Big Hole In The Ground

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by Andrewmc, Jun 25, 2014.

  1. Fighter

    Fighter Head Gruver

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    Taken at the folk's place in Billings, MT.
    1977.
    Bike was a '76 900/6.
    I spent 6 weeks on it and covered close to 15,000 miles ripping around the lesser 48.

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  2. Fighter

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    Brendon...... here's a shot of pop's backside in the original Potter Street shop.
    I was test fitting my new RT (1983 100RT 60th Anniversary) that had just arrived.





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  3. Fighter

    Fighter Head Gruver

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    Check those fancy leathers.
    I had installed the Euro-only police lights.
    The RT later ended up at George's Fairbanks shop and later found its way into Jim
    Binkley's collection after full restoration.
    Fairbanks riders may have additional info.


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  4. J&K

    J&K Been here awhile

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    Awesome pictures fite!!!!!!!
  5. SEWERMAN

    SEWERMAN Been here awhile

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    Great pictures. Thanks for sharing. Love the old bikes pre gortex, gps, sensors and computer chips. Pretty cool seeing portage pre/post quake.
  6. KHud

    KHud Survivor Supporter

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    Thanks for digging into the archives there Fite. Don't we all wish we could still wear our leathers from the 70's? :rofl
  7. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it? Supporter

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    Yeah, but, ... yer pic is flipped. 1951 Hudsons had the fuel filler on the left side. To say nothing of that rare right side kickstand. :lol3
    I also think it could be a 1950 Hudson instead of a '51. :dunno
    Hudsons with the big 308" six Hornet engine really kicked ass from about 1950/'51 to '52-'53 or so.
    "...the Hornet's unprecedented domination of NASCAR, AAA and IMCA racing during this period ..."

    I feex de pic ...

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  8. jfman

    jfman Long timer

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    This highjack (flood pics) prompted me to search for pictures of the 1964 earthquake.

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  9. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it? Supporter

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  10. Andrewmc

    Andrewmc Been here awhile

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    As far as the Kawasaki question goes, we got this last week, so it should answer the question of when we bought it from Squeaks:

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  11. Fighter

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    Thanks for the feex Tom.
    Hudson was a1950 Commodore 6.
    Pops picked it up in Kalispell 1971.
    Had less than 30K.
    Cool car.
    Wish I had pics after the new paint.
  12. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it? Supporter

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    As long as you're wishing, wish for pix of the whole damn car. :evil
  13. Fighter

    Fighter Head Gruver

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    That's all I got!

    Now that I/we have completely FUBAR..ed
    Antdrew's big hole thread ...how about we go a different direction.

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=25686601#post25686601
  14. ThatGuy

    ThatGuy Brownie

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    Wow Tom! Thanks for the garage pics. Every time I pass that old building I wonder what it was before the quake. Question answered :clap
  15. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it? Supporter

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    The hijack continues. :lol3
    I've never been able to find any pix of the houses & the few businesses in Portage prior to the quake. Somebody must have some but all those are all post quake. It never looked like a very prosperous community.

    Dammit, ... now I can't find the aerial pic of the whole road underwater & the 20 mile bridge collapsed. :dunno
    Got this one though.

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    Glad you liked 'em. As a kid in the car with my parents I remember stopping there a couple times when it was still in business.
    Bought 2 of those of those 1976 drawings back then. One's been hanging on the wall since then. About an 18"x24' print with the 18"x11" sketch centered in it. Since then, when I go by, I try to get a pic of the remains of the building that's been slowly sinking into the ground. Haven't got one for a while.

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  16. Andrewmc

    Andrewmc Been here awhile

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    Almost all of the windows are in at the new shop! There's a ton of natural light, and we'll have windows upstairs in the parts department as well.

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  17. rgiroux

    rgiroux Invisible Man Supporter

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    looking good. used to live across the street from the shop (as well as other places). haven't been up there since 2009. looks like a good reason to ride back up.
  18. aalexander

    aalexander Been here awhile

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    Hey, I used to work there. Not when it was a Motorcycle shop, but later. I thought there was something familiar about that shot.

    It was home to a surveying company, actually two surveying companies, when I worked there.
  19. Andrewmc

    Andrewmc Been here awhile

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    Showed up to work this morning and some guy was stealing our sign!

    The building is coming along very nicely. We're really hoping to be opened by March. Fingers crossed!
    :thumbup

    Andrew

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  20. Andrewmc

    Andrewmc Been here awhile

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    Well, we found the guys that stole our sign. They returned it to us, but they put it on the wrong building! The thieves started dry wall and put up the railing in the parts mezzanine today too!

    See you guys at the new shop in a few weeks!

    Andrew

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