Monday, November 13, 2017

Fuel Cleveland 2018 Builder Series: Kelley Runion - Champ Co Supply



Fuel Cleveland 2018 Builder Series Profile:

Name: Kelley Runion
Shop: Champ Co. Supply
Location: Howell, MI
Build: 1959 Panhead


11.13.17 - Intro


Kelley Runion stopped by Lowbrow Customs a few weeks ago on his way to make a trade of a life time. What was that trade you ask? How about a freshly done 2005 Sportster chopper for a 1959 Panhead, yeah I'd make that trade too. We were immediately intrigued by the whole idea and asked Kelley to keep us in the loop. After getting the bike he hit us up and told us he was able to lock down the trade and acquire the Panhead! With such a cool story, Kelley not only being super talented but a great family man and the bike looked like it could be something really amazing, we had to extend the invite for him to be apart of Fuel Cleveland 2018. We absolutely can't wait to see what Kelley and his 3 boys come up with on this build, start'em young as we always say. 

Words from Kelley:
Everyone that knows me knows that I have dreamed of one day building a Panhead. Didn't matter what year, just a Panhead. Well, that day has come but it took a journey to get here.

Kelly's sons putting in the work on Kelly's first ever build.
The '59 Panhead


Modifying my bikes and later building them started out of necessity and later turned into a passion. That same passion has already been handed down to each of my three sons who each in their own way have a heart for bikes, both riding and wrenching as well as knowing the history of what got motorcycles to the place they are now. Ive been blessed to be able to blend family time with what I love to do and being invited to be a builder for Fuel Cleveland has definitely given me some street cred with my dudes. They'll be following my build thread with eagle eyes to catch a glimpse of themselves in action. They have been a pivotal part of my previous two builds and i'm stoked to have their input on the '59 as well.


The '59 made its way to our garage recently through trade. I had just finished building an '05 chopper and for some reason got it in my head to scour craigslist for anyone selling a panhead for under 10g. I must have sent out fifteen or so requests across the entire US to see if anyone was interested in partial trades. As you can imagine...they weren't, except for one dude. One crusty old biker in Virginia had a panhead sitting in his kitchen for the last 2 years. It belonged to he and a buddy and since his buddy passed he just let it sit. He had seen the bike I built on social media and after hearing from me was down for the trade. Had to sweeten the pot with a couple of guns I no longer shot but it didn't take long for my middle son and I to load up the sporty in the back of the truck to make the trek 12 hours away to Virginia. We made a pit stop along the way at Lowbrow Customs to pick up some swag but other than that it was east bound and down. Needless to say we made the swap and here we are.

The Motor
Here's the plan unless I change my mind...which I've been known to do; We're starting with a '59 Panhead motor bored .60 over. We've got a '58 4 speed ratchet top trans that we will run with a rocker clutch and jockey shifter eliminating the hand control and mousetrap that came with the bike. Turns out after cussing the frame which I thought was either a 54 wishbone or at worst a re-pop that underneath all of that bondo and atrocious welding was an OEM '48! The frame is kinda like that dude that you can't stand until you find out he's a good welder and builds bikes then you're like "oh, he's kinda cool, just different!" The plans are to either narrow up a set of 3.5 gallon fat bobs or to run Lowbrow's WX tanks and try to retro fit a Harley dash. I wanna see the rocker covers and I'm just not ready for stock tanks just yet. Maybe when i'm old-er. Planning on narrowing a re-pop hinged rear fender and running it without the lower section and unless I sell one of my kids and can afford an OEM springer ill run a Mid-USA replica. The plans are to try and maintain some of the stock look of the bike with some obvious additions and take aways. Ive had this vision in my head for years and I hope to be able to pull it off.


It's an honor to be a part of Fuel Cleveland and I hope this bike in some way represents the spirit of what its all about. Long live the dude in his garage that just figures it out.

Make sure to follow along Kelley's every move with this build via his Instagram page @champcosupply. We will also post updates through out the months leading up to the show of his progress on this thread. We eagerly can't wait for the unveiling of this 1959 Panhead at Fuel Cleveland on July 28th, 2018!


The trade an 2005 Sportster for a 1959 Panhead!

​Stripped down revealing how cruel the 70's were to stock frames

"Seriously...why?!" 

While cleaning the 70's off of the frame I came to find out it is an OEM '48!

​Getting it clean and figuring out what needs to get cut off and what needs to be replace. Trying to keep as much of the original frame as I can.


Monday, November 6, 2017

Fuel Cleveland 2018 Builder Series: Carlos Amador - Daily Driver Choppers


Fuel Cleveland 2018 Builder Series Profile:
Name: Carlos Amador
Shop: Daily Driver Choppers
Location: Denver, CO
Build: 1967 Gen Shovel Bobber

11.6.17 - Intro


Carlos Amador hailing from Denver, Colorado is an up and coming builder who has the drive and passion for building high show quality motorcycles that you can still ride every single day. His craftsmanship and creativity are top notch and his work speaks for itself, not to mention he has won multiple awards for his first two builds. When Carlos came to us with his plans on what he wanted to build for Fuel Cleveland, we couldn't have been more excited to extend the invite and see his vision become a reality. 

