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Old 02-01-2010, 06:36 PM   #1
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Im an ex-employee of AEE and am interested in any pictures or stories anyone might have of our golden years back in the day.

I also might be able to help idientify any suspected AEE parts. I was the guy that pulled every part that went out the door for a couple years. I had to know most of the stuff on sight. Now my memory ain't what it once was but I'd be willing to help out.


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welcome! I have an old contour devil seat. Those were the best seats ever from this period...

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All of our seats at AEE were made by Dons Trim Shop in Downey. He also did our owners famous 32 Ford upholstery and all of the seats on our bikes. For the time they were pretty darn good quality.
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Hi there,
I've been trying to get the answer on these forks. I'm going to have to fab a top tree and fit a new stem. I was wondering how the stem fitted the bottom yolk bolt/weld ? What shape was the top tree ? Any pics ? I can post better pics if needed. Ignore the forks on the left, some English early 80's crap.

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All of our seats at AEE were made by Dons Trim Shop in Downey. He also did our owners famous 32 Ford upholstery and all of the seats on our bikes. For the time they were pretty darn good quality.
Are there any stories you could share? I have always been fascinated with the AEE story. I collected all their catalogs when I was a young teenager. At that time AEE was the chopper world to the masses. I had always wondered what happened to Tom McMullen and then read a couple of years ago he was killed in a plane crash. I even have the accident report on my blog. Whatever happened to Rose McMullen? From what I have gathered, she was not the wife who was killed along with Tom in the plane.

Here is a link to my blog post on his death.
http://evylchopper.blogspot.com/2009...-mcmullen.html



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there was a pretty decent article about the AEE history in the anniversary edition of street chopper magazine that came out a few months ago.
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When I was a youngster I sent for an AEE stingray bicycle brochure. They offered parts to make your Stingray into a cool ride. Does anyone remember that?
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Here's a link to the online version of the Street Chopper article:
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This AEE story came from "PolarBear":
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Jeff and the guys at Street Chopper did a great job of telling the AEE/Street Chopper/ Tom McMullen story. I was just an employee but working there was pretty wild most of the time. We got the job done but it was with a certain flair. Take two volitile owners, lots of money, choppers and our clientele and it got interesting. Here is a nugget for you....Lenny that worked the front counter always wore a 38 in a shoulder holster, there was a sawed off shotgun on the wall behind the cash box and in the cash box was a 9mm. Tom was pretty adamant that if anyone was going to get to his cash it would be him! We made a lot of the parts in house and designed most of them in house but some things were farmed out. Dave Brackett was the designer and engineer for a heck of a lot of it, Tom was the ringmaster more than anything esle. One of my best memories was I brought in the 1963 issue of Hot Rod that had Tom on the cover with his famous 32 roadster. I had aquired it accidentally as a kid and one day realized itwas him and the car on the cover. He and I sat for about an hour in the back of the warehouse on a couple king and queen seats and he told me all about the car and his times with it. Lenny worked for Rose after AEE folded it's tent for a while but he has indicated he does not know what eventually came of her.
Jeff and Grant at Street Chopper have been instrumental in helping the chopper world not forget AEE and for that I am eternally grateful. I'll try to post more stories as time allows.
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Old 02-02-2010, 10:02 AM   #11
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That picture is Lenny at the parts counter at the location on Via Burton in Anaheim. AEE had moved there from Buena Park and eventually we moved to Placentia. Lenny's blog has an interesting story of how he came to work there and he mentions me in his story about dropping the 38 special on the ground between us one day....it was not funny!
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I've been doing alot of reading up on AEE, the history and of course the bitchin bikes and parts. From what i have been reading it sounds as tho they were quite a large company and sold alot of their product "back in the day" my question is this. Why is it so hard to find any AEE stuff these days?? i realize the outrageous prices are a reflection of this rarity, but there really isn't much out there. Were they alot smaller company than i realize, or is everyone just hoarding all their AEE parts, cuz they are so dam fine???
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by todays standards none of the companies back then sold very much product and aee was pretty pricey stuff at the time anyway. the chopper movement (and buyer pool) were WAY smaller than what you see today. most people (especially outside california) drooled and fantisied over the chrome magazine bikes and ads and then went and made their own parts or did without. plus the classic long bikes went out of fashion for many years and were even ridiculed and junked during the billit craze of the 80s and 90s. frankly i'm a little amazed that so much stuff HAS survived.
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Great pics and history.

