Well if you have been following my stories at all in the last two months, you know that we’ve been wrapping this build up. In October we will be heading over to Germany as just one of three builders from across the nation sent to represent America at the AMD world championships of custom bike building. The show is put on every other year, and there are around 100 builders from all over the world that will show up to compete.
This entire bike was hand made here at Union Speed from raw materials with the exception of the engine, trans, and a couple components on the front end. I took some inspiration from some early Harley Davidson design cues and tried to make my take on a 40’s era concept bike with a high end feel to it. If you didn’t see any of the stories, I will try to post some photos of the bare metal bits over the course of the next couple days. I would like to take a moment to say thank you to my friends and family (especially @oohhello ) for supporting the goal of completing this bike amongst the asinine amount of work we have been trying to get done all at the same time. I can tell you that renovating a new shop, remodeling a house, trying to complete a custom bike, AND stay on top of customer work during the day has posed some challenges and without everyone’s support I would be lost. But that’s the American dream isn’t it? Work your fingers to the bone and you will be rewarded for it? I’m happy to say I live in a country where I have the freedom to wake up every morning and do what I love for a living. It’s not easy and it’s an incredible amount of work to keep it going, but I have the freedom to do it and that’s American as fuck.
@relic_kustoms Handled the paint and lettering on the Gas tank, fender, and oil tank.
@invisiblecouch took care of painting the frame, fork and other misc. black bits.
@matthewolsen Responsible for the engine and trans build.
Just finished up this handmade gas tank for my brothers bike that we’re finishing up and bringing out to the @thegoldenbolt_us show at the beginning of July and then also the AMD show in Germany in October. I have another piece I need to make for the center still in order to finish it out. If you caught any of this progress work on my stories then you saw the process of this all going together. The last picture shows the test piece after making the dies to create the ribs down the center. The tabs transition into the ribs and go inside the gas tank so it’s completely seamless from the outside. I chose to use silicon bronze over my welds at the tabs so that I didn’t have to sand into the parent weld at all in order to smooth it out. If you have any questions let me know, I’m happy to answer them.
Bummed we’re going to miss Born Free this weekend as it’s back to the fifties here in MN and that’s our big show for the year, have fun everybody!
Here’s a series of photos of our new building from the early days when it was still operating as Ed Killmer’s Ford dealership. It’s really cool to have these photo’s for historical documentation, I think we will probably blow these up and have them in the showroom. If anyone has any old ford dealership signs like the ones in the photos, we’d be interested in acquiring them. Can anybody positively identify the brand of gas pumps out front? You can see some writing on the globes, but I can’t make out what it says as it’s pretty blurry. Pretty cool to see the Watkins products snow machine, also check out the factory dealer endurance car! I can’t get over how perfect this property is for our business, we searched for the last 7 years for a good fit and this was well worth the wait. 📷: Photos courtesy of the Killmer estate.
Somebody needs to buy this so we can go crazy on the build out. Half assed thrown together mock-up with some crusty parts on one of our chassis just to get a feel for the look of it. I’d like to build a full custom grill and hood, among other things. Also needs a chop of course. Pretty open to discussion, let’s make a deal!
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Here’s a Sedan Delivery we’ve been working on. Today was nice so we were able to take it out for a short test drive.
We took care of a bunch of drivability issues. Minor engine tune up, replaced the entire front end and lowered it a tad, cleaned out the gas tank, and replaced the wiring. We also added disc brakes and replaced all of the brake and fuel lines with Stainless steel.