Hi, I'm Vernon and my son is Wesley.
It started with:
For the frame being the "canvas" of our creation, I cannot thank Denny enough for steering us towards this frame. In the end, its dimensions and stout construction will yield a high quality product. As you can see from the other parts we've bought so far, they are from the main players in the industry.
|TC Customs/Denny Garley
Award Winning Bike
1st Place & Best Of Show
Lonestar Biker Bash 2004
We ordered most of the parts for a rolling chassis:
And parts started coming in. Some needed a little work, more on that later.
A ton more work, but we wanted to get a sneek peak at the look and feel of the rolling
chassis. Awesome look.
Time for some fabrication!!
The Fun Begins.
Oil tank hole pattern did not match frame, hence extra hole for fitting.
Having the left side and right side being different, we
thought it was odd. After contacting Redneck Engineering, they said it was that way by
design but did not know why. Sure enough, after looking at Rick Fairless
Tattoo bike and Donny Smith Redneck Rocket, the oil tank is not symetrical.
Well, we welded a small triangular tab on the left side and grinded smooth. Now the sides are at least closer to symetry.
Notice only one fork installed. One of the forks
top was not threaded properly. Mean Street Products was great. They recognized and knew
of the problem. They immediately sent us a new top.
Tank brackets, fabricating backbone fin and rib for molding in the tank. Top of backbone still needs to be done. After "effing-up" 2-3 times on each piece, hours and hours of work, this is still just roughed in, lots of welding and cleanup left to do. ITS GREAT!!
After a little hiatis, we started cleaning the welds. Then decided it was way too early for that. We struggled with handle bar design, finally decided on Custom Cycle Conrols, Pro-Street. We ordered the drive train parts as well:
A ton more work, but we wanted to get a sneek peak at the look and feel of the rolling chassis. Awesome look.
Time for some fabrication!!
|It was fun, let us put a few more parts on....BUT....
I think we ordered parts to justify our lack of progress on the frame work. We finally "settled" on just welding straight sheetmetal between the frame and rear fender. WEAK!! Even that took forever, many tries, and our seat pan no longer fit right.
We did take care of a few items with the parts; spacers, initial rear wheel alignment and final placement of rear fender placement.
A few pictures of what we did.
Cutting off fender mount, point of no return.
A change in direction with Steve from Finishline Collision to the rescue. Steve owns Finishline collision, a paint and body shop. He built and painted his custom bike. After a few hours of working with Steve, he gave us the confidence that we can do just about anything we wanted to do.
We can do this....AND DID!!!
Thanks for using Fastening Concepts for your fastening and MRO needs, checking out my son's project, and any comments your may have.
Vernon and Wes Dede