http://aeechoppers.blogspot.com/

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Old 10-12-2010, 10:24 AM   #16
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We did sell a lot back then, we had 4 buildings at one point, one the main parts warehouse, one a bulk parts warehouse, another the production/welding/fab shop and the last had prototype area and Street Chopper magazine in it. We shipped all over the world and sold a hell of a lot over the counter. Reality is compared to now it was a small amounts of parts. My best guess is we actually sold more via mail than over the counter. We had a dealer network that distributed around the country. We had a high concentration in the Northeast. My best ugess is time (hey guys its been 40 years!) and style changes and not that many parts in the first place makes our stuff scarce.
Also just when we needed to change our business model and style and type of parts Tom and Rose were battling it out in a divorce. Tom moved back to hot rods and Rose soldiered on but without some of the driving forces behind AEE like Tom and Dave Brackett and others the spark was gone........
That said I'm looking for AEE parts. I am trying to collect some. I have the aeechoppers/blogspot and am putting up the aee choppers web site soon and would like to show some of the parts as they are today. So if you have any parts that you coudl send pictures of that you own I'd love to have them. Or you could sell them to me!
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found these and had to share...




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Old 10-12-2010, 03:57 PM   #18
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Might want to check out my blog about aEE

http://aeechoppers.blogspot.com/

pictures and stories and more coming....even a picture or two of me back in the day.



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Is this a AEE seat? i can't find any markings on it.
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Is this a AEE seat? i can't find any markings on it.
I don't think so, looks more like a Cheetah. But I'd have to look and see.
I'm pretty sure this is an AEE, at least it was at one time. LOL
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Is this a AEE seat? i can't find any markings on it.

Yes they we're called devil's tail. Two sizes for all bikes...
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Old 10-13-2010, 10:21 AM   #22
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If memory serves I don't remember seeing our tall devil type seats with a diamond pattern, always square pattern but I'll have to check catalogs to be sure. Either way that is the seat for a sweet 70's chopper!
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No problem, but yes, AEE Devil seat three different designs ... they are popping up up on ebay and such alot more lately... three years ago i couldn't sniff one out... I know, all you guys can hate me now...


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Must have been after I left. We had nothing for 650 yamaha's when I was there. Nice find.
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Scored an old AEE frame
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Scored an old AEE frame
Thats for a Honda 350 or 450 twin.
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Scored an old AEE frame
The mounts are for the Honda 450/500 DOHC twin.
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Frames were built for AEE by our engineer designer Dave Brackett. He owned a chassis company and built them on the side for us. He built a couple 450's that were in street chopper called Amani. Guys laugh now but that 450 did very well for its size.
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Any idea why he did the drop off like that behind the seat post ? The 750 has a nicer line ,,He also did the same with the Sportster frame. ( small picture on the left )
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I've been looking for a picture of a Sportster AEE used in their catalogs to show different parts. It had a bolt on hardtail, raked, 20 over springer, 17" wheel, black and if I remember right flames on the tank. It was also used in Street Chopper to show the strength of AEE cromoly springers after it was in an accident.
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You know Scavenger I do not have the answer but I can get it on why we had the drop on some frames and not others. I do know it seemed to end up looking right. Pretty sure by the way that he had built an adjustable jig so he could produce multiple types of frames off of a single jig.
Worn, not sure which bike you were talking about. We did a handful of articles about springer strength and one about the testing we did for the government.
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Wow ! I just spent hours on your blog takehikes. Very interesting stuff. Thanks for that. I wasn't alive back then, but the old stuff has always amazed me. I love finding old stuff at swaps or Ebay, and wonder where/when the part was made, and how many different bikes it's been on,and where it's been etc....

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According to Dave Brackett our engineer and designer at AEE:
"About the frames, it has to do with the engine. The foreign bikes had the head forward and the carbs to the rear so a straight line could be had from neck to axle, but the Harleys had the heads front and rear, so you had to go higher to clear the rear head, and then drop to get to the axle."

