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Listen to Your Life...

Listen to your wife.  “Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”  ~ Frederick Buechner

 

I have been looking for machinist tools for Zeke and found a good deal on several micrometers but no matter how hard we try to keep my wife's dining room table clear, motorcycle paraphanilia ends up on it, and so did the micrometers. So as George Carlin use to say, "You gotta have a place for your stuff." 

Mom's table is not that place

Mom's table is not that place

 

Last Christmas one of my machinist friends Ryan Beyerl of 

http://www.707racing.com/ hooked Zeke up with a Red Kennedy Tool Box. So this year I was looking for a Kennedy Machinist box at Pawn Shops even though it was a slim chance of finding one and an even slimmer chance of finding one we could afford.  So my wife spent a complete day with us searching pawn shops for micrometers the weekend before and she says to me, "Have you tried so and so pawn shop on 35?"  

 

On the way home from work one day I stopped in and asked "do you have a Kennedy tool box" and the guy said "yes right over there." He showed me a 10 drawer Kennedy machinist box marked $85.00 and said, "I can do better than that."  Already shaking with excitement I was thinking how could it get any better than this? 

We started visiting and I was telling him that I wanted my son to come check out this box. His name was David and he said, "I can do $65.00 on the box". We started visiting and found out we had a mutual friend who had been murdered who owned a pawn shop in our home town. He said, "Phillip would warn me if trouble was coming my way and I would warn him if trouble was coming his way."  I told him I use to teach guitar to Phillip's son. He told me Phillip was the nicest guy in the world and had just stopped carrying a gun and selling guns shortly before his murder.  David pulled out a 40 cal. with hollow points and said, "I have to carry a gun."

Then we got on the topic of motorcycles and I told him about our recent Harley Sprint we acquired and he said, "I use to own a Sprint and it would whoop the big bikes until one kid road up on a Vincent Black Shadow." He then started telling me a story about his good friend Rusty Bradley and how Rusty had balls the size of Texas. They use to race in Rusty's 32 Ford!  As you know from my previous blog Rusty Bradley was a motorcycle racing phenom and road for Pete Dalio. I told him how I met Rusty Bradley's friend and mechanic Fred Bealle at the Pate Swap Meet. He said, "Ask Fred about Rusty's 32 Ford." 

I left to go get Zeke and we returned and bought the box and made a new friend. 

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Listen to your life and listen to your wife! Oh and one more thing...Zeke told David that his momma let's him keep motorcycles in her sun room. David said, "Marry someone like your momma!"

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You Got The Money Stud

Are you more inclined to get to the destination or enjoy the journey?

It was Sunday and we were at the Pate Swap Meet. Pate is one of the biggest swap meets for gear heads, so big, they have to hold it in the parking lot at Texas Motor Speedway. 1500 venders deep in the heart of Texas.  What we didn't know was that Saturday night most had packed up so we were bummed.

Fortunately we were there to see some of our new friends, Steve Klein and Mike Carson whom we had met at The Handbuilt Motorcycle Show in Austin. We were at Pate because of Steve Klein's invitation to come out and see it.   If you want to see the finest vintage motorcycles they have some choice specimens from Steve's Flying Merkel to Mike's 1911 Triumph. So we visited and then set off to see what was left at Pate.

I said, "Is that a Ducati head?" Zeke said, "It's a BSA dad!" Bobby the owner chimed in "It's a Triumph" Well once again the kid beat the old man because a BSA is related to a Triumph. 

We had never met Bobby before but he was still there as a vendor at Pate.  He didn't pack up and leave like so many others.  He stayed and because he did we met Fred.

We then started talking to Bobby Pickard about Bultaco's and then Fred walked up started haggling with Bobby about a rear Flattrack fender and since Bobby just saw a picture of Zekes bike he then showed Fred and Fred notices the NSU Fairing.  Fred said "I use to road race an NSU" the moment was pure motorcycle Magic! 

 

The next thing we know Fred is telling us about Pete Dalio , Rusty Bradley, Jack Wilson,  and Pearl Dalio. We learned more about Pete in those 15 minutes than we had before.  Fred said Pete use to say "You got the money Stud?" Pete Dalio owned Dalio's Triumph in Fort Worth. He would ask his customers this question "You got the money stud?" Pete hired Jack Wilson the now legendary tuner and engine builder of the Texas Ceegar. Why do we have the Triumph Bonneville still today?  Yep the Texas Ceegar! Google it! Pete also funded Jack Wilson so he could open Big D in Dallas. We run into a guy who not only new Pete and Pearl but who mentored Rusty also...this journey is just amazing.  

