its been awhile since i posted anything here. its not that i haven't wanted to, i just never remember to. my baby girl is getting big, just started crawling today... like real crawling, not that belly scooting shit. she can sit up on her own now, its amazing watching her grow everyday. im without a job at the moment but doing side work where i can. been doing some 70s style tank molding for the vise grip boys. ive also been collecting parts for a project with a lot of help from my friends, nick @ vise grip, jason and sam at thomas speed shop back home, few things i found while unpacking at the new house that i forgot i had. house is coming together, still not finished but again, having a kid makes it harder to do anything else. not sure what else is goin on really... just living life day to day, figured id update this thing. pics of the project to follow shortly.
our friends darin and angelique foust got me on a list at rock of ages tattoo in south austin friday for a 13 tattoo. figured we would get in faster that way. we would have if this group of hipsters who got on the list too wouldnt have shown up 2 hours late and still got their spots in line back... but, we ended up having a fucking awesome time hangin out with some dudes from the kreatures c.c. and from the rumblers c.c. made a lot of new friends, drank some beer, and got a tattoo. sounds like a successful night to me! ended up getting a double whammy 13... jason voorhees mask, im a big horror fan and it was friday the 13 so it worked out both ways.
being that i'm a new father, i don't have much time for projects. part of me wants to sell the 26 because of lack of time and the other 99% says fuck that. i have huge plans for it, everyday i have ideas running through my head on paint ideas, how the frame will looks, wheel and tire combos... its like an endless pool of thought. my good friend jason thomas of thomas speed shop in farmington arkansas is in charge of the frame. i guess the rest will be up to me when he is done with that. im also trying to figure out what to do with my 81 kawi ltd 440. its a clean resto bike but its super grandpa'ish and id like to spruce it up a bit. work is going well, ive picked up a few shifts but its hard to get or ask for more with frankie around. dont want to put her in daycare at this age and my family is busy and i dont want to burden them with watching her all the time... if i could get a full schedule krystle could goto part and watch the tank. i guess there isnt much happening but a lot going on.
not a lot going on the last couple of weeks, started a new delivery job for a local staple hey cupcake. pay isnt bad at all, the hours work pretty well for my to watch the tank and its super laid back but theres still work to be done. havent had a chance to start on the 26 yet but i think my friend jason is going to build the frame for me. going to the alamo drafthouse tonight for terror tuesday. going to see david cronenbergs rabid, a zombie/vampire type movie that ive never seen before. sounds bad ass. rusty chromes uno de mayo party is this sunday, i have to work but i dont think the party will start till later in the day. i have no doubt that it will be one hell of a party. im obviously bringing cupcakes!
So with the roundup starting tomorrow, I've got the bug to build something again already. My friend Freeland just picked up a 26 t-bucket and decided that with all his other projects, he just doesn't have time for another. Anyway, I've decided to buy said 26 with a bunch of goodies included for what i feel is a pretty good deal. Body has some rust but its nothing a bit of welding and sanding wont fix. I've seen worse for sure. I think I'm going to try and build something pretty traditional, this will be the first car I've built that I have no idea what im doing and literally have to make a step by step plan for what I want to do with it. It will for sure test my artistic skills and patience but I luckily know a lot of people in Austin that know a lot more about this shit than I do...
this one is a few years earlier but kind of the idea, most def. different colors.
So I'm a big Star Wars nerd and a big fan/supporter of not only the hot rod/motorcycle scene in Japan but the culture as a whole. I'm also an artist and fan of art, the wife and I have been trying to collect signed and numbered prints over the last couple years and I found a mash up of 2 of my favorite things. All the profit goes to the relief fund for Japan, it wasn't much but I hope it will help someone out anyway. If interested in buying these prints heres the ebay page. http://cgi.ebay.com/Ninja-Star-Wars-Prints-100-donated-Japan-/190516158369?pt=Art_Prints&hash=item2c5ba5dfa1 also, here is the blog where I found the prints, alot of cool shit to look at if youre into art. spokeblog.com
after a coming up with a pile of ideas and a list of things to finish, i sold the truck to an older gent in round rock. cool old guy, told me about his chopper days, hot rodding vw's in the 70s and selling them and all the old cars he owned. i think he will take good care of the ol' girl. ive been talking to my friend jason who is the owner of thomas speed shop about helping me build another car someday. hes got a 41 chevy body he isnt using so i may see if i can get my dirty ass hands on that. ive been diggin this picture a lot, dont know where i got it but it makes me feel better about selling the truck.
