Thursday, November 30, 2017

Going through my Rolla deck

Going through my Rolla deck one fine afternoon, I came across a phone number for Stubbs. You may remember him from of our old issue, he had an attic full of Harleys and a ton of parts to go along with them, so much so that it wasn’t all at his house; he also had an airport hangar full of parts. We purchased it and Josh and I (and some friends) loaded up two trucks and trailers and headed for Wauseon Ohio one of the biggest AMCA swap meet. I always wonder what Stubbs did with all those Harleys he was hiding. Just to name a few, he had a 1983 FXDG Willie G disk glide, a 1981 Sturgis, and a 1977 FXS, all where in mint shape. So me being me I called him up to say Hi. It wasn’t too long before I was heading over to have coffee and a chat about the bikes. Once I got over to Stubbs, he confessed he was thinking about selling his bikes, but Stubbs wanted to sell them all at once. He didn’t want people stopping by and kicking the tires, he wanted someone who would appreciate the history of the bikes, and take them all at once. So I offered up my services, Stubbs was more than happy to sell them to us. Josh loves the history behind bikes and I love buying old shovelheads!! Now making the deal was the easy part, getting all the bike out of his attic and from the basement was another story. Stubbs had added a room about his garage many years ago; he wanted to put the bikes in the room for safe keeping. So he cut the floor joist out but framed around them so that the joist still ran along with the other, The end result was that it looked as if nothing was there, but while he was in the above room he could hit a switch and the section of ceiling would descend downward to the garage, making a perfect plank to put bikes on and rise them up stairs. It was a cool elevator system and Stubbs came up with it; all on his own. The bikes in his basement presented another problem. There were only two ways in, one small little door in the garage and a sliding door which faced the lake. There had been a lot of rain this year and the water was almost at the door. We had to cut plywood and lay out a run way as to no sink in the flooded back yard. It took some time but Josh and I got them all pushed and lowered into the garage. The bikes looked better in garage lite than they had in that attic or basement. I was very happy with the FXS, the silver tanks were in perfect shape, along with silver rocker boxes and nose cone. It even had the stock two into one on it, in perfect shape. This bike looked as if wStubbs just bought it home from the Harley dealer back in 1977. The other bikes were just as nice, and it was cool buying a real Willy G disk glide, 1 of only 810 ever made. But this FXS really caught my eye. I got lucky this year at Wauseon, an opportunity came to me and I jumped at it. I know a lot of people in my town; I’ve been here my whole life. Tom was an old Hot Rodder and bike collector from way back. He had been going to AMCA swap meets longer than me. He and he friends always set up at Wauseon but the last few years they didn’t bring anything to sell. Tom wanted to get out of it but didn’t want to lose his spots in case he wanted to go down again. I was happy to buy the spots from him and they ended up not being far from where I normally set up at. The only problem I had was I didn’t have enough parts to spit the booths. I had enough for one. I have ran my shop for year and only used a small 12ft trailer to do everything, all the swap meets and picking up bikes. We’ve always used this trailer, 12ft is pretty good and we can squeeze two bikes in it but it very tight. Tom had another deal for me, he not only wanted to sell the spots but also the 28ft car trailer he used to full the spots. The trailer is a all-aluminum Featherlite trailer that tom had fully customized for camping / hauling in. This thing has it all, two drop down bunk beds, a couch that folds down from the wall, the whole trailer had lights and shelves the folded down from the walls. It has an awning the comes off the front so you can sit out and sell your stuff, it has A/C for those hot nights of camping and even a shower that you can set up in the trailer. It has everything a man could want while at a swap meet or rally. Tom gave me such a good deal on the trailer I couldn’t say no. So I had a grand idea, I would bring 5 motorcycles down in this trailer and Josh could bring all the parts down in the little trailer. I had “BOOMERS CYCLE SALES” at the swap meet, and it went huge I sold the Sturgis before it even came off the trailer and a FLHS the next day. Josh did very well too; we cleared out a ton of old parts that we had been dragging around for a while. All in all it everything worked out for the best and Wauseon was good to us again like always.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Good bye Summer, Hello Winter.

4 score and a few months ago.... just kidding but for real what a busy summer, it just seem to fly by. From weekends driving around in my van up north to going to the smoke out in North Carolina. I didn't get to ride as mush as I wanted to but hey sometimes it goes that way.We spent the summer working and we sold more bikes this year than we have in years past. It was fun play with each and everyone, weather I was cleaning them or fixing them, I always got a test ride out of the deal. well the days are getting shorter and soon I will only be pushing snow. but that always gives way to a great summer.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Enjoy the ride

Sometimes the ride is better than the parts you find. Jamming down the road in an old van, the summer wind flying in with the windows down; it’s a beautiful thing. Seth from Disorder Studio, got a hold of me, he said he had some parts for sale. You know me I love hunting for parts and bikes. I never seem to take a day off and that is because I really do love what I do. I also love the ride, seeing new placing, meeting new people (It’s amazing feeling when people email from across the world and I can talk to them hi Rusty!!). As much as I live to be on 2 wheels I still love riding in my van with Josh making jokes and seeing the landscape. Seth’s shop was about two hours from me, I grab Josh and we hit the road! (Yes we were in the old van). His house was down a long dirt road, I should mention I never met Seth before this so I didn’t really know what to expect. As we drove up the drive, there sat a cool black van, and an old barn. Seth and his buddy Jim met us out front we talked for a while about bikes and what not; Seth led us into his shop which was filled with motorcycle and old Harley poster and pictures everywhere. Man it was cool. Seth loved to fabricate, he was working one a few bikes, building custom parts for them and one bad ass frame. We talked for a while more about projects he had going on. As we talked I lost track of time, as always I had something going on back home, Josh and I picked though the parts Seth had laid out, unfortunately most of the stuff was metric bike stuff that I don’t normally buy. Most of the time I would take the good with the bad but I just didn’t feel like making Josh lift all of that stuff into the van. We bought a bunch of parts and by the time we were done pricing out all the parts we wanted, we would have just been better off to of bought the whole lot instead of piecing it out one by one. As this may have been a bad business decision I didn’t mind it so much we got some good parts to sell and Seth gave us a nice deal on the stuff, best of all it was a nice drive down a back road and I got to meet some cool dudes! It always worth a drive out to see what a guys got, maybe it’s the old trucker in me but I love hitting the wide open road, especially when there is a motorcycle at the end of it. Hey guys I know this was a little short, we haven’t bought some cool old machines in a while, so I got on the phone and called my buddy Stubbs. You may remember him I bought all his parts out of his house and an airport hangar. It took us two trips and most of the day to get everything, by the time it was all done we had so many parts, I didn’t even want to bother to unload them I took two vans and two trailers to Wauseon to sell. Now here’s the kicker did you catch the part where I said he had an attic, that’s right, an attic with 8 vintage and rare Shovelhead and EVO model bikes. Now did I get your attention? Stay tune for next month issue so I can tell you how this tall tale unravels……