Saturday, August 30, 2008

Were back

Sorry everyone. We haven't been posting for a few days. Chopper Dave and I went fishing in Connecticut and just got back. a well needed vacation. Wes is recovering from Bonneville and trying to get caught up. So with that being said, I'll get some new posts up soon. Hope to see you at the ride on Sept 21!


Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Gotta have faith

For those of you that think a good deal on an old bike doesn't exist anymore and that there are no "barn finds" then feast you eyes upon this beauty. Original paint (not a joke) knuckle, in a fire (obviously) purchase for $500. And in case you were wondering it was purchased in....2007. Rich added two new tires and it ran great. I hate you Rich. Just kidding. No I really do.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Let's Ride!

Ok. It's been too long, but here we go. Sunday Sept 21 we ride. Let's meet at Four Aces Cycle Supply around 9 am and go for a ride. This won't have all the fan fare the Derby had, but it should be good. We will decide where we are going when we get there. This will be an informal Sunday ride. Hope to see you there.


Monday, August 25, 2008


This drag only bike from 1956 has a unique motor. A bit of a "home brew" if you will. Anyone dare to make a guess? Prize for the winner and don't state the obvious! More to come on this bike.

Any Guesses?

Super X Bobber

Here's another Super X. This one built by our friend Rich. If you have a keen eye, you may notice the disc brake. Deal with it! This thing gets raced!

Bobbed Super X

This one is for you Chopper Dave. This Super X was built by a motor cop from Santa Ana in the late 1930's. It's a mix of late and early (how late could late Super X parts be?) parts. Kick ass!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Two cool cats

Check out the automotive shock on the bike in the foreground.

A Couple of Barbara's Friends

Barbara and her Hot Rod 45

Here's Barbara again on her bobbed 45 complete with Flanders bars and risers. This chick is the coolest.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

For Sale

Up for sale is this very cool , strong running generator shovel. It's up on ebay right now. Item number: 140257799976. Check out the auction for more pics and a full description. So Cal club style bike.

Bobbed Indian from across the pond

Phil in England has sent some great shot of some Indians and Super Xs. Here's a cool Indian for your viewing pleasure.

Jason's new toy

Very nice! Keep us posted. Would love to see what you do with it.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

This is Chuck from Kickstart having a good ol' time in his Harley Knuckle powered dirt tracker. I want one.

Knuckle powered dirt tracker

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Thank You Rich

I wanted to take a moment to thank Rich. Rich has been so kind to lend me some great photos. In fact, he has sent me so many, I could take a "hunting" break and still keep the new posts rolling. I spent two hours today alone scanning. Rich is a member of the FT Sutter Chapter of the AMCA and keeping the tradition alive. Rich if you didn't consider yourself a friend of the Wing Nuts before, you are now. Hope to see you soon.


Old dealership

That's where I parked it.

Chuck from Kickstart taking his bike home.

Ladies and Gentlemen..The Real Deal

If you think your a bad ass, think again.

Shorty and Whitey Thompkins on their 101 Scouts

Super X Hillclimber

Al Lauer, Indian dealer, on his factory OHV Excelsior Super X hillclimber. Only 25 of these bad boys were made.

Armando Magri at the "Old Lodi" Grape Bowl

The "Old Lodi" existed until Hwy 99 came on through and took it out.

Hollister TT race circa 1939

Now this is a close race. Who says you can't get air on a VL?

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Wingnut Goes to Bonneville

Well it's that time of year again when the riders head out to Utah to test their grit on the Bonneville Salt Flats. Our boy Wes is heading out again this year hoping for the record on his Triumph 500. Good luck Wes!

Check out the video at the below web address

Bobbed Triumph Thunderbird

I stole this picture from Chopper Dave's sight. And I'll keep doing it til I gets me Sportie back!

German's Agentinian Japanese Bobber?

Very cool little bobber from our friend German in Argentina. Thanks so much for the picture.

