Wednesday, December 30, 2009

38 Timez Magazine Japan

Oryu just sent me a copy of the 38 Timez magazine witht the pics he shot.wish I could read the article.can anyone translate?
Thanks alot Oryu!We'll see you next time you come out.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Hot VWs cover shot

My Buddy Damon just stopped by and dropped off a copy of the new Hot VW hasn't hit the stands yet.turns out Damon and I are on the cover.awesome spread on his car inside.go check it out!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009


me,Johnny C,Greg B,Trevelen,the other Rene-the ugly one!

Monday, December 7, 2009

A Date Which Will Live in Infamy


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Hot VWs Magazine shoot

On Saturday,my Buddy Damon's 57' oval was being shot for a feature in Hot VWs Mag.he asked if they could do the shoot at my pad.I said hell yeah!it's always cool getting together with was also an excuse to take a break from working on my house!our homeboy mike,also known as "GUH GUH",showed up with some hot carnitas,tortillas,guacamole,salsa and a cooler full of was a kick ass morning and afternoon!!
I also had the pleasure of meeting R.K. slipped my mind when Damon told me during the week that R.K. would be shooting the car,that he used to work for Street Chopper back in the day.he got there early,before Damon,to scope out the scenery.when he saw all the motorcycles,he mentioned it.then,I remembered just reading his article in the new issue of Street Chopper.we started talking motorcycles and he was telling me some good stories about the early days with Tom Mcmullen and AEE,flying in Tom's jet and other crazy stuff.I enjoyed our conversation very much.
My Buddy Ben Salazar also brought down his baby blue 67' sedan.Ben's car has also previously been featured in Hot VWs.the green 67' belongs to Art Gutierrez.with Art being a few years older than us when we were growing up,this car was the one that most used to set the bar.When I first got into,and started working on cars,it was all about the mid to late eighties,I lived and breathed em'. at that time,I had one of the fastest street bugs around town.although I'm sure that would be up for debate.when I get a scanner,I'll post some pics of the good old days.
Damon ,Ben and Art are members of Der Kleiner Panzers car club.for those that don't know.that's the premier VW club that's known worldwide for keeping the whole Cal look be in that club,your car's gotta be the shit!and if you see any of these three up close,it would be hard not to be impressed
our homeboy "Pep" rolled up in his super clean Damon wanted to get a pic of every bodies rides I pulled my nomad out too.the funniest part of the day,besides all the shit talking,was when I went to put my car away,I did a kick ass burnout in front of my pad and my wife came out to see which one of my friends was making all the noise.and it was me!!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

the shop truck

just came across this old photo from life magazine and noticed that this old scooter hauler has the same hubcaps that I have on my truck.this photo was taken from the life magazine their biker pics.they kick ass.

Sunday, October 25, 2009


just got an email from Maurice,aka,"The Flyin' Dutchman".he sent me some pics of the spread in Big Twin mag.Maurice is in Afghanistan,shooting pics of the action over safe Maurice.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Shovels new Home

with my home addition in full swing,I haven't had a lotta time to anything interesting enough to post.but,let me tell you.I've been working my ass off!

Well,my 78' shovel has literally found a new home up in the Great White North.I just got an email from it's new owner,Rick,from Canada.he say's he love's the bike.I bet if he could get up the stairs,he probably be sleeping next to it!I'm glad you like it ,Rick!
so,now that I need a scooter to ride.I came across this little I said above,I don't have alot of free time to play with MY toy's.So,I'm gonna try and keep as many of the parts that came with it,on it.nothing fancy,just a runner.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Monday, July 27, 2009

Long Beach swap find

I was at the Long Beach motorcycle swap this sunday,and I managed to pick this out of a pile of parts.I'm pretty sure it's the real deal.the signature looks right on.I believe it says Encino under the signature.if I'm not mistaken,he was working out of there in the mid 50's,early 60's good sources say it's the real deal..."VON DUTCH"
before I gently cleaned it.

after.the colors are still very can see light checking in the lacquer.

looks like I have to build a bagger now!!

