Eddie built this as a personal ride and company showpiece and when you find out how much this guy built from chunks of aluminum and chromoly tubing, it’s astounding. “I drew it full scale exactly like I wanted it and built it off my own plans. Everything I’ve ever had has been supercharged, so I wasn’t going to back down now,” said Eddie. Basically all the polished billet stuff hanging out in front of the downtube started as finished ore. Yup, he built his own supercharger and drive from raw billet just because he could. “You can buy them, but I didn’t want to do that. I wanted something totally different from what everybody else has. There’s a lot going on when this is running,” said Eddie. This setup pumps up a 127” RevTech in-name-only engine featuring Landers modified cases and heads, Landers billet steel crank, Carrillo rods, BRC blower pistons, Dual 42mm Mikuni flat slides, a Vertex magneto, Andrews’ cam, and well, you get the picture, if it was there originally, it’s been changed to a shadow of its former 100” self. This was not a superficial build either as Eddie even made his own oil pump to handle the increased power. When I asked him facetiously if he owned any catalogs, he said, “Not really. People say they built a bike, well I built mine where most of my buddies bought theirs and put it together.”
Same goes for the Softail-style frame with a 43-degree rake that Eddie built from .120-wall 4130 chromoly tubing instead of using one of the million catalog frames out there. The long, beefy springer is another Eddie-built item, big surprise there. “That’s solid aluminum tubing for strength and the fork legs are rifle-drilled so the brake fluid travels through ‘em,” said Eddie. “My dad makes gun barrels so I drilled them with a deep-hole drill. The fork leg is the brake line, there’s not a brake line in it.” Speaking of brakes, the dual calipers came into Eddie’s shop as a chunk of aluminum and went out the door as a finished Lander’s 4-piston caliper. Gazing aft, the sight of another set of dual Lander’s
4-piston calipers grabbing a single Ness rotor is a cool case of overkill. Eddie just laughed at my comment and said, “I just like dual calipers and they work great. I just did it for the looks.” For reasons unbeknownst to man, Eddie bought a Ness wheel for the front, but he machined his own matching wheel for the back that is enveloped in a reasonable-to-ride 230mm Avon. “It’s a showpiece for the shop, but I still take it out on a Saturday night when it’s nice,” said Eddie. I get it, he wants something he can pretty much ride and struggling against a huge back tire isn’t on the agenda.
Knocking out the big fuel tank, machining an aluminum oil tank, and modifying a Russ Wernimont Design fender blank gave rise to paint which surprisingly Eddie didn’t do. “We did everything right here but the paint. I did all the bodywork and prep work and a friend, Richard McWhirter, sprayed it,” he said. As for the choice of Hemi Orange paint, Eddie said, “I just like orange, always have. It looks good with polished aluminum.”
It’s showtime for this bike as Eddie said, “I’m taking my bike and go show it, I think it’s going to do well. I love to build nice stuff, show bikes, but if I can’t ride it and have a little fun with it, I don’t want it.” Right now it’s not for sale, I’m having too much fun with it. Maybe later― if the price was right.”
Up Close: LePera seats
When it came time to fit a saddle to Eddie Landers’ Blown Magic, he didn’t start tanning his own hides, but instead turned to a well-known entity, LePera Enterprises of North Hollywood, California. He knew exactly what he wanted and knew they could make it to his exacting standards. LePera has been toiling away at this seat-making gig since Richard Milhous Nixon began his second presidential term back in 1972. Bob LePera Sr. established his company with a background starting with making an interior for his supercharged Studebaker Lark in his parents’ leather shop to later working alongside the legendary dragster and hot rod interior designer, Tony Nancy. With those skills in hand, Bob Sr. founded his business that’s still family-run today by his son, Bob Jr. and daughter Christine after his passing in 2008
Today, LePera can make you a seat from designs, styles, and coverings from basic leather to just about any exotic skin you could imagine to the old vinyl standby, Naugahyde, in a dizzying array of colors and stitching. Probably the hardest part of all of this is that if you don’t have an idea of what you want already, LePera has so many options available it could take you a long time to make up your mind, but that’s a good thing. Choices are what life’s all about and LePera ‘s right on track with that. Speaking of the simple yet effective LePera seat on Blown Magic, Eddie said, “I kinda like just black leather. Everybody’s into alligator skin and all that. I just stuck with the black leather and it’s a really good seat.”
See all your unfathomable choices at LePera’s website, www.lepera.com or give them a ring at 818-767-5110.
Builder: Eddie Landers Engineering
History has a big place in Eddie Lander’s life, but it’s nothing to do with the Louisiana Land Purchase or Washington crossing the Delaware, it’s the history behind his business, Eddie Landers Engineering in Alamogordo, New Mexico. “My grandfather started this business in 1932 and I’m a third generation machinist. I actually started running a lathe when I was seven,” said Eddie. “I make a lot of race car, show car, and motorcycle parts. I’ve always been a motorcyclist and a car buff. I’ve done a lot of work for Don Garlits making parts for his dragsters. I just recently got into CNC machining for the last five years and do CAD-CAM. I make a lot of one-off billet parts, but I still do a lot of manual machining.”
Eddie runs this business with his wife Peggy who isn’t just a bookkeeper or office worker, but gets her hands dirty too. “I’ve been teaching her a little machining and she does like to polish. She polished a lot of pieces on that bike. She sits there with her Dremel tool and polishes all those nooks and crannies. I didn’t have any plating done on that bike, it’s all polished,” he said.
Being a guy that doesn’t take anything lightly when it comes to machine work, he’s a good guy to take your impossible project to. Frankly, he didn’t seem afraid of doing most anything as long as you know who knows best. That wouldn’t be you. And, that’s why guys like Don Garlits turn to him to solve problems. Yup, that Don Garlits, and a damn fine reference old Don is to throw about.
Got something in your head you want to turn into a two-wheeled reality? If you want the best and won’t settle for less, give Eddie a call at 575-439-1638.