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Posted 2 years ago

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This is my 400th post and I wanted it to be something very special, so this is a one-of-a-kind motorbike made by Jim Mochino in 1946 that I picked from Marissa, Illinois. Here's how the story goes.

In 1946 a coal miner man named Jim Mochino, who worked for the "Old Ben Coal Company" Coello No. 11 mine at Coello, Illinois decided to build a motorbike to drive to and from work, due to the fact that Mr. Mochino could not obtain a car during the war years. He was a machinist/ welder at the mine.

The frame, fuel tank, exhaust system, braking system, center section on this bike are all hand made and crafted. The motor is a Briggs Model Y which was manufactured from the late 1930's to the early 1940's. The only parts of this bike that are original bicycle parts are the wheels, fenders, front forks, and handlebars. Everything else is hand made.

Mr.Mochino used this bike for transportation until 1948, after that it was put in a shed where some parts were removed at various times. Mr. Mochino died in 1963 and a few years after that it was sold by his son to a man named Ned Perkins from Christopher, Illinois. Then the bike was sold to Rich Youngman from Duquoin, Illinois. He put different wheels and tires on the frame due to the originals being rusted away from age.

In 2009, Rich Youngman sold the bike to Gene Bollmeier from Marissa, Illinois who installed anotherBriggs Model Y motor and the missing parts to bring it back to the condition it is today.

In 2015 Gene Bollmeir sold the bike to Michael Jones from Brownsburg, Indiana who put it in another new home for years to come.

This bike is a one of a kind due to the skills and craftsmanship of Jim Mochino.

Before I put the bike in the house, I rode it up and down the alley a few times. It runs just find. I would consider this a great piece of Folk Art.

Michael

Comments

  1. inky inky, 2 years ago
    Congratulations..it will be a while till I get there...my husband hopes anyway..:-))
  2. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you inky for the love and the nice comment! Merry Christmas!

    Michael
  3. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you mikelv85, MyFavoriteTreasures and Lady_Picker for the love! Merry Christmas!

    Michael
  4. chevy59 chevy59, 2 years ago
    Looks incredible with the whole collection!
  5. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you mtg75, chevy59 and MooreAntique for the love! Also thanks chevy59 for the nice comment! Merry Christmas all!

    Michael
  6. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 years ago
    AMAZING bike and AMAZING story behind it!! Wow!! Congratulations on your 400th post Michael!!! That bike is definitely special!
  7. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
    You did make #400 a special one & I enjoyed it & the history.
  8. SEAN68 SEAN68, 2 years ago
    stunning !!!! wow!!! very special!!!
  9. Nicefice, 2 years ago
    You definitely shared a great bike and story for your 400th posting! Very Nice!!
  10. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you AnnaB for the love! Merry Christmas!

    Michael
  11. antiquerose antiquerose, 2 years ago
    Congrats O-FUEL on your 400th post!! Keep them coming as they are AMAZING!!

    ~ Merry Christmas and Happy Collecting in 2016 !! All the BEST....
  12. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you AnnaB for the love! Merry Christmas!

    Michael
  13. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you jscott0363 for the love and the nice comment and compliment! Merry Christmas!

    Michael
  14. slotman slotman, 2 years ago
    I love great craftsmanship, what an awesome job! I hope you take it out once and a while to enjoy it and keep it rideable....thanks for sharing the story!
  15. pickrknows pickrknows, 2 years ago
    Super cool bike Michael, it's found the perfect home!!!
    Merry Christmas to you !
    Bern
  16. EJW-54 EJW-54, 2 years ago
    that is really cool!! great find and great history!
  17. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
    I appreciate the way it was perpetuated over the yrs. by people who showed a true interest in preserving history.
  18. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you shughs, blunderbuss2 and SEAN68 for the loves and the great comments from blunderbuss2 and SEAN68! Blunderbuss2 that's why I fell in love with it because of all the history and the way it was taken care of for all those years! I think it's in a museum piece.I guess it's in my own little Museum in my house. But it's very primitive compared to riding my Harley you have to be very careful.

    Michael
  19. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you Nicefice, bobby725 and rniederman for the love! Nicefice thanks for the nice compliment! Merry Christmas!

    Michael
  20. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    blunderbuss2, again thanks for stopping in and commenting twice! I'm very lucky to find such a nice piece and very proud of it!

