What we're about

Motorcycle repair and maintenance classes. We are Gearheads and makers who are dedicated to riding a reliable and safe bike and saving a buck or two :o) We also offer a DIY garage and fablab, makerspace for doing custom work with supporting classes in welding, wood working and machine shop. For more info on our makerspace please visit out web site https://www.gearheadworkshops.com/

If you have ever wanted to be able to perform your own repairs on your bike here is your chance to learn from a experienced mechanic in the field. With a small investment in this course/workshop and a few tools, you will be able to perform the bulk of the scheduled (and unscheduled) repairs to your bike or scooter. The workshops are focused to slice up the systems on your bike and to make each element clearly understandable. Even the most tech averse among you will develop an understanding because unlike a book or manual I can answer your questions on the spot. You will ride a safer and more reliable bike or scooter because you have a clear understanding of how each system works and what could potentially make it deficient. Yes you will learn how to inspect and diagnose problems before they turn into an inconvenient break down many miles away from your home. If you are shopping for a new used bike this workshop can teach you how to evaluate potential candidates for your hard earned money. If all you do is stand in awe of this bike you will be taking over the repair payments that the previous owner should have paid that are now going to be picked up by you. If you are forewarned about problems then you can bargain the price down in good faith and get a real deal and fix it yourself at a much lower cost.

You can do just as good a job as a dealer albeit much slower in the beginning but at $0.00 per hour as opposed to $90 per hour. Plus you can get it done with a quicker turn around because you are your only customer. Plus the customer service of you will be great because no one love you more than you :o) Some come on what are you waiting for? You can do this and learn a life long skill to fix anything that burns gas.

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Upcoming events (5+)

TIG Welding Class Los Angeles

25101 Petroleum Ave

$220.00

TIG Welding Made Easier. Please note, this is an evening class which will be split up over two evenings from 6:00pm to 8:30pm on the 28th and the 30th (Tuesday and Thursday) Tungsten Inert Gas welding or TIG for short is welding in the slow lane. From your motorcycle frame to the International Space Station anytime human life is at stake or if aesthetics are important or both, you break out your TIG welder. It is a bit harder to master but believe me it is worth putting the effort in for what you get in return. I guide you through the process so you can get comfortable working in a whole different world than you're used to where it can be hard to see and you tend to wield the tool with a heavy hand. As your personal trainer I can catch what you are doing wrong and break any bad habit before they become bad habits.You'll be TIG welding steel by the end of the day. This workshop introduces you to the equipment and process and techniques for welding metals the TIG way. Though you can weld mild steel with a TIG welder it is mainly used to weld reactive metals like Aluminum or high chromium metals such as stainless steel. This process yields welds with more consistent heat penetration, higher quality welds but it is more difficult to master and it is a slower process. To be successful you need to understand the variables and how to set up the machine and the task. When trying to learn by yourself or through Youtube you can end up being stuck in an endless loop by reinforcing bad techniques or poor set ups. With guided instruction to keep you on track you are able to achieve better more repeatable results, in less time. The effort is well worth it with the quality and strength of the welds. You can use the TIG process to do repairs on your bike where appearance is as important as strength. You can use it to fabricate art, furniture, movie props and DIY car restoration enthusiasts. Some of my students took the class to make their micro breweries, the possibilities are endless. You can then weld the segments together, grind and polish the welds and make them disappear. But that will take a bit of time and practice but the process is only limited by the imagination. Is it possible to learn the Tig welding process in only one day? It is possible to learn the fundamentals of the basic hand techniques with this intense one on one instruction which you simply won't get at a trade school with over 30 students. By getting observed direct feedback as to what you are doing wrong can you get on a path to consistency that over time will lead to a higher skill level. After the intro you are welcome to come into the shop for open practice time without supervision. We have hourly and monthly memberships to fit all budgets. In this way you can build your skills very quickly. You will be working on state of the art inverter welders. As part of the class I will also offering live reviews of some of the best imported and affordable inverter welders on the market. We will be also be teaching you on the old school iron core transformer technology which still has a place especially with respect to cost. Tuition for the class is $220 which includes materials, supplies and all equipment. I will provide helmets, jackets, gloves and tools. About the instructor:I learned the craft in trade school and went into the service where I worked as a fabricator and learned knew skills and machinery. I have been blessed to be exposed to a number of trades and over the 25 years I have worked as a prop fabricator for the film industry continuing to hone my MIG and TIG skills. This is one of the best and most useful skills I have ever learned and it will serve you for your entire life. More info at our web site: https://www.gearheadworkshops.com/education Great reviews on Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/gearhead-workshops-harbor-city

