Using a lead platen I hammered the wings into shape, then added the body and head. The antennae and silver balls were last and most difficult.
My Bugeye in the junkyard prior to restoration. Note the folding windshield from a big Healey.
2.7Liter 4 banger Austin Healey 100 engine bay.
My Big Healey 1954 BN2
Rarest of all Healey's. It's a 100S. Cruising the back roads in NM. That's a thumbs up!
Tater in repose.
1958 Austin Healey back from the painter. Now the tedious reassembly begins.
Use the magnifier to see the Thunderbird and jackrabbit and turtle water boss reinforcements. All sterling silver.
A fork jig I designed 30 odd years ago. The gauge balanced on top of the rake tower is for alignment of damaged forks. The center line is set with a pin through the brake hole or a veneer caliper works too. Rake can be done down (as shown) or up.
Stay bender and crimper tool.
Bike work station. Rotating vice on a peninsula. Lots of light. Slate work top.
My round adobe house in a snow storm. It was designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. It's like a giant bicycle wheel on its side. Nothing square or very plumb. Very unique and comfy.
World Record 100K Kent Bostick Silver fillet MAX tube construction. Stretched Kevlar discs. Custom Shimano group courtesy of Wayne Stetina.
40K road TT National record holder. John Frey-47:35 Columbus Air tube set. 20 year anniversary in 2010. Still unbeaten!
Like Natalie Wood on a Pontiac hood..well sort of.
1956 Austin Healey 100M A factory hotrod. An earlier restoration, wish it was mine!
A recent restoration. 1960MGA Twin Cam.
My restored Austin Healey Bugeye next to a larger road user.
National Record 40K tandem TT. In gold is Gabe Aragon and Desi Brown from my shops team. In silver is Bostick and Frey who won gold in a previous Nat. with this frame set. It's 2 MAX road tube sets. Silver and brass fillet.
Fred Cappy and Frey after John's World Amateur Hour record ride. Fred was a 6 day racer at Madison Square Garden in the twenties. A great cycling ambassador and gentleman. We miss you Fred!
Jaguar XK-E 4.2 liter straight 6 with twin overhead cams and triple 2" SU carbs during restoration.
Inside the round adobe at grandmom's 100th birthday party.
My junk yard dogs. Guinness and Tater. They can get to the fence in 2.8 seconds, can you?
Pete's new "fixie". This was done in collaboration with Chauncy Matthews, an up and coming frame builder.
The Swiss cheese pursuit bike. 45 reinforcing "holes" note: upside down seat stays. Aero fork design.
The latest Santa Fe style. "mariposa" Bear claw H20 bottle bosses, silver bead work on brake bridge. Magnify!
Columbus Spirit Niobium frame in bright green Imron.
Silver and coral Mariposa
Me and Frey on a very mountainous NM century. He's riding the single speed Schwinn coaster. Animal!
Spirit frame mounted in my Pino Morroni jig.
This jig is for tandems or singles.
Jackrabbit and turquoise.
My favorite. Mudhead Kacina mask and very ornate brake bridge treatment. All Sterling silver.
Another shot of the Thunderbird Spirit frame set.
Time consuming detail.
Overlaid silver work on a 8 sided Spirit down tube.
Part of my front yard. The shop is in the background. the tiles on the wall are Kacheri (clown) Kachinas on a unicycle.
Jag XK 150 door skin repair using Kleco clips to hold panels during MIG'ing.
BB and drop out fixture detail.
Top tube protector. New Mexico style.
World record Amateur Hour (John Frey - 48.507K) and multiple National 40K TT road decal.
Woman's National Hour record. (Carolyn Donnelly)
The "Halloween" bike. All aero, even the crown. 60mm front hub, rear dropouts below the chain stays. Loaned to a tri-athlete and never returned...magnify! It's cool. The folks in the background are the UCI and USCF officials.
Pino Morroni TI left side drive track bike circa 1973. Made from solid bar stock and bored into tubes by Pino. priceless!
This was the 1st Santa Fe Style frame. Spirit tubes, MAX forks and kinetic silver feathers on seat stay caps.
The first Santa Fe style with threadless and carbon fork.
Me and Luke Longley (NBA-Timberwolves) in front of the old bike store. I'm 5'10", he's ~7'2". Big MTB!
