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Von Dutch Monday XIII

Ok, how cool is this? A roller skate powered by a nitro- burning 2 stroke engine. Just your average '50's girl's steel wheeled sidewalk roller skate powered by a .23 ci. engine, that turned 13,000 RPM according to the letter Dutch sent Hot Rod magazine that showed up in their Nov. '55 issue. You'll notice that in the specs Dutch painted on the skate, it says 1,300 RPM. Dutch said the ignition was via glow plug, and the engine had a counterbalanced, double ended crankshaft mounted in ball bearings. The rear wheels mounted directly to the crankshaft ends. Holy cow.

This thing actually worked. Somewhere I have a photo of Von Dutch tearing down the street on the skates, with a teather string for a throttle. I can't find it right now, but when I do, I'll post it up for you to see.

Some people have said that both the pair of skates were powered, but Dutch only powered one of them. That was how you "stopped" yourself - when you had scared yourself silly on them, you raised the powered skate off the ground to "stop" yourself. Sidewalk cracks must have been a bitch!

Here's a drawing of a 2 stroke pogo stick that Dutch sent along with another photo of his roller skate to Hot Rod magazine, that they published in their Nov. '55 issue. Dutch said in part, in the acompaning letter, that the pogo stick ".....is under construction now (pilot model), to be available in one, two, and three story hop models".

Now, I've never seen a photo of the finished pogo stick, and I've always read that Von Dutch never actually built one, but.......

I have a friend that I trust when he tells me something, and he told me that Dutch actually had this pogo stick almost finished, then he traded it off. Now, my friend says that a person he knew very well had possession of the pogo stick at one time, and he also saw the pogo stick himself. He said that person who had it was none other than Slave Lewie Roseberry. Take it for what it's worth....

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More on 4th gear seal drivers - George's Garage Tool

So I need to put the seal between 4th gear and mainshaft again. Last time, an internet friend lent me his. I figure by the time you need a special tool a second time, you need to own it. I really didn't quite have tooling and stock to make building one worth it.  So I decided to buy a similarly listed tool from George's Garage. I have always heard good things about George's tool and it was about $30 less than the JIMS and still made in the USA.

The funny thing about the George's tool is that its not the same as the JIMS tool. It has a smaller inner diameter. I thought maybe I had gotten one that had been misboxed or something. So I called George's number and left a message. I got a call back pretty quickly and talked to George himself. He is very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. I told him about the situation. I knew it "wasn't for 4 speeds", but I thought it would work. He told me that his was different than JIMS for a specific reason. JIMS was designed to drive the seal over the seal protector sleeve while still on the mainshaft. George had heard reports of the seal protector sleeve getting jammed in the driver, so he build his differently. Use the seal protector sleeve to get the seal mostly in place and remove the sleeve before using the driver.

All that to say, George's Garage is great place for tools, but you really need to know what tool you need.

So I could send it back for refund, pay shipping again, spend the extra money to buy a JIMS tool and wait another week on it, or get the George's tool to work.

I can make it work with some help from a friend. Here's the tool and a spare mainshaft for fit checking.


See too small.


About 0.085 inch and it needs to be 1.035 inch.


Lummie's all-in-one machine should be able to punch this out no problem


Square the tool to the head.


I need to go about two inches deep, but instead of a travel gauge we just pencil marked 2 one inch marks on the boring bar.


The bottom relief of this boring tool wasn't made for this tight of hole, so we had to turn this far to clear correctly. Ideally cutting would be just a tick under horizontal center line. Not by the book, but it should work for taking 0.005 inch passes in aluminum.


Cut, measure, cut, pass again. Once the calipers say you're there, double check with the spare shaft. Good to go.


Not OSHA approved, but some emery cloth and wooden dowel will clean up the cuts.


Hopefully the tool gets the seal installed and it stays put this time.

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Mama Tried 2015 - Part 5 - Trouble

Trouble was the headlining band at the Mama Tried pre-party at the Harley-Davidson Museum.  I'll be honest, I was really excited to see Mount Salem but I had no idea who Trouble was.  Well, shame on me.  It's embarrassing really.  If you don't know Trouble, learn a little bit about the band's history here, and then go start buying their albums (I just started with their self-titled album and will probably pick up Psalm 9 next).  They are one of the earliest doom metal bands dating all the way back to 1979.  They rocked and it was a great way to get an education.

Check out bassist Bobby Good Times in a Heavy t-shirt.

Here's a bunch of photos from their set:

I took some video when they decided to pay tribute to Black Sabbath and cover their song "Supernaut".  Some guy decided to stage dive into the crowd and took out an innocent bystander very close to me. I'm not sure if that was the plan or if he thought the crowd would catch him. The crowd wasn't packed very tightly and just let him fall.  Amazingly, he managed to hold onto his beer and seemed unhurt.  I'm not sure the same can be said for the person that he destroyed.


After the official pre-party was over, the party continued for many of us at the Rah Mah Dah where Ruth was slinging Coors Light and overpriced mixed drinks from behind the bar.

Lots of photos from the bike show will be posted next but they're taking a while to edit since I took so many.  Hold tight.

AMF'R Belt Buckles

Limited supply available in the Freakin Shop...


Hand made by Banged Up Bob himself.

Limited Edition Harley Shirts With Dice Issue 60.



We teamed up with HD and had them remake us 50 of these limited edition T shirts. Blanks like this don't exist so they had them hand sewn and then printed. And all done in Milwaukee. It's an old Willie G design and one of our personal favourites. They came out great. They are going to be available with issue 60 as a collectors pack to be released at 9am California time on Monday morning March the 9th from HERE

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Mama Tried 2015 - Part 4 - Pre-Party

The Mama Tried pre-party was mostly about the music but there were a few bikes on display too such as this Sposrtster.

The red, white, and blue back-lighting made for some very cool photos but, for better or worse, it makes seeing any detail on the bikes nearly impossible.

The venue was cool.  It's called "The Garage".  I think the museum uses it for all sorts of events, not just concerts.

There were a lot of people there and I ran into a bunch of people I knew.  It was also fun to see two photographers that I admire, Josh Kurpius and Mikey Arnold (aka Mikey Revolt), busy taking photos.

Photos of Trouble are up next!
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