Dave Brackett, of AEE Choppers fame, continues to make incredible progress on Big Twin. Pipes going in....going to be 4 of them up and out near the license plate on the rear as they were originally. Hopefully soon I'll have pictures of the wheelie bars too. Bones Legacy of Las Vegas is going to have an amazing article of chopper history some day soon at their place to show off to the world!
Saturday, December 28, 2013
Saturday, December 21, 2013
And here is the seat pan Dave Brackett just built for Big Twin. Upholstery for three goes across the back and up beside the tank are arms of more material for the rider. Bones Legacy should be very happy and proud to have this superb chopper and incredible original builder on hand for the restoration.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Here you can see the oil tank, there is a tube that goes up and through the fuel tank. Fuel tank has two caps, one for oil one for fuel. More of Dave's great work shows in the foot peg setup fro the driver. I am going up to see Dave next month and hope that Big Twin is still there so I can take some more pictures. I'll be picking up the AEE Kit Bike that Dave has helped me with. Hopefully I'll be able to finish it next year!
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
Dave Brackett keeps adding to the magic of the Big Twin restoration. He got the fuel/oil tank (note the two caps) mounted up and the shifter put back in place. He told me that he simplified the linkage of the shifter compared to what he had originally installed (is not visible). Big Twin is really coming together, next up is Dave will fabricate the exhaust system that goes down and under then exits high on the body by the license plate. He is a master at this and indeed built exhaust systems for many of the famous racing cars back in the day including a land speed record holder.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Monday, November 25, 2013
Just a couple pictures...one just a logo mashup AEE had late in its life. Another of Leo Payne at our dyno running the Shovelhead with Robert Smith aboard. Last my buddy Lenny Cenotti at the parts counter supposedly explaining something to a customer. Reality? Customer was also an employee.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
Amani 3 has a 1776cc VW motor, glide clutch, dual Webers, has sidecar chopper style, can be removed, with front end changed can run as drag bike, has run about 100 mph at 7's in 1/8th mile. $14,000
Amani 5 - 1,100cc Suzuki motor, no frame, very unique, springer front end, dark purple with gold $10,000
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Dave Brackett, AEE Choppers designer and engineer, shared these pictures with me today of the ongoing Big Twin restoration in conjunction with Bones Legacy of Las Vegas. He tore down the 45 rear end (said the grease was a solid as a rock), got in to the torsion bar tube which was full of water and got it all cleaned up, got rear suspension cleaned up and corrected, got tires to seat and inflate (they are the original 1969 Goodyear bluestreaks), he also had to straighten the handlebars, cleaned up the C4 trans....lots of small but important things being fixed, restored and corrected. He said materials are arriving to begin the fabrication/repair of the neck and frame that got hacked up by a PO. His exact words were "it's a mess" but not once did he say he could not make it right. Dave is the man!
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Bones Legacy Choppers of Las Vegas has had Big Twin for a couple years and has very slowly begun a restoration. They pulled the motors and had them re-chromed and rebuilt. However one of the previous owners had seriously damaged the chassis when attempting to put a blower on the Twin. In a very smart move Bones Legacy shipped the Big Twin to it's original builder Dave Brackett to do the repairs. Dave received the Big Twin this week and below are some pictures he took of it on arrival. I saw the Big Twin every day at AEE but I don't think I ever saw it missing the two outside Goodyear Blue Streaks (which they removed for shipping). Kind of looks like a funny car from the rear! enjoy the pictures and also a summary story by Dave I will post in a bit. Dave is a magician and a genius and he will take very good care of his baby I'm sure!
Monday, October 14, 2013
There currently is on Ebay an AEE seat and pad in brown. While I never liked them they do look right on some chops. If nothing else they are in superb condition considering their age....and the pad still has the AEE part number tag on it. It would be real easy to have them recovered by someone like the Haifley Brothers in black and have a real nice looking AEE seat and pad.....