Why is this significant? For us it was huge. Pete Dalio was my wife's great uncle and Rusty Bradley's mom was my wife's Sunday school teacher. Everybody knows the greats of motorcycle history but it is the story behind the story that makes motorcycle history so rich. Thank you Bobby Pickard for not leaving early. I was waiting for Bobby to say to Fred, "You got the money stud?"

 

Rusty Bradley was a Texas racing phenom. Take a look at his qualifying time for the 1971 Daytona 200. Recognize those names? Rusty died after crashing in turn 1 of the Daytona 200 that year.  Rusty's mom was in the stands to see her son race as an expert for the first time. When she returned home there was a draft notice for Rusty to go to Vietnam.  

How many die doing what they love to do and saved from doing what they may not want to do?

Fred told us Rusty was the nicest kid. He had not only wrenched for Rusty but they traveled across the country together and Fred told us that he helped train Rusty to race. The fertilizer never gets credit for helping the flower bloom.  

I called Fred the other night to tell him how much we enjoyed meeting him. He said, "These are the people that I love and I don't have anybody to talk to about them anymore." I told him, "You do now!" 

 

Our journey continues next stop Abilene all because Zeke said to me 3 years ago. "Dad I want to learn how to build motorcycles."

 

Mike Carson's 1911 Triumph

Mike Carson's 1911 Triumph

Mike Carson's 1911 Triumph 

Qualifying for the 71 Daytona 200

Qualifying for the 71 Daytona 200

Pete Dalio and Rusty Bradley

Pete Dalio and Rusty Bradley

Fred Beall and his Dad 1958

Fred Beall and his Dad 1958

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Phone a Friend

So you are down to winning the million dollars on the television show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and you only have one lifeline and that is the phone a friend.  Who would you call? Who knows the most? Our phone a friend would be Dennis "Kop" Ryan.  Dennis is a natural teacher. He will lead you to where you can discover the answer and not spoon feed you it.

We met Kopcicle on our forum DoTheTon where the world's best motorcycle mentors exist.  Kop however went beyond the call of duty and would tutor us long distance on the phone.  We have never met face to face but he feels like one of my closest friends. 

Fame is a four letter word. It is what is destroying our would. It has no intrinsic value other than to degrade and destroy. Heroes do not care about fame. Kop is our hero and the unsung song behind our motorcycle builds.

Flat tracker  

Flat tracker  

Veteran

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The Flying Merkel

Hand-built in 1911 this is The Flying Merkel. It dominated racing of its day with a top speed of 92mph. At the age of 15 Joseph Merkel went to work as a machinist in a locomotive factory. He eventually started his motorcycle company. The first looped frame, sprung front fork, and sprung rear frame are his innovations.

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American Craftsman

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American Craftsman

 

Junior Burrell is the definition of an American Craftsman. An inspiration. A teacher. And a motivation to us. Junior is the owner of Retro Moto located in cowtown Texas. Junior is very skilled. He is able to frabricate amazing beatiful pieces of "art" out of Aluminum. He is a master at welding aluminum, chromemoly, stainless, and titanium.  Junior has boosted my motivation to learn how to weld. Junior has also been a great teacher to other generations to come into the cafe racer scene such as Sofi Tsingos of GT-Moto. Overall Junior is the American Craftsman. -Zeke Dezeeuw

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Unconventional Pioneer

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Unconventional Pioneer

At the Handbuilt Show in Austin, Texas last year Shinya Kimura did something that all the great leaders in the world do...they descend.   Shinya's motorcycle was initially put upon a pedestal as a tribute to his art. However, Shinya got word of it and requested that it be put on the floor with a sign that said, "touch me." Shinya understands that in a world that has no "touch" what the world needs is to touch. So while all of us worry about our bikes getting touched...Shinya created a shift a new paradigm. He allowed his work to "descend" into the hands of the tactile learners those that learn by doing, touching, and feeling. We sent Shinya an email thanking him and he sent us an email back saying, "Thank you for touching my motorcycle."

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Dare, Double Dare, Double Dog Dare

Did you find your answer? Do you already have your answer? What is it that you have always wanted to do but haven't got a round to it? More time for the family? Coaching? Music Lessons? We would love to here about your story.  Luctor Et Emergo!

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