    Michael
  21. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you charmsomeone, usedcarlady and fortapache for the love! Merry Christmas!

    Michael
  22. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you Longings, antiquerose and walksoftly for the loves! Also thank you antiquerose for the nice compliment! Merry Christmas!

    Michael
  23. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you Daddy_Nobucks, kehphones and Chevelleman69 for the love! Merry Christmas!

    Michael
  24. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you Beachbum58, Eyewideopen and snowman3 for the love! Merry Christmas!

    Michael
  25. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you sanhardin, Radegunder and toolate2 for the love! Merry Christmas!

    Michael
  26. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you trukn20, slotman and Designer for the love! Merry Christmas!

    Michael
  27. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you sugargirl, Rustfarm and RonM for the love! Merry Christmas!

    Michael
  28. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you pickrknows for the love and the nice comment! Merry Christmas Bern!

    Michael
  29. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you EJW-54 for the love and the nice comment! Merry Christmas!

    Michael
  30. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you Otaco4me and egreeley1976 for the love! Merry Christmas!

    Michael
  31. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
    So special! Absolutely great 400th post!
    And above all, it is fantastic to have the whole history of her :-)

    Felicitations, and MERRY CHRISTMAS!
  32. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you trunkman, leighannrn and Rattletrap for the love! Merry Christmas!

    Michael
  33. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you Trey, AzTom and AntigueToys for the love! Merry Christmas!

    Michael
  34. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you crswerner, OKCJIM and farmlady for the love! Merry Christmas!

    Michael
  35. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you Peasejean55 for the love! Merry Christmas!

    Michael
  36. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you hotairfan for the love! Merry Christmas!

    Michael
  37. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you rikanddonna for the love! Merry Christmas!

    Michael
  38. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you Signaholic for the love! Merry Christmas Perry!

    Michael
  39. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you RAD21289 for the love! Merry Christmas!

    Michael
  40. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank GeodeJem for stopping in and liking the motorbike! Merry Christmas!
    Michael
  41. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you kyratango for the love! Merry Christmas!

    Michael
  42. Caperkid Caperkid, 2 years ago
    Just to make it an even 60 loves great bike Michael. Thanks also for the great posts and items. Have a great holiday season. Keep your stick on the ice.

    Roy
  43. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you Caperkid for the love! Thanks for the great Christmas gift! Merry Christmas!

    Michael
  44. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you Roycroftsbooksfromme1 for the love! Merry Christmas!

    Michael
  45. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you ttomtucker for the love! Merry Christmas!

    Michael
  46. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you frisco for the love! Merry Christmas!

    Michael
  47. GrammyD, 2 years ago
    Love your stuff, and love your stories! I live in an old house too! It is an 1875 house that I have been restoring for four years and counting! Thanks for sharing!!!
  48. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    GrammyD thanks for stopping by! You'll have to post some photos of your house! Would love to see it! Welcome to CollectorsWeekly. Merry Christmas!

    Michael
  49. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Manikin thank you for making my day! You couldn't have got me a better Christmas present than hitting that love button! We have been showing our collection for five years now on here! I enjoy your post also! Have a wonderful Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Michael
  50. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Rick55 thanks for the love on my one of a kind motorbike! You made my day! I'm so proud to have this in my collection! I'm not much of a glass lover but I'm trying to be more open minded. Thank you again so much and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family!

    Michael
  51. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you all for the loves on this very special treasure that I found out picking! Such a great group of collectors on here. Merry Christmas to each and everyone of you and a Happy New Year!

    Michael
  52. Nova, 2 years ago
    Waaaaay cool!
  53. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you Nova for the love on the motorbike! Hope you and Phil have a great Christmas!

    Michael
  54. petey petey, 2 years ago
    Fantastic!!!! and a Merry Christmas.
  55. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you petey for the Christmas present by hitting that love button! Merry Christmas!

    Michael
  56. Celiene Celiene, 2 years ago
    I love your entire workshop!
  57. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Celeine, thank you for the Christmas gift by hitting that love button and the nice comment! Merry Christmas!

    Michael
  58. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you kerry10456 for the Christmas gift by hitting that love button! Merry Christmas!

    Michael
  59. whyatt whyatt, 2 years ago
    this thing is insane. hope it brings you the mint..
  60. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you whyatt for the love and the awesome comment!

