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American Iron Garage September/October 2017

American Iron Garage: The ultimate do-it-yourself, tech and homebuilt motorcycle magazine. Looking to learn more about how to maintain and customize your own motorcycle? American Iron Garage is jam packed with great do-it-yourself tech and homebuilt custom motorcycles. Plus, easy to follow step by step how-to installs, maintenance tips, home garage tool reviews and safety features. A must read for the weekend wrench.

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United States
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English
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3 min.
garage builders through the years, part ii

In the last issue I started talking about the different pop culture garage builders throughout history and how each era of time has left its special mark on the custom motorcycle lifestyle. Most people think back to the 1960s and ’70s when the term garage builder gets thrown out, but that term stretches way back to the early 1900s when William Davidson and William Harley were among the earliest, but hardly the first, garage builders. The ’60s and ’70s style of custom bike tends to define what a garage builder is in most people’s eyes, even to this day. After World War II, used WLAs could be had for cheap, then modified and maintained with whatever was available, not all that different from during the war. By the early 1950s, with Harley-Davidson and…

3 min.
is dust safe?

We all have tools and equipment that make some sort of dust in our shops. I can truthfully say that through the years I knew some of this could cause health complica-tions, but I wasn’t quite sure how bad the consequences were due to lack of research and not knowing various materials’ coatings. We all need to become more aware of what we breathe in! [...sand blasting silica sand] actually breaks it up into very fine particles making the dust easy to breathe in, which is In this issue of American Iron Garage I investigate what people refer to as va-por or wet blasting. We wanted to learn about its cleaning and prep processes, and, just as importantly, the health implications as a result of no dust being produced with this process.…

3 min.
pay it forward

Over the last few years, the chopping and motorcycle scene have grown more than any of us could have predicted. Shows like Fuel Cleveland, Mama Tried, Born Free, and Giddy Up have brought so many new people into the scene that almost everywhere you look you can find some-one riding an old bike. Whether it’s a Harley, Triumph, or Honda, people are turning dismal stock bikes into works of art with little more than welders and a set of wrenches. Now is the time of the home wrencher, the guy who works his 9-5 and comes home and spends six more hours turning his bike into something that looks like it crawled right out of the 1960s SoCal bike scene. ... given the opportunity, helping out a friend to get his…

4 min.
letters & snapshots

Garage@AmericanIronMagazine.com Sumner My son passed away two years ago. He had Crohn’s Disease and died suddenly from related complications. Over 1,000 people came to his wake, the biggest funeral the home had ever seen. He had gone to vocational school for auto bodywork and was a pretty skilled bodyworker and painter. He painted his bike a beautiful Kobalt Kandy Blue with ghost flames, and it looked great. In August 2013, he was hit from behind by a Jeep, and the rear was damaged extensively. Lacking funds to repair the bike, it sat in my garage for a few years prior to his death. While it sat, TJ and I had many conversations on exactly how he wanted his bike to look. Last year, our town decided to hold its first-ever bike night.…

1 min.
fat boy giveaway winner collects his prize

The team at American Iron built and detailed every change on this Fat Boy, using parts and accessories generously donated by Dennis Kirk, and you watched the finished product come into existence in the pages of American Iron Magazine and American Iron Garage. It was all for you, the readers, to have a chance to win this revamped bike. In March, Will and his wife, Janet, came all the way to our Con-necticut headquarters from Ohio to pick up the bike. He could hardly believe he actu-ally won, and he was all smiles as he blipped the throttle and heard the cannon fire of the Freedom Performance exhaust note. We owe a special thanks to all the companies that we partnered with, starting with our fellow sponsor in the giveaway,…

5 min.
third time’s a charm

Tom Montefusco jokingly dubs it “The Zombie Apocalypse Bike” because that’s the first thing that popped into his head when he saw the direction the build was going. And with its chopped tail, gnarly pipes, and meaty treads, the black Sporty does have a post-apocalyptic feel to it. But “zombie” suits the bike even more so because it has come back to life three different times already. “I got it from the original owner who had it in a Swedish chopper Paughco frame along with all the standard Paugh-co accoutrements people buy when they get their frames,” Tom says. Admittedly not a fan of the Swedish chopper look, Tom says he was primarily interested in the 1999 Sportster 883 engine and the original frame, which the owner had saved. The bike’s first…