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Tubing End Caps

Needed the right fuel for the design process to start!!
Chris continues to chop on the XS and wanted an ultra clean area where the fender mounts and the frame ends.  Phil turned out a couple end caps on the lathe out of aluminum.
One down, one to go.



We cut them tight enough, tapped them in and they aren't going anywhere.

Scott hard tails the ironhead

I met my neighbor Scott a few months back. Turns out he has an old ironhead project laid up in his garage for year. After a night of two of introductions and beer drinking the decision was made to chop it. Scott went ahead and picked up a weld in hard tail from Led Sled. It took a month plus to arrive and it was a bit pricey but the qulity looks good and will cut down on hours of bending grinding and missed measurements.
Unfortuatly we junped right in and started cutting. This is moments before I cut the bottom tubes about 3/4" too short.
Scott mocking in the motor to install the tail.

Jens stopped in on chop nasty. Check out that ugly red wire loom. We gave him a a hard time until he fianlly removed it. Unfortuanalty this was a fatal step which later that night when he went to leave resulted in the wireing harness completely melting down.

The top tub on the iron head had been recessed above the motor mount, possibly for wiring. This bump in the frame made it impossible to install the plug so an attempt was made to head and straighten the tube from the inside. It was not a complete sucess but did close out the night.

Triumph flat seat


Work continues on the Triumph cafe, our shop does not have a tool to radius a piece of pipe so we came up with this idea.  Deuce clamped the pipe to an old wheel and off we went.



And the strut welded in, the radius follows the wheel and will support the flat seat.

Triumph Cafe Racer Work

Deuce made a decision regarding the direction the Triumph build is going.  We lengthened the swingarm 3 inches to start.


Plated the hooped the bottom tubes for a nice clean look.

This will be about the ride height of the finished product, we still have a long way to go but progress is being made.

The 1st Annual Gentlemen of Lagniappe Ride (Reprint)

So unbeknown to us, there is already a wordwide ride called the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride to raise awareness for prostate cancer.  I was informed of this today and therefore we have decided to change the name out of respect.  So please disregard our last blog post and refer to this one.


It's time for the 1st Annual Gentlemen of Lagniappe Ride brought to you by the Lagniappe Shop!!  So get off your ass, hit up the thrift shop and find the best 5 dollar suit you can get your hands on.  Extra points given for the full corduroy or Canadian tux!!  

Meeting at 2:30 PM on August 2, 2014 at 20 Myers Drive, Fredericksburg, VA, kickstands up at 3:00 PM for an hour ride out to One Life Cycles in Spotsylvania, VA.  One Life Cycles will have live music and food!!  Return from One Life and head back to the shop for burgers, dogs and of course whatever adult beverage you want to bring.  Join us after the ride to celebrate Deuce's birthday!! BYOB

The 1st Annual Distinguished Gentleman's Ride



It's time for the 1st Annual Distinguished Gentleman's Ride brought to you by the Lagniappe Shop!!  So get off your ass, hit up the thrift shop and find the best 5 dollar suit you can get your hands on.  Extra points given for the full corduroy or Canadian tux!!  

Meeting at 2:30 PM on August 2, 2014 at 20 Myers Drive, Fredericksburg, VA, kickstands up at 3:00 PM for an hour ride out to One Life Cycles in Spotsylvania, VA.  One Life Cycles will have live music and food!!  Return from One Life and head back to the shop for burgers, dogs and of course whatever adult beverage you want to bring.  Join us after the ride to celebrate Deuce's birthday!! BYOB

New bike: Kawasaki Z1000P





Deuce and Scott tearing apart the carbs
Deuce handed Phil the top of the air box without realizing that this black widow was just chilling inside.
Apparently something was living inside the air box....
Scott and his boy reassembling the Ironhead.
Phil picked up this 94 Z1000 Police Bike and it needed the usual TLC.  Drain the fuel, clean the carbs and check the plugs.




New pipes and bars

Chris decided to make a complete stainless exhaust.
The rear pipe wraps under then bike and loops around the front of the engine
Here they ar about 90 percent tacked in place. I am stoked to hear these things roar
The yellow turnd needed some new bars. I priced them on line and the cheapest I could find them was over $100 for a set of mustache bars. With an excess of take off bars floating in the rafters I figured I would give it a shot at chopping an old set up
I removed 3" from the center
These are the chopped center and cut off that are going to get used
Roughing them into place on the bike
welded and sanded
Back on the bike

Triumph frame chopping time.

The decision has been made to go forward with a stocky rigid. With that in mind Chris welded up some holes holes on the frame.
Deuce cut off everything that could be removed
The old frame faught back with a hidden quart of oil
Chris and Deuce doing a little chinese finger-cuffs on the backbone.
Chris' versio of wet sanding involves a DA & Beast Light
Phil got to cutting out some old axle plates
Christian stopped by for a bit. Perhaps this summer we will see this scoot get hardtailed

Shovelhead has been marking it's territory

Tore down the top end because the Shovel has been leaking oil like crazy.  Phil was told the motor was rebuilt when he bought it as a basket case.  It appears that it was but they used James gaskets and it sat dry for 6 years.  Either way, tore it down and put Commetic head and base gaskets on it.
The old head gaskets looked alright but as you can see they were leaking a bit.

Phil was able to take off the heads together and not having to remove the rocker boxes is a blessing.

The pistons and jugs looked great, a little suit on the exhaust side of the piston because these heads aren't drilled for two spark pllugs.  As you can see the base gasket was in pieces and completely saturated in oil.

Cleaned all the surfaces and replaced with the new gaskets.  Put it back together and its not leaking at all from the top end.  Now if Phil can just get the oil pump to stop leaking!
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