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    Hey.
    Took a quick look and didn't see anything, but wondering if there's any bike guys on here.
    First, just a question...Does anyone know what happened to Bill Dodge's(Formerly of Jesse's WWC shop) Blings Cycles? I spoke with him in 09' about getting something going with an old pre unit Triumph engine/trans and rigid frame. I'm building a bobber; nothing real radical....but vintage cool. I got the engine all done, and I've been trying to hunt him down, but there's some conflicting reports that he shut down in Jersey, but may have moved south...Either way, I left a couple emails on his site, but there's no updates there for quite a while. Any one know what's up with him? Nothing really on line either. Another victim of the economy? Hope not. He was a good dude, and Jesse owed him a lot to his success.
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    Custom shops really took off when American Chopper was at its peak on TV...we had as many as 12 shops in this little county alone (mind you, I'm also only like 40 miles from Daytona), of which only 2 or 3 are still around. I'd say there's more than an even shot that this place you are speaking of went under.
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    Yeah I know. I actually liked that show in the beginning, the Father Son dynamic was great, even though I wasn't a fan of their bikes really, but I was a fan of Jesse and Bill's work years before those shows took off.
    Bill's shop was not the flashy "drag bike" kinda choppers, more the traditional bobber/chopper style, and at a fraction the price Jesse was charging for the "privilege" of owning one of his bikes. I hope he's just in transition. Some folks in Jersey saw some trailers backed up to his shop some time ago. Maybe he did move to the southers States. Cali's getting dead now for custom rides as we knew growing up with laws getting stricter, and them trying to eliminate the grandfather clauses on vintage machines. Texas has become a new bastion for hot rodder's and cycle customizers alike, so who knows.

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    BTW...This is along the lines of my build. This is a unit bobber, but mine will have the separate engine/ trans. Actually looking at putting a modified Baker trans in the sucker, and adding jockey shift.

 

 

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