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Built, Not Bought. Episode 5.

What are a father and son to do with a free weekend when Mom is away?  Let’s build a car.  Let’s build a rat rod. Start with a [poorly] chopped 1927 Ford Model T sedan body, purchased as an abandoned project, add 40 feet of 2X4x3/16” steel tubing in the garage, and a set of axles just laying around.  This was Father’s Day weekend 2013.  By Sunday night, the body was sitting on a frame and the suspension mocked up. 

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Built, Not Bought. Episode 4

While we love custom built high displacement bikes, there is still room in our fantasy garage for the right two-stroke.  Not just a ringy-ding-ding bike, but a cool urban hipster on which we can arrive at our favorite mid-town watering hole with a roar and a glorious cloud of fragrant purple smoke.

Chris Zahner (of NYC, natch) has built just such a bike.  This is his creation, built from the bones of a 1975 Yamaha DT 250.

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Stroke 2: Squeeze. Second in a Four-Part Series

Engineers would refer to this phase as “compression,” but we like “squeeze.” All valves closed and and the piston and ring assembly rushing upward to turn a little air and fuel into a horsepower-producing bomb. Ah, it’s a beautiful thing. In fact, we think its even art; the hardware is sculpture and the diagrams make the perfect wall deco for the aesthetically minded petrol head.

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Stroke 1: Suck. First in a Four-Part Series

OK, technically the first stroke of a four stroke engine is called “intake,” but you know what we mean.  There are many ways to get air and fuel into the combustion chamber – we’ve picked out a few examples of intake systems that look as beautiful as they perform.  

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Built, not Bought. episode 3

Our friend Matt is in Wisconsin, where summers are glorious (and, if you are a hot rodder winters are for planning projects), sent us these pics of his latest project.   This looks like fun from start to finish.  Here’s Matt’s story.

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Built, Not Bought. Episode 2

Bill and Gary Fenrich build a Chrysler 300 and a tribute to early NASCAR Racing by Mercury Marine; here's the story as told by Gary. My father was hired by Carl Kiekhaefer, founder of Mercury Marine back in 1954 as an Engineering Technician at  Plant 6 in...

Built, not Bought. episode 1

Over the past year our friend Jay documented Virginia's creation of this motorcycle. The bike started as a stock '96 XL1200c, and through many hours of late nights, dirty fingernails and torn gloves, Virginia was able to complete the bike you see her riding today....