: Axe's 300 Gripper chopper build



cadillaxe
07-13-12, 08:43 PM
Hey everyone,

Since I can't get the cts until i get the publicist costs out of the way this fall (and assuming the company doesn't add my dept to the 300 it whacked yesterday), been a couple years since I moved from my shop in FL, but been too long and decided it was time to get building, at least once more, and this time for me. You can follow the build on https://twitter.com/axeychrome in case you use that too.

I know this is a car site, so not sure if there's any interest in seeing a chopper built or not. i personally like sport bikes, cars, and choppers, but not everyone does. If you like what you see, post and let me know, if not, that's fine too.

It doesn't have steroids, me yelling back and forth with my dad, or drama. Just me building a chopper, and here's episode 1, enjoy!


http://youtu.be/ElyXGsrlCF8

The-Dullahan
07-14-12, 06:26 PM
Sounds like it will be an interesting topic. I can hardly wait to see it progress.

Interestingly, I am not too big on bikes in particular, but I have always liked customs of any kind, no matter how many wheels. I have a bike myself and it has come a decent way in my three years of ownership, but it was already a custom when I got it, so some of my work was already done. Likewise, some custom work was done that made extra work for me, because I had wanted to go in a different direction.

cadillaxe
07-14-12, 07:53 PM
Sounds like it will be an interesting topic. I can hardly wait to see it progress.

Interestingly, I am not too big on bikes in particular, but I have always liked customs of any kind, no matter how many wheels. I have a bike myself and it has come a decent way in my three years of ownership, but it was already a custom when I got it, so some of my work was already done. Likewise, some custom work was done that made extra work for me, because I had wanted to go in a different direction.

Nothing like that first headlight blinking it's eyes from sleep or that first growl from an engine of a new project. buying something already custom is great if it was done basically how you wanted, but a pain if not. then better to just go close to stock. i much prefer to just build from the ground up so i can make it just like i want. Then only problem is enough time, $, and being able to decide on what you want. Been trying to figure out exactly how i want to do the paint forever on this, think, i'm finally getting close.

MrHolland
07-14-12, 08:59 PM
I like bikes!!! My FXSTS.

http://i1162.photobucket.com/albums/q525/Mrholland55/Cell%20Phone%2011Jul12/DSCN00372.jpg

The-Dullahan
07-14-12, 11:30 PM
Nothing like that first headlight blinking it's eyes from sleep or that first growl from an engine of a new project. buying something already custom is great if it was done basically how you wanted, but a pain if not. then better to just go close to stock. i much prefer to just build from the ground up so i can make it just like i want. Then only problem is enough time, $, and being able to decide on what you want. Been trying to figure out exactly how i want to do the paint forever on this, think, i'm finally getting close.

It was cost effective, since the bike was essentially handed to me, as the PO owed me a great sum of money and I accepted it as a partial payment. It did not run when I received it. Naturally, that was the first problem I tackled. As for undoing his customizations, I found stock parts to replace the ones I wanted through Craigslist and did the rest to my own creative needs as I went. It also came with a spare engine, because when he was younger and regularly used it, he had swapped the engine when he encountered problems with his first one. He then rebuilt the first engine and kept it as a spare. Neither was suitable or roadworthy when I received the project.

My '67 GTO, was enough "from the ground up" project for me at the time, so as far as the bike goes, it was in some ways nice to have a project that was at least capable of driving once I fixed the engine. The first startup is always a nice feeling. Right as I was doing the bike, I had to completely redo the engine in my Pontiac in late 2010, just before Thanksgiving, because I sold the engine it came with, which was locked up and sat out of the car in my garage for two months and was able to buy a more desirable engine for the money I was given. The first time I started it the car up after the engine and transmission were in as well as the bike's first start up, sent shivers through my very soul. Each time, I was so happy and excited I don't really recall the joyride that came after each one. I imagine once that new engine is mounted into my Cadillac, a similar event may happen. If you guys don't hear for me for a while thereafter just remember that like last time, I will be back eventually.

Best of luck with your project Axe, it is nice to meet another authentic bike enthusiast here instead of some random hipster-scooter-bike owner. I look forward to seeing your progress.

cadillaxe
07-15-12, 09:52 AM
I like bikes!!! My FXSTS.

very cool! the seat might sit a little higher that way, but gives it a great look!