Got to talkin to my friend Rusty Chrome today @ a Meatheads gathering about my truck. Said I was gonna have to con one of them into helping me lower my truck before the Roundup and he said his shop doesn't get enough use so I should bring it by sometime soon. So that got me thinkin about how my truck would actually look low, I asked some friends if they wouldn't mind photochoppin some pix i have of the truck and this is what I got back in about 10 minutes. It's a lot lower than I could go without bags but I can dream right? I'm gonna guess I'll get about 4 to 5 inches of drop out of it doing it the old skool way but I'm happy with that idea.
I haven't been working on American cars for very long. I was raised on pre-73 VW's, started when I was 13 or 14 maybe. Always think about one of the first cars that caught my eye as to what cool American steel was and I thought it was a 59 Cadillac Coupe De Ville. Although, it is one of my all time favorite cars, it isn't what started it all. Even though all I did for a long time was VW's an American car did catch my eye early one, i just couldn't afford it... It was a 1951 Plymouth Deluxe that I found on the front row of a junk yard when i was 16. Black, all faded out, good interior still but there was chrome to bajesus and back in great shape. I fell in love with that car and still to this day wish I would have picked it up. Guy only wanted 1500 bux for it and it ran... but for a 16 year old, that might as well be a million dollars when ur working like 3 hours a day during the school year. sorry for the long dragging ass story but it was on my mind... still.
took the truck out for lunch today, got myself a couple of tacos at torchys. decided on 2 trailer parks, trashy style with a side of rice. shit was amazing, if you havent had one try it. youll decide to double down and get a second.
Had a good time last night at Top Notch, when i say last night i really mean yesterday from 2:45 to 10:00pm. long ass day but the turn out was great. Got to hang out and bull shit with new friends, and met some more to be new friends. A lot of great people, awesome cars and chadd thomas and the crazy kings came out and put on a good show. Faster pussycat kill kill was on the jumbo vision and there were plenty of burgers, fries and beer to go around. excited about the next one, come out if you can. heres proof it happened.
took the truck to eat with the meatheads last friday at pig vicious, an all bacon trailer on east 6th. first time the truck had made a real trip under its own power in like 4 months, felt good. tomorrow we are meeting at on 6th again @ casino el camino. i think it will be my first shot at blogging about my favorite thing in life, burgers... one of the things i made this blog for in the first place. keep an eye out for that.
If you havent heard of this guy or had a chance to see him live, you need to. When I was living in L.A. I saw him play with Lucero and Rocky Votalato, he made them look like fucking chumps... He easily played the best live show ive ever seen, left me stunned and speechless.
My little shit beast Frankie is getting big fast, only a month old a few days ago and shes already almost 11.5 lbs. She lost weight after she was born, dropped down to the low 8's and now shes shot back up... shes eating 6oz of milk/formula every 2-3 hours. Thats a whole damn bottle at a time, she is her fathers daughter.
I've started getting my truck ready for the Roundup, the wife and I went last year but did'nt have anything to take besides my 66 bug. We parked it outside for obvious reason... but we are ready this year. This will be the 10th annual so it should be an amazing couple of days! We may have some friends caravaning from Arkansas with some old school hand built shit.
Especially when there is snow involved. I'm used to snow so it isnt a huge deal for me being that I lived in New York for a while and Arkansas gets decent snow once in a blue moon but snow in Austin? Fuck that noise... rain makes people loose their fucking minds here, heads start exploding when it snows. Made it home safe from work this morning though, crashed and woke up to clear skies and roads to match.
The Austin Meatheads asked for volunteers for judge's for the upcoming "chilly" chili cook off on the 12 of Feb. I stepped up and now have the honor of giving people my shitty opinion on meat products along side the Austin Meatheads! Not sure what I will be judging yet but I'm happy to do whatever I can. If interested in the cook off info can be found here http://www.ibcabbq.org/events2011/Year.html or here or if you're a jockey journal member you can look here http://jalopyjournal.com/forum/group.php?do=discuss&discussionid=17374 see you there and bring an empty stomach!
I'm an Austin transplant, been here with my wife for about 2 years, I'm a father of a fat faced, farty little girl named Frankie Rose. I have a long history as a classic VW mechanic but have recently started working on classic American iron and vintage motorcycles. I've owned several "ratty" vw's and a couple resto customs, I've owned a 49 Chevy Fleetline and restored a chop topped 65 Custom Cab Chevy P.U. I'm apart of a "social group" called the Austin MeatHeads, its alot of cool guys and girls with cool cars who meet up to enjoi meat products of various types. I plan on writing whatever interests me including, people, cars, bikes, food, and anything else. Hope I can keep it interesting for you.