Obviously you can run a straight line from the neck to rear but you end up with a much higher front end which also helps explain some of the insane neck stretches we have seen the last few years.
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Worn, not sure which bike you were talking about. We did a handful of articles about springer strength and one about the testing we did for the government.
I spent a bit of time on Google and found the bike I'm talking about...funny thing is, we both commented on it in another thread! (I made a mistake in my comment, should have been D&D not Jammer)
Still looking for a side on shot of it from the catalogs.
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Man, that stuff brings back memories. I know I had an AEE sissy bar and tail light. I need to check out my friend's garage for AEE stuff. He's had things hanging from the rafters for decades.
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Worn...I do not remember the bike, don't think it was ever ours, but I do remember the article.
I saw a few springers come back damaged and returned to us. Most it was real evident what happened to them...can you say impact with immovable object or else massive wheelie damage. Never saw one that was a failure of our material or welds.
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Worn...I do not remember the bike, don't think it was ever ours, but I do remember the article.
I saw a few springers come back damaged and returned to us. Most it was real evident what happened to them...can you say impact with immovable object or else massive wheelie damage. Never saw one that was a failure of our material or welds.
I wasn't saying AEE made dangerous springers.
Big Bike magazine was there originally to push D&D Distributors products much like Street Chopper was there to sell AEE products. They ran articles on the danger of welding cromoly I think mainly because D&D springers were mild steel, and a lot of the bikes in the first year of Big Bike were built by D&D or had their springers.
That Sportster may not have belonged to AEE or an AEE employee but I do remember it in one of the catalogs with a side shot, I think it was for Sportster drag pipes. Always liked the lines of that bike but never really got used to the look of the skinny 17" front wheels

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You are right about chrome moly and welding, luckily our guys were very good and paid to be good. Didn't think you were thrown rocks at AEE springers, believe me back then there was some real junk out there. I am going to check on that Sporty (as my memory is now a combination of remembering and checking the catalogs and magazines). Now that you mentioned it I vaugely remember it being in some of the early catalogs.
I'm with you, 19 or 21 up front, those 17"ers look kinda funny. On our bikes they would set up the frame with the rear wheel on and then start putting a variety of front end and wheel combos on until it sat the way they wanted it. Easy to do when all you have to do is pull them from stock. I should know I was the guy pulling the parts and hauling them back and forth!
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Here is an AEE Sporty frame.

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sure looks like it! Good shape too.
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Anyone have a scan of the Later sissy bars ( 70's )
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How bout this seat. Is this an AEE? I can't find any marking on it but going through some old ads on the web. It fits along the lines (Stitching) that was AEE commonly sold. Thanks.


I was gonna sell it but didn't want to sell it until i figured out who made it so as to not Mis advertise something. It will soon be off to eBay.
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looks like an old corbin
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I have been trying to find out what kind of springer front end I have on my Ironhead & after going onto Takehikes blog site, I have discovered that I have an AEE front end & mini drum brake.
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hey lets see it!
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Does anybody have a ad and description for the early Sissy bars?
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Does anybody have a ad and description for the early Sissy bars?
Danny F posted some that might have come out of an AEE catalog here.
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thanks Larry T just stumbled onto that one. I was trying to find out if they had a name for the designs.
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Are these AEE? I saw a set matching dog bones on a overseas blog saying that the design was AEE
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Can you post a picture of teh bottom of your sissy bar,,the part that bolts to the frame .
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at the bottom of one side it has the AEE stamp and on the other side there is a 4
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Nice yours is larger stock than mine,, and the AEE is stamped under the fender mount brace,

also stamped on the bottom where it bolts to the frame B 4

Have to find mounting instructions,,my sissy bar is wider than the AEE frame
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The later sissy bars were stamped on the fender brace. From the information I have found this is pre-71 or maybe earlier??
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Only place they were ever officially stamped was on the fender brace. No stamping went on until about early 72. It was spotty at times too.
We also used an etching machine to etch the chrome on some parts.
You would have been stunned if you saw how many sissy bars we sold back then, it was incredible. Every one of them made in our shop.

