in and around Oakland there's many old
homes with many old garages. i look down every
driveway and look into every open garage dreaming
of finding the )OAKLAND GARAGE FIND( in all reality
i know it will probably never happen. but the new
blue knuckle is just this in my eyes... what i am
always dreaming of finding.
it started with a blue raked out
panhead frame i bought from an old
biker in the oakland hills... he had
it laying on it's side under an upside
down bathtub. it was a few months ago...
i kept staring a the frame, wishing it
wasn't so raked.
So 15 days ago i de-raked it. brought the
neck back and that's when i saw it...
It had to be done. i had 15 days till
the dave man show and 12 days till my
friends from japan came. long days well into
Simple Blue Persuasion
the rakers left me a tip
the tank.. was too chubby
so i took out inside the tape
and shortened the sides
heated and tacked the round bar
waiting to be filled with bronze and
my ol keeping me and it
grounded. molding took a day.
it's a lot of work.
molded and primed tank
and i had to cut that
little stem out and replace with
a 1" stem. this is about day6.
took some time.
had to blend the old
paint with the new.... failed
at one idea so i had to rethink my
shit.... acetylene-ing did the trick
this is when i realized i might be able
too fool a few (oops) peolple.
had to tear apart my two up
tank shift knuckle.... needed all
it's parts.... another one of the reasons
this all went down is cause that knuckle frame
is way bent.
... no shit... i think i shed
one small man tear right here.
the motor looked like it belonged
in the new roller. this is when everything
else in life stopped.
almost there. 12:30 am day 12
appropriately finished on day 13. wich was 11 days
of working on it... cause i got therapy one day
and slept one day.
i would like to thank each
and everyone that responded to
the post below.... "karma, deserving,
congrats, good home"... fuck. thankyou.
you guys are amazing.... and the whole
time it kept me going, thinking in my head
"can i really pull this off?"
i wish i did find it.
gotta keep the dreams alive... even when you
gotta make em come true on your own.