Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Mike Kane (the cliff diver! See my earlier post), who is no stranger to building up iconoclastic retro motorcycles, turned his attention to building long-distance transport for his beloved Indians.
Here's his explanation:
"This truck is something that has been in my brain since I was a teenager. The chassis is a 1988 1 ton Chevy, 350ci, autobox, power steering, air conditioning, dually rear end. The cab is a 1948 Diamond T Peterbilt sleeper which has been chopped 3 1/2" and narrowed 6".
The bed and rear fenders are custom made; the bed is 6 ft wide on the inside and 8 1/2 ft long. I left the inside dual wheels off for bed space. I have Peterbilt air bags (air suspension) on the rear. When I dump the air, the bed drops to 22" off the ground. The tail gate is made from a moving van ramp and when removed it works as a ramp. I built this to take bikes to swap meets and shows. It is almost done, a few bugs to work out before the interior goes in. I'm glad its almost done, I haven't got much bike work done"
I can imagine - looks like a lot of work, but nobody will miss Mike when he shows up!