Those risers do not appear to be AEE. I would have to check the catalogs to be sure.
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what year or years are the sissy bars that Danny F posted?
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I think those risers are AEE...Here's a pic on page 76 from one of the early catalogs, I have two skull shift knobs that turned out to be AEE after seeing it in the catalog.
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Post that catalog !!
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Brent correct me if i'm wrong, but AEE also sold parts that they did not make. so lots of stuff could be "AEE"...i worked about a half a block from where they were in Placentia, in fact i work with one of the old employees and Street Chopper staffers, Brian Brennan.
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I think those risers are AEE...Here's a pic on page 76 from one of the early catalogs, I have two skull shift knobs that turned out to be AEE after seeing it in the catalog.
that is boss thanks for the post and I agree post more pages. And it is true AEE did not produce everything they sold I know for sure that they sold some old beck products
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Apple how wide is yours and the bottom ?
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I saw that the big twin trike resurfaced not to long ago. In the pics, she was in rough shape, but still salvageable. Anybody know what she sold for?
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Its about 8 1/2" on the inside
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The Trike was on eaby,,it did not sell @$5000

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mines like 10 1/5,,
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the risers are close to what we sold but I checked and think they are just off. Not saying they didn't come out of AEE. As Grant indicated we did purchase some items that were sold at AEE. As time went by we made more and more in house. You have to remember the time frame.....there was no one place you could get these pieces, it was small companies making just a few items. part of the genius of AEE was that they started pulling all the pieces together and some they made and some they didn't. For me I know what we made and didn't and I don't call it AEE unless we did make it.
And I am so old Brian Brennan was wet behind the ears and had hair...oh wait I did too. LOL
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How do those anchor ??
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They are threaded at the bottom and are mounted with a bolt through the top tree
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Nice find. I am looking right now at our very first and second catalogs and these could easily be from AEE. Ours appear a bit softer looking (radius on the edges softer) but otherwise identical. Could just be that these aren't all polished up and ours were. We had this style and dogbone too.
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I found these on the psycle delic blog. sorry about the over sized pic
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I put his bike on my blog about AEE...he has an AEE square girder.
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That hollow or solid stock ?
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all of the AEE risers were solid stock. Some aluminum, some steel.
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I ment that one legged Girder on your blog
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Sorry, no not solid. Pretty thick wall 4130 square tube. I think its the exact same square tube used in the square glides we did. Pretty simple design really. I have no idea how well it worked. sure different.
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by todays standards none of the companies back then sold very much product and aee was pretty pricey stuff at the time anyway. the chopper movement (and buyer pool) were WAY smaller than what you see today. most people (especially outside california) drooled and fantisied over the chrome magazine bikes and ads and then went and made their own parts or did without. plus the classic long bikes went out of fashion for many years and were even ridiculed and junked during the billit craze of the 80s and 90s. frankly i'm a little amazed that so much stuff HAS survived.
Bill hit it right on the head. Not only was the buyer pool smaller they were tougher and meaner lol. And when you pulled up to a citizen type they were more likely to roll up there windows and lock the doors. Today when you pull up on a chopper they try to take a pic on a cell phone. damm I miss the old days.
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"Not only was the buyer pool smaller they were tougher and meaner lol."

