1932 Fender install project

The unboxed center of the frame still has the holes for the foot boards so I figured the location is pretty much the gospel. After installing the boards I can work from there.


So far so good. Stay tuned.

A Visual Virtual Motorcycle ride

This was posted back in 2010 but your Humble Editor was reminded how great motorcycling is after a ride in a horrendous Seattle down pour yesterday. I was so starved for riding that the rain was not an issue. I had to get some steering parts for the ’31 hot rod build and this would also allow me to use the HOV lanes for some rapid transport. When I need hot rod parts they have to come fast…this is serious business!

Hydroplaning with a bike is…interesting though. Ride Safe!

Not a fair weather rider

That brings me to memories of warmer days. Washington state offers some great roads and views but the soggy winters can take it’s toll on the spirit sometimes. That is when you have to pull up some digital memories and warm the soul:

So let us take a virtual motorcycle ride on Whidbey Island. Located in Washington state’s north west corner, the island offers unprecedented views  and great riding roads. Be warned though: Local and state speed tax collector are standing by in large domestic sedans waiting for you to support the local budget.

It is not a very big island so you can hit all corners in a day.  If it looks like a BMW commercial…well, so be it…I love the bike.

The pictures were taken Dec 25 2010

By Port Townsend ferry landing.

Penn Cove, home of the famous Penn Cove mussels.

This building started life as Grennan and Cranney’s general store, Coupeville, ca. 1933. It was later used as the first court house on Whidbey Island. It was once filled with liars and cheaters…and maybe some criminals too!

Penn Cove…doesn’t get more peaceful than that…

 BMW motorcycle riding on Whidbey Island

 BMW motorcycle riding on Whidbey Island

Two Silver Bullets

BMW motorcycle riding on Whidbey Island

Fort Casey State Park

Well, there you go.

You know what they say: A bad day riding is better than a good day in the office…Well, a GOOD day riding is…REALLY good.

Yamaha Custom Bike

Marco Yaya from Redmond, Washington is a car guy that I met at a classic car event. As all car guys we tend to fiddle with all things powered by combustion engines and Marco is not an exception. This full custom is his latest creation. If I had to pigeonhole this ride it would probably be a cross between a bobber and a board track bike.

Mixing different styles can be a treacherous area but Marco pulled it off. Regardless, we dig the all business style of course.


Marco is now working on some old school Benellis that will get the custom treatment. We can’t wait to see what he will come up with.


1971 Yamaha XS1 Engine (650cc) Parallel Twin (completely overhauled to new specs) Customized frame with hard tail rear section

Customized fuel tank and owner built seat.

Custom adapted 19″ rear wheel and 21″ front.

Custom built up and over exhaust system with custom silencer baffels.

Custom built wiring harness with cloth wires and battery-less ignition.

Custom built handlebars and controls.

In other words: ALL Custom

Thankd for sharing you bike with us.


’32 Ford: Let’s get fendered…is that a verb??

Starting on this project…”luckily” the previous owner filled the fender bolt holes with mud. I just drilled through it and tapped out the cage nuts. Now I can hang the rear fenders.

We will see how the new fenders fit this 80 year old body.

The frame is not boxed in the center…that’s a good thing. The foot boards bolted up very nicely. now it’s time to test the fit of the front fenders.

Stay tuned…

All Swedish Meet, Feb 19, 2012

The sixth annual All Swedish Cruise took place in Issaquah, Washington at the vintage XXX drive in. The local Puget Sound Volvo Sports America is in charge of this event spearheaded by enthusiasts Gary Ramstad and Gail Ritchie. We thank them for their efforts to make this show happen.

The weather gods decided to hold off on the wet stuff for this day as well.

Of course the pièce de résistance was the Volvo 123GT cars in triplets. Well, not really but great fun. From the left: Chris Horn from Oregon, Mat Shelton with family and your Humble Editor on the right.

Thanks guys for coming together for this photo op.


Peter King’s super nice custom Amazon. He bought in new in Sweden on a European Delivery Program and has pictures to prove it. Yes, I have harassed him for copies. Stay tuned…


Peter’s car is sporting a power steering unit from a 164. A very clean install.


The car is featuring some subtle mods like this sunken license plate.



“Hästkraft” mean horse power. I don’t know how many this Amazon had…


You guessed it…it’s Swedish ! Walt Tartar ‘s very nice 1953 PV.


Gary Ramstad’s super nice 1962 Volvo 544 PV


1964 Black PV544 owned by Dick Libby.


The Volvo 1800 gang was out in full force. This is timely since this is the 50’s anniversary of this beautiful model.


This 1966 1800S is owned by Gordan Freske. It has older style Jensen bumpers, grille and air intake. We like it..


This 1966 Volvo 1800S race car was one of the nicest cars in the show. Usually race cars are built crudely and of course purpose built but the execution and finish rivaled the show cars in the meet.


200 hp with SU’s…Love it!


Everywhere you looked…quality workmanship.


Here is how you loose weight. Drill baby drill! This car weighs 2000 lbs about 900kg.


These are Lincoln 15 X 6 wheels. A great way to bring down the unsprung weight.


Creative use of hub caps.


One of the nicest Volvo Duett we have ever seen. Owned by John Chattin-Nichols.


1972 1800ES with trailer is owned by Howard Haefner’s from Olympia.


…with matching wheels. Nice!


Bob Hemion’s Gold 1973 1800ES


Bill Gaw’s Orange 1973 1800ES


Ra-ta-ta-ta… Since this was an all Swedish meet it includes Saabs. Cool cars.

Ingvar Carlson 1960 Saab 93.


1966 Monte Carlo 850 owned Phil Lakefield Jr.


There you go…the 6th annual Swedish Meet went great. We look forward to the 7th.

Volvo 123GT update

Door panel to dye for…Get it? I should be a comedian!!

I dyed a set of red door panels in SEM Camel. The color is fairly close to the Volvo biege.


It may not be the exact color but it in very good shape and very servicable. Makes for a cozy ride.


My friend Gary gave me his old glove…shelf…OLD ?? Looks like new to me.

Now I have somewhere to put my Swedish mittens…oh yeah…and the American registration!


There…that looks pretty decent…I have seen worse. This will make for a comfortable drive to the All Swedish Meet tomorrow.

More later…