Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Force

More pics of Billy Budde's fiberglass craftsmanship. I love these one piece 'glass bodied bikes!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Digger Monday...High Anxiety II

Carl Praglini built this '78 sporty in 6 1/2 months. The engine is stock, except for the chrome and gold plating and the Lectron carb. The frame and front end are from SB&F, Hallcraft wheels, and tank and fender are Ness units. Paint by Bob and Bill Olson.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Showrod Sunday...Ray Farhner

Everybody knows "The Boothill Express", it's one of the coolest showrods built. Ray also built two companion rods for it. The " Wake Wagon" and the "Flower Truck". Check 'em out!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Supercharger Saturday...Primary

My buddy Mal (World Class Custom Cycles) fabbed up this primary cover for the blower drive off the crankshaft. I glassbeaded it today. Next week, I'll start on the primary drive. The digger may see some asphalt this year for sure! And thanks Mal!

Saturday's Denver's Omelette...

Friday, January 27, 2012

tIt's Friday..What The Fuck

It's a pan and two knucks.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Trike Thursday...

More supercharged madness! I found this pic on the net, no info, but it's cool as hell.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Rocket Man...

Greasy Kulture Party...

I'm gonna try to hit this one up.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

"Broadway Freddy" DeName...

Just like the custom bike and car world, '70's drag racing was full of characters. I love nostalgia racing, especially funny cars. Freddy DeName was probably the most controversial funny car racer of all time due to his well documented off track business activities. Freddy was reportedly a "made" man.
 This Camaro had to be DeName’s best-known funny car, shot at the ill-fated 1974 “PRO Nationals” held on Long Island. In promoting this race, DeName pulled off a great stunt. While displaying the car at Coney Island, Freddy decided to do a highly illegal burnout, in public, right next to the world famous "Cyclone" roller coaster. Norman Blake caught the moment on film and got it into the magazines. DeName raced funny cars until 1977.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Digger Monday...Heavy Dose

If you haven't noticed, Ed Kerr is one of my favorite builders. He's kinda local, out of Carisle, Pa. Ed never had a shop, just a guy building bikes out of his garage with the help of some professional talent. This bike was built by Ed, with help from Arlen Ness and Cycle Fab (Dave Perewitz). The frame was done at Cycle Fab using a Ness hard head, struts, and fender. Front forks are (gasp) Honda with custom trees by Ken Rasp. Ed drew up the plans for the two piece gas tanks which also house the oil in the lower right hand tank. The plans were sent to Arlen who along with Bob Monroe fabbed them up. Ed built the engine using the usual go fast goodies from Andrews, S&S, and Branch. The rocker boxes were split and re-shaped, barrels and head hex cut and shaved and the cam cover trimmed. On the primary side you have a early MPD cover and a aluminum generator housing from Motorsport. After everything was polished, chromed or gold plated, it was back to Cycle Fab for engraving, paint and leaf work by Roy Mason. This bike had all the key ingredients to win multiple Best of Show and Best Engineered awards.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Showrod Sunday...Chuck Miller

Chuck ran a company called Styline Customs for Promotions, Inc. He built alot of cars for the model car company  MPC, Mattel, etc. He built the c-cab fire truck I posted awhile back. That truck won him the Ridler Award. He also built the full scale versions of the Zingers.
My two faves of his were the Red Baron Roadster and the Wood Burner. In contrast, even as a kid I could never comprehend why they stuck a Pontiac inline 6 in that car. And then the Wood Burner got a twin 6-71 blown 327. Budgets, I guess were the determining factor.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Asstastic...80's Style

Enjoy the weekend fuckers!

Friday, January 20, 2012

tIt's Friday...Yet Another Panhead

I'm not really into pans, but chicks apparently love to pose topless on them.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Trike Thursday...Insanity


For sale locally for 30 grand. Hell, it's a cool ride, but 30 g's? I picked a bad week to stop smoking crack!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tree Hugger...

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Monday, January 16, 2012

Digger Monday...Mean & Green

This digger was for sale a couple years back. I came across these pics while cleaning out my hard drive. I didn't save any info on the owner at the time, but do remember he stated it was supposedly built by Donnie Smith. What I find odd was there are really no SB&F parts on her at all, but who knows when she was built. I think it's a '58 mill, while eveything else looks like all Ness parts. Either way, the bike remained pretty much unmolested, other than the maltese cross mirrors and the paintjob. In hindsight, this scoot really didn't need much work to bring it back to show condition and I probably should've snatched it up. If you know anything about this bike, email me.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Showrod Sunday...Who Built It?

California Show Car owners  Bob Resiner and Jay Ohrberg are the original builders. Dick Dean is credited as building the all steel body when he worked there. It was originally painted blue and named "The Turnpike Hauler".
Sometime around '74, ol' George Barris gets a hold of her, paints her candy apple red, sells her to Redd Foxx or the producers of the Sanford and Son show. She hits the show circuit again, billed as Redd Foxx's Lil' Redd Wrecker. Incidentally, the rod was never seen on the show.
The last pic is from the 59th Annual Grand National Roadster show (2008), when Jay was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Jay is currently looking for a space to open "Jay Ohrberg's Hollywood Cars" in a major tourist area. Hopefully he gets his museum open.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Supercharger Saturday ...

I had a little downtime this afternoon, so I fabbed a quick jig for welding the supports for the Magnacharger. I was out of straight argon, so I ended up using a 75/25 mix. Not the best for tig'n, but I'm only using these for mock up. I'll make the final set out of stainless.

Goldfinger and Dunkin Donuts

I'm at DD's yesterday, sitting in the parking lot drinking a coffee in my truck, when this guy starts tapping on my passenger window. So I get out of the truck and this guy starts asking me about who did the flames and pinstriping on my truck and all kinds of paint and bodywork questions. I'm basically blowing this guy off because he's driving an HHR and I'm not about to do anymore flame jobs on anything this year. He proceeds to tell me he used to have a body shop, but sold it and went back to working the families electroplating business. He is just looking for someone to lay the flames out and he will paint them. He's now starting to peek my interest. So I proceed to ask him some questions on gold plating, and this guy knows his shit. Anyway his shop is less than a mile from me. I take a ride over there and it's very impressive. Fully automated, recycling all hazardous chemicals for disposal etc. It's not a walk in shop, all his work is through contracts with the government and manufacturers. Back to the flame job, he's about six months away from paint on a '33 Ford and he's willing to trade paint layout for some plating. I think I made a new best friend! We'll see what turns out of this, but I almost blew this guy off.

Friday, January 13, 2012

tIt's Friday...Lookin' Back