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 bright.you 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 buy.it 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 hood.it 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 clean.in 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 speedo.it 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 Harley.as 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 here.by 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 clutch.it 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 flows.in 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.