It was cost effective, since the bike was essentially handed to me, as the PO owed me a great sum of money and I accepted it as a partial payment. It did not run when I received it. Naturally, that was the first problem I tackled. As for undoing his customizations, I found stock parts to replace the ones I wanted through Craigslist and did the rest to my own creative needs as I went. It also came with a spare engine, because when he was younger and regularly used it, he had swapped the engine when he encountered problems with his first one. He then rebuilt the first engine and kept it as a spare. Neither was suitable or roadworthy when I received the project.

My '67 GTO, was enough "from the ground up" project for me at the time, so as far as the bike goes, it was in some ways nice to have a project that was at least capable of driving once I fixed the engine. The first startup is always a nice feeling. Right as I was doing the bike, I had to completely redo the engine in my Pontiac in late 2010, just before Thanksgiving, because I sold the engine it came with, which was locked up and sat out of the car in my garage for two months and was able to buy a more desirable engine for the money I was given. The first time I started it the car up after the engine and transmission were in as well as the bike's first start up, sent shivers through my very soul. Each time, I was so happy and excited I don't really recall the joyride that came after each one. I imagine once that new engine is mounted into my Cadillac, a similar event may happen. If you guys don't hear for me for a while thereafter just remember that like last time, I will be back eventually.

Best of luck with your project Axe, it is nice to meet another authentic bike enthusiast here instead of some random hipster-scooter-bike owner. I look forward to seeing your progress.

a ground up car is a whole lot different than a ground up bike. the guy i bought my '04 gto from had an old 69 400 auto gto he'd dumped about $10k into the driveline, and asked me for a quote to paint it. told him he couldn't afford it. i know how long it takes to paint a bike, and a car is a helluva lot more area/joints, etc.

here's the bikes from when i was doing it full time. Hope you don't mind the bikini models scattered throughout.:rolleyes:


http://youtu.be/LGCGiddW8As

The-Dullahan
07-15-12, 01:06 PM
a ground up car is a whole lot different than a ground up bike.

Precisely why it overshadowed my bike.

cadillaxe
07-15-12, 05:48 PM
always thought it'be fun to do an old muscle car build, even an old truck after seeing expendables. wish dad would've let me buy my cousin's '73 charger with the 440 in it when i was 16, would've been a good project car.

however, after bouncing off two airbags over the years, i'd have a hard time driving a vehicle w/o airbags. however, somehow driving motorcycles with no helmet is acceptable to me. go figure...:confused:

ShapeShifter
07-16-12, 02:48 PM
I'm a bike fan too. Look forward to seeing your progress.

cadillaxe
07-22-12, 05:05 PM
Here's the next episode. that 300 rr tire was a MF to mount!!


http://youtu.be/Km3pgY0b7kM

cadillaxe
07-26-12, 08:49 AM
Here's a pic of the frame with wheels in place and the performance machine foot controls in place. mid controls look cool, but just weren't going to work with that low of a seat. too much bend in the knees, so the forward controls will work just fine.

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/s720x720/599416_416555265047054_641177893_n.jpg

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/s720x720/549734_417692704933310_1142965994_n.jpg

cadillaxe
08-20-12, 07:19 AM
will post pics and vid from latest progress soon. Didn't get much done Saturday as was busy. Kent Motorsports had a ride/event where proceeds went to the float a soldier for wounded warriors. I went out and sold books/shirts with 25% of the proceeds going to the cause as well. Was hot, then i had to share the tent with 4 other people (in pic), but i suffered through it because it was a good cause.
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orconn
08-20-12, 02:10 PM
Looks like selling for charity just got a whole lot more interesting!

The-Dullahan
08-20-12, 04:37 PM
American women confuse me so...

cadillaxe
08-21-12, 07:31 AM
American women confuse me so...

bad thing is by the time you figure out as much as you're going to, you're twice their age.

Here's the newest episode of the build. Installing the HHI fork tubes and rear brake for the split hub, PM forward controls and front brake, RC Components rotors/sprocket. also received moon eyes oil tank, bassani exhaust, S&S carb, and primo belt drive.


http://youtu.be/5VsKiPatGBs

cadillaxe
08-24-12, 07:09 AM
a few pics as of now. HHI front end, Y Chrome wheels, PM 6 piston front and HHI rear brake, RC Components sprocket/rotors.
http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/s720x720/390835_426760630693184_1689877184_n.jpg
http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/s720x720/399647_426760727359841_552146665_n.jpg
http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/s720x720/205828_426762404026340_1944319954_n.jpg

cadillaxe
09-26-12, 07:08 AM
Went back to FL. Talked about seat design with T-roy, saw Tracer's new corvette, Miami beach, the Mango's dancers, and made fenders for the chopper.


http://youtu.be/vRNsMAPtBKI

CadillacLuke24
09-27-12, 08:48 PM
DAMN DUDE.