for sure, thats why when you worked the counter at AEE you wore a 38 in a shoulder holster, sawed off shotgun on the wall behind you and just for a bit more surprise a 9mm in the cash drawer! It was a serious cash business.
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Hey takehikes, what info can you shed on the AEE batwing tanks?
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First one ever built was done by Dave Brackett when he built our Honda 350 called Really, in 1968. I asked him about it and he said he had never built a chopper before and just started bending metal and its kind of where he ended up (he had been a fabricator for some racing teams/header companies). I'm pretty sure we had the same guys that made a lot of metal structures for us make them, we did not make them in house. Of course they got copied a lot but most of the copies they blew the dimensions and they looked ungainly. Ours was small, true capacity was like a gallon and most of the others were much bigger. Very hard to fill too, tiny cap down in the middle. I'll be talking to Dave and try to ask who actually made them for us if he remembers. 40 years ago things get fuzzy some times!
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just got this seat its pretty beat up but has the same small tag as most AEE seats but the lettering is gone.
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I dont remember that particular stitch pattern for our K and Q seats. Part number tag looks too small. I'd have to check some pictures I have and catalogs to be positive.
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Anyone have a page on AEE Risers ?
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Hi TakeHikes...Do these look like the solid steel risers AEE made? I also want to know if the skull shift knobs were made in-house or farmed out?
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skulls were farmed out. In the very first catalog right to the end I'm pretty sure. You could also buy wings. Many of our customers that rode with the HA's put them together on their sissy bars. Wings were off of either the Model t or A ford radiator cap. the risers look pretty good.
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they added the "mixer" bars in an attempt to fit everything. Same with the swing arm bars. I had a custom bar built for me by the weld shop for a Honda 350 I had and then realized I had no good way to mount it up as we offered nothing. Later we came up with a swing arm bar mount. I used hose clamps, looked like shit but worked. Oh and I didn't keep the bar, wish i had, probably be the only non-production bar from AEE ever.
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Project I bought a year and a half ago- AEE Spring, GME tank and Chettah sissy bar along with a Drag Specialties seat... working on it now...


The frame was wack so I re-did the front half:

I know AEE didn't build that many British choppers but I love this long ass springer and it's in good shape so I'm gonna build her like you guys would have! Great stories on the company, history people and projects/parts- keep them coming!
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I cant tell for sure but you may have one of our mini-drum brakes up front. Actually back then we sold plenty of parts for Brit bikes. You have to remember that HD was not the dominate player in the chopper market back then that they are today. Triumph and BSA were formidable and Honda exploded when they showed up. If you look through old AEE catalogs you will find nearly everything we made for HD's we also made for Brit bikes.
Springer looks great, for sure refurbish it and keep it running!
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I cant tell for sure but you may have one of our mini-drum brakes up front. Actually back then we sold plenty of parts for Brit bikes. You have to remember that HD was not the dominate player in the chopper market back then that they are today. Triumph and BSA were formidable and Honda exploded when they showed up. If you look through old AEE catalogs you will find nearly everything we made for HD's we also made for Brit bikes.
Springer looks great, for sure refurbish it and keep it running!
It is a mini drum but I think I identified it as a Santee. I'll look again... I guess what I meant was that you guys didn't build any show bikes or maybe only one out of a Triumph... obviously lots of guys used AEE parts on their Brit bike builds cause I run across old survivors often that have AEE parts. I was pretty thrilled to get this bike with these parts. For what just the sissy bar is worth I purchased the whole project so it was a good score.
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I know of at least 3 we built, 2 were for 7Up and one was a digger style bike. Plus the editor of Street chopper Steve Stillwell did his own though he used lots of stuff from other companies besides AEE. I've seen that sissy bar style before and assumed you could find someone that really wanted it, good score as you say!
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Here's the sporty project I picked up off this forum, tore it down until 1:30 this morning and started polishing the springer, couldn't tell what the stamp was, thought it looked like P.E.E.
Searched PEE springer and results came up with pissing cocker spaniels. Maybe AEE?

Bingo. That led me here. I'm building a sissy for this bike w/ a forge, would that work with stainless? I also wanted mod the tree while I was at it, with flux (no gas) mig:

"We recently discovered that the triple tree had an inherent weakness to them which may explain why most of them have a bent top plate. The square leg holes do not and can not pinch the legs hard neough to hold them in place as well as they should. hence the legs transmitted movement to the top plate bending it. We added a stiffener under the top plate (after straightening the top plate). I discovered this problem but Dave Brackett our friend and AEE engineer figured out why it was doing it and the fix for it.

Is this necessary? Michigan roads are really bad, I've had lots of slaps on the Indian.
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The lower picture is of the square glider front end not the springer front end you have
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Appleknocker is right. Know of no problem at all with the square springer other than people losing the damn top plate! I have one like that in my collection, got to make a top plate for it. The square glide has only one leg and all the impact that the springs in the legs don't absorb gets sent right to the top plate. Reason is the square holes in the lower tree don't clamp much at all....literally only clamps on the 4 corners unlike a round tube that clams all the way around.
By the way I need some AEE rockers like yours. somehow the square springer I have has AEE fishtail rockers which is incorrect. Square springers got crescents and rounds got fishtails (you could buy the fishtails and crescents as a part).
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Thats them. I'll tell you the paint on them was incredible...perfect 7UP metallic candy green....
Look closely at the front ends, that is the AEE girder front end. It's an interesting girder made differently from many others, designed by Dave Brackett. Bikes were literally built with off the shelf parts from us.

