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Failure is the catalyst for growth.  I probably made 20 sample pieces of this dash before I finally had everything right how I wanted it.  Partly due to changes in design along the way, fine tuning dies, and a couple of pieces that just ended up having irreversible fuck-ups (it pays to listen to your gut and not do certain tasks while exhausted). I wanted this dash to be PERFECT before it went out for plating.  Getting a piece ready to go into chrome (or in this case nickel) can be difficult because there can’t be any flaws or it becomes magnified x100.  One of the hardest disciplines to learn in the metalworking craft is to be ok with throwing something away and starting over.  Whether your initial design sucked or you just aren’t happy with the quality of your work yet, it’s ok to start over a few times.  We all do it.  It’s the best way to learn what works for you and what doesn’t so that you can apply those skills to the next piece. 
#amdworldchampionship #unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #knucklehead #harleydavidson #coachbuilt #coachbuilding #metalworking #fabrication #metalshaping #nickelplated #chopcult #chopper #bobber #trog
Failure is the catalyst for growth. I probably made 20 sample pieces of this dash before I finally had everything right how I wanted it. Partly due to changes in design along the way, fine tuning dies, and a couple of pieces that just ended up having irreversible fuck-ups (it pays to listen to your gut and not do certain tasks while exhausted). I wanted this dash to be PERFECT before it went out for plating. Getting a piece ready to go into chrome (or in this case nickel) can be difficult because there can’t be any flaws or it becomes magnified x100. One of the hardest disciplines to learn in the metalworking craft is to be ok with throwing something away and starting over. Whether your initial design sucked or you just aren’t happy with the quality of your work yet, it’s ok to start over a few times. We all do it. It’s the best way to learn what works for you and what doesn’t so that you can apply those skills to the next piece. #amdworldchampionship  #unionspeed  #unionspeedandstyle  #knucklehead  #harleydavidson  #coachbuilt  #coachbuilding  #metalworking  #fabrication  #metalshaping  #nickelplated  #chopcult  #chopper  #bobber  #trog 
The only component on the bike that was a factory component (outside of the engine and transmission) was this VL fork that we narrowed.  @oohhello got involved with the build and drew up a set of fork components for the rear legs just like originals except about 1” narrower than stock.  Then I had my good buddy @pearsoncustoms machine the pieces out.  After he was all done I welded the components together and textured them up to look like factory forgings and welded the rear fork legs back together.  The front fork legs were narrowed and then textured back out as well. 
#amdworldchampionship #unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #chopcult #bobber #chopper #harleydavidson #knucklehead #fabrication #vlfork
The only component on the bike that was a factory component (outside of the engine and transmission) was this VL fork that we narrowed. @oohhello got involved with the build and drew up a set of fork components for the rear legs just like originals except about 1” narrower than stock. Then I had my good buddy @pearsoncustoms machine the pieces out. After he was all done I welded the components together and textured them up to look like factory forgings and welded the rear fork legs back together. The front fork legs were narrowed and then textured back out as well. #amdworldchampionship  #unionspeed  #unionspeedandstyle  #chopcult  #bobber  #chopper  #harleydavidson  #knucklehead  #fabrication  #vlfork 
Here’s to you and the Union S⚡️S Team! Best of luck in Germany.  May you and @oohhello enjoy the journey!
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#Repost @pineapple_jay
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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. 
#unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #america #harleydavidson #AMD2018Buildoffs #amdworldchampionship #knucklehead
Here’s to you and the Union S⚡️S Team! Best of luck in Germany. May you and @oohhello enjoy the journey! . #Repost  @pineapple_jay ・・・ 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. #unionspeed  #unionspeedandstyle  #america  #harleydavidson  #AMD2018Buildoffs  #amdworldchampionship  #knucklehead 
Just like the fender, the oil tank was completely hand made as well.  Here’s a little bit of that process. 
#amdworldchampionship #unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #knucklehead #harleydavidson #fabrication #coachbuilt #coachbuilding #metalshaping #metalwork #oiltank
Today we look at the fender, which most people at first glance will probably think that it is factory fender we used.  Which was sort of the point.  The fender is completely hand made from regular cold rolled steel sheet. (Check out the pictures for the process) But if you know old harley tin, you will see a mashup of styling from JD era side skirts (hence the bead) and a simplistic knucklehead style edge flange.  I kept the fender more of a bob job because I still wanted it to fit like it should for a custom bike, short and tight.  The fender struts I wanted to look like a pressed or formed piece of flat stock, imagine a hyper stylized version that likely wouldn’t have made it past the design room back in the day due to production cost. (That’s how I like to think of them anyway) They too were hammered out of flat sheet steel.  I also included a picture of the fender mounts because they won’t really be seen and I think they look cool because they tie into the oil tank top panel design. 
