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  1. #571
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    Re: Old shops

    Any info on Gils Cycle, 2029 McDowell , Phoenix . shop long gone. Gil Greer's

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    Sorry Friday, can't find anything on Gils. Do you now what years? HD,Indian,other? Looked at address on google , another highway took all the buildings down. Seems like alot of motorcycle shops where wiped out by 4 lane highways.

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    Re: Old shops

    1970s , indie shop I would say

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    Re: Old shops

    Quote Originally Posted by SIDECAR View Post
    Sorry Friday, can't find anything on Gils. Do you now what years? HD,Indian,other? Looked at address on google , another highway took all the buildings down. Seems like alot of motorcycle shops where wiped out by 4 lane highways.
    That is such a profound comment about 4 lane highways wiping out so many American business', Sidecar. I never put that together but when I think about it now it is so true.

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    Re: Old shops

    Seaver's BMW had to move a few times. a motorway went in. They were an Indian shop since 1910

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    Re: Old shops

    FELIX PREDKO ...523 RAILROAD STREET,WINDBER,PA.

    The King Kong motorcycle was built by Felix Predko who went to service school in Milwaukee.

    He worked for Zepka Harley-Davidson from 1940 to 1962.

    FELIX ALSO HAS THREE MOTORCYCLES DISPLAYED AT
    THE NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM, ANIMOSA IOWA

    Felix originally conceived of the machine as a clever way to advertise his independent shop, Felix's H-D Sales & Service.

    It took him four years to finish it between 1949 and 1953. He started with a 1941 Knucklehead and two V-Twin engines. He modified the taillights using vintage Cadillac, recycled parts. He modified the horn with scuba tanks to produce, quite literally, deafening “honks.” A horn so loud that it could shatter a window. In total, the beast measures 13 feet long and weighs 1,000 pounds.

    Maybe the first electric start motorbike out of a Dodge Automobile.

    A state trooper pulled him over and sternly advised ... WTF ... I never want to see you wearing this helmet again

    Felix Predko passed on in 2004 at the ripe old age of 88












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    Looks like the front engine is a 47 and the rear is a 41.

    Jerry

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    Where is King Kong located today ?

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    You will have to ask the Harley museum. It maybe in storage, York,Milwaukee?

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