I have attempted to find these bikes but no luck. I wrote to 7UP bottling of LA who actually was the folks these went to and they didn't bother to reply. But I'm like the black knight in Monty Python so I'm a wee bit tenacious. If this stuff is out there we will find it. Thanks for the post.

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I also remember reading that there was a TV ad made for AEE around the same time the 7UP bikes were built, did it ever go to air?
Would love to see it!
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I have been searching for it. It was shown on TV outlets in the New York area supposedly in 73 I think. I have the name of the agency that made the commercial but they no longer exist. They would be the only one's that might have a copy. The TV stations typically back then didn't hang on to this stuff. All of the AEE archives are long gone so I'm not sure where to turn at this point. there was an article in one of the magazines about it back in the day.
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I'll find it tonight and scan it.
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I have it but can't remember which issue its in (I only remember the one's I'm in or on!).
It would be great if you could post it up, maybe it will ring some bell's with someone somewhere. Love to have that commercial.
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It was in June 73 Street Chopper


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Did AEE ever have a square springer that they turned the legs 45' to make them like a diamond? I know takehikes had said something about them a while back
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well that made at least one as it was in one of the final catalogs...however don't know that any have ever been authenticated. I do know some other springer company did that at one time as I have seen them but don' tknow who they were.
I do know that if you have one produced this late in AEE's life it would be marked with the stamped logo.
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I'll see if this sneaks thru, Dave Brackets Bike

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That's Dave's Amani or rather one of them. You should see the one he built that has no frame! Really! It uses the exhaust pipes as the stressed members/frame. Its amazing.

Dave is still building some crazy wonderful stuff.
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That Ride-On frame looks neat. How did that work?
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It was after I left that they put that together, never went in to production as it was late in AEE's life. I talked with Lenny the parts manager and he coudl not remember anything about it.....I will say this it could be argued it was one of the first soft tails!
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I got a nice springer on ebay it says AEE on the bottom of the lower tree, i guess it's a s/n AE1532 and the number 15 on the bottom of all four legs. would that number be the oversize? the AEE logo looks to be etched.
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Here is a little something about the build I am working on.....

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I got a nice springer on ebay it says AEE on the bottom of the lower tree, i guess it's a s/n AE1532 and the number 15 on the bottom of all four legs. would that number be the oversize? the AEE logo looks to be etched.
Didnt see this post before now....if the AEE logo is on there and etched then its real. However the number on there is a component number and has nothing to do with the actual springer part number and they had no serial numbers. The 15" on the bottom of the legs could indicate 15" over but I do not remember that being done. You have to remember everything was cut and machined in a multitude of phases then assembled and welded together then sent to chrome. So the parts had identifiers on them
Its funny but I don't ever remember selling a 15" over springer...lots of 18 and 12's.
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Digging through some of my old stuff and found one of thier catalogs. Pretty cool stuff.
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I bought my '62 pan from the Honolulu PD in '68 or '69, and proceeded to chop it
per the style at the time. I don't know exactly when I ran across AEE, but I know I bought a lot of parts from them, and was actually a dealer for a short while, as there was nobody else here on Maui doing anything like that at the time.

Ran across these in the back of my shop, they were on the '62 chop, but could not tell you when I put them on. I'm positive I got them from AEE. Late 60's or early 70's. I rode that bike until '92, when I parked it and bought a '91 FXDB. Pulled that '62 out of my storage shed recently, and it is slowly getting a complete rebuild.

Have been trying to decide how to do these covers, I've pressure washed them so a lot of the loose chrome has already come off. Have been considering just using a high quality satin clear coat to keep the "original patina" look. Or removing all the chrome and just polishing the aluminum. Nobody in Hawaii does chrome work anymore, I'd have to send them off to the mainland to get them rechromed. No matter, they will look great on my refurbished '62 chop after all these years, however I do them....
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Here's another pix of those pan covers on the motor when I started tearing it down:

Can you confirm that those are actually AEE covers?
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no stamp on this brace look like real deal but re-chromed ? also was told this was an old moon tank,no way to identify had alum mounts
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Just saw this over on another site. Sorry if its a repost.

