Tuesday, June 30
Monday, June 29
Saturday, June 27
Thursday, June 25
found Rudy Rodriguez's "lost" Merc the other day and picked it up last night after a deal fell through with another buyer. It's been in hiding for a few years. Chop was done by Rudy when he owned it about 4 years ago, everything else is stock. I think I'll put a flathead back in it.
Wednesday, June 24
Verne's '34 coupe at last years open house, and also Sandy Wachs' '56 pickup and John Mearns' bitchin '36 ford 3 window, not to be cornfused with John Fisher's bitchin '36 3 window...I think Verne's coupe has become an icon of todays traditional Hot Rod movement. Too bad more people dont gravitate towards this kind of style, instead of trying to out-do the last guys barbed wire and iron cross motif. It's less about how much money you spend and more about spending the time to research what your doing. Down with ratrods....I think I just threw up a little in my mouth typing that word.....
Tuesday, June 23
here is my truck sitting on the docks after being shipped to Japan for Mooneyes' HRCS '06 show. In good company with Cole Fosters Special K bike, two of Indian Larry's bikes and Jeff Deckers bitchin Crocker.
Monday, June 22
Shinya invited me and my dad to check out his shop after the roadster show. I wish I took more pics, he's working on an MV Agusta 4 cylinder and has a new Knuck project and a neat Harley JD. This is the Needle and his Knucklehead racer, his new Ducatti 750, and a really bitchin Exclesior V-twin that he said is about 900 CC. Also spotted this cool Norton racer on the freeway, must have been a Norton meet going on somewhere. Great end to a busy weekend.
Headed to the LA roadster show with my dad on Sunday, found a few parts, but lots of the vendors had already packed up for the weekend. Scored an NOS Stewart Warner Green Line 8,000 RPM tach though. Check out this Harmon Collins Magneto, could be yours for only $2,600....
had a busy weekend. Worked at Victory Friday and Saturday, Saw this cool Norton racer at the gas station in Camarillo Sat morning. Tattooed all day and got a surprise visit from Japanese photographer Zap Teshima as I was getting ready to leave, and then Shinya Kimura and his wife also showed up, he rode his newest build, a '74 Ducatti 750. I had seen a few pics of it, but it has to be seen in person to appreciate all of the fabrication. We stuck the bike up in my shop via the elevator and went and had a couple beers at the Fox & Hounds. Shinya had Shepperds Pie and I had Fish & Chips. Beer Battered onion rings all around....
Saturday, June 20
Thursday, June 18
'51 ford with a '54 Olds rocket 88 motor and Hydro trans, '56 ford dash, and one of my old ironheads in the background. I remember that particular bike being extremely fast. I sold it to a knucklehead who put fatbobs and a wideglide on it, turned it into a mini fulldresser.....
pic by Rick Amado
Wednesday, June 17
Tuesday, June 16
This is my wife's project and we're not gonna get around to it any time soon. It's super rare if you know anything about these '41 Buicks you know the Century 2 door fastbacks(Sedannettes) were the one to have and not many around anymore. It has the large straight 8 with dual Stromberg Aerotype carbs. It wont take too much to make this one a driver, email me at the address to the right for more info.
this is a profile shot of my '41 Special, it is about 6" shorter from the cowl forward.
Monday, June 15
this is my old '29 sedan. My friend Nick O Teen and I built this at our old shop in Sun Valley, where Nick still turns out amazing paint jobs and custom work. Build time was 3 months. Engine is a 352 Police Interceptor from a '58 Ranchero, ex California Highway Patrol car. I regret not finishing the car with paint and interior, now it will just get lumped into the "Ratrod" category even though the chassis and fabrication was top notch. The current owner in Japan drives it regularly and I've seen it at the last 2 Mooneyes Yokohama shows.
Saturday, June 13
I just found some old pics of my (long since sold) '60 Olds that never got published in the magazine they were supposed to be in. I sold this car back to Kevan from the Shifters, who originally owned it in the early 90's and chopped it along with Anthony(Brown-neck Bandito). I remember seeing it parked at the Doll Hut back then, and it disappeared for a few years when I found it listed in the Recycler for sale in hawaiian gardens....in bad shape.....
Friday, June 12
Thursday, June 11
Are we a bunch of cracked out homies? OK maybe some of us, but if this doesn't apply to you, don't spell everything with a K or a Z, it makes you look retarded. Also, rubber rats on your engine and in your back window are gay.
PS: I heart this '34 coupe