Carpy's The Tracy Special 19 May 15


The Tracy Special was a motorcycle Carpy created for fun, and to use all the parts he had laying about in his garage at home, and she turned out to be a really cool little bike. He wanted something right out of the custom scene of the 70′s this time and there it was, an old Tracy body that he picked up at a swap meet.

The Tracy body was an early model too and he went about cleaning it up and getting the bodywork all prepped and then had to decide on a color that would suit this, he then decided that if he used the original Candy Apple red, that would accentuate the gold really well, and so, the concept was born.

The bodywork came out so well and then one night about 10pm he got a call from a guy in Guatemala, the caller asked about the Tracy body and that the one Carpy had was a very early one that he made many years ago in the 1970′s, Carpy said oh yeah really? The caller said yeah, turned out to be Mr Tracy himself and he was glad that someone had made a bike using the body, Carpy says "that was so cool, so I had to finish the bike now."

He used a set of original Raider rims that he had for many many moons and powder coated them an Aztec Gold color to give some contrast. He also hand drilled the front rotor on a cheap harbor freight drill press.

The motor he had was a Late 1978 set up and he wanted to use every year of the SOHC on this Hybrid just to see how she turned out to be honest. He built the carbs and they purred like a kitty when the motor first fired up, no leaks and no misfire, something that is quite unusual to be honest as they are more than likely out of synchronization.

He wanted the exhaust system to be wilder than he first designed, so this time he had his Buddy Eric come over and they pieced together this crazy spaghetti style header set up. Carpy just loved it, so they TIG welded it and then chromed it, He says he should of numbered the elbows as it took him 2 hours to figure out what went where that day. The design was good but, the leg on the right hand side got bloody hot for a long length of time, but overall he liked the bike, he dug the headers, but wished he had re-routed the 12 bore side-winders to go under the bike, but that’s bike building.

The gas tank was sealed and once the Candy Apple paint went on it looked amazing in the sun, also the early bodies have the hole in the tank for a bolt, that’s the way it secures to the frame, so to make at least something appealing than just a mount hole, he incorporated an oil pressure light in there and it worked out very well indeed, he added a few pin lines with the triple O dagger brush and she was awesome.

The seat base was something he hoped to make as he didn’t have one at all, his buddy rang to say he had some original 1970′s metal flake Gold and that’s just what he needed, so they made up some cool diamond stitching pattern for it. Carpy found some original new old stock red metal flake grips from a friend of in Belgium and the deal was done, he shipped them out and they were just what he needed to finish the bike.

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Alan Goodsell , 19 May 15