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Here's another pix of those pan covers on the motor when I started tearing it down:

Can you confirm that those are actually AEE covers?
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Look like ours....any casting numbers inside?
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no stamp on this brace look like real deal but re-chromed ? also was told this was an old moon tank,no way to identify had alum mounts
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Looks like one of our tweak bars...we sold Moon tanks but with an AEE label on them. Dean Moon was a buddy of Dave brackett's (our engineer and designer) so Dean came up with the tank.
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Actually AEE got sued way in the very beginning as infringing on some other guys design (can't remember his name). In the end he got nothing and AEE modified the design enough to make it their own. This goes way back to 67-68 when AEE just was beginning to build parts and most of their stuff was sourced. Not sure where the sourced the covers in the beginning but once they had them made for themselves the design was changed.
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No marks at all inside these covers. But I'm 99.9% sure I got them from AEE sometime plus or minus around 1970. My company back then was Motorcycle Engineering Maui, or MEMCO, but it didn't last long. Business of this sort was very, very slow on Maui. Most guys preferred to do their own wrenching. I sold some parts, did a few bikes, but not much really, so went out and found a "real job".....

Things have sure changed over the last 50 years....
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No marks at all inside these covers. But I'm 99.9% sure I got them from AEE sometime plus or minus around 1970. My company back then was Motorcycle Engineering Maui, or MEMCO, but it didn't last long. Business of this sort was very, very slow on Maui. Most guys preferred to do their own wrenching. I sold some parts, did a few bikes, but not much really, so went out and found a "real job".....

Things have sure changed over the last 50 years....
SOunds like most of us. Do what you can to keep your hand in but tough to make a buck at it.
I went and checked and those for sure are AEE covers.
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Yup, my pan covers have those same four "dimples" on the inside. I can't remember if I bought them chromed or had it done here. In 1970 there were 3 chrome shops in Honolulu, they all shut down due to pollution concerns.
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Actually AEE got sued way in the very beginning as infringing on some other guys design (can't remember his name). In the end he got nothing and AEE modified the design enough to make it their own. This goes way back to 67-68 when AEE just was beginning to build parts and most of their stuff was sourced. Not sure where the sourced the covers in the beginning but once they had them made for themselves the design was changed.
the story i heard was that tom got a pair of randy smiths covers and made copys and started selling them. well randy sued so tom then machined the flat spot going thru the center of the covers. that changed them just enough to not being sued anymore.
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there you go, sounds about right to me as I remember it. SOmewhere I have an ad from the first catalog showing those panhead covers and clearly they were being sourced from someone else that was making them.

Eventually we had them cast and polished by our own vendor.
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I just found this on that auction site. Part of the discription says " finch aee tracy fiberglass body " I have no idea who made it but thought the pic was cool enough to put up if it turned out to be aee....

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It's a Tracy body for a triumph, even told the guy it was and the model it is. Think he wanted something crazy like $1300 for it
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Thanks for the good info Scavenger, interesting stuff...
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tons of stuff with AEE slapped in the ad to draw you there. Most days on Ebay there will be 50 plus items listed as AEE and usually there is one or two. I have some up now but I can prove what they are....

Clearly that is a Tracy body and no where near worth what the guy is asking...at least in today's marketplace. Over on some of the Honda 750 sites they pop up now and then for much less.
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My AEE bits (or at least parts I attribute to AEE). The backing plate on the carb cover is stamped. I can only afford to buy AEE when someone doesn't know what they are...

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This is the springer I'm using on my Sportster build. I didn't get a stem with it. How did the stem attach at the bottom? Could I possibly find an AEE stem or is there any other stems that would work?
I'm guessing they have been shortened. Any info you could tell me about the forks would be appreciated.







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My AEE bits (or at least parts I attribute to AEE). The backing plate on the carb cover is stamped. I can only afford to buy AEE when someone doesn't know what they are...

