Thursday, April 29
Wednesday, April 28
Monday, April 26
these will be on the webstore this week....but if you drop me a self addressed stamped envelope this week, I will send you back some free ones....hurry!
Old Gold Garage
1622 Walter st unit K
Thursday, April 22
This is the latest bike project...The Booby Trap. I know the name has been used before, but I dont care....it's a Buell Blast motor in an old sportster chopper frame, an old chrome '70 XL front end that I extended 10" and converted to big twin neck stem, vintage mustang style paughco tank that I took 4" out of the middle, paint is original from the 70's. Narrowed tall Z bars that have been sitting on my shelf for years, just a bunch of old junk and castoff parts from other builds and swap meet finds. I just got all the motor mounts finished, it's rigid mounted now, I should call it the Steely Dan, cause it's gonna vibrate like hell! switched it over to chain final drive too....hope to have it running in a few weeks.
theres nothing better than looking through old chopper mags. There is always some questionable fashion and bike styling goin on, no matter what era, and also usually some pretty cool shit that we either missed the first time around, or forgot about. My friend Sam from London, who is not even remotely into bikes or anything like that saw these in an antique store in England and snatched em up for me. Priceless. Thanks bro...
vintage back street heroes circa early 80's, if you couldnt tell...
Wednesday, April 21
Tuesday, April 20
first person to tell me what famous American songwriter was suggested to play the lead role of Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver, instead of Bobby De Niro, wins a brand new "Love Thy Neighbor" T-shirt
I'll give you a hint, it wasn't Kurt Kobain
Monday, April 19
I made a trophy to give away at the show and was asked to pick a bike to award it to. It was actually pretty difficult, cause there were plenty of nice machines there. I ended up going back to a little ironhead that was parked at the end of the row almost as far as it could be from the rest of the show. It had bitchin proportions, and lots of trick one off parts. I found out that the owner was Pat, from Benchmark Machine shop in San Diego, who seemed like a super cool guy, and hopefully we'll get the chance to work on something together in the future. Turns out he kicked ass to get the bike done in time and finished with only hours to spare.
this last weekend was fun as hell. headed to Hemet on Friday night after work, and parked the trailer next to the Winchester Saloon, where we watched cowboy karaoke, played some pool, and drank with the locals. The show kicked off Sat morning, and the location slowly filled up with people, cars, and bikes. I have to say thanks to Kutty and Lisa Ballard and everyone else involved for putting in the effort. It was good to see so many friends in one place, and it seemed pretty drama free...my battery died so I only caught a few pics....
Sunday, April 18
I had to make a run to Cerritos this morning and on my way back I spotted a little pho shop or Vietnamese cafe. I usually go for the vermicelli dishes which is a thin rice noodle. I got the vermicelli with pork, shrimp and an egg roll. Had some fresh squeezed lemonade too. Super good. I think it was called Pho 77. But I wasn't paying attention obviously.
Friday, April 16
Thursday, April 15
Wednesday, April 14
I've been working on some new parts that will be for sale soon. This is the first prototype of my bird deflector that is for CV carbs, I will also be making a new lid for CV carbs to replace the crappy plastic one. This is just a rough or loose casting and the final product will be much cleaner. I'm super stoked, and can't wait to start getting this shit back from the foundry. I'm also doing cast versions of my points covers which will be available very soon. Hotrod parts on the way too...
Tuesday, April 13
Saturday, April 10
Wednesday, April 7
I have the utmost respect for him as an artist and graphic designer, and I'm sure there are many of you who have owned decks designed by him, or used OJ wheels or slimeballs, or have been influenced in one way or another by his work. I borrowed these images from his website, go check him out at jimphillips.com