#amdworldchampionship #unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #metalshaping #pullmax #harleydavidson #knucklehead #chopcult #customfender #chopper #bobber #handmade
Today we look at the fender, which most people at first glance will probably think that it is factory fender we used. Which was sort of the point. The fender is completely hand made from regular cold rolled steel sheet. (Check out the pictures for the process) But if you know old harley tin, you will see a mashup of styling from JD era side skirts (hence the bead) and a simplistic knucklehead style edge flange. I kept the fender more of a bob job because I still wanted it to fit like it should for a custom bike, short and tight. The fender struts I wanted to look like a pressed or formed piece of flat stock, imagine a hyper stylized version that likely wouldn’t have made it past the design room back in the day due to production cost. (That’s how I like to think of them anyway) They too were hammered out of flat sheet steel. I also included a picture of the fender mounts because they won’t really be seen and I think they look cool because they tie into the oil tank top panel design. #amdworldchampionship  #unionspeed  #unionspeedandstyle  #metalshaping  #pullmax  #harleydavidson  #knucklehead  #chopcult  #customfender  #chopper  #bobber  #handmade 
Well at the end of this week we finally get to leave for Germany to compete in the #amdworldchampionship of custom bike building.  I felt it important to show the progression of the build-up for the bike that we sent over.  Over the course of the next couple days I will be posting some of that process from over the course of the last couple years.  I originally started building this bike for Born Free 7 to display in a bare metal state and showed it like that for a couple years until the timing was right to finish it completely.  At any rate, we started by making a one off frame that was inspired somewhat by the Joe Petrali knucklehead landspeed bike.  We made all of the “forgings” to look similar to what would be found in that era of motorcycle manufacturing and put our spin on a new one off design.  More to come tomorrow. 
#unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #knucklehead #harleydavidson #bornfreeshow #chopcult #chopper #bobber
Well at the end of this week we finally get to leave for Germany to compete in the #amdworldchampionship  of custom bike building. I felt it important to show the progression of the build-up for the bike that we sent over. Over the course of the next couple days I will be posting some of that process from over the course of the last couple years. I originally started building this bike for Born Free 7 to display in a bare metal state and showed it like that for a couple years until the timing was right to finish it completely. At any rate, we started by making a one off frame that was inspired somewhat by the Joe Petrali knucklehead landspeed bike. We made all of the “forgings” to look similar to what would be found in that era of motorcycle manufacturing and put our spin on a new one off design. More to come tomorrow. #unionspeed  #unionspeedandstyle  #knucklehead  #harleydavidson  #bornfreeshow  #chopcult  #chopper  #bobber 
@pineapple_jay 
Couple more seats we knocked out recently for @popeofwelding  latest builds. 
#unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #leatherwork  #motorcycleseat #motorcycleseatupholstery #upholstery
Couple more seats we knocked out recently for @popeofwelding @westcoastchoppers latest builds. 
#unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #westcoastchoppers #leatherwork #chopper #dyna #motorcycleseat #dynaseat #motorcycleseatupholstery #upholstery
This Knucklehead. #Repost @pineapple_jay
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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. 
#unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #america #harleydavidson #AMD2018Buildoffs #amdworldchampionship #knucklehead #fabrication #coachbuilding #coachbuilt #pullmax #powerhammer #planishinghammer #englishwheel #baldeagle #mn #minnesota #minneapolis
This Knucklehead. #Repost  @pineapple_jay ・・・ 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. #unionspeed  #unionspeedandstyle  #america  #harleydavidson  #AMD2018Buildoffs  #amdworldchampionship  #knucklehead  #fabrication  #coachbuilding  #coachbuilt  #pullmax  #powerhammer  #planishinghammer  #englishwheel  #baldeagle  #mn  #minnesota  #minneapolis 
All of the Blood, Sweat & Tears have finally been sealed into Jordan and Jesse’s AMD World Championship contending, two wheeled, hand fabricated kustom creation! Stoked to have been able to help with the color work and hand painted detailings on this one!! Best of luck in Germany!
@pineapple_jay 
#relickustoms #kustom #handpainted #pinstriping #lettering #artwork #harleydavidson #unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #minnesota
We made it out to @thehouseofmachines_la and I have to say their venue is awesome!  Come out for the @thegoldenbolt_us show this weekend and check out the amazing bikes that showed up. 
#unionspeedandstyle #unionspeed #THoM
We made it out to @thehouseofmachines_la and I have to say their venue is awesome! Come out for the @thegoldenbolt_us show this weekend and check out the amazing bikes that showed up. #unionspeedandstyle  #unionspeed  #THoM 
We’re set up at back to the fifties all weekend at the corner of Lee and underwood.  Stop by and say hello, check out our new products and buy some stuff! 
#unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #backtothefifties #minnesota
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!

#unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #fabrication #bornfreeshow #Bornfree10 #goldeboltus #metalshaping #chopcult #knucklehead #harleydavidson #showclass #showclassmag #chopper #bobber #coachbuilding #amdchampionship #gastank #bornfreex #bf10invitedbuilder
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! #unionspeed  #unionspeedandstyle  #fabrication  #bornfreeshow  #Bornfree10  #goldeboltus  #metalshaping  #chopcult  #knucklehead  #harleydavidson  #showclass  #showclassmag  #chopper  #bobber  #coachbuilding  #amdchampionship  #gastank  #bornfreex  #bf10invitedbuilder 
Knocked this one out for @matthewolsen #Bornfree10 bike.  I can’t believe it’s the 10th one this year. 
#unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #bornfreeshow #bornfreex #bornfreeinvitedbuilder #leatherwork #motorcycleseat #upholstery
So we ran down to Omaha Sunday night in order to meet up with John over @arsalvage on Monday AM to grab some doors we need for the new shop buildout.  Much of the items we need are hard to find and era specific, they had such a huge variety to choose from and I’m sure we didn’t even see it all.  We ended up coming home with a whole trailer load full of things we need and we have to make another trip back!  It was well worth our time to take a day out of our crazy schedule right now.  Excellent pricing and even better customer service!  Thanks again to the whole crew! 
#arsalvage #unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #speedshoprenovation #buildingsalvage #garagejournal #hamb #thehamb
So we ran down to Omaha Sunday night in order to meet up with John over @arsalvage on Monday AM to grab some doors we need for the new shop buildout. Much of the items we need are hard to find and era specific, they had such a huge variety to choose from and I’m sure we didn’t even see it all. We ended up coming home with a whole trailer load full of things we need and we have to make another trip back! It was well worth our time to take a day out of our crazy schedule right now. Excellent pricing and even better customer service! Thanks again to the whole crew! #arsalvage  #unionspeed  #unionspeedandstyle  #speedshoprenovation  #buildingsalvage  #garagejournal  #hamb  #thehamb 
Haven’t been posting much so here’s one I finished up last night for @westcoastchoppers @popeofwelding latest build they’re working on.  This is probably my favorite style of seat to do, it’s a classic look and if cared for properly will last a lifetime. 
#unionspeed #westcoastchoppers #westcoastchoppersdominator #unionspeedandstyle #leatherwork #motorcycleseat #jessejames #chopper #chopcult #soloseat #saddlework
Nothing better than seeing customers enjoy their cars.  @datsun280zhotrod Took the Datsun out to #streetheat for the burnout competition. 
#smokeshow #datsun280z #superchargeddatsun #supercharged #unionspeed
Just picked up one of our spool hubs from getting nickel plated, damn is that sexy.  This is going on a top secret project we’re trying to get finished up for this years @bornfreeshow I always thought these sort of looked like tie fighters from Star Wars.  Strange coincidence that it is may the fourth today. 
#unionspeed #spoolhub #chopper #chopcult #maythefourth #unionspeedandstyle #darthvader #bfx #bornfreeshow
We can never seem to leave well enough alone.  We did an extremely simple little modification of this @bungking oil fill cap for @f1shoptruck cafe racer build just to add a little more detail to better fit his bike.  I’ve used bung king’s stuff many many times in the past and the quality of their products as well as the price has always been great. 
#unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #caferacer #fabrication #oilfillercap
We can never seem to leave well enough alone. We did an extremely simple little modification of this @bungking oil fill cap for @f1shoptruck cafe racer build just to add a little more detail to better fit his bike. I’ve used bung king’s stuff many many times in the past and the quality of their products as well as the price has always been great. #unionspeed  #unionspeedandstyle  #caferacer  #fabrication  #oilfillercap 
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. 
#unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #hamb #thehamb #hopup #hopuplive #garagejournal #forddealership #fordhistory #hotrodshop #hotrod #osseo #osseomn #minnesota  #heavyequipment
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. #unionspeed  #unionspeedandstyle  #hamb  #thehamb  #hopup  #hopuplive  #garagejournal  #forddealership  #fordhistory  #hotrodshop  #hotrod  #osseo  #osseomn  #minnesota  #heavyequipment 
I’ve been waiting to post about this for almost a year now.  Since we finally closed on our old building this afternoon, I can spill the beans.  For the last 6 years we have been searching for our new location, something that would suit our needs but also allow us to expand and grow beyond our current business platform.  A little over a year ago I stumbled upon this building in Osseo (MN) and knew immediately it was going to be our new place of operation.  So we started the lengthy process of trying to acquire it and get approval from the city of Osseo to operate.  Special thanks to @ed_tillrock_pencilspecialist for these amazing renderings as we feel like that is what made the city look past who they were talking to, and instead visualize what the towns future might look like.  What you see in the pictures is what we own.  The main building that we will be operating out of started life as a Ford dealership/repair shop in the early 1900’s.  The two story building attached started life as the towns hardware store and has some really cool history inside.  We are looking for tenants for both the 2 story and the smaller side building as well.  As drawn they show an ice cream shop and a brewery/distillery.  That is completely up to the tenants that come forward to rent the space, although I will say the city planning commission is excited about the idea of a distillery/brewery so you probably wouldn’t have much of a battle to get approval.  Spread the word if you know anyone looking for a new space.  We will continue to operate out of our Monticello location for about the next 6-12 months until we have finished the renovation of our showroom/workspace.  The city of Osseo has been great to work with and we’re very excited to be a part of their community moving forward. 
#unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #hopup #hopuplive #hamb #thehamb #theskunk #majorremodel #garagemahal #garagejournal
I’ve been waiting to post about this for almost a year now. Since we finally closed on our old building this afternoon, I can spill the beans. For the last 6 years we have been searching for our new location, something that would suit our needs but also allow us to expand and grow beyond our current business platform. A little over a year ago I stumbled upon this building in Osseo (MN) and knew immediately it was going to be our new place of operation. So we started the lengthy process of trying to acquire it and get approval from the city of Osseo to operate. Special thanks to @ed_tillrock_pencilspecialist for these amazing renderings as we feel like that is what made the city look past who they were talking to, and instead visualize what the towns future might look like. What you see in the pictures is what we own. The main building that we will be operating out of started life as a Ford dealership/repair shop in the early 1900’s. The two story building attached started life as the towns hardware store and has some really cool history inside. We are looking for tenants for both the 2 story and the smaller side building as well. As drawn they show an ice cream shop and a brewery/distillery. That is completely up to the tenants that come forward to rent the space, although I will say the city planning commission is excited about the idea of a distillery/brewery so you probably wouldn’t have much of a battle to get approval. Spread the word if you know anyone looking for a new space. We will continue to operate out of our Monticello location for about the next 6-12 months until we have finished the renovation of our showroom/workspace. The city of Osseo has been great to work with and we’re very excited to be a part of their community moving forward. #unionspeed  #unionspeedandstyle  #hopup  #hopuplive  #hamb  #thehamb  #theskunk  #majorremodel  #garagemahal  #garagejournal 
I had an amazing time at lonestar roundup, I can’t believe it has taken so long for us to finally make it down to set up at the show.  We made a lot of new friends and were able to catch up with some old ones. 
I have to say that yesterday morning was the highlight of the trip for me though.  I love continuing to learn new things and expand my mind in hopes of pushing to new levels.  Never stop learning and picking up tricks from your friends to make yourself better!  I can’t thank Jesse enough for taking the time to talk shop with us yesterday morning.  My mind is reeling with ideas and I absolutely CANNOT wait for our @pettingellmachineco power hammer to show up.  Time to get back to work! 📷: @popeofwelding 
#unionspeed #westcoastchoppers #unionspeedandstyle #yoder #powerhammer #metalwork
I had an amazing time at lonestar roundup, I can’t believe it has taken so long for us to finally make it down to set up at the show. We made a lot of new friends and were able to catch up with some old ones. I have to say that yesterday morning was the highlight of the trip for me though. I love continuing to learn new things and expand my mind in hopes of pushing to new levels. Never stop learning and picking up tricks from your friends to make yourself better! I can’t thank Jesse enough for taking the time to talk shop with us yesterday morning. My mind is reeling with ideas and I absolutely CANNOT wait for our @pettingellmachineco power hammer to show up. Time to get back to work! 📷: @popeofwelding #unionspeed  #westcoastchoppers  #unionspeedandstyle  #yoder  #powerhammer  #metalwork 
We’re on our way to #lonestarroundup with one of our chassis in tow.  Stop by the booth this weekend and check it out, now is the time to have us get one started for your project!  We have plenty of our parts with us as well ready to go home with you.  Save yourself some money, and buy this weekend.

#unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #hopup #hopuplive #hamb #thehamb #modela #hotrodchassis #chassisfab #metalwork #32ford #duece #hiboychassis #flathead
It’s Friday, I’ve been staring at my bike sitting in the corner all winter and I’m officially ready for spring.  Flashback to when we were finishing her up, can’t wait to go for a ride soon. 
#fbf #flashbackfriday #unionspeedandstyle #unionspeed #frostbuzzard #chopcult #chopper #panhead #harleydavidson #metalwork
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! 
Shop line: 1.800.692.4520

#unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #hamb #thehamb #hotrod #32ford #5window #hopup #hopuplive #deuce
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! Shop line: 1.800.692.4520 #unionspeed  #unionspeedandstyle  #hamb  #thehamb  #hotrod  #32ford  #5window  #hopup  #hopuplive  #deuce 
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. 
#unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #sedandelivery #40ford #hamb #thehamb #hopuplive #hopup #hotrod
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. #unionspeed  #unionspeedandstyle  #sedandelivery  #40ford  #hamb  #thehamb  #hopuplive  #hopup  #hotrod 
We will be in Milwaukee for @mamatriedshow this weekend. If you see this ugly mug walking around, come say hi!  Feel free to come chat with me about any project ideas you want us to work on.  I’m not setting up a booth as I would like to just enjoy the show as a spectator this year and hang out with everyone.  See you all Friday! 📷: @kurpius 
#mamatriedshow #mamatriedshow2018 #unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle
We will be in Milwaukee for @mamatriedshow this weekend. If you see this ugly mug walking around, come say hi! Feel free to come chat with me about any project ideas you want us to work on. I’m not setting up a booth as I would like to just enjoy the show as a spectator this year and hang out with everyone. See you all Friday! 📷: @kurpius #mamatriedshow  #mamatriedshow2018  #unionspeed  #unionspeedandstyle 
I have got your Saturday plans for you!! Epic estate sale happening @trueblue78 and @pineapple_jay new space in Osseo this Saturday! One day only from 10-6. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 340 Central Ave 
Osseo, MN ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Tons of vintage articles of clothing, antique glassware and pottery, collectibles ranging from old train and tractor models to things you’ll see and say “oh my god I had that when I was a kid” or “Jesus, I remember seeing that in my grandmas house”. 🚂 👗