Look slike some good stuff there. We bought those mirrors but you can tell ours, the stem screws in to the back, it does not use set screws.
I have a bunch of AEE stuff I'm going to be selling here in a while, probably Ebay. Taking a bath on most of it since I tend to get AEE fever when I find a part!
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Look slike some good stuff there. We bought those mirrors but you can tell ours, the stem screws in to the back, it does not use set screws.
I have a bunch of AEE stuff I'm going to be selling here in a while, probably Ebay. Taking a bath on most of it since I tend to get AEE fever when I find a part!
Thanks for confirming that detail, I think I'd heard that before. Below are the backs. I'm not sure I've ever seen these knocked off by anyone. I don't have a pic of them on a bike, other than the 7-Up bikes (pic stolen from your blog ).

I seem to recall them on a big twin that had the 3 point carb cover, but can't find that image anymore.


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Thanks for confirming that detail, I think I'd heard that before. Below are the backs. I'm not sure I've ever seen these knocked off by anyone. I don't have a pic of them on a bike, other than the 7-Up bikes (pic stolen from your blog ).

I seem to recall them on a big twin that had the 3 point carb cover, but can't find that image anymore.


Frankly you could have seen any mirror on any of our bikes at any time. Our bikes were built to sell parts pretty much. We spent a lot of time swapping mirrors, handlebars, springers, etc. Our bikes other than the day they got finished never looked the same way twice...they were all parts mules.
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This is the springer I'm using on my Sportster build. I didn't get a stem with it. How did the stem attach at the bottom? Could I possibly find an AEE stem or is there any other stems that would work?
I'm guessing they have been shortened. Any info you could tell me about the forks would be appreciated.







You might want to know that someone has brazed in different mounts on the lower legs and used non-AEE rockers on that springer. Stem is easy for any machine shop to make. Make sure to use a tang washer when you put it in.
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wow thats interesting, ugly as hell but nice wing tank for sure.
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Is this AEE Exhaust ? Found a bunch of exhaust with ripples in it

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We never did any ripple pipe that I am aware of.
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Picked up this sissy bar, trying to figure out what it is just because im curious. At the end of the day I think its pretty rad that's why I scooped it up haven't seen one or been able to find one like it. Guy I got it from said he pulled it off a pan chopper that was built in the 70's. I haven't gotten it yet so I don't know if theres any stamps on it im just excited on getting it.
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Picked up this sissy bar, trying to figure out what it is just because im curious. At the end of the day I think its pretty rad that's why I scooped it up haven't seen one or been able to find one like it. Guy I got it from said he pulled it off a pan chopper that was built in the 70's. I haven't gotten it yet so I don't know if theres any stamps on it im just excited on getting it.
Not AEE but interesting for sure.
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any thoughts on what it might be?
No clue at all...someone here will figure it out though I'm sure.
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Did you ever heard about bikes called "Pink Floyd Choppers"?
There is a story about 4 bikes build back in 1974 in issue 258 (june/august 2014) of the French magazine "Motolegende" ... unfortunately I am not able to read or speak French!
I met a french guy the other day which is living in Germany, he told me he owns one of the bikes in a non running bad shape ...
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found the pics from Laurent Amiel, the Frenchman with that Pink Floyd Chopper ... and he added some pics from an older magazine ...
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I've been in contact with him in the past....bike he has has quite a bit of AEE parts on it.
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Was there a name for this style sissy bar?

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it was called the "trip sissy bar"
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Thanks for that AppleKnocker, After asking the question I found your post #86 and found it ....think I found a tall one for the chopper. It's 36 inches tall, raw steel, with no mounts holes or fender bracket, i'm going to get it welded up, then look a chrome shop... Did they sell them raw like that?

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Thanks for that AppleKnocker, After asking the question I found your post #86 and found it ....think I found a tall one for the chopper. It's 36 inches tall, raw steel, with no mounts holes or fender bracket, i'm going to get it welded up, then look a chrome shop... Did they sell them raw like that?
We did not sell them unchromed. And they all came with fender braces which is where we stamped our logo.
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Old 02-07-2017, 09:28 PM   #151
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I may have found another, Angel Wings? yay or nay...

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