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Discussion in 'New to the H.A.M.B.? Introduce yourself here!' started by Gasser_Dave, Jan 5, 2014.

  1. Gasser_Dave
    Joined: Aug 18, 2013
    Posts: 63


    Hello all, my name is Dave and I live in Minneapolis. Been lurking for quite some time now and I think I align pretty well with what you guys are about. I come from the world of building bikes for the last 29 years and before that I had a couple of hot rods while in the Air Force. Nothing special, but they were loud and I was hooked.

    My inspiration came from my cousin named Steve Spetman who lived in Council Bluffs Iowa. I used to stay at their house while my folks went to Vegas on vacation. I did not mind because Steve was a racer, dirt bike rider, and eventually tried to make it on his own in NASCAR. While he did not make it far, I respected the work it took to get there. The one thing that always stuck in my mind was his 55 (I think, tri-five at least) gasser he used to race.

    I do not have a car right now as I have just sold my last chopper due to being laid off after 21 years at Best Buy, so I am waiting to get back on track with my new job, then concentrate on getting a car to work on. Why give up bikes? Well, I am now 49 years old, and have had numerous operations for bad joints, and after a nasty bout with prostate cancer, I am in no shape to ride a hardtail chopper and I refuse to pay 30k for a new HD bagger. Plus it is time to involve my wife who hates to ride bikes but is open to a loud, fast car we can go to shows in.
    I am currently lurking on here and soaking things up so I can hit the ground running when I get a car. I am searching for a 49-52 Chevy as my starting point. It won't be 100% period correct, but built for what I want it to do. But no Rat-rods for me!
    Here are a couple of pics of bikes I have built over the years... They are gonna be hard to give up, but I am looking forward to getting a car!


  2. Welcome and good luck all around!
  3. hallrods
    Joined: Feb 21, 2012
    Posts: 1,214


    Welcome from Wisconsin nice bikes you have skills.
  4. ROADSTER1927
    Joined: Feb 14, 2009
    Posts: 2,709


    WELCOME FROM WI---------Gary
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  5. Welcome from Lake Elysian, MN
  6. r.l.r
    Joined: Dec 5, 2006
    Posts: 86


    Welcome from New Prague. Good looking bikes you have there, just changed over to a Street Glide last year and it has saved my back. Send me a PM if you are interested in a 53 I know where there is one that would be a great starting point for a gasser, and it is pretty close.
  7. Hemishovel
    Joined: Mar 18, 2013
    Posts: 614


    Welcome wi nice bikes I got 79 custom built wide glide that is built like a chopper that my wife tells me I'm to old for
  8. Mnhotrodbuilder
    Joined: Jul 12, 2010
    Posts: 1,142

    from Afton, MN

    Nice intro! Welcome from Afton MN.
  9. Welcome from the coast of SC nice looking bikes I have been riding well close to 30 years now on a 2008 road king good luck with that cancer and hope you get to build that gasser
  10. kendall66
    Joined: Apr 3, 2011
    Posts: 96

    from iowa

    welcome from Iowa.......hope your staying warm up there, its colder than a well diggers ass here.
  11. 392modela
    Joined: Dec 11, 2013
    Posts: 480


    Hello from Viroqua Wisconsin

    posted with a box of crayons on the outhouse wall
  12. 50 customcoupe
    Joined: May 8, 2011
    Posts: 412

    50 customcoupe

    Welcome from Kentucky. I have a '50 chevy coupe that I am building as a mild late '50's custom...
  13. Welcome from frigid Langlade county!

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