I’m telling you the stuff there IS that good!! 💯the space is huge and full of goodies besides the pics attached! 
Come show some love for these two- they’re local small business owners, they’re handsome, they’re charming, they’re knowledgeable about everything collectible and they will throw in one of their adorable smiles with each purchase. I’m telling you that alone is worth the trip and the purchase. 
So make the trip, bring the kids, bring the crabby spouse, bring the bestie- every purchase helps towards a much bigger goal of revamping this space in historic Osseo, MN. I’m so proud of them both. 
Xo-
I have got your Saturday plans for you!! Epic estate sale happening @trueblue78 and @pineapple_jay new space in Osseo this Saturday! One day only from 10-6. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 340 Central Ave Osseo, MN ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Tons of vintage articles of clothing, antique glassware and pottery, collectibles ranging from old train and tractor models to things you’ll see and say “oh my god I had that when I was a kid” or “Jesus, I remember seeing that in my grandmas house”. 🚂 👗 I’m telling you the stuff there IS that good!! 💯the space is huge and full of goodies besides the pics attached! Come show some love for these two- they’re local small business owners, they’re handsome, they’re charming, they’re knowledgeable about everything collectible and they will throw in one of their adorable smiles with each purchase. I’m telling you that alone is worth the trip and the purchase. So make the trip, bring the kids, bring the crabby spouse, bring the bestie- every purchase helps towards a much bigger goal of revamping this space in historic Osseo, MN. I’m so proud of them both. Xo-
😊 We made this seat for @popeofwelding daily rider police bike.  Started with a mustang police pan and replaced the plastic back support piece with a metal extension  so the seat would look a lot smoother after wrapping it.  Custom foamwork for both the main seat and p-pad and then hand formed and hand stitched the leather.  I had a lot of fun with this one, can’t wait to see it on the bike. @pineapple_jay
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#unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #leatherwork #popeofwelding #handstitched
😊 We made this seat for @popeofwelding daily rider police bike. Started with a mustang police pan and replaced the plastic back support piece with a metal extension so the seat would look a lot smoother after wrapping it. Custom foamwork for both the main seat and p-pad and then hand formed and hand stitched the leather. I had a lot of fun with this one, can’t wait to see it on the bike. @pineapple_jay . #unionspeed  #unionspeedandstyle  #leatherwork  #popeofwelding  #handstitched 
We made this seat for @popeofwelding daily rider police bike.  Started with a mustang police pan and replaced the plastic back support piece with a metal extension  so the seat would look a lot smoother after wrapping it.  Custom foamwork for both the main seat and p-pad and then hand formed and hand stitched the leather.  I had a lot of fun with this one, can’t wait to see it on the bike. 
#unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #leatherwork #westcoastchoppers #handstitched #motorcycleseat #harleydavidson #chopper #bobber #policebike
We made this seat for @popeofwelding daily rider police bike. Started with a mustang police pan and replaced the plastic back support piece with a metal extension so the seat would look a lot smoother after wrapping it. Custom foamwork for both the main seat and p-pad and then hand formed and hand stitched the leather. I had a lot of fun with this one, can’t wait to see it on the bike. #unionspeed  #unionspeedandstyle  #leatherwork  #westcoastchoppers  #handstitched  #motorcycleseat  #harleydavidson  #chopper  #bobber  #policebike 
I whipped up some mounts yesterday for a saddlebag that we made for a customer.  He wanted it to be mounted to his stock knucklehead frame without using the typical straps around the tubing.  I sewed in some metal strapping inside of the bag so it won’t tear out. 
#unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle
I whipped up some mounts yesterday for a saddlebag that we made for a customer. He wanted it to be mounted to his stock knucklehead frame without using the typical straps around the tubing. I sewed in some metal strapping inside of the bag so it won’t tear out. #unionspeed  #unionspeedandstyle 
Constantly tweaking and refining components as we go trying to deliver the best possible product for our customers.  Just received another batch of parts from the laser cutter so I can get a few more steps done this afternoon on one of our hot rod frames.  This is the brake and clutch pedal mounting rod and support brace.  These will be on the website soon.

