The original quality, the age, the style, the patina over the years. 50 years from now nobody will want to hang any current signs in their garage, but then again will anyone want to hang onto anything that was made in 2011. These are from another era completely....Imagine how many shitty pick up lines were attempted under the bar signs....
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Its funny the shit you can buy off Craigslist. I got this gem from garbage man who found it out back of a bodyshop, and the price was right at only $40. I doubt it`ll ever see the light of day with its current paint job, but it will look rad hanging on the wall.
Posted by hi-testTrav at 5:33 PM
Saturday, December 10, 2011
I started making signs like this for my shop, I always liked the look of old lighted signs especially neon, but unfortunately the people who do know how to work with it aren`t exactly keen on sharing their knowledge. So this is what I came up with, hand made, custom painted and patina`d signs. I wanted to make something that looked like it had been found in the trunk of an old car, in a dusty junkyard in Arizona and someone had brought it back to working condition to be put on display. That was the design idea anyways. I think they`re rad. If anyone is interested in one of their own, feel free to shoot me an e-mail.
Posted by hi-testTrav at 5:57 PM
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Yea its not a chopper, but its loud and dangerous so I`m down. A video from the first start up and the backstory. Such a rad bike, it definately beats my 80cc version by a long shot.
Posted by hi-testTrav at 7:42 PM
I got the chance to go by Paul Brodie`s workshop today. To check out what hes working on and talk metal fab. Its pretty amazing to see the shop and talk to the man made it all happen. His latest build is #4 in a series of 10 Excelsior OHV Board track racers. It`s a perfect replica, but all he had to work from were 6 original photographs. He made everything from scratch including the engine, with hours of machining and making molds for casting. As of right now they are the only ones in the world, since the originals were destroyed with a sledge hammer after Bob Perry crashed and died in 1920 while racing at speeds of 95-100mph. Back in the days when men were men, no brakes just balls, and a kill switch made out of a hacksaw blade.
Posted by hi-testTrav at 4:44 PM
Monday, November 14, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Its been a dream for a long time. I`ve been buying The Horse forever, none of the other magazines really had any relevance to me at the time. I didn`t have any money for any type of motorcycle at that time let alone a fancy one, so to see a bunch of dudes building their own bikes from the ground up and being able to read a bit about it was pretty rad. I still have the `04 Indian Larry tribute issue hanging in my shop.
That tank is kind of a tribute in itself to the original few bikes and guys I saw that even got me obsessed with this stuff....That tank originally was a Indian Larry dished tank and the engraved centre section certainly wasn`t my idea. Johnny Chops "True Blue" had an engraved centre section just like it, done by Terrera. That thing was amazing. One day I`d love to learn the true art of chisel engraving. One day.
Thanks to all the guys at the Horse and the people who weren`t given props in the magazine. I did a big `ol spec sheet that wasn`t included, but no worries I`ll just do it now. Big thanks to Braeden for the use of his camera and some of the pics, as well as Kirb for the wiring help. It was pretty cool that the issues arrival at the local 7/11 was a day before my birthday this year, I guess it worked out, being that we get everything super late up here in Canada.
Posted by hi-testTrav at 9:47 PM
Monday, October 3, 2011
This is what you get when you take a broken pipe liner file, an old hammer with a broken handle, a small chunk of brass and a few hours time. Old files make perfect knives, if they can turn steel into dust they can definately cut some shit. I annealed the hardened blade for 2 hours and then sharpened it. Its unbelievable how well it holds an edge, even after a weekend of splitting fire wood.
Posted by hi-testTrav at 9:38 PM