Kind of cool. Early MAX frame...before lug kits. Crown is a Cinelli cast with the back cut away and brass added to the top to conform to the MAX blade shape.
This goes with Pino's TI track frame. He gives the details and his autograph too!
This was my personal ride for a long time. MAX tubes and lug set. Campy 50th Anniversary Groupo. And flat sewups, of course. Oh, and one of my "record" forks. And..a bar end. mirror
A fairly late MTB. MAX OR. Unicrown. I quit the retail store about this time and started the NM Keirin legalization project, which some 18 years later still is an ongoing hope, but mostly moribund.
Another Spirit road bike. I always liked the color and component mix. Looks fast and light and is!
A 1959 Austin Healey "Bugeye" Sprite. Very original, one owner NM car. A recent acquisition.
Fender repair on a 1953 Jaguar XK120 DHC in progress.
Judy receiving the best 100M award from Gerry Coker at the San Diego conclave. She found this car in a junkyard and delivered it to me in pieces, nearly all rusted!
Bas relief turtles in the bathroom.
Unusual truss system to strengthen a tandem stoker's BB against twisting.
Hi! I'm Hopi. I'm new here. The other doggies passed last month. So, Dave needs me to take care of stuff. I'm too sweet to be a Rotty, but the bad guys don't know that..
Living in the land of milk and honey.
This is my friend Iris. We're trash talking and having some fun.
Here's a recent frame in the continuing Santa Fe style. It's Columbus Spirit multi-shape w/ a carbon fork. More silver and Turquoise details. Use magnifier tool.
Here it is with a Shimano Ultegra group ready for the customer.
I've started to fool around with some silver smithing projects.
Here's a bear claw belt buckle in Sterling with a nice turquoise stone.
Here's another belt buckle. This a bear fetish.
Stabilized Kingman turquoise and White Buffalo stone on over layed Sterling silver.
Turtles emerging from the underworld. From my bathroom Bas relief scene.
The most recent Spirit frame with carbon fork and polished rear drops and more Santa Fe style silver and turquoise accents. Use the magnify icon and drag the picture around.
Close up of the silver fillet technique of joining the tubes without a lug or spigots.
I called this the Zia bike for the decoration on the top tube, which you can't see (sorry) but the fun thing was the tiny Concha belt do-dads at the base of the head tube.
The Zia is the emblem the state of NM sort of borrowed/stolen from the Zia tribe.
New Columbus Mini-MAX Gallup style frame. 60 x 63cm.
Hinged rear dropouts, silver vortex generators on fork tips.
Spiffy laminar flow generators...
My "trademark" stay connection.
Thunderbird. Sterling silver.
Jade stone Imron paint color. Aero fork blades. All silver filet frame joints. Silver inlaid on rear drop surfaces.
Here is another pose of a Santa Fe Style with polished rear drops and turtle water bottle reinforcements. Also the 8 sided Columbus Spirit tube set.
My good friend and loyal customer Dan and his class winning Jag XK-E roadster at the very swanky inaugural Santa Fe Concorso show. Judges included Sir Sterling Moss.
The green ribbon was awarded to owners who drove their cars in the previous days event.
More winning customers. Judy and her Austin Healey 100-M (1st), Ed and his Jag XK140 FHC (2nd) and Jonathan (3rd) and his MG-TC. All class winners at the annual ABQ Concours Du Soleil.
What I want to bomb around in.
Jaguar XK SS
Late bike shop team jersey. Big team, small budget, many co-sponsors. Hey, it worked for us.
New (Jan. 2011) tandem built for the San Diego Bike Show.
Columbus Spirit tubes, silver brazed and silver decorated.
Captain's seat tube.
Stoker's seat tube
The whole enchilada..
Peter Gilbert, Bruce Gordon, Mark Nobilette, Brian Baylis, Dave Porter at the San Diego Custom Bike Show..~120 years of experience
An interesting 24" wheel mountain bike I made for a lady friend. Just like the big boys, just tiny. Circa about 1988
Columbus Spirit Tandem.
Chainring on my 1927 B.S.A.
Artist rendering of the NM Keirin velodrome
Four aging frame builders at your service
Sterling silver wolf and full moon
Sir Sterling Moss, port side, D-type Jag and OSCA dead ahead. What a blast!
Bob and Patti Bondurant and my tandem at Concorso
Santa Fe Concorso 2011 Director's Award