#unionspeed #unionspeedframe #unionspeedandstyle #hamb #thehamb #chassisfab #framework #fabrication
Constantly tweaking and refining components as we go trying to deliver the best possible product for our customers. Just received another batch of parts from the laser cutter so I can get a few more steps done this afternoon on one of our hot rod frames. This is the brake and clutch pedal mounting rod and support brace. These will be on the website soon. #unionspeed  #unionspeedframe  #unionspeedandstyle  #hamb  #thehamb  #chassisfab  #framework  #fabrication 
#Wednesdayfabtip for you.  Grinding aluminum clogs up sandpaper and roloc discs, but if you get a toilet bowl ring and load up your grinding pad with wax beforehand it will keep the pad from clogging up with aluminum and speed up the process considerably.  I prefer using toilet bowl rings because it has the right consistency to stay on the sanding pad and is easy to clean from the aluminum afterwards if you have to do any welding. 
Maybe you knew, maybe not.  Hopefully someone will find this useful. 
#unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #aluminumfabrication #fabrication #grinding
#Wednesdayfabtip  for you. Grinding aluminum clogs up sandpaper and roloc discs, but if you get a toilet bowl ring and load up your grinding pad with wax beforehand it will keep the pad from clogging up with aluminum and speed up the process considerably. I prefer using toilet bowl rings because it has the right consistency to stay on the sanding pad and is easy to clean from the aluminum afterwards if you have to do any welding. Maybe you knew, maybe not. Hopefully someone will find this useful. #unionspeed  #unionspeedandstyle  #aluminumfabrication  #fabrication  #grinding 
Brake master and clutch master cylinder mount for your hot rod frame project now up on the website!  Made from .25" mild steel.  9.25” wide 5.625” tall on the clutch side and tapers down to 5.375” on the brake master side.  Don’t forget to enter BLACK at checkout to receive a discount. 
DOES NOT INCLUDE BRAKE OR CLUTCH MASTER CYLINDERS

#unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #hamb #thehamb #hotrod #chassisfab #chassis #deuceframe
Brake master and clutch master cylinder mount for your hot rod frame project now up on the website! Made from .25" mild steel. 9.25” wide 5.625” tall on the clutch side and tapers down to 5.375” on the brake master side. Don’t forget to enter BLACK at checkout to receive a discount. DOES NOT INCLUDE BRAKE OR CLUTCH MASTER CYLINDERS #unionspeed  #unionspeedandstyle  #hamb  #thehamb  #hotrod  #chassisfab  #chassis  #deuceframe 
Starting to plan what shows we’re going to setup at in 2018, wouldn’t mind trying some new ones.  Which show is your favorite of the year? Why?

#unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #minnesota
15% OFF All weekend on our website!  Just enter BLACK at the checkout.  This Discount is good for all parts including any hot rod bodies we have listed on the site!  Sale ends Tuesday.

#unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #hamb #thehamb #hotrod #chopcult #choppers #harleydavidson #deucecoupe #deuceframe #chassisfab
15% OFF All weekend on our website!  Just enter BLACK at the checkout.  This Discount is good for all parts including any hot rod bodies we have listed on the site!  Sale ends Tuesday.
Link to the website is in my profile.

#unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #hamb #thehamb #hotrod #chopcult #choppers #harleydavidson #knucklehead #fabrication #upholstery #minnesota
10% Off through this weekend!  Our X-Members finally went up on the website and are available now.  Just enter INTRO at checkout and save yourself some dough!  These are normally $375 a set.  Laser cut from 11ga USA steel and then formed and dimpled at Union Speed and Style.  Link to the website in my bio. 
#hamb #thehamb #unionspeedandstyle #unionspeed #chassisfab #sema #fabrication #traditionalhotrod #deuceframe #deuce #32ford #chassis #framework
FOR SALE: $5500.  Last chance.  Brand new crate fresh 120r with good working 6 speed transmission.  Call Jordan 763.229.2019

