Wednesday, October 27, 2010

New Hauler

Went and picked this up Monday. 99 E250. The back door doesnt open from the outside and there are a few holes around the rear wheel well but nothing major. Not nearly as cool as the Death Science Doom Wagon but I couldnt turn down a free vehicle.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

FOTS Beauty Pageant

Madam of the House

Only 1 week left to get a photo in. The Beauty Pageant photo contest ends November 2nd to allow time to get a Halloween costume in the mix. Honestly, as of right now it wont take much to win this thing and get your special lady a free helmet. No offense to the few that sent something in already, but I'm sure you know what I mean. 
We are upping the ante to give this thing a shot in the ass. We will include something for the man behind the woman as well. $50 worth of fine goods from the shop. A hoody, maybe some macho leather gloves, a couple of tees. Up to you fella. Click here for details... FOTS Beauty Pageant

Monday, October 25, 2010


I would've loved to have been a fly on the wall at this photo shoot. "listen sweetheart we are going to try something a little different but it'll look great in your portfolio" "Uh ok I guess"
God Damn Ridiculous

Sunday, October 24, 2010

My boy Sheldon

Got this lathe last winter from my good bud Mike Goni's shop. It's a bitchin old Sheldon from around the mid 40's. I've been slowly getting everything working perfectly over the year. Fuck man, you think a bike motor is complicated? Jebus - this beast has more gears, shafts, bearings, pins, shims, set screws, cotters, keyways, grease fittings, thrust washers, clutches, springs & every other goddamn mechancial thing you could think of. All in the name of making round metal things. When I got it, the quickchange gearbox was missing most of its parts so all the autofeed stuff was non-functional. I didnt think it was a big deal until I started making some more complex & larger parts with it. It was also missing some teeth from the bull gear.

I spent a long time trying to find some parts for it but unfortunately the old Sheldon's are one of the more rare American machines. South Bend & Atlas parts are everywhere; not the case with a Sheldon. I ended up finding a Yahoo group dedicated to the Sheldon Lathes & Mills & got some really great info from those guys. I got a service and parts manual, along with a users manual. I also found a guy who was willing to repair my bull gear. Amazingly enough, I also found a guy who had a complete quick change gearbox from a '57. He sold it to me for a great price & it bolted right up. You can see the different color of the gearbox in the pics. I'm not really sweating the asthetics as I really dig the old reliable workhorse look. Old machines with chipped and peeling paint that are covered in grease are pretty in their own way. As for the bull gear, I sent it out and the guy actually 're-ringed' it. Where they shave all the existing teeth off the gear and press on a new ring. It came back good as new.

Now changing out the gearbox was not too crazy of a job but goddamn, getting that bull gear off and back on was a chore. Had to pull the spindle out of the headstock which involved a lot of 2 x 4s, a B.F.H. and a lot of sweating and swearing. While the headstock was all apart, I pulled all the end gears off, cleaned & rebuilt them all, along with the remaining parts of the headstock. Once that was all done, I rebuilt the apron. Man, I thought the headstock was tricky - the apron was pretty intense in comparison. The autofeed knob has a clutch not unlike a motorcycle with all the plates and springs.

Once all the work was done and I got to run the machine, it was surely worth it. Its really rewarding to get your mind around something new, dig in elbows deep & come out with something insanely useful, not to mention a machine that can easily pay for itself by making some parts for folks. I'm looking forward to getting a mill attachment for it so I can also machine some flats when needed. Super stoked on the beast. I use it almost every time I go in my shop so it has surely been a worthy investment of time & effort.

Friday, October 22, 2010


Got caught on top of a steam vent yesterday going up a ladder. My arm didn't touch the pipe this was just from the steam coming out of it. Hurt like hell but didn't look like anything at first. This is what it looked like by the time I got home yesterday........

And this is what it looked like when I got home today!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Ride for Lightning

What can I say about this past weekend other than thanks. To Tim and Matt for their generosity and hospitality. To Jason and Brian for keeping their heads straight and not eating shit when they got flats. To Vander and Benji for being rad stand up cats. To Wes for taking pictures cause I didnt take a one. To Jay and Josh for being a fucking riot. To Clarke and Q for being Clarke and Q. And everyone else who made this the most memorable fun bike trip I have ever been on. Last but not least thanks to Judy who understood why this run was so important to me and held down the fort while I was gone. Thanks again to ALL of you.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Inner View- ASK TIM

It takes energy to make shit happen. Tim Lind Esquire is one of the most laid back guys I know and yet is heavily involved with more than most people could handle. He has a stack of solid runs to his credit, almost always finds travel time to show up with a bit of southern sarcasm and jars of moonshine to a bunch of the shows, he has a tattoo shop, a print shop, the Death Science lab, a family that puts up with it all, and still finds time to make all sorts of shit, work on his machines and grow a massive beard. That all takes drive and commitment and that's just what I can think of. He wasn't always fueling his indulgences. There is much more than lies on the surface. Ask and ye shall receive.

I was shooting the shit on the phone with Fingers the other day. We all know by now that the man has some amazing stories and has been through some heavy times to say the least. Good, bad and the blur in between. We were talking about meeting up for the Ride for Lightning and he was telling me that the Revenge Run was one of the best times he can remember. That's fucking saying something. Find a life long war torn vet of the road and come up with something to put on the top of his massive pile of memories. I'm looking forward to getting away and being a part of Tim's current path on the road.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

More from Bills Bike Barn

120 inch shovel. John Harman used to make and sell these kits. Bill bought 3 and has this one and one in his shop left. Bill was telling us how to make a 154 inch stroker out of these kits using big block pistons and hemi valves. Cool Shit.

Friday, October 8, 2010


Heading to Baltimore for the Cut Rate party this weekend. The date is 10/10/10 from 10:00 til 10:00

That spells a like a ton of quality by my count. Add a gang of friends, beer, bikes, and girls, multiply it by a bunch of 10's, carry the fun and you're left with a whole lotta good time. Last time in Bomo after the Lowside jam we ended up about 12 deep in a shady skin joint getting eyeballed from just about everyone. Full on stink eye from the local bottom feeders and the look of drunk prom night love from the strung out talent.

Last time I saw Death Sciences newest experiment OK Kyle he gave me this helmet because it was too big for anyone else. I happily accepted. Then I had to remove the foam and reline it with a bandanna to make even more room.

It is a burden sometimes lugging around such huge dome but I gotta have a place to store all of the good memories and big ideas.

Sunday, October 3, 2010


the bike took its first ride, but probably nowhere near the last, in the back of the new pickem up truck. got it a couple weeks ago and its already pulling its weight around here.

it was take your busted shit to work day. all thanks to the mean streets of new york.

got to make some new bars. something with some grips on it. what to do...