Words from Carlos:

Being invited to Fuel Cleveland is a honor, especially being a rookie builder who just graduated welding school in May 2015. I've always been into motorcycles as a kid, with a grandfather and a uncle that rode bikes when they where young especially my grandfather who rode a lot after WWII on his Harley-Davidson Flathead. I rode a lot of dirt bikes when I was younger but didn’t get into riding choppers till I was older. I told myself I’m not riding something stock and that I would only ride what I built with my own two hands. So after graduating school I did an apprenticeship at bad ass Industries where I built my first bike called "The Daily Driver" which was featured in Cycle Source. That bike was the beginning and inspiration to opening up my own shop and the name Daily Driver Choppers just fit well. My second build was called "The Ringmaster." Which received a bunch of awards this past summer and I couldn't be more happy on how it came out. The bikes I build are not just for show though, they are truly riders, I rode "The Daily Driver" to Born Free from Denver and then to Sturgis 2016. The Ringmaster's motor is still getting broken in since the rebuild but I plan on doing some long trips and putting on the miles on that 10ft chopper.
Carlos and "The Ringmaster" at Born Free

For Fuel Cleveland 2018 I was thinking of doing a simple clean Bobber style motorcycle inspired by one of David Mann's photo that I love. It's not going to be exact and I'm going to put little bit of my twist to the bike as well. As far as paint and my own twisted fabrications that I'm going to do, it should come out killer and something a little different. I found an old frame that I have been cleaning up and fixing up over the past couple of weeks. I will be making my own controls etc.. And for the motor I'm going to use a 1967 Gen Shovel. Well, I hope everyone enjoys the holidays, I'll keep sending in updates and hope you follow along with my build. See you all at Fuel Cleveland 2018

Make sure to follow along Carlos' every move with this build via his Instagram page @dailydriverchoppersllc. We will also post updates through out the months leading up to the show of his progress on this thread. We eagerly can't wait for the unveiling of this 1967 Gen Shovel at Fuel Cleveland on July 28th, 2018!

David Mann inspirational sketch Carlos is basing his build around.

It always starts with a frame.
Shaping the neck, and making a window.
Back bone fixes
Taking shape and getting the basic ideas.


Monday, September 18, 2017

Fuel Cleveland Official Merchandise Available Now!


With such a high demand at this past year's Fuel Cleveland for merchandise, we decided to make everything available for sale online at Lowbrow Customs. We ran out of a few sizes and designs pretty early in the day and we know some people were pretty bummed they couldn't grab the exact style they wanted. So here's another chance to still grab that shirt, hat, beer koozie, or patch you really wanted! 

We brought back our "Fuel Cleveland Logo" shirt from show 2 and made for the very first time "The Guardian" design available in a women's tank top! Proceeds from all merch sales will help keep Fuel Cleveland 100% FREE to attend. With your help we can continue to make Fuel Cleveland the best vintage motorcycle/art/photography show it can be for years to come! Thank you again for everyone's love, support, and kind words over the past few months about this year's show. It means the absolute world to us. See everyone July 28th, 2018 for another Fuel Cleveland!



-Mikey Revolt

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Fuel Cleveland 2017 Recap Video


           

Did you miss out on Fuel Cleveland 2017? Don't worry, we got you covered! Check out this video recap by Leland James of Coppersmith Video Production.

Big thanks again to our 2017 sponsors for keeping Fuel Cleveland a FREE show for everyone to attend:

Lincoln Electric
Old Bike Barn
Cheap Thrills Good Times
Kustom Tech

Make plans to come out to Fuel Cleveland next year! The show will be on July 28th, 2018 from 12pm-8pm at the same great location: 5401 Hamilton Ave. Cleveland, OH 44114

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Fuel Cleveland 2018 Announcement


It's official, the next Fuel Cleveland will be held on July 28th, 2018. We have secured the same location at the Ingenuity Fest building at 5401 Hamilton Ave. Cleveland, OH. Planing is on its way and we can't wait to see each and everyone of you there. Tell a friend and pass it a long, Cleveland is the only place to be at the end of July!

Also if you are an artist, photographer or bike builder and would like to possibly be featured in next year's show, please email a detailed description about yourself, your art and or bike along with some photos of your work/bike to fuelcleveland@gmail.com.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Fuel Cleveland 2017 Weekend Info


Fuel Cleveland 2017


Date: 07.29.17
Show hours: 12pm - 8pm
Cost: FREE!

Coming from East 55th st. and or Hamilton Ave, the show entrance is off Marquette St. Look for the large Fuel Cleveland banner and open gate. There is only motorcycle parking allowed inside the gated area and we ask that you leave Marquette St. open for motorcycle parking only as well. Cars may park on any other side streets including Hamilton Ave.




Pre-Party & Show Class Magazine After Party



Pre-Party Info
Date: 07.28.17
Party Hours: 7pm - 1:30am
Cost: FREE!

Show Class Magazine After Party Info
Date: 07.29.17
Party Hours: 8pm - 1:30am
Cost: FREE!






Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Fuel Cleveland 2017 Pre-Party and After Party Info



The night before Fuel Cleveland on July 28th come join us from 7pm till last call at Hoopples bar 1930 Columbus Rd. Cleveland, OH. Beautiful views of downtown Cleveland right by the Cuyahoga river, good people, and cheap drinks what more can you ask for.

After Fuel Cleveland ends on July 29th, make sure to head on over to Goldhorn Brewery a block away from the venue. We will be joining our friends at Show Class Magazine to party out the rest of the evening. Goldhorn Brewery is located at 1361 E. 55th St. Cleveland, OH There are two parking lots, along with ample motorcycle parking inside the brewery's garage doors. Good food, great beer, music, cee-lo games for prizes with Show Class Magazine and much much more.

Hoopples is on the corner of Columbus and Franklin.
Goldhorn Brewery Is on East 55th St. a block away from Fuel Cleveland.