Thursday, December 17, 2015

Sportster!

I spent a fair amount of time this fall doing some work to my garage. Nothing ground breaking just finishing up some things that needed finishing. It's a mess and I have too much stuff. I made some real progress but far from done. The good news is I can actually walk around the Sportster. Clearly I don't blog much anymore but I do believe I'll be posting here and there to document the build. That's the plan anyway.


This is it the day I dragged it home. July 7, 2013


Which shortly thereafter turned into this. December 5, 2013


And now it looks pretty much like this. March 8, 2014

Wow, looking at the dates puts things in perspective. Three years goes by fast. In my head I know what I'm looking for here and I've collected some parts. We haven't given up on the BSA, by the way. The creative spark was a little...wet on that one. Don't worry, there's lots of bikes to work on. 

Monday, September 21, 2015

One hundred saws and planes on the wall, one hundred saws and planes....

Not quite a hundred but you get the idea. Stage one is finished. I can now move on to other things and be able to find stuff while I'm working. Now that it's up there, I definitely think it needs doors of some sort. I'll be hanging more things in it as I go along and I still have to pull it all down to finish taping the drywall and paint. At least, that monster Stanley #8C up there is off the bench top.
I broke down and used my Makita drill to drive some screws in the wall and to attach the cleats on the back but other than that, this piece was made entirely with hand tools. Not that it really matters either way.


Friday, September 18, 2015

Cabinet glue up



Monday, September 14, 2015

The rest of the bike


My dad posted a partial pic of this bike and said he'd like to see the entire bike. Well...here it is. The photographer is Jean-Francois Muguet. There are a few more pics of this amazing motorcycle, as well as, a few other Hondas here. JFM's website is here. Very nice work Monsieur Muguet.

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Box

EDIT: I just had a minute when I posted this so I didn't include much text. I 'm ALWAYS up to my elbows in projects. Some of them are fun, interesting things and some of them are much less fun and mostly not interesting at all. So at the moment I literally have three minutes to finish this but here's what's up with the photos. I found this box in my Uncle John's barn when I was helping clean it out a couple years ago. I just needed to drag some stuff home and it was there. I have been doing some woodworking lately. I'm lacking in storage and the tools are literally piling up on the bench. So even though I should be doing other things I need to get a rack built to hold my commonly used tools. It will mostly be open but I need a little drawer for small stuff. I thought I could knock this apart, plane the boards and put it back together. Easier said than done but I think it will work, and its walnut! Since then I think I may have another use for the box but I will carry on rebuilding it. More later, I hear the bell. Rock on.   

As found
After a little planing

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Early Superbike Engine covers

Yoshimura on a GS

Moriwaki

Yoshimura
I've never seen one like this before. 
Vetter (home brew)

Yoshimura
Another home brew

Monday, June 29, 2015

Superbike

From El Corra Motors