Screen Printing Class: Shirts & Posters

25101 Petroleum Ave

$150.00

Silk Screen Class This is an introductory class to the process of screen printing. No previous experience is necessary as we will guide you through the entire process. You will learn how to create film positives from art work that you have created in either Photoshop, illustrator or Corel Draw. Note it is beyond the scope of this class to cover the creation of artwork. The film positive is then exposed to a photo emulsion on a screen stretched to a frame. The image is processed to create a stencil of the artwork you created in reverse of the film positive. This class will teach you how to do spot colors limited to one color. These can be letters and images but no gradients or halftones. We will teach this technique in a future class. We will teach you in this workshop how to set up our 6 color press, prepare your ink and print on either t-shirts or posters. You can cure and dry your prints and you will have a nice product you can take home and the experience on how to do it yourself. Note: We have to have your artwork sent to us 72 hours in advance of the class to check format and size for screen printing. So it will be ready when you attend. After taking the class you can join our makerspace and continue to learn by creating more items. You can screen print on just about anything. We have monthly memberships that give you access to the equipment without having to spend thousands in setting up your own. Our screen printing studio within our makerspace is comprehensive and filled with professional level equipment. Here is a partial list of what we have to offer: Hopkins Convertible 6/6 screen printer press with micro's all heads down WorkHorse Mach Screen Press 4/4 with micro's Black Body flash dryer Hix 36" x 10' 6 platen dryer for Plastisol, Waterbase or discharege printing Complete dark room make screens in minutes & with high resolution: Amerigraph Mercury vapor exposure unit 3000 watt Olec Olite large exposure unit (72" x 48") 5000 watt Newman Rollermaster 7700 frame tensioning table M&R Daytona Automatic automatic Press (posters) Drying rack Washout booth Epson Artisan 1430 film positive printer with all black inks Reclamation dip tank Drying cabinet Geo Knight Heat Press Stahl Hotronix Cap press Practix dual station semi automatic heat press Dye Sublimation The class does not include the costs of shirts or poster prints. You can bring your own or we can provide them for you. Just let us know in advance what sizes and colors you will need. T-shirts are our form of tribal art, serigraphs allow you to print on papers that you cannot run through many Giclée printers. This workshop is fun and informative come join us and learn how to print.

Welding4Creatives: Sparks N Glows

25101 Petroleum Ave

$220.00

If you are a creative designer and have craved to have the ability to fab metal directly with your own hands, here is a work shop specifically for you. You will learn to manipulate steel using air/acetylene bending, twisting and curving. You will learn about the Tig welding process which can enable you to make blended joints and render your work to appear more as a casting than welded. Your can draw with steel and create textures. You are limited by your imagination. Metal is a wonderful artist material. It can be a canvas for traditional paints or you can make colors with patina's derived from the metal itself. You can create complex and intriguing structures and these structures can have compelling exotic textures of metal molten and tortured in various ways. You can make furniture as art, picture frames that will compete with the art itself that it frames. Sculpture that you can build a strand at a time and take away if it does not work with your concept. Metal fabricating is a rewarding material and method to work with. You do however have to learn some processes and work with some unique tools. This studio workshop will acquaint you with the process of heating steel to a glowing temperature when it will yield to manipulation by hand or blows. You can make metal forms and then bend other metals and shape them around the forms to create repetitive structures that can be assembled in 3d space to create rhythmic elements. You can heat and beat textures into steel, you can pile shapes on top of each other to create complex elements. It's a new old world or metal working. You will learn the equipment used for heating metal using air/acetylene and oxy/acetylene heating & brazing. You will also learn the basics on Tig Tungsten Inert Gas aka Gas Tungsten Arc welding as this is a mellow welding process without as much drama as other processes. With practice it yields the cleans weld joints that can be ground, sanded and polished to the point where the weld just disappears which is important in the aesthetics of art pieces. Or you can make them gnarly if that is what you choose. At the end of the day you will be able to and have done bending, welding of steel using the above mentioned processes. You can then continue to build those skills and make furniture or art at our workshop as a member if you do not have a place to work at your home or business. So come on and join, learn and make something, the experience will serve you for a lifetime. The workshops include the equipment, supplies and tools needed. You don't have to bring anything but a desire to learn. These are small classes and they do fill quickly but will be offered on an ongoing basis. For more info on our Makerspace visit https://www.gearheadworkshops.com/education

