Monday, December 31, 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It's been a tough year over here at the Hogan house. Between my back problems and Nancy being unable to work because of her Lupis/Fibro we have barely kept our heads above water.
There have been good things as well, I finally got a Dr that I believe is really going to be able to help me and my Wife qualified for Social Security Disablity. It's nowhere near the kind of dough we were used too but at least we can be fairly certain it will always be there.
    My Son Ian and his wife Dystiny are expecting to deliver us another grandchild in February, a little girl this time, adding to our already beautiful clan of three others, My Daughters    Cambria 18 months, Michael (Bubba) 6 and Ellesia, 10. They are the biggest joy in our lives and the reason will eventually be moving to Fresno to be near to them.
   I haven't been productive much this year because of the above problems but I'm going to make some progress in 2013. I will have Doug's bike done before HippyKiller in April come hell or high water and I plan to make some progress on my long bike with Slim soon.  I also am going to need a rider besides my Yammabagger so I will be rolling my 400 up on the rack and hacking on that so I have something cool to ride with the fellas, a riding work in progress.
    Soon I will know what's going on with my employment situation, that can't take much longer. I also wouldn't be surprized if we move up north to the Fresno area sooner then later. Gonna be looking for motorhead biker types up there to hook up with....Let me know who you are if you follow this blog!
     So, 2013 should be a year of big changes around here and all for the better. All the struggles of the past couple years are behind us and everything is coming up roses for me and my Gal.   
     So We'll drink a cup of kindness yet for days of auld lang syne.....

Sunday, December 9, 2012

New ink by Danny

I got new ink yesterday

At this place in Reseda

From this kat right here.  
Fuck'n righteous work Bro, I can call you Bro right? 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Doug's motor, She's a pretty one

Sorry for the shitty phone pics but I forgot my camera. This is Doug's Sporty motor well under way. Turns out just about everything in this motor was fucked.  So I guess the moral of the story is , people may rebuild things but that don't mean they are right.  
Here's the short list of what was found wrong in here, thrust washers on the rods were waaaay to tight, it had been honed to two different sizes, which probably led to the bad vibrations this thing had. All the thrust washers on the cams were so tight that it was about ready to spit them out which would have put an even bigger hurt on this motor than it had.
Basically there wasn't a good clearance in it and if we hadn't tore it down for the balance job it probably would have self destructed in a big way.'s got all new internals, including crank pin, rods, pistons, bearing etc etc.  It's been balanced within a 1/10th ounce and the heads are completely fresh. This put a big damper on how the money was spent on the rest of the bike but this thing is gonna run like a champ for many years to come.
Also found out today that the rear motor mount that bolts on when you seal the cases, is cracked, probably due to the bad vibes this motor was making. 
That should be the last of the surprises we find in this thing and with it's beautifully powdered covers and heads and barrels she a real looker. I can't wait to put this thing in our roller.
Stay tuned...

Friday, November 23, 2012

2240 pics and 6 videos from SEMA...Enjoy!!

Well, here they all are! 2240 some odd pictures taken at SEMA 2012 by Doug Snow and myself.  If this don't fill your need for motorhead shit you're a bigger junky than even me.  My Wife Nancy, of course would say that's impossible, "I am the most addicted man to cars and motorcycles she has ever seen."  Feel free to use these pics anywhere you please. I take them for you so have them but, no pics can take the place of being there so if you haven't been, then find a way to do it. The only place cooler is probably Bonniville....Enjoy

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Alice's Restaurant - Original 1967 Recording, it's a Thanksgiving tradition.

I first heard this record as a child when my cousin bought it.  I listened to it over and over and never tired of it. It's said that the whole thing was ad-libbed at the time it was recorded; true or not it's become a sort of tradition to listen to Alice's Restaurant on Thankgiving.....enjoy

Saturday, November 17, 2012

SEMA...The Pacifica...Love it

I just loooove this kustom truck, it has been chopped, dropped, smoothed, debadged and given that asymmetrical thing with the grill over to the left and two different size headlight doors. The window shapes have been altered along with the bed side notched.  The bumpers are one off on both ends and both plates are on the drivers side.  It has a beautifully paneled bed and Winfield draped it in candy blue over silver with a fade in the middle. I wish I had better pics of the interior cuz that a cool place to be with a deep dish Olds steering from like 1961 or so and blue and white tuck and roll.  Baby moons, skinny whites with Radir knock offs complete this thing and it's even got a name...Pacifica!   I don't know if it's an old custom restored or a newly made piece but it sure has gave me inspiration for my van. Thanks Gene for an awesome Kustom

SEMA..Remember those short wheelbase AMX's?

So, I walk around the corner and here's this thing. I think we tend to forget how bitchen the short wheelbase AM fuck'n X's where. Well here sits the king of AMX's, you ain't never seen one like this. Everything has been messaged or improved, I think that's a real live 401 AMC motor with a couple turbo's through the innercooler and what has to be a completely custom made intake manifold with fuel injection.
This is one bad deal sure to scare the panties off any model who would dare put her awesome little ass in the passenger seat(Don't forget, post that on You Tube now)

Friday, November 16, 2012

SEMA Nitro burning blown Hemi street rod? Yup

I talked to the old guy who owned this here 33 willys coupe complete with blown, injected, NITRO-METHANE BURNING HEMI!!  Now I have always told Doug anything is better with a blown Hemi but even I think it's a little extreme to make it run on Fuel. For gawds sake how much does it cost to idle this thing around the block. Those little tires on the back ain't nothing about traction.  I don't know who that old guy was but I'm gonna guess he's some old top fuel racer that has some extra parts laying around.
When I see a bug catcher with mechanical injection , not to mention the double mags I thought it was on methanol so I asked and he told nitro, like it was no big deal. When I asked how much to drive it around the block he just shrugged his shoulders and answered his phone.
I'm sure it really exciting to have a street car that you can tip the can on , it's certain to make beautiful and horrendous noises and be very entertaining, but in the end it's a very expensive joke. A waste a very very very nice Willys and waste of a blown Hemi that should either be detuned so the car can be driven somewhere besides a fairgrounds. I don't know, maybe if I was some old bastard with more money than sense I might want a nice nitro burning fairgrounds cruiser myself. Of course he may have just been having me on, you decide.