Hi,my name is German Karp,I´m a kustomizer and also pinstriper,HD mechanic,BMX rider,and junk-vintage old parts hunter.The photo that i´m sending is my last bike thats a CB125.
I made all the bike from the frame to the seat,
Here is the technical sheet of my bike:

Frame: Honda, cut & made the new tail and top tube.
Forks: Honda, shortened 2″, fender tabs removed and drilled.
Motor: Honda, 125cc refurbished and painted.
Handlebars: Custom made
Brake Levers: Custom trimmed and painted
Taillight: Old Lucas on custom license holder
Headlight: Old siambretta type
Fender: Old ford spare tire cover scored for $0.80 from a bum (it’s like $.30 in U.S money)
Tank: Who knows? But it has a cool tool case.
Exhaust: Original cut in half, then a fence top was use for the inverted cone for a cost of 8$
Air Filter: Exhaust tail & piece of tube.
Seat: Custom made, all leather
Battery Case: Piece of bent steel, all the electrics inside.
Rear Wheel: Stock hub,16′ HD rim, free tire.
Front Wheel: Stock hub & rim, 3.25×18 imperial cord tire.
Paint: Epoxy black/ oskar´s fender, battery case & tank.
All the pieces were detailed,drilled and sanded before paint

Ted Evans

This used to be Ted Evans shop back in the day. Now it's a thrift store. If anyone has an early photo of the shop send it in. In fact let's make that our next project. I need photos of early bike shops. Thanks for the picture Kit. You bike looks great there, just a few years to late.

A Midnight Ride

I don't typically write this kind of stuff, but I felt inspired tonight. I got off work late. A little overtime. I got my Flat Head back a few weeks ago and really haven't been able to do much riding, so I rode it in to work today. It's about 80 miles round trip, mostly freeway. The ride in was uneventful. A lot of the Saturday riders were out. They'd pass me on the freeway, look over at the UL with confusion and speed away. Oh, but the ride home! As I merged onto the freeway, I miss shifted into neutral and revved the motor up. Rookie move! It's been a while since the flattie and I worked together. I slammed her into second and started gaining speed. Now third. I hope I don't get hit by a drunk trying to get into traffic. I made it. Now into fourth. Where are all these asshole going on the 5 fwy at midnight? OK here comes the 14 fwy. I'll get on it and hang to the right. It's mostly uphill on the way home. I don't want to blow up my new motor. I'll just take it easy. The traffic is light. Maybe I'll open her up a little. Steady as a rock! Speedo says 80 mph. Naw, must be off. How come no one's passing me? I am doing 80! Come on flattie keep it up, here come the grade. Starting to slow. A little more gas. Shit, she's actually accelerating up the hill. Good girl. Just about then a car pulls along side of me and starts to pace me. I know he's just checking out the bike, but I hate that. Pass or fall back. He falls back just a little. Far enough to read the back of my sweater. I swear I see him mouth the word "wingnut" as he reads. He then smiles and takes off. I'm smiling too. I guess it made sense to him that the guy on the '47 UL bobber on the 14 fwy, doing 80 at midnight would have the word "wingnut" stitched to the back of his shirt. As I continued to ride, I couldn't think of any place I would rather be. I wondered if I could make it to Daytona. Maybe next year. As I exited the fwy and rode to the dirt road that would take me home, I was truly happy. I hit the driveway. Shut down the motor and coasted. All I could hear was the crackling of dirt under my tires. I came to a landing at my garage. Got off the bike, walked three paces away and turned to look at the flattie. She looked great under the moonlight. As I pushed her into the garage, I thanked her for my midnight ride.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Boozefighters taking a break.

This is one of my favorite photos. It depicts Teri Forkner, Vern Autrey and Fat Boy Nelson. It's my understanding that the photo was taken in Hollister in 1947 at the 4th of July event, but was the newspaper picture for the 1948 Riverside "scandal." Either way it is a great shot that captures a moment in time that I wish I could attend. I often wonder if in sixty years people will see Wingnut photos and wish they were there. Naw..they will say, "Those guys are gay!"


Guess Who!

This is the result of what would happen if Carlos Santana and Jesus had a baby. That's what you get for making fun of me!


Bayou Bobber

Thanks to Dal for sending us a photo of Ol' Blue. Them Loooosianna style bobber are the bee's knees

Thursday, August 7, 2008

OK smarties..who are these good looking guys?

Guess the Wing Nut!

First one to guess correctly wins.

Nice Royal Enfield

I Want a Honda!?

I wasn't going to post this. I just couldn't. It's a Honda for Christ's sake. I want one! A 1951 Honda, that's pretty cool. Thanks Terry.