#choperswapper #chopperpartsforyou @chopperswapper @chopperpartsforyou @fxr_n_dyna_parts_trader #unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #softail #harleydavidson #120r
When you set your standards high you have to work with the best. Jordan absolutely nailed this seat for me and saved my ass!!! Thank you my friend @pineapple_jay 
#Repost @pineapple_jay (@get_repost)
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Knocked out this seat for @faith_forgotten using a combo of soft black leather with a saddle leather for the border.  For years this has been one of my favorite combo's to do on a seat, but I only get to do it every so often when it's appropriate for the bike.  Thanks Will! 
#motorcycleseat #leatherwork #unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #chopper #chopcult #soloseat #upholstery #chopperseat
When you set your standards high you have to work with the best. Jordan absolutely nailed this seat for me and saved my ass!!! Thank you my friend @pineapple_jay #Repost  @pineapple_jay (@get_repost) ・・・ Knocked out this seat for @faith_forgotten using a combo of soft black leather with a saddle leather for the border. For years this has been one of my favorite combo's to do on a seat, but I only get to do it every so often when it's appropriate for the bike. Thanks Will! #motorcycleseat  #leatherwork  #unionspeed  #unionspeedandstyle  #chopper  #chopcult  #soloseat  #upholstery  #chopperseat 
Knocked out this seat for @faith_forgotten using a combo of soft black leather with a saddle leather for the border.  For years this has been one of my favorite combo's to do on a seat, but I only get to do it every so often when it's appropriate for the bike.  Thanks Will! 
#motorcycleseat #leatherwork #unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #chopper #chopcult #soloseat #upholstery #chopperseat
A little production work as I count down my last few days at #unionspeedandstyle.
#unionspeed #metalwork #chassis
A good press break sure makes some stuff easier. #unionspeed #metalwork #chassisfab
@pineapple_jay heading home on a Thursday like...
#unionspeed #datsun #blowndatsunthursday #280z #supercharged
As fast as this car is, it still can't outrun the last bits of autumn sunlight. 📷: @mnhotrodmonk 
#unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #roadgremlins #hotrod #superchargedsbc #superchargeddatsun #datsun280z #madmax #stupidbrakes #racecar #makestupidfaces #mn #minnesota #monticello
Tuning up new parts. Nice looking, forged pieces. And the price is great! But they do need a little work. #unionspeed #socalspeedshop #earlyford #chassis
Finally the rear end parts from Canada showed up and @datsun280zhotrod is on the ground and we were able to drive it around the parking lot.  Just waiting on front rims now and a 4 wheel alignment and we will be able to take some really sweet burnout videos to maintain maximum street credibility.

#unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #datsun280z #superchargedsbc #hotrod #rotsun #madmax #wastelandweekend #madmaxcar
REALLY anxious to get this sucker driving. #unionspeed #deadline #280z #fillthosewheelwells
What's coming out-right, vs. what's going in. #performanceupgrades #unionspeed #280z
Matt is wrapping up the scoop for our Mad Max style 280z. It took some time and we will probably change out the filters for something darker but it's nearly there! #unionspeed #280z  #datsun #supercharged #welding
Matt is wrapping up the scoop for our Mad Max style 280z. It took some time and we will probably change out the filters for something darker but it's nearly there! #unionspeed  #280z  #datsun  #supercharged  #welding 
Steering box mounts and shenanigans! The top mounting bung goes all the way through. @pineapple_jay #unionspeed #frameworks #chassis #welding #earlyford #flathead
Custom air scoop in progress for the mad max 280z.  @datsun280zhotrod wanted this to look as close to the original mad max scoop as we could get.  Being as the mad max scoop is in no way functional on a street car (no air filtration), we made the next best thing.  This one still has just enough room for the air cleaners to sit inside.  Matt still has a little bit of tweaking work left and then it's ready to be fully welded. 
#unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #madmax #madmaxcar #wastelandweekend #280z #metalwork #metalshaping #aluminum #fabrication #pullmax #hamb #thehamb #superchargedsbc
Custom air scoop in progress for the mad max 280z. @datsun280zhotrod wanted this to look as close to the original mad max scoop as we could get. Being as the mad max scoop is in no way functional on a street car (no air filtration), we made the next best thing. This one still has just enough room for the air cleaners to sit inside. Matt still has a little bit of tweaking work left and then it's ready to be fully welded. #unionspeed  #unionspeedandstyle  #madmax  #madmaxcar  #wastelandweekend  #280z  #metalwork  #metalshaping  #aluminum  #fabrication  #pullmax  #hamb  #thehamb  #superchargedsbc 
Another one of our Hi boy chassis in the works this week.  Call us if you need a new frame or components for your build!  We make a handful of different versions to fit early fords. 
#hamb #thehamb #unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle  #chassisfab #modelA #32ford #earlyford #deuceframe #flathead #metalfabrication
Just received the dual magneto's that will be going on a flathead for an upcoming '32 3 window project we'll be working on.  If that doesn't get you excited, I don't think we can be friends. 
#unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #hamb #thehamb #flathead #hotrod #magneto #shitcouldbeworse
We're boxed! Now let's get some cross members in this sucker. #unionspeed #deuceframe #earlyford #flathead #chassis #welding
@Regrann from @pineapple_jay -  For sale:
First four pictures are for a Harley 4 speed trans case.  I believe a '49, date code k9. Needs some work. $225 plus shipping. 
Last group of pictures is for a shovelhead style 4 speed case.  Needs some minor repairs. $125 plus shipping. 
#unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #chopperswapper #chopperpartsforyou #chopcult @chopperswapper @chopperpartsforyoucpfu - #regrann
@Regrann from @pineapple_jay - For sale: First four pictures are for a Harley 4 speed trans case. I believe a '49, date code k9. Needs some work. $225 plus shipping. Last group of pictures is for a shovelhead style 4 speed case. Needs some minor repairs. $125 plus shipping. #unionspeed  #unionspeedandstyle  #chopperswapper  #chopperpartsforyou  #chopcult  @chopperswapper @chopperpartsforyoucpfu - #regrann 
For sale:
Panhead wishbone style frame front leg replacement tubes.  We made an extra set of these and ended up not needing them.  They match factory bends exactly. $150 takes them, shipping on your dime. 
#unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #framerepair #panhead #wishboneframe @chopperswapper #chopperswapper #harleydavidson
And another. Prep and tacking is done. All measurements have been checked again and again and again.... and again. I'll jig up the plates and start boxing. #unionspeed #deuceframe #chassisfab #modelasedan #earlyford #flathead
What did you work on today?  I started fixing some garbage on a knucklehead frame this morning.  Lower tubes needed to be cutout and will need to be remade.  The front motor mount is jacked up so we'll be fixing that as well.  And then @bburl002 dropped off a rotary table for our mill!  It feels good to finally have one here! 
#unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #motorcycleframerepair #knucklehead #harleydavidson #framerepair #chopcult
FOR SALE: 
Brand new twin cam 120R crate engine that hasn't even been started and a used good condition 6 Speed transmission. $6K Trades considered. 
Call 763.229.2019 if interested.  I have the MSO for it as well.

