Sunday, January 24, 2010
On my last trip out to California I ran into some friends from Milwaukee at an art show. My friend Casey is actually a designer at Harley Davidson and helped design the vary bike that Harley sent me out there to test ride. Anyway... he was with his friend Corey and we were all bullshitting about this and that. Then Corey says "I have a Panshovel I am looking to get rid of." I was like... "yeah... That would be killer but I can even begin to touch something like that right now." I told him I would let a few people know about it.
It turns out Harley Davidson treated me really well and this Panshovel wasn't so far out of reach. Corey didn't speak very highly of his panshovel. He warned me that the framed was hacked up a bit and the motor would most likely need a top end job because it would barely run. He wasn't asking a whole lot of money for it so I had him send me some pictures.
GOT DAMN..... it looked like the perfect base to build off of. My wet dream would be to have a Genni shovel but the are hard to come by so I figured I'd put a slab side cam cover on it to make it look like one.... but it was ready there.... bonus!
I finally got my dollars together and headed up to Milwaukee this weekend to see it in person. Bacon and I drove up to West Bend where it was sitting. Bacon told me not to worry if it needed to be rebuilt.... because he could have it rebuilt in a few days. That sick bastard can build these motors in his sleep... the kid has the sickness too. Anyway I traded some cash for a tittle and loaded it up.
As we got back to the shop Warren had just finished up unloading his Knucklehead purchase. We squeezed it past his pile of knucklehead parts and took a look at it. The distributor seemed fucked up so Warren tossed us one from his pile. It would started but popped, spit and farked like a mother fucker. So we checked the spark... turns out it was just a fowled out spark plug. BAM! With in thirty minutes we had her running like a top! I even took her for a quick ride down the street.
The plan is to quickly change some things around on this bike to make it look decent and finish The Locust while I ride this..... Then when the Locust is done this will get blasted apart and done up right. Nothing crazy.... just an all business machine.