Monday, August 3, 2015

Olivia and the Jag.

Indian dealer on Woodward Ave in Detroit.

This is the second business opened by William Metzger.  The firs was a extremely successful bicycle shop which he sold.  Metzger is credited with opening the first automobile dealership in Michigan and perhaps the US.  He also spearheaded the first automobile show in the US.  Metzger is also the M in the EMF company.


Drill motor powered trike.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

1910 Boston show.

Tin motorcycle with side car.


Early motorized bicycle.

Early 1900s Panama Motobike built by the Great Western Manufacturing Company.

This bicycle has been in pieces for many years.  I bought it, disassembled it and had a nasty coat of green house paint stripped off.  It then sat in boxes until this weekend.  When I bought the bike I was told it had been hanging in the rafters of an old cabin on Lake Tahoe.  The frame and fork are still in bare metal.  I put a coat of Eastwoods patina preserver on it.  The bike features a Fauber crank set.  Fauber is credited with inventing the one piece crank set in the late 1800s.  The Wright brothers used Fauber cranks on their bicycles.  The original wood rims are beyond repair so I put a pair of Canadian 28" wheels on it for now.  The seat is also in real bad shape.  It had a plywood pan that is delamminating and falling apart.  The pedals will need new blocks at the very least.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Harley Davidson bobber / cutdown photos.

Photos taken in San Jose California.  Bike appears to have modified fenders, added brace between the seat and chain stays.  Custom exhaust as well.  It still wears the stock fenders in the bottom picture.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Photos from the 1908 Ormond - Daytona beach race.

Calling this a race may be inaccurate.  It was more of a speed event.  Everything from bicycles to cars ran the event.

Two pieces of eye candy please!