Thursday, November 29, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Our first parts hunt down under! Thanks to our great friends for letting us scour their parts stashes....it was epic! Don't worry, the FatDog doesn't bite off more than he can chew. We never took anything we didn't have a need for. But believe me there was a ton we had a want for! It would have been great to bring home all three versions of 8-valve cylinders that we got to hold. We spent a full day at Redfern Motorcycle Spares in Wolongong and were sent into a spiral by the awesome inventory they beheld. If you are ever in New South Wales, see Tony and load up on those WLA parts you have always dreamed of.
We also got to spend 4 days at the shop of Steve "The Genius" Raffils and dig through all the amazing work he is creating in New Zealand. Right now, he is on the downward swing of creating 6 perfect late 8 valves that will undoubtly race against each other sometime soon. Here I am holding a real keystone 1927 8-valve frame in my left hand and a real 1917"M" racing frame in my right. Heavy shit!
8-Valve and M-frames
Real 1915-1916 Exhaust port 8-valve cylinder
Real C-port 8-Valve Cylinder
Real NOS! 8-valve oval port cylinders
Raw C & Oval port 8-valve castings.
Steve's one car shed machine shop, with Brough Superior frames in progress
Diane and I in Steves storage Shed.
Redfern Museum Floor.
More at Redfern
Digging in the early stuff.
Nice early cylinder and valve pocket, (No I didn't take them home!)
Stacks of NOS Walla parts!
The front door of the old Pharmacy!
Awesome PurpleTurnip Eater!
Nice Original "Durty Nine!"