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milwaukee belle

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Post Thu Nov 16, 2006 2:56 pm

is this a racer...or a bobber ??

:) Hi forummers !
this is a thing i wanted to do since a long time , but never found time to do it .
enjoy the pics . comments welcomed !
the name of the scoot is "Joe Petrali Memory"

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Hmmm...
sorry :? for the black EVO chopper . i know it don't have its place here , but i thought these pics are like "Captain America and Billy's Bike" :wink:
anyway : the owner is a great friend ( taller than me ! ) and we work together on customer's scoots . he do mechanic and me the rolling chassis....

about the JPM-Bobber ( or racer : as ya want... )
1200 CC Motor , gearbox , frame and fork from :shock: 1941
lots of hand made parts 8) on ....
really...really a bomb under the ass !
this changes from my ol' 45' !
unfortunately : the scoot is now at the other end of France .
it's always the same story : the best is for customers....not for the guy who build the bike . :(

:D Later
Fran-6
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Post Thu Nov 16, 2006 3:32 pm

Who cares what others label it. I would call it a true testament to fine workmanship! Amazing as usual!
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Post Thu Nov 16, 2006 7:33 pm

Damn Fran-6 !!! You did it again ! Beautiful !!!!!! You must teach your trade and skills before hands work no more !! You amaze me !! :D Pa
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Post Thu Nov 16, 2006 11:07 pm

Wow! The Big Flat Bobber is too much man. What a great look.
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Post Fri Nov 17, 2006 12:25 am

One off the best looking non-original U I've seen for ages!!!!
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Post Fri Nov 17, 2006 3:03 am

i could look at that for hours.
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Post Fri Nov 17, 2006 11:52 pm

Milwaukee B. That is a fine looking Flathead! Is there any chance of showing us a close-up of your speedo and mounts for the speedo.
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milwaukee belle

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Post Sat Nov 18, 2006 2:24 am

... :? there is a small bracket welded on the handlebar...

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Post Sun Nov 19, 2006 1:49 pm

:?...i have invented nothing about the speedo on the handlebar . Charlie ( lecach ) and éric has shown me lots of ol'racing pics with the same arrangement .
in facts : i have made this customer's bike "the way it could have been built in the 40s" ....researches , documentation , exact choice of the parts...for a real vintage lookin' .
nothing modern on it ( except the belt drive , hidden under the primary and the 12 Volts conversion )
yes : the scoot looks a bit "too-much-new" as i show it on these pics , but once it will have some more runs and kilometers on the frenchie roads ( and get a roots patina ) : the work will be at last completed :wink: .

Panmanhd : for the same stuff : you just have to do it by yourself !
the " finned-embossed" look of all the sheetmetal is fake :shock: everywhere .
in my best dreams : i have imagined doing the same work with TRUE EMBOSSED sheet......but : let's be réalistic !
ya know as me what kind of heavy tooling and machinery is needed for this résult :(

more pics : here they are .
( yes : in facts : the bike raw and naked was beautyfuller than painted ! )
Fran-6

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Post Mon Nov 20, 2006 1:11 am

this is common steel 6 Mms diameter rod .
about the spaces between fins : i have made the same as the distrib-cover . ( i can remember i used M-6 nuts to help me keepin' an equal space between fins , during the welding )
but the oil tank should NOT be in a museum : it should be in the mind of a big company sayin'me " Okay Fran-6 : this is a nice idéa ! let's start building them together now IN CAST ALUMINIUM "
imagine . what a nice part for all pan , knuck or big flat lovers !

Fran-6
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Post Mon Nov 20, 2006 6:22 am

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Post Mon Nov 20, 2006 7:02 pm

that bike is one of the nicest customs i have seen in a long time!

cool concept and great execution!

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Post Tue Nov 21, 2006 2:28 am

i would buy the oil bag and primary for both my pans if available. nice looking stuff there fran-6.
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Post Tue Nov 21, 2006 5:13 am

I must say, that is a beautiful creation and I also would love to have that tank for my new U chopper I just put together.

Nice work Fran-6

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milwaukee belle

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Post Tue Nov 21, 2006 6:04 am

Hello Kurt !
lots of parts from your :wink: buisness on this bobber !
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Post Wed Nov 22, 2006 2:04 am

:( starting this kind of production in france equals shooting you a bullet in the nose...
i think i should définitively leave wife , children , home and friends and go live my life elsewhere...where life is more cool for workers ...where government don't ask you to pay more than you win .
good idéa , no ? :?
let's stop dreamin'....
i have thousand idéas this kind in mind . and the best i can do is trying to include them in the customer's bikes....and then ; waiting to see later the same part manufactured by a strong factory :wink: ....

don't worry : i live this very well . ( i'm 48 old and i need more than this to be out )
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Post Fri Nov 24, 2006 1:11 am

:D Ah ! Thank you ! your proposition go right to my heart ! :lol:
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Post Thu Nov 30, 2006 7:51 pm

starting work on my 1u.it should only look half a good as yours i would be happy,great looking bike well done
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Post Fri Dec 01, 2006 1:39 am

idéas and comments are free :D . we are here to share . if you need some idéa : don't hésitate to call me : if i can help ; it will be with pleasure :wink: .
Fran-6
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Post Tue Jan 16, 2007 12:08 pm

Fran-6: Nice work. You are creative as hell. We love the look. What color paint is that? Wife likes it for her ULH and you know how that works. I truly like the craftsmanship on this bike very nice. Great looking ride.
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