Getting the message out!
Our friend Jim Henry sent us these cool photos. ENJOY!
Story: Tony Colombini, Photos of Emily by Mitzi Valenzuela
In 1970 Doug Cameron set out to build a bike that no other Harley or Indian can beat. He crafted the bike with all the speed equipment and enginuity of the day. The top end was punched out to 86 cubic inches and the bottom end was balanced to handle the load. Doug added a larger main sprocket that pushes the chain dangerously close to the frame.
Speaking of the frame, this rig started out as a hard-tail 1936 Indian. The front end is from a ‘48 Indian and there are miscellaneous parts all around the bike from hand-built to early aftermarket performance adders.
The bike is on-view and available for sale at the new Blacktop Depot. Since it has been in the store, the thing people notice first is the shifter. Most don’t realize it is an actual WWII bayonette. The spring connected to the scabbard is the brake pedal return spring.
You may notice the spark plugs mounted on the bars next to the horn. I asked Doug what they are hooked to, and he pointed to the magneto on the left out front of the mill. He saw the puzzled look on my face and continued that they are his “visual tachometer” sparking away as the engine runs. “You get to a hundred or so and it’s like a blue flame shooting out of there.” He said with a grin.
When we first posted photos of this bike online I got a couple of remarks asking if we have Steve McQueen’s bike in the shop. This bike is actually the “model” for Steve’s “The Blob” bike (named after his first movie).
Doug built this bike to beat anything else on the road. Steve rode around with Doug and his buddies when he was in So Cal. For five years, Steve would hound Doug to sell him the bike. Finally Doug said; “I won’t sell you my bike, but I will build you one like it.” To almost every detail he built “The Blob” only a couple of differences such as the rear fender, sissybar and shifter. The bike that Doug built for Steve (left) is in the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa.
As Ol’ White sits in our entry at Blacktop Depot, we get all kinds of reactions. Some knuckleheads said they’d restore it. Others like it just the way it is. All I know is it took a bit of scrubbin’ to get the grease off Emily’s arm as she posed on the bike for Mitzi’s photos. Emily grew up in a garage and didn’t mind it a bit.
Come on over to Blacktop Depot in the historic C.W. Moss Building in Old-Towne Orange, California and see this historic bike yourself.
We didn’t know too much about this little red roadster when we received it at Blacktop Depot. With a bit of diggin’, we found the whole story.
Story/Photos: Blacktop Staff
At first we thought it was a prop car for the movie industry or possibly from “The Little Rascals” TV series. I wanted to know more. Knowing a bit about movie and TV props, it was built too good for “the industry”. It is about the size of a Shriner’s car and possibly thought it may be one. I did some searches on Google and found nothing.
Why not look at the item itself for clues? The Cardinal baseball sticker on the window was interesting. On the back it is a bit torn and the first word is partially missing. It says:
“…atello’s Home Schedule 1941…” First thought to be a High School mascot car. Back online, I found that in 1941 there was a Cardinals minor league baseball team in Pocatello Idaho. Maybe a mascot car after all.
Then I opened the trunk hatch and dug around in there, not finding anything. I noticed some writing on the wood frame around the door. “Van Horn Antique Auto Marmarth, North Dakota”. I got online and found that JD Van Horn owns a museum in the small town near the Montana border. When I called JD answered. I told him about the little red roadster in the store window here in Orange, CA. He asked if I could send him some photos. I asked for his e-mail address. “I don’t have anything like that. Go ahead and send some photos in the mail.”
So I buy a couple of stamps and send him the photos.
A week later I get a call from JD.
“That’s the little car I built by hand in High School in the late ‘30’s. I sold it to my cousin many years ago. He was going to put in a new rear-end. I told him if he was to ever sell it, I would buy it back. Well, he gave it up for some back-rent he owed and never put in the new rear end.”
About a week later I got a neat card with a photo of his dog in the car ad inscribed was “Thank you for letting me know where the little car went.”
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What a beauty. Like he said, this thing is a jewel. You may recall, when we received the BAD Bike donor the engine was at Caveman’s garage. He is a builder and engine expert for shovels, pans, etc. Caveman agreed to build up the motor to our specification for this project to help support the American Diabetes Association. And he gave it his all.
The bike is going to be all black and we wanted the powerplant to be a dark jewel among the frame. We specified the rocker tops and cone to be bead blasted the fasteners all polished stainless steel or chrome and the rest black as you see here.
For the workings we have a brand new S&S Black Super E carb, fasteners from Hillco Fastener Warehouse, Total Seal Rings all in a 1980, 80ci Shovelhead with Andrews A-2 cam and teflon coated pistons. The rockers feature HD Valves, cast iron guides, Sifton OEM style springs & collars, and hydraulic pushrods. Built as a solid runner with minor improvements to increase performance and reliability, this is not a hot-dogger race/bar bike.
When we picked up the motor, Fred was there with his daily driver, shovel chopper that Caveman re-built 10 years ago. The bike is running great and clean, no leaks or anything. “If you run it cool, and don’t hot dog around town on it, keep it at 60mph it will run forever. You start racing it around going 90+ on the highway and it will need some work.” Caveman insisted. And with the four-speed to back it up, we wouldn’t have it any other way, just put along and enjoy the breeze.
Installing it in the frame was a bit of a chore for us. Billy held the bike still with locks on his wheel chair and T-Bone muscled it in while Panzer snored. On the first several attempts this iron beast put up a fight. After a careful review and a chance to breathe they removed a couple of acorn nuts on the top and it easily cleared the frame.
Time for another reveal.
The boys thrashed about that afternoon and evening to put in the transmission to fill the gap a bit. Next they added the new Lyndall Racing Brake rotors that are about a third of the weight of stock rotors. Then neighbor Carlos helped roll it up the ramp into Billy’s rig for a day at the So Cal Cycle Swap Meet to show the progress.
At the show a guy followed us as we rolled all the way through to the front corner and asked how much for the bike before we could even get out of the truck. We said make a bid at the auction and before we could explain anymore, he bolted. Gary and Dave from Wheel Works helped us unload the bike and our buddy Jeff showed up to keep us company for the day.
The bike got quite a bit of attention and people asked if they could donate to the cause so we put out a jar for their awesome donations. Carl from Cyclepath Cycle came over to help us load it back up to take it home. Time for a new ramp. Ours is a shorty quad ramp.
Be sure to follow the progress at www.BADBikeBuild.com the end of the year is coming quick, so we got to get back to thrashing about.