Tuesday, December 27, 2011

1917 Project...Cannonball in your future?

I have this 1917 HD J project that is nice, I'd love to trade it for an early engine, anybody out there with a teens  "F" engine to trade? Email me at fatdog1903@yahoo.com

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Firestone Racing!

Christmas is almost here! so here's thanks to all this year! It was another great year here at FatDog and was a blast to get out on the track. Next year Bob Sunday promises to have the WR out on the track and we are working on a special project and going to the "Dark Side"!
We will br prepping Bruce K's 1912 Indian for the  Barber Motorsports Museum's "Race of the Century" in October. Bikes need to be 100 years old to compete! We are looking forward to it and will post pictures as the build progresses.
Here is a shot of the '14 with her new white Firestone Racing skins! All Patinaed up to match the rest of the bike, Now to mount the Clutch and rear brake and we are ready to go! Then on to the '15 Twin!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Freewheel Clutch Part 1

Check out this killer original freewheel clutch! Right after the Cannonball I was lucky enough to pick this up to replace the reproduction one on the '14. Since I am returning the bike to it's original skin, getting as many real components back on the bike is important to me. I unlaced this from an original 22" rim and needed to lace it to my 23" rim. Sorry folks, the old rim & spokes went to Joe G. for his 1915.

 The rim, laced up to the original hub, ready for the white firestone racing tire to be mounted.
 As it sits now
 Check out all the original nickel on this thing! Awesome!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Original Paint!

I am in the process of transforming the '14 back from race configuration to original. Right after the cannonball I came across an original rear clutch/hub/brake assembly. These are extremely rare! I am going to use the (reproduction) wheels and tires I had on the bike for my twin racer project. I put all the original components I had back on the bike including front rim, pedals and gas tanks. Now, thanks to a good friend, I recently aquired an original rear rim. These are real tough as they are a 40 hole rim for 2 1/4" tires, and are hard to come by. I matched the paint on it to the rest of the bike and have ordered rear spokes from Bucannon's in CA. When they arrive I will lace up my original rear hub and get it dressed in it's original Firestone white racing tires! Stay tuned!