Fuel Cleveland 2018 Builder Series: Matt Anderson

Fuel Cleveland Builder Series Profile:
Name: Matt Anderson
Shop: Gilby's Street Dept.
Location: Elsworth, WI
Build: 1971 Dual CB750 Chopper

Intro - 3.19.18

I learned of Matt Anderson and his crazy idea to build a 1971 dual engine CB750 a few months ago and it was instantly a no brainer to extend the invite to have him unveil it for the first time at Fuel Cleveland on July 28th, 2018. Though I haven't had the pleasure of meeting Matt yet in person, what encounters I have had with him over email, you can just tell he eats, sleeps and breathes custom motorcycles.  I personally can't wait to see his dual engine come to a reality and see him ride it into the show.

-Mikey Revolt

Words from Matt:
First off, I just wanted to say thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a part of Fuel Cleveland, along with the growing culture of custom motorcycles and level of talent the bar has been raised to. I feel truly privileged to get a chance at this experience.

Baby Matt
I have been around motorcycles my whole life. I grew up with a true blue biker for a dad. There was not a day then went by that I can't remember seeing my dad dressed in leather boots, Levi blue jeans, a black T shirt and big wallet chain hanging on his side. His one and only bike until I hit my 20's was a 1950 Hydraglide with a Shovelhead power plant. Watching my dad and hearing that motorcycle out in the garage revving.. I knew what I wanted to do with my life and who I wanted to be.

Along with my love of Harley-Davidsons I also was a fan of Honda CB motorcycles and have had just about every model of CL and CB they have ever made. One of my first bigger street bikes was a '76 CB750k when I was about 20. I rode it for about a year before I decided I needed to chop it up and make it my own... and just like that I was hooked on building custom bikes. Like many of us, my first build was low budget. Hell, all I had was some old farmers stick welder, a grinder, and a vision of what I wanted it to look like.

From then until now I have worked in two independent shops- Color and Chrome in Superior, WI and currently Gilby's Street Dept. in River Falls WI. Through this experience I have worked at honing my skills in repairing every make and model of motorcycle, as well as building hot rod engines and custom bikes! I am truly lucky to be a part of Gilby's and have had a great team of co workers for the last 5 years.
Working at Gilby's has given me a lot of opportunities to build and create some very cool exotic customs. Everything from superchargers, to multiple carbs, wild induction, and even crazy length frames. Big engines and big horse power is what I am all about and it's a perfect fit! So being that I have been building a lot of cool bikes for other people I wanted to do one for myself. A couple years ago I picked up a 1982 FXR. I rode it around for a year before the crank run out got so bad, the vibrations literally cracked the cases. So I decided to strip it down and build a nice rider. The FXR was an awesome platform and it was right when the FXR craze was really starting to get big. I finished it for Sturgis 2016 and it was an instant hit. My second show I picked up two magazines, American Iron and Bikers Net. That was an experience ! It also won best FXR at the Cycle Source show . Since Sturgis, I've showed the bike over this past winter and won several more awards with it. It really inspired me to push myself more as an independent builder.

Since then, I had a few bikes on the back burner. One being this 1971 CB750 twin engine jobber that I started back when all I had was a single stall garage and stick welder. Having been invited to Fuel Cleveland, I decided to use this bike for my build and go back to my roots that lays with choppers and Honda CB750's. I am building the bike out at my house in the cold and all just like the old days and keeping this build old school and true to what so many of us started out doing! I can't wait to finish it and ride out for the show with two engines, 8 carbs, 8 pipes, and big smile on my face having this bike go from where it all started to where it will take me next.

The beginning stages.

Currently I am working on putting a hard tail on the frame, making engine mounts and getting the over all look of the frame the way I want it. 

You can follow Matt's progress on his build via his Instagram page @Mattgilbys_street_dept and also on this blog. Make sure not to miss this amazing dual engine chopper unveiled for the first time at Fuel Cleveland on July 28th, 2018!

Building a Magneto

I save all these FM magneto parts, then I build my own.  The original Fairbanks-Morse parts are good - and I like anything NOS (still-in-the-box).  I have a great source for charging magnets, checking coils, checking condensers, etc. and troubleshooting.  I have a magneto firing the plugs in about everything I run (I got one single battery).  Old Sparky !


A healthy couple o' cats . . . Me & Morty

 . . . the cat treats are Morty's.
Morty The Official Shop Cat says, "Let me in . . ." 
Mort likes his motocross bike stand I got for him to sit on.
Trying to figure out what shaft I'm gonna need for a special project.  I've been taking these supplements so I can still kick start all these bikes.  My "Sportster Knee" is definitely improving due to exercise and diet.


Bob Pazour - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Pazour Cycle was the shop of Iowa State Dirt Track Motorcycle Champ Bob Pazour.  He rode Indians, and many other brands.  He won Iowa Championships in 1956 and 1957.  I wonder ff the building is still there? 

Off with the Ice - On with the Dirt

Water: The most corrosive substance known to man.  After a couple hundred laps of ice riding 6 weekends in a row, this thing is dirty, a bit rusty, and foamy oil still drips from the breather tube.  The aluminum is dull, carbon is on everything from the pipes back . . . No loose bolts found yet, but it needs to be fully "gone through" and checked out.  I'll hook the brakes back up - and I'm changing the transmission gear from a 18T to a 16T to start running in high gear instead for these shorter tracks like Dubuque Speedway.  High is better for the transmission, stronger and less friction, less power robbing . . . the way it was designed.

Skat Blast

So I've got this bench top blaster I use . . . and I have a hole bored through my garage wall with a flex hose to attach my Shop Vac (outside) to suck all the dust out.  When the vacuum is running, this white dust cloud is in the air, and the vac is so wore out from all the bead (probably going through the motor) that it rattles and is REALLY LOUD !  The neighbors probably think I got some kind of meth-making operation going on over there . . . and they keep their distance.
  Parts "on deck" to be blasted . . along with a bunch of mis-matched pistons Randy gave me to see if any where salvageable?  A couple are old Dytch stroker pistons ! 

Tacos NEXT Tuesday and then a little LADYHUMP action...

March 20th 2018
Meet for Tacos at 7pm'ish
and then one block away...

Ok, the times are pretty loose. You could show up for Tacos anytime from 7pm on, we'll probably be eating there for an hour or so before we make our way to the Blacklight District Lounge for the show. If everyone is done eating by 8pm, we could easily start the music sooner too. There's no absolutes, just an invitation to good times!

Ride directly to LA CONCHA at 2612 E. Anaheim Street, Long Beach, CA.
Taco Moto Tuesday "style" meet up
There's plenty of moto parking at the restaurant (and that's hard to find around this area of Long Beach!), taco specials, beers, and plenty of seating we can arrange depended on how many people show up. 

After that, we'll have to travel one whole block to The Blacklight District Lounge 
2500 E. Anaheim Street, Long Beach, CA.
21/over $5/cover, three bands A Lovely Sort of Death, Clown Sounds, and Lady Hump

What is it about V-Twin Motors ?

Who built the 1st one ?


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