TIG Welding Class Los Angeles

25101 Petroleum Ave

$220.00

TIG Welding Made Easier. Please note, this is an evening class which will be split up over two evenings from 6:00pm to 8:30pm on the 28th and the 30th (Tuesday and Thursday) Tungsten Inert Gas welding or TIG for short is welding in the slow lane. From your motorcycle frame to the International Space Station anytime human life is at stake or if aesthetics are important or both, you break out your TIG welder. It is a bit harder to master but believe me it is worth putting the effort in for what you get in return. I guide you through the process so you can get comfortable working in a whole different world than you're used to where it can be hard to see and you tend to wield the tool with a heavy hand. As your personal trainer I can catch what you are doing wrong and break any bad habit before they become bad habits.You'll be TIG welding steel by the end of the day. This workshop introduces you to the equipment and process and techniques for welding metals the TIG way. Though you can weld mild steel with a TIG welder it is mainly used to weld reactive metals like Aluminum or high chromium metals such as stainless steel. This process yields welds with more consistent heat penetration, higher quality welds but it is more difficult to master and it is a slower process. To be successful you need to understand the variables and how to set up the machine and the task. When trying to learn by yourself or through Youtube you can end up being stuck in an endless loop by reinforcing bad techniques or poor set ups. With guided instruction to keep you on track you are able to achieve better more repeatable results, in less time. The effort is well worth it with the quality and strength of the welds. You can use the TIG process to do repairs on your bike where appearance is as important as strength. You can use it to fabricate art, furniture, movie props and DIY car restoration enthusiasts. Some of my students took the class to make their micro breweries, the possibilities are endless. You can then weld the segments together, grind and polish the welds and make them disappear. But that will take a bit of time and practice but the process is only limited by the imagination. Is it possible to learn the Tig welding process in only one day? It is possible to learn the fundamentals of the basic hand techniques with this intense one on one instruction which you simply won't get at a trade school with over 30 students. By getting observed direct feedback as to what you are doing wrong can you get on a path to consistency that over time will lead to a higher skill level. After the intro you are welcome to come into the shop for open practice time without supervision. We have hourly and monthly memberships to fit all budgets. In this way you can build your skills very quickly. You will be working on state of the art inverter welders. As part of the class I will also offering live reviews of some of the best imported and affordable inverter welders on the market. We will be also be teaching you on the old school iron core transformer technology which still has a place especially with respect to cost. Tuition for the class is $220 which includes materials, supplies and all equipment. I will provide helmets, jackets, gloves and tools. About the instructor:I learned the craft in trade school and went into the service where I worked as a fabricator and learned knew skills and machinery. I have been blessed to be exposed to a number of trades and over the 25 years I have worked as a prop fabricator for the film industry continuing to hone my MIG and TIG skills. This is one of the best and most useful skills I have ever learned and it will serve you for your entire life. More info at our web site: https://www.gearheadworkshops.com/education Great reviews on Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/gearhead-workshops-harbor-city

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25101 Petroleum Ave

$220.00

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