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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Shovel

Man, this thing is baaad! Lowdown: (Warning! Long boring story) The current incarnation is mostly accidental and the product of working with what I have (fucked up). I had no intention of totally cannibalizing the pan when I set out. It started two weeks ago today when after a long day of riding the pan around town and fiddling with the carb, I was unable to get ideal highway performance. After a compression test showing weak numbers (75 rear, 65 front)I was amazed the bike was even starting and running as well as it did. I decided to pull the heads and barrels the next day for a top end freshen up. Does that ever go simply and as planned? Not for me. Because of the splice job on the frame it was necessary to remove the motor to get at the top end. Well, I thought to myself, since the engine is out I might as well have the whole thing gone through. I knew I was on a slippery slope, but I pressed on. Hell, I kept thinking, I might as well slip the shovel motor and trans into this frame for the mean time. Dumb. If a stock pan was such a tight fit, why in hell would I think a stroker shovel would "slip" in? I guess the answer is that I didn't think. Classic Joey. The hard truth hits me later. Much later. Drunk on motor swapping adrenaline (and Lone Star beer), I figured it would be best to swap out entire drivetrains and set the pan in the wishbone frame that the shovel was in. Come time to put the shovel in and it wont fit in the frame no way, no how. Burn. On the bright side, the pan sure will look nice dressed in the shovels old clothes. Well, after much thought, the next day I set out looking for another frame for the shovel and put the old spliced pan frame on craigslist. Ended up trading it to my buddy Cody for an engine the chevy is in need of. Updates on that later. After some emails, texts, and calling around, I found the perfect frame just 65 miles away in Austin Texas. Turns out that Bacon now resides in Austin and was trying to get rid of the frame his knuckle was in. Gave him a ring, and the next day I went to pick it up. Sweet frame with a nice background. Pan frame with stretched downtubes and stock rake. Done right by some dudes in Wisconsin back in the 70's. After some cleaning up and some fresh black paint, the parts went together with (not much) ease. Looks great and I am in love with my shovel once more. Im working on the pan now and when it is done, it will also be a killer ride. I cant wait!! The shovel will be receiving the shiny treatment real soon and the tins are hurtin' for a squirtin'.








Wow, that was long winded. Congratulations if you read the whole damn thing and didnt just look at the pictures.

5 comments:

C.Earhart said...

So siked to see that motor up and running, again!!That frame was made for that East Texas Springer! Can't wait to ride it and see its new colors!!!

T1 said...

Very nice!!

Eternal Furniture & Design said...

so rad! that springer and frame look killer together.

Captain Silky said...

Looks damn good, maybe I'll get to see it in person this week.

BUZZARDSALINAS said...

TITS ON RITZ!!!