#chopperswapper @chopperswapper #chopcult #unionspeed #chopperpartsforyou @chopperpartsforyou #harleydavidson #sturgis2017 #sturgis #twincam #softail
Superchargers make me happy. 
Test fire of David's Datsun went well yesterday.  Now we wait for more parts to arrive so we can drive it. 
#superchargedsbc #unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #superchargeddatsun #hotrod #280z #madmaxcars #rotsun #1320video
Here's a little cafe racer seat from earlier this week that we foamed and upholstered. 
#unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #upholstery #caferacer #caferacersofinstagram #caferacerseat #croig #motorcycleseat #recycledleather #diamondstitch
I can't handle dairy, but I still like cheese curds. 
Finished up this bates seat and P-Pad combo for @vanillacycles this morning.  Nothing like some hair on hide leather for a Midwest chopper!

#unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #leatherwork #motorcycleseat #upholstery #chopperseat #haironhide  #fuelcleveland #cowasaki #chopcult
One more from Kip.  Interior shot of @brokesixty roadster, we did the leatherwork on this car as well. 
#unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #hotrod #hamb #thehamb #modela #flathead #bttf #upholstery #leatherwork #jons29 #nothingelaborate #unionspeed29
Trunk detail shot from Kip Christianson of @brokesixty roadster at Back to the fifties.

#unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #hotrod #hamb #thehamb #modela #flathead #bttf #jons29 #nothingelaborate #unionspeed29
One of our customers Kip Christianson grabbed some good shots of our booth from back to the fifties a few weeks ago.  Thanks Kip!

#unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #hotrod #hamb #thehamb #modela #flathead #bttf #jons29 #nothingelaborate #unionspeed29
Saddle leather style seat I finished up for @tattoo24v on Friday.  Felt good to be back in the shop after a few days of riding. 
#leatherwork #motorcycleseat #unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #harleydavidson #sportster #sportstermafia #upholstery
A few more of my favorites from the #trog exhibit @hdmuseum on Monday.  Which one would you drive?! #hamb #thehamb #unionspeedandstyle #unionspeed #harleydavidson #rideeveryday #XGames @xgames @harleydavidson #hotrod #knucklehead
The last time I saw this car, @trueblue78 and I were picking it up from a field in northern Minnesota to trailer it down to Texas for @oldcrowspeedshop 
It really wasn't even much of a car at that time, more of a haggard pile of sheet metal and some rolling devices.  It was really cool to see it again Monday night while I was at the @hdmuseum running through the TROG exhibit.  Bobby made one cool little hot rod out of it, I hope to see it race one day! 
#harleydavidson #hdmuseum #hotrod #hamb #thehamb #XGames #rideeveryday @harleydavidson #trog #unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle
The last time I saw this car, @trueblue78 and I were picking it up from a field in northern Minnesota to trailer it down to Texas for @oldcrowspeedshop It really wasn't even much of a car at that time, more of a haggard pile of sheet metal and some rolling devices. It was really cool to see it again Monday night while I was at the @hdmuseum running through the TROG exhibit. Bobby made one cool little hot rod out of it, I hope to see it race one day! #harleydavidson  #hdmuseum  #hotrod  #hamb  #thehamb  #XGames  #rideeveryday  @harleydavidson #trog  #unionspeed  #unionspeedandstyle 
Makin' shit fit what don't want to fit. #unionspeed #280z #fiberglassisgross
Cheese Cellar! 🧀 📷: @kurpius 
@harleydavidson @thejessicombs @heathpinter @paigevanzantufc @adam_sandoval_rides @barrynobles95 @ben_ferguson @greglutzka @ianbeaudoux 
#rideeveryday #harleydavidson #unionspeed #unionspeedandstyle #xgames2017