    Michael
  61. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you otiamaria for the love!

    Michael
  62. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you akrodog for the love!!

    Michael
  63. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you Bikenstein for the love!

    Michael
  64. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you SpiritBear for the love!

    Michael
  65. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you Neighborguysfan for the love!

    Michael
  66. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you Manikin for hitting that love button again!

    Michael
  67. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you Tfish for stopping in and showing some love! Very appreciated!

    Michael
  68. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Thank you toolate2 for the love!

    Michael
  69. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year ago
    Thank you rustyboltz and pops52 for the love!

    Michael
  70. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year ago
    Thank you mcheconi for the love!

    Michael
  71. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year ago
    Thank you subi450 for the love!

    Michael
  72. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year ago
    Thank you courtenayantiques for the love!

    Michael
  73. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year ago
    Thank you PedalP for the love!

    Michael
  74. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year ago
    Thank you toolate2 and ttomtucker for the loves!

    Michael
  75. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year ago
    Thank you wickencrafts for the love!

    Michael
  76. wickencrafts wickencrafts, 1 year ago
    You are welcome Michael.
    I really like that soda cooler in the back of the truck too
    Cool Stuff Mister
    Cheers
    b
  77. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year ago
    Thank you wickencrafts for the kind words!

    Michael
  78. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year ago
    Thank you ravage60 for the love!

    Michael
  79. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year ago
    Thank you olebodie for the love!

    Michael
  80. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year ago
    Thank you Radegunder for the love!

    Michael
  81. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year ago
    Thank you bhamredlines for the love!

    Michael
  82. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year ago
    Thank you Recordmantime and iggy for the loves!

    Michael
  83. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year ago
    Thank you FK46 and buckethead for the love!

    Michael
  84. Rattletrap Rattletrap, 1 year ago
    I love the bike and love the story even better! The stories bring these old things back to life once more!
  85. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year ago
    Thank you rattletrap for the love and the nice comment! Your so right! Again thanks for stopping in and commenting and showing some love!

    Michael
  86. officialfuel officialfuel, 1 year ago
    Thank you SPEEDWAYPICKER for the love!

    Michael
  87. officialfuel officialfuel, 12 months ago
    Thank you MountainGirl and ttomtucker for the love!

    Michael
  88. officialfuel officialfuel, 12 months ago
    Thank you ho2cultcha for hitting the love button! Merry Christmas!

    Michael
  89. officialfuel officialfuel, 11 months ago
    Thank you Dan121156 for the love! Merry Christmas

    Michael
  90. officialfuel officialfuel, 11 months ago
    Thank you Tobiasold for the love! Merry Christmas

    Michael
  91. roddyq roddyq, 10 months ago
    Great history hand crafted for simple transportation and now an awesome classic!
    Mr. Mochino was truly talented!!
  92. officialfuel officialfuel, 10 months ago
    Thank you roddyq for the love and the great compliment! He truly was a talented man! Love the history that came with it. Again thank you!!

    Michael
  93. officialfuel officialfuel, 8 months ago
    Thank you ho2cultcha for hitting the love button again!

    Michael
  94. Bank2collect Bank2collect, 8 months ago
    Amazing old motorbike unbelievable
  95. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 8 months ago
    I gotta love because today I ride an electric bike. Can't pass the eye test anymore so the bike and a backpack work for now. I love not only the bike but the detailed documentation of it's history. If everyone kept such detailed records on items research would be seldom needed.
  96. officialfuel officialfuel, 8 months ago
    Thank you Bank2collect for the love!

    Michael
  97. officialfuel officialfuel, 8 months ago
    Thank you fhrjr2 for the love and comments! Be safe on your electric bike!

    Michael
  98. officialfuel officialfuel, 8 months ago
    Thank you mcheconi for the love!

    Michael
  99. officialfuel officialfuel, 8 months ago
    Thank you McCoyNelson for the love!

    Michael
  100. officialfuel officialfuel, 8 months ago
    Thank you Phonoboy for the love!

    Michael
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    Thank you swampdogg for the love!

    Michael
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    Thank you vetraio50 for the love!

    Michael
  103. officialfuel officialfuel, 7 months ago
    Thank you GeodeJem for stopping and liking my item!

    Michael
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    Michael
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    Thank you Cocacola1386 for the love!

    Michael
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    Thank you subi450 for the love!

    Michael

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