, and 2 frames inside, and 2 cars in the driveway and 1 car in the neighbors garage. None of which are mine! A new record for this place. I guess thats good, although I'm going crazy with it all. Winter is here (snowed today and real windy) and that will limit my outdoor working for about the next 5 months. Kind of came at me all at once. I spent a few hours tonight cleaning up the place and getting the steel rack back in order. Took this shot while I was at it.
Been doing a bunch of small stuff on this Triumph. Repaired some hardtail work that was originally done in the 70s. Moved a crossmember, fabbed fender supports, mounted rear fender, mounted the Xian seat using a Biltwell t-bar, put on a Troy-fab chain tensioner, Fabbed an oil filter mount, made a set of axle adjusters and a headlamp mount. Still have some electrical stuff to mount and have to fab a plate/tail lamp bracket. More detail shots in upcoming blogs.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Please guys, go easy on the grinders when you do your own fab work. This frame was repaired by a "welder". Looks like he missed a spot. I was scraping paint to see what was under it and the knife went right into the tube. This frame is scrap due to the damage.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Just finished another frame. 2x4 and 2x3 box tubing. Jig built and TIG welded. This one is 6" front step and a 12" rear kick. Set-up for small block Chevy motor and a turbo trans. Gonna make for a killer low slung hot rod.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Second chance on life
It takes all kinds of people to make the world go 'round. And styles of cars are as different as the people who own them. That said, here's one that's evolved through owners. Most cars serve their use and wind up in the crusher. I couldn't stand to see this lincoln go that route. I pulled this white '69 lincoln out of a half burned-down garage around 2001 or so. I did some mechanical work on it and got it the road. It was the Deathmobile as far I was concerned. It was shot flat black. I grew tired of the car and sold it. I kept in touch with the new owner for a while but it seems he owed the state a few years of his time for some reason, and had to sell it off after he had invested in some body and paint work to make it cool driver. It's current owner found my number in the car's trunk, on the very FOR SALE sign I had in the window, and asked for some help getting it back on the road. It took a while as a few key pieces were missing in the ownership changes. I have been doing mostly interior reassembly and trim work to get the car up to speed. This owner's idea was a big wheel, mild custom. No major mods, just clean with some wheels and tires. It's finally all back in one piece and enjoying the second life it was granted. Jabar, thank you for having the patience and confidence in me to do the work I did. And thanks for helping me save another great car from the crusher.