Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Springer top clamp spec

I recycled this post from one of my first posts because I have received this question again. What top clamp fits which brand springers? The common repop inline clamp will fit paughco, v-twin, dna and original hd springers, they have the same spacing and hole dia. Note this dose not include narrow springers and inline is not the same as offset. And I also recently learned that oem I-beams are a bit different.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Project 45 pinstriped upside down

Huge thanks to "PeeWee" who did these sweet thin lines free hand in a brass/gold color. I like the idea that only the most interested lookers will spot it or the photographer who lays on the ground.. These will be the people who get to see the details.
 Of course I had to have him throw a surpise on pop's corvair truck.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Gabe's build: Springer Bars by AHC

A few months back I was walking through Paughco's shop with Gabe and we saw this top clamp used for building springer bars. I was not aware of what it would take to fit it to an i-beam VL springer. This is how Gabe (After Hours Choppers) made it work and he even added an upward angle:
  1. He reamed .050" out to fit the bigger tubes.
  2. The tree still wouldn't sit all the way flush, so he bored the bottom 1/2" to sit over the larger section of the tubes.
Rise/angle change:
  • Cutting the ends to alter the angle, used some heat to keep the metal from ripping. Here's about 20 extra upward degrees.
In his words: "I'll order up some stainless tubing for the bars, cut a small piece to fill the gap and weld it up once mockup is complete. I'm digging on it. I might use a die with a bigger radius to give the bar a smoother bend and not leave bend marks."

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Rick Pilaczynski

I felt like posting some pictures of my own father also a husband, grandfather and one funny guy. "Pops" has been building bikes since his teens. My best friend who has taught me much of life and bikes.