Monday, November 28, 2011


Danny hooked me up with this 80's roadster tank to cut up. I like the look of this tank but it has way too much meat in the middle so i am going to narrow and pinch it. This tank seems like it could use some extra style as well so i am going to actually run it as split tanks to pay homage to the split tanks that have come on Harley Big Twins for decades. 

After drawing the centerline (hardest part of the job) run the tank down the band saw.

Remove the filler cap stamping, since the tank is shrinking you can give your self some extra material on the stamping so that you can hammer and dolly the joint after welding the stamping back in.

Here the tank is split down the middle sans cap stamping.

Took out 2in up front and 3.5 in the rear. Some people prefer to cut the tank in half in two cuts so that when you are done cutting the narrowing and pinching are already done. I generally tend to cut it down the middle and then hold the tank halves together at different angles so that I can see what my eye likes best.

Wire wheel the paint off, burn off the lead, hammer out all dents, trim a bunch of times until they fit together nicely..... then weld stuff.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


 I sold my DRZ a while back so i had a little extra cash, i knew i wanted something reliable and powerful for this bike so i ended up snagging this rebuilt 92 dyna motor.

 Here is the Evo shoe horned into the shovel frame. After read a bunch about doing this online i was assured it would fit with very little modifications....... not true at all. i had to do quite a bit of cutting, heating, bending, smashing to squeeze this motor in the frame. but its in now and bolted down.

Whipped up this little fender support bracket for the iron head fender that  riding on back.

Saturday, November 19, 2011


This blog is going to be dedicated to the building of my Born Free entry. Some times i will post long descriptions of what i am thinking / doing, some times it will just be photos. feel free to let me know if you love it, hate it, think i have gone mad etc. l love your input. here we go!!!

I have had this shovel head roller kicking around for a bit so I decided i wanted to put it to use. here it is with some random parts tossed on to kinda start getting a vision.

After some closer inspection i found some pretty awesome cracks in the frame. Its no wonder why this thing had a gnarly shimmy.

I picked up these alloy wheels from my friend sean at grim cycle salvage. Dave was over the other night and was bored so i had him hack off the back of the frame and tack on this tail section.


They just released the Names for this years builders series and I am proud to be on the list. There are some amazing guys building bikes this year and I am proud to say that quite a few are people I call my friends. It makes it so much more fun when you are competing against guys that you are friends with.  For those of you that aren't familiar with the Born Free Builders Series they invite a select number of builders each year to build bikes for the show and then people vote on what bike they like best. Here is a photo of the triumph speedmaster I built for last years show.