You do exceptional, excellent work. I'm excited to see this chopper in full, running form!

The more and more I see custom bikes and what can be done with them, the more I like 'em.

Keep it up! Looking good!! :D

cadillaxe
09-28-12, 06:59 AM
Thanks, Luke. seeing that engine show up and dropping it in https://twitter.com/axeychrome had me pretty stoked too! Next big piece of the puzzle is the tank. can't f'n wait!

ShapeShifter
09-29-12, 06:29 PM
Nice! More progress.

cadillaxe
10-10-12, 08:00 AM
need to start picking paint schemes so i'm not scratching my head when the metal's done (sheet metal, not heavy metal which never dies!).

I'm close to convinced on a chrome frame for this one. everything chrome or polished, despite everyone's making blacked out ones, but i may consider a black frame. thoughts?

paint will be either the hot candy apple red or cool candy teal base. I'll be painting realistic fire (vs. pinstriped flames) with either hot sunset pearl and lambo yellow highlights or cool limetime pearl with lime gold candy highlights. I'm contemplating a clothing impaired hottie straddling an Axe on the lower part of the gas tank as well, maybe her tail on the tail of the bike too.

Flamework will be like the anarchist bike at Anarchist (http://www.ychrome.com/anarchist.html)). i dig both schemes, so in the end will probably do whatever the whim is the day i order paint, but curious if anyone had strong opinions either way? thanks!

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/1079_442422765793637_531660317_n.jpg

CadillacLuke24
10-11-12, 01:25 AM
Well, you got a black bike with a red babe, so I think the cool paint scheme (pun intended :histeric: ) would look good. Chrome frame would be SICK!

cadillaxe
10-11-12, 07:07 AM
Well, you got a black bike with a red babe, so I think the cool paint scheme (pun intended :histeric: ) would look good. Chrome frame would be SICK!

that's definitely a consideration. with one black/red accent/orange flame bike, would make more sense to go cool this time with the chrome (still haven't checked what chroming that frame will cost). I've built two bikes (http://www.ychrome.com/Ripper.html)that had candy apple red too. guess like any decision, do i stick with what i know i like, or try something new?

cadillaxe
10-12-12, 07:33 PM
TP121" engine came in and fits in the frame. fat katz gas tank came in too and looks great on it. getting some fender work done as well, and the .44 mag came back from S&W, which is critical to bike building of course. Starting to look like a motorcycle now!!


http://youtu.be/_w1ePTZOUMg

CadillacLuke24
10-13-12, 02:35 AM
DAMN STRAIGHT! That is awesome!!

cadillaxe
10-14-12, 08:39 AM
pics for some who can't view the videos.

fenders with matching gothic cuts
http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/250581_443892145646699_179285690_n.jpg

headlight mounted
http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/577150_443892155646698_1978593492_n.jpg

tp 121 and 5 gallon fatkatz tank in place
http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/30984_443892165646697_1873919206_n.jpg

cadillaxe
10-28-12, 02:23 PM
Got the handlebars in, tried them, fit well. Took everything apart, welded the mounts for the oil and gas tanks.


http://youtu.be/XaM_h8GLIOw

CadillacLuke24
10-28-12, 09:39 PM
Dirty hands are a sign of accomplishment. Excellent work! It looks SICK!

Stoneage_Caddy
10-28-12, 10:45 PM
coming along well , former HD 883r owner lurking here in the shadows

cadillaxe
10-29-12, 07:26 AM
Thanks Luke. Stoneage, you may enjoy the Anarchist pics at http://www.ychrome.com/anarchist.html. It started as an 883 as well. Now it's got 1200 buell lightning engine parts, nighttrain wheels and front end, and my special touch on air cleaner, seat, metal, exhaust, paint.

