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Welcome To The Chopper Builders Handbook Online
The primary objective of the Chopper Builders handbook is to provide basic information that will enable everyone to successfully build their own Chopper from scratch.
Update Nov. 4, 2014
One of our old friends and supporters just dropped us a line to let us know that they have a YouTube channel for those folks who just can't get enough Chopper action. I checked it out and I like it. Big Al and I have been friends for about 10 years but we've never actually met each other in person. After watching some of the vids I think this is a good thing because two of us together could be a dangerous thing.
If you're a garage/home/independent builder check out the BEOSC site as they provide just about everything imaginable for people like us. Click the banner for the YouTube Channel and have fun.
Update Oct. 20, 2014
Darcy Allen and I drove down to Austin to talk with Jesse James about an upcoming project but unfortunately Jesse was to busy to see us. It just so happened however that we did get a chance to talk with Mike (Fass Mikey) Vils and had a chance to reminisce about Dick Allen.
Mike proposed that we put together an 'old school' type Biker Build-Off that he's calling "The Real Deal" and it'll involve a lot more than just bolting on store bought parts to a store bought frame.
We decided that the 'official' name of the event will be "The Real Deal, Dick Allen Memorial Biker Buildoff"
We'll be posting more details as things progress but we've already got TV and sponsors calling so it looks like this just might come together. Click HERE to see the tentative 'rules' for the Build-Off. Email me immediately if you want to get a bike project enrolled in this event. Time is of the essence. Builders may get sponsor compensation but no guarantees at this early point in time.
Update Oct. 15, 2014
Do not forget Cycle Daze at the Yellow Belly Drag Strip in beautiful Grand Prairie Texas. This is one great swap meet/show/biker get-together and a chance to do some two-wheel dragging at the same time.
November 15th rain or shine. Be there or be square. Drag all your junk out of the garage and sell it there. The wife will never know that you put a few bucks in your jeans. Race that Moped you've been working on. Drink some beer and listen to some cool tunes. Make some new friends and make plans to be there next year with a faster bike.
Update May 17, 2014
We finally managed to get around to starting on the Harman Spirder build project that's been on the back burner for about four years now. The link is on the left column.
Due to popular demand we've decided to start building Springers again. We'll do our original 'Old School' style and the 'modernized' version plus some repops of the old original Ness style forks from the sixties. I'll post progress as it develops. We'll be doing kits as well as just selling individual parts for other builders.
Also looks like we'll get around to the Sporty hardtail article this summer.
Update June 10, 2012
We've moved the whole CBH operations to the state of Texas, in the rural area northeast of Dallas.
This snapshot is one of our neighbors taken from the back door of the shop.
We've rented a very small shop area but will be doing full-service custom work again and have signed on as a dealer for Paughco products. We decided to go with Paughco since we've been using their parts for over 30 years and most of their inventory is still made in the USA which is remarkable in today's economy. If you're in the market for anything in the catalog drop us a line as we will make you some great deals.
Update Nov. 20, 2011
As many people are aware the old original Chopper Builders Handbook site suffered what we initially thought was a catastrophic hardware and software failure in early 2011. This 'crash' destroyed not only the primary data on the main server and raid disks but also all of the data on our backup server. We took the drives to a service shop in an attempt to recover the files and found that the 'crash' was most likely a deliberate hack of the site that somehow went very badly. The only data that was actually destroyed beyond repair were the image files. A good portion of the html text files were still readable but moved into some strange directories apparently in some attempt to download the entire site to a remote server. Unfortunately a lot of the most recent files that we added to the site were simply to scrambled to bother recovering.
As a result of this situation we're presently in the process of rebuilding the site from the ground up but that will take a considerable effort and most likely be a long and drawn out process. We ask all of our visitors to be patient with us as we start down this road. In addition I'd like to thank all of the visitors who have supported this site through thick and thin over the past eight years and especially thank those of you have taken the time to help us in this rebuilding process. I think that in the long run we have a much better and more helpful site than the original version.
We're trying our best to get the site back up and running again so please be patient during this transition.
Easy Sportster Hardtail fabrication
Dropped Springer Rockers
Harman Style Spirder Build
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