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Thread: Beware ,American Cycle Fabrication Paul and Denise Friebus

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    One thing I learned is to not rely on anybody.
    AMCA #765

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    As a person that has been fortunate enough to be self employed for 18 years, alot of problems that can be avoided are basic business practices. The paper trail, you drop off or send parts, a confirmation and receipt listing said parts, something called a 'packing slip' or USPS signed receipt, which is signed, pretty simple, shows parts were received. Then the expected date of completion, this is where the consumer wants a known date and the supplier wants more of a flexible date, but this is what is called a 'purchase order' listing expectations and guarantees. Then the item that separates the professionals from the novices is the communication when a problem or delay happens. People want communication, most are ok with delays, (especially when it is a personal project and not a fixture holding up the Ford assembly line), they just want to know when it happens, not weeks, months or 'I can't even fathom' (which is your fault) years later. And the money up front thing is baffling to me, why would you ever give money up front if you don't get a written receipt stating how much is given, what for, and when the expected date of delivery is, which if it isn't meet then agreement is made before hand to the consequences. Whether it be a % off, more time given to the supplier with no retaliation or whatever. My point is, I can't believe people go into a 'binding' repair agreement without a signed agreement, it keep both parties honest and efficient, period. I couldn't imagine accepting a job in my small machine shop without a P.O. (purchase order) first. Yea, they can be cancelled and you left holding an almost completed job, but at least its a leg to stand on if it goes to court. A guy comes to fix your broken furnace or fix your plumbing, what does he do first, gives you a written estimate which you agree to or disagree to. Nothing should be less expected from our great antique bike suppliers. My opinion.
    Bob Rice #6738

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    There isn't any "magic" involved, it's in the service manual. I think you mean "compared to the incompetent hacks turning out garbage"?
    Harder: exactly how bad can an internal part be before it must be replaced? Uncle Dudley was famous for rebuilding big twins with as many known-to-have-life-left-in-them used parts as he felt were safe to keep the cost down.
    When I worked at Harley-Davidson of New York (1983-84) I was shocked to learn that the "A" mechanic didn't know that Harley ever built an engine without Timken bearings.

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    Another 'AMERICAN CYCLE FABRICATION INC.' incident.

    https://youtu.be/TXBHEiBalRo >>>TATRO MACHINE (YOUTUBE).

    https://youtu.be/71NZKIi7-J8 >>>TATRO MACHINE (YOUTUBE).

    *M.A.D.*
    Last edited by JoJo357; 01-27-2019 at 07:10 PM.

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    Installing a new lobe (1st, grind off the original) on the camshaft is the best way to get those really big KHK/KR style roller profiles into older sidevalve engines, significantly greater than can be done by regrinding. These are far more violent than any original 45 factory cam including WR.
    In addition to the surgery, the new lobe must be very accurately "timed in", preferably in the actual engine (not a shop dummy), and then a weld joins the inner face of the lobe to the adjacent gear, which is visible in the videos.
    For those with the capacity to do this (not for the faint of heart), Bruce Argetsinger manufactures new cam lobes with several useful profiles for this purpose, here's his site: http://www.enfieldracing.com/page/28565-H-D-Cams.
    I made some comments w/r/t cam selection here: http://www.victorylibrary.com/kns/camnotes.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoJo357 View Post
    Another 'AMERICAN CYCLE FABRICATION INC.' incident.

    https://youtu.be/TXBHEiBalRo >>>TATRO MACHINE (YOUTUBE).

    https://youtu.be/71NZKIi7-J8 >>>TATRO MACHINE (YOUTUBE).

    *M.A.D.*
    Looks like tatro got his cams back completed.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2RPzyBBdvo4
    Nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile....
    -good ol GD

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    Quote Originally Posted by montuckymatt View Post
    Looks like tatro got his cams back completed.
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2RPzyBBdvo4
    I'm happy someone got there stuff back.

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    Paul contacted me a couple of times and said he is actually working on my bike. I asked for pictures several times and "surprise" nada. No longer contacting me at all, total radio silence. The problem for me is having to spend a couple of grand to go down there and talk to him in person, but I am going to have to period.
    If anyone see's him in person please say "HI" to him from Ty
    I would also like to thank the people on the boards for the PM's of support and information, much appreciated.

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    Folks..

    It just ain't the nature of the vintage industry to be both productive and instantly connected.

    I'm proof of that.


    ...Cotten
    AMCA #776
    Dumpster Diver's Motto: Seek,... and Ye Shall Find!

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    Quote Originally Posted by T. Cotten View Post
    Folks..

    It just ain't the nature of the vintage industry to be both productive and instantly connected.

    I'm proof of that.


    ...Cotten
    That's true Cotton. I have a 1952 MGTD being restored and I don't bother the shop with lots of calls. I realize every time someone calls, it takes time away from the restoration and from the head honcho getting any work accomplished. I do get emails with updates every so often that keeps me informed of progress as well as updated expenses.
    Craig (Delaware)
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