Stoneage_Caddy
10-29-12, 03:53 PM
diggin the seat

cadillaxe
10-29-12, 08:34 PM
diggin the seat

not the most comfortable, but yeah, i really like how it came out. glad i didn't mess up burning the anarchy symbol in it, as you can't erase that.

cadillaxe
11-02-12, 07:17 AM
got the intake manifold flanges in yesterday, so put the manifold, S&S carb, breather/mount, and my raw Y Chrome air cleaner on. I stuck with S&S since that's what i'm familiar with when it comes to jetting, and that's what i designed my air cleaner for, although a drill lets it adapt to others too.

original design was just two plates sandwiched together, but at highway speed, the air passing through the K&N created negative pressure over the throttle body, and suffocated the engine. That day in Daytona, i duct taped the front for the drive home, and it ran fine. hence this new design. will show more on the conical inside air director in the next video.

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/398255_450883571614223_2070130810_n.jpg

cadillaxe
11-06-12, 07:45 PM
fabricating the tank extension, assembling the carb and YCC air cleaner, AR15 texas tactical event, film me hitting on hot waitress, primo primary drive, waiting for transmission, due here tomorrow!


http://youtu.be/jP1DQLj_h-c

cadillaxe
11-18-12, 07:59 PM
First exhaust didn't fit, new set does...sort of. Welding on swingarm complete, rear fender all done, metal work finished, including seat pan made, everything apart, took to Corpus to Chrome Pros for chroming, and relaxed at the beach.


http://youtu.be/fUEtbwy4HjM

cadillaxe
12-15-12, 08:43 PM
will finish the last round of clear tonight, but up all last night on the rest of it. did B&W graphics first. Grim reaper on tank reaching out to rear fender holding an hourglass morphing into girl's hourglass.

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/399315_465890736780173_582012527_n.jpg

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/20596_465890746780172_1302538525_n.jpg

teal candy base with lime green flames and lime gold candy accents for more 3d effect
http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/25056_466120800090500_1895989780_n.jpg

and the girl on the tank riding the axe.:)
http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/303804_465968180105762_1853023932_n.jpg

cadillaxe
12-18-12, 07:29 AM
This shows what it takes to do a custom motorcycle paint with all the necessities of girls, the grim reaper, & real fire from start to finish with breaks for Penni's cd release party and my tables at the gun show, as well as my new purchase there. More sanding than painting and a lot of work, but rewarding when you've got those parts shining back at you. Now just waiting for the frame to get back from the chrome shop in a week or 2 and start bolting everything together!


http://youtu.be/eyY4lWawB0M

cadillaxe
01-13-13, 09:12 AM
parts back from chrome, time to wire and bolt this thing together!

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/542227_477883242247589_1753415264_n.jpg

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/385280_477883248914255_649548012_n.jpg

CadillacLuke24
01-13-13, 04:01 PM
Damn! Looks Fantastic! Can't wait to see it all back together! :thumbsup:

cadillaxe
02-03-13, 08:57 AM
yesterday made how many hours and way more dollars all worth it. The bike fired right up, first try, a little orange flame burst even. made sure my oil pressure came up, took it for the first ride around the block, got the carb set to idle, shifts smooth, ran well overall. I still of course want to get it warm, do some more tuning on the jets to make sure i'm right where it needs to be, but overall couldn't be happier with how it looks or sounds. LAF!

first 300 i've had, and sure doesn't lean like the sportster, but love the drop seat and very comfortable. here's a couple quick pics while i get the tuning done, put a few miles on, finish the videos, etc. woo hoo!!!

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/397379_489272024442044_1967511506_n.jpg

http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/602896_489272031108710_1177454627_n.jpg

Stoneage_Caddy
02-03-13, 10:43 AM
she looks great man ....
the first fire up of a project bike is the best feeling ....we all stood around the honda when it coughed to life for the first time in 5 years , all of us amazed that the 300 dollar craigslist barn find bike acutally ran without piston ring problems was great ...

id come out and help ya put miles on it , but my basic training was in san antonio , bad memeorys LOL

cadillaxe
02-03-13, 01:19 PM
hoping for spark, hoping for oil pressure, hoping for smooth running, all feels great when you know and don't hope anymore for sure.

you and a lot of others have push up memories of this city. all the pushups i've done around here were with girls under me. :)

CadillacLuke24
02-03-13, 05:27 PM
NICE!! That turned out excellent! It looks fantastic all put together, one very sharp maching :thumbsup:

Here's to many a ride on that beauty! GREAT JOB AXE!! :D

cadillaxe
02-03-13, 07:43 PM
Thanks! this has been a blast building but sure felt great to hear that thing roar for the first time! Latest vids have the electrical work, final assembly, walk around in the sun, and hearing the most efficient machine in existence for converting fuel and air into noise. :p


