Had a nice change at work this past week. Been working on Doug GLad's '71 Dodge Demon for Car Craft building headers for the twin turbos, but with alongside one of my good friends and former employers...Jimmy White's Circle City Hot Rods. I was just poking around online and found this picture from the Original Hot Rod Deluxe from 1999(?) when Jimmy's Hemi coupe and Skinny Jeff's pickup were on the cover. Here Jimmy and Michelle are standing with Skinny and his ex(sorry Skins!) Emily. I think this is right around the same time i met Jimmy at a Del Taco one night during the Hot Rod Reunion at Famoso in Bakersfield. I dove my chopped Shoebox out from Salt Lake for it by myself to see what was shakin in the land of milk and honey. I think at that Del Taco i also met Pumper Jeff, Big Dummy, Jimmy Shine, and a few more...this is back when these cars were still just hot rods.
About a week ago the Flying Dutchman was out here and we hadn't talked much in the last 10 years probably (for no reason really), and we talked about the somewhat viral video he did with Jimmy and his Hemi coupe. He even made shirts that said "Jimmy White's Hemi Coupe is my favorite band", pretty bummed because i think someone swiped mine! Anyway, here's the video...that's me at 24 seconds standing outside the first Circle City on Main Street when they were taking off. Enjoy and turn it up!
Going through all my crap, i came up with four decent star hubs that i have no use for at the moment. THey are all 1944-66 style bodies, #2 and #4 have 1955-66 style "stars" with the grease zerk in them. Each hub is used and as i found them, but they are complete with inner sleeves, dirty, and greasy ready for a bath and a quick refresh. #1, 3, and 4 are old chrome, #2 is chipped black paint.
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My little Triumph made the pages of this issue of Traditional Rod & Kulture, which I'm happy about.
I rode this bike for about a year and one half without doing anything other than resealing the top end, adjusting the brakes, and installing a new clutch cable. I was the forth owner, with the prior two being brothers and the original owner being a friend of theirs. The older brother set the cycle up for TT racing, rode the bike for a couple of years, and sold it to his younger brother, who I bought it from. It was a great little neighborhood bike and definitely the most well received vintage cycle I've owned. Old men, young men, women and children all seemed to like it.
What is really neat about the bike though is that I sold it to Mike Davis of Born Loser fame and he promptly passed it along to a gentleman named Yas in Japan. As you can see from the video on Mike's blog-a-roo here, a few changes have been made to the Triumph since I owned it, but it's being used exactly the way I hoped it would be.
The little machine will be featured in Greasy Kulture shortly too, and Guy said he may even include Yas and a picture or two of the bike in Japan in the story. That'd be very cool. Pic. by Jake Louvier.
A couple years ago in Yokohama i jumped at the chance to shoot this crazy shovelhead i had only seen pictures on Japanese blogs here and there. It was built by Takashi from IK Works. My Japanese is little to none and his and his friends English was just the same, but i got them to let me shoot it anyway.
Needless to say i didn't have much of a tech sheet to write from, so i winged it from what i could decifer.
Nao from the Garage Company in LA just sent me a text about Takashi's post on the IK WORKS blog. I guess we understood each other after all! CLICK HERE to read it, scroll down and he has it in broken English.
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Our friend Mochi sent word that he and some friends (Gak, Shin, Katsu) have started a punk rock band in Tokyo called the Sissy Bars and will be playing a Halloween show Oct 28th if you are in the NEIGHBORHOOD.
With so much emphasis put on style in our little corner of the custom cycle world, it's great to run across a bike that looks the part and hauls all manner of ass too.
My friend Jake here set his Sportster up to fly low, and he flies 'er low. The machine has been modified six ways to Sunday, and not just for looks. Barrels, heads, cams, ignition, monster brakes...you name it, it's been done. And this isn't just lip service for a friend. I've ridden the bike a few times, given it hell, and it pulls like a train.
There's no speedometer on the cycle, but I'd say I was well over 100 mph on that backroad in lovely Forks Washington. As best I could tell, there was another 20+ mph left in the bike, but I was worried about vampires and wearwolves running out into the road.
Put the money you were going to spend on chrome and moulding into your motor and go break the law. As best I can tell, it's the only thing it's there for anyway.
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