Sunday, July 12, 2009


I've mentioned before that this fleetline has raised the bar,as far as fleetlines go.this is my compadre,Rob House' 50 CHEVY.this car started out as a long beach swapmeet was painted baby blue,had no motor or trans,and had all stock suspension.but it was a nice starting point.
one of the cool things about this car, is that the transformation was over a period of time,and was driven as it was being worked on.alot of people really liked the car when it had primer spots and no looked crazy.but you could aleady tell by the quality and style of the work that had already been done up to that point.that it was gonna be something special.
I knew that this car would turn out nice.but it turned out even nicer than I had imagined.all I can say is I'm proud to have lent a helping hand with this car.
It's funny the way people become friends and a part of your life.Rob and I first met in 89'.we were both into VW's back then.Rob pulled up to me at a stoplight in San Gabriel.when the light turned green,it was on.we've been homeboys ever since.if you ever run into him,ask him who won the race!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

38 TIMEZ pt.3

this 61 Panhead belongs to my buddy, Ernesto"Big Ern"Torres.if you knew Ern,you would know that it's no surprise this bike is so auto shop,our teacher Mr. Kim,nicknamed him "car wash".because he was always cleaning his car instead of working on it.HA HA. Ern,Walt and I have been friends since kindergarten.
notice the Kilo started out as a pretty complete and original basket case Mexican police bike.he's had this bike going on 19 years now..Ern, Walter and I first started working on this thing in Walt Sr's garage.Ern's one of the smart ones that has held on to his first is Walt Jr.
throughout the years, this bike has gone thru alot of changes.getting better as the funds permitted.the first incarnation was in a swingarm frame that I rattle canned gloss black.full fenders,a 21" font wheel, and apes.this last paint job was done by Walt's little brother, Antone.
the frame was hardtailed by Walkers, and powdercoated.
this bike has never been in any magazines or entered in any big shows.but it could easily be RIDDEN into any show,grab a trophy and be RIDDEN out!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

38 TIMEZ part 2

here's a few more shots from the day.
this is Walt Sr's 39 ford pickup.he's had this truck for almost twenty years.
this truck is indicative of the kinda style that Walt Sr. has.clean and simple.and it has to be slammed!this truck was built to be a driver,and it has been it's entire life.Walt drives it daily to his Hot Rod/Classic car repair shop in Pico Rivera.

I'm sure you've seen plenty of cars with fishtail exhaust tips before.on other cars, it always seems corny,because I know that Walt did it almost twenty years ago.and the fact that he had his first Harley,a 47' Knucklehead,when he was 17,legitimizes it.
I was just a kid when I saw Walt making this roll pan out of an old water heater tank.after all these years and miles,not a single crack on any of the welds.that always stuck in my head throughout the years, that you didn't need a english wheel and all that other shit to end up with a bitchin' final product.just craftsmanship.use what you got!
with Walt Jr. and I being best friends for the past 30 years.Walt has always been a big influence in my life, with the cars and bikes,as well as being a great family Man.thanks Walt!

on another note.Walt Sr. has photo albums with coolest bike and car photos from the 60' and 70's.I'll work on him to try and post some up on the way,that tattoo on Walt's right calf was done by Jack Rudy,when Good Time Charlies was in ELA,on Whittier Blvd!

Friday, July 3, 2009

38 TIMEZ magazine shoot

Oryu from 38 TIMEZ magazine,from japan,stopped by yesterday to shoot some pics I had some friends over as well.

this is my homeboy Walt's 49 sedan.chopped by him in his garage.he just finished putting the body back on the chassis.everything underneath is real sano!it has a 235 straight six with a hot cam,dual carbs and headers ,with a four speed trans and hydraulic even has a/c.there's alot of little details that appear to you the longer you look at it.and of course there's Walt's signature machine gray paint on the block.(he's been painting all his engines this same color for the past twenty something years)OCD?
from this angle you can see how nice the top the past few years,there have been alot of chopped cars coming out.but only few manage to nail it like this one.mustang 2 front end and four link in the rear with bags all the way around let's it lay.this car work's so well because there's no gimmicks.just style!

I have a few more pics to post later.