Thursday, April 5, 2012

2012 Donnie Smith Show and Swap Part 3: We Be Swappin'!

Some great scores went down during the swap. I got a bunch of stuff, but the two best things I got are pretty neat. The first is a crazy narrow Gatto springer. I've only seen one other Gatto springer, which was owned by Warren Jr., he was selling it at Davenport this past summer. Warren's was really, really narrow. Unbelieveably, this springer is even skinnier. I don't think even a 2.75" tire will fit:

You can see that there are reliefs cut out of the lower part of the front legs. I assume this was so a tire could fit in there (the rear legs are slightly wider). It is 18" or so over stock length. I will probably end up using this springer as a template to make my own springers, but maybe an inch wider than this one.

The other awesome score was this wild molded Wassell tank. Someone spent a ton of time and/or money on this tank:

What a crazy tank, probably a little too over the top to run on something, but who knows. I've pondered using it on my '37 UL project and making it a nutty 60's-style showbike, but it will probably be a wallhanger.

All in all, it was another good Donnie Smith show, and I'll be back next year.


  1. That tank rules. Dave, how did I not know about this blog? Shame on you.

  2. Nick, we suck at self promotion, and you just generally suck. That's why.

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