Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Monday, February 21, 2011

Foot's South Bay Survivor, All's Well That Ends Well

When Bruce Parrish first started sending me photos, he also included the shot below of his old friend Foot's bike. He then added, Foot still has it and wants to sell it. As you might imagine, that got my attention!

Bruce's photo from 1979. This immediately made me want to see more!

Later, around mid January I got the following email and photos from Foot:


Been watching your web site with great interest. Every time I look, you have another friend of mine posted. I met Joe Hurst when he first made his transition from the low rider scene. Dick Allen and I, Tiny, Washmachine Charley, Red bearded Bob and later Joe all lived on 167 th St. In Lawndale in the late 60's early 70's. I wound up with Dicks shop when he went to jail. (its a long and sorted tail) Anyway I can trade lies with the best of em. No joke though, there are about 10 years that are kinda fuzzy and blurred together. We used to get after it pretty good!

Foot's bike today. Joe had toyed with buying it, meanwhile, I was trying to think of ways I might buy it myself. The Dick Allen springer was originally about 20" over but later cut down to 15".

Bruce tells me you might know of someone that would be interested in my old sled. Shes been sitting a long time and slowly gaining that (as the gun collectors like to say) "fine brown patina." More pics and info available if needed. Keep doing what your doing man, its pretty cool to re-live the old glory days.

I told Foot that I would post it on my blog, but to send more information when he got the chance.

About a week later Foot sent this:

Here is some info about my bike: The engine is a '56 Pan bottom end with a set of '66 shovel heads. Its been a long time but I think its .070 over on the bore 9.5:1 compression, 4 1/2" stroke S&S flywheels,(works out to be about a 86 incher) S&S carb, Andrews B grind cam, Joe Hunt mag, Phil Ross belt drive,and Barnett clutches. Trannie is a 4 speed with a ratchet top (jocky shift) and its polished pretty nice. Chassis is a 1957 straight bar Pan frame, Dick Allen front end (15 over if I remember correctly) Front wheel is a magnesium 18" 12 spoke mag. Rear wheel is a 12 spoke 15" American Mag (aluminum) I bought it from Dick when he was partnered up with them although I don't remember what their association was.

The bike's overall look, the chrome fender, the mags, and bead blasting of the engine makes it quite similar to White Bear. You even might even call it White Bears' cousin... or maybe sister. As a matter of fact, Joe says the flywheels came out of White Bear!

The oil tank is a rare 1938-39 seamless. Also has a pretty nice custom clutch peddle and plate we used to make at my old shop (Arm & Hammer Cycle) Looks like a mirror image of the brake assembly on the other side. There's probably more but you know how it is, over the years as I let more stuff into my head I had to let other stuff go.

Dick Allen built the engine and Foot estimates he clocked about 30,000 miles on the old gal. Other than 3 years ago when he took her to a swap meet to sell, she's been in storage for the last 20+ years. Foot says she fired up and sounded good and strong that last time.

Later we talked on the phone and told him I would post it For Sale when I got the chance. I got busy and then left town for 2 weeks. A couple days after my return, while getting ready to post it, I received an email from Rich Ostrander with the same photos saying how Foot sold his bike to their mutual buddy Chuck.

The left side showing off a good stance. Note how the front wheel's magnesium patina has darkened compared to the rear's aluminum.

It was really good to hear the bike went to a friend. Not only that, but Chuck lives really near where the bike was born. So, the bike is returning to it's old stomping grounds in the South Bay.

Masuimi Max Dragon Flower Tattoos

Masuimi Max is a mesmerizingly stunning American model and actress, known for appearing in numerous magazines and music videos, also featured in the movie XXX: State of the Union and The Devil's Muse.

Masuimi Max has a wealth of tattoos, including an extensive design on her back of a black dragon and several flowers.

She also has closely matching red dragon tattoos on each arm.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Amélie Mauresmo Angel Tattoo

Amélie Mauresmo is a fabulously talented former professional tennis player, with a career record of 544–226, she is best known for winning two Grand Slam singles titles and for once holding the number 1 ranking.

Amélie Mauresmo is known to have a single tattoo on her left shoulder, a small angel holding a olive branch.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Rumors of My Demise

....have been greatly exaggerated

In case you wondered.
I've been out of town with no web connection.

Time to get it in gear.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Ana Matronic Computer Tattoo

Ana Matronic is a fantastic American singer-songwriter and musician, known as the lead singer of rock band Scissor Sisters, and for albums such as Ta-Dah and Night Work.

Ana Matronic has been spotted with a single tattoo located on her right shoulder, which appears to be bionic circuitry, including wires and other hardware.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Urmila Matondkar Fairy Tattoo

Urmila Matondkar is a gorgeous Indian actress, known for starring in movies including Satya, Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya and Bhoot.

Urmila Matondkar has been spotted with a single tattoo design located on her back right shoulder, and the tattoo is believed to be a fairy.