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33jjxSJIRU8&feature=share&list=UUQ1hTGwCLtT_wIepdghAejQ


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PN7HcURgyw0&feature=share&list=UUQ1hTGwCLtT_wIepdghAejQ

CadillacLuke24
02-03-13, 08:51 PM
That is one sweeeeeet motorcycle :thumbsup:

It sounds wicked too! Great job :D

cadillaxe
02-03-13, 09:17 PM
thanks, Luke. seriously jacked about how the final product looks. felt damn good burning down the road for a little test drive today.

cadillaxe
03-08-13, 07:30 AM
went to a V-owners group where they had a high level marketing guy and project engineer from Caddy. picture of the vehicle that didn't quite belong on the lot. and yep, placed my order for a '13 CTS V coupe last week. 10 more weeks and woo-hoo! (for getting the car, not having a payment again)

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CadillacLuke24
03-08-13, 03:00 PM
SWEET! Bet you are stoked!!

cadillaxe
03-08-13, 08:12 PM
yeah i am!

cadillaxe
06-16-13, 08:27 AM
Not sure if any other local Texans on the forum attended, but had a booth at the ROT event the last couple days. The Gripper chopper won the 1st in pro custom category, even though i built it in my garages, but guess since i used to have a shop, that's where it went.

Trophy in front of my bike
https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/969181_538321842870395_1390881475_n.jpg

with a couple buddie and the JD girls at coyote ugly on 6th street
https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/5557_538321849537061_1097416272_n.jpg

some guy that carried boxes one at a time sweating all afternoon instead of using the bright orange cart right in plain sight.
https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/969593_538323729536873_888560607_n.jpg

ben.gators
06-16-13, 09:39 AM
^
Maybe he was hired hourly, who knows!

cadillaxe
06-17-13, 07:38 AM
i seriously think that was the owner. hope he's smarter about selling stuff than moving stuff!

CadillacLuke24
06-17-13, 05:51 PM
LOL we can only hope!

Glad your work was rightfully recognized as the top notch stuff that it is!

cadillaxe
10-15-13, 07:20 AM
Taking off on the chopper tonight for Houston, then a night in New Orleans Wed, off to Jax, FL thur, then Fri and Sat in Daytona Beach for Biketoberfest. Had to make a pair of saddlebags (first attempt at leather work), but it's all shined up and packed and ready to leave after work today. Should be a miserable ride at times, especially the ride back, but ought to be a blast overall and jacked to get in the wind!

if you use twitter, https://twitter.com/axeychrome will have posts/pics from along the way, hopefully none i regret later. :angel: . Hopefully as much fun as Easy Rider w/o getting shot in the end. :eek:

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CadillacLuke24
10-15-13, 04:09 PM
SWEET! Have fun dude!

Botond
10-15-13, 06:39 PM
Cool! A bike-thread!! I am a hardcore biker, full patched MC-member since 2001. I had a lot of bikes through the years, everyone of them customized really hard. I should post some photos, but have to find them on my PC. I ride a custom HD for 4 years now. Congrats for the bikes, they are awesome!! L&R!

Hoosier Daddy
10-15-13, 07:46 PM
Cool! A bike-thread!! I am a hardcore biker, full patched MC-member since 2001. I had a lot of bikes through the years, everyone of them customized really hard. I should post some photos, but have to find them on my PC. I ride a custom HD for 4 years now. Congrats for the bikes, they are awesome!! L&R!
Since this thread is about a specific bike, here is a thread for all member bikes. You might want to post there or start your own thread.

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/community-lounge-introductions-general-discussion/285284-any-motorcycle-lovers.html

cadillaxe
10-22-13, 10:30 AM
BIKETOBERFEST 2013: adventure, bars (not steel), beach, beer, bourbon street, choppers, corvette, daytona, flaky model, friends, houston, jax, new orleans, nuns, rats hole show, repairs, saddle sore, strippers, sunburn, uhaul, whiskey, yellow burro. more details will be in the next book...

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cadillaxe
11-17-13, 09:37 AM
Here's a few of the pics AJ (photographer) took in Daytona. Sure pi$$ed the bikini model i had lined up couldn't get her a$$ up in time for the shoot. Guess beauty and brains aren't a package deal for her. Still had a good time, got some good pics, and can get some model shots locally later.

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