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this is when i met T.A. at his shop, i'm the one on the right, ha-ha, he was such a cool cat, went out of his way to shoot the shit with me, gave me some stickers and a couple shirts, super cool guy.


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Another confirmation of the correct setup.  I talked to T.A. at his shop about this issue.  He definitely was using the rear-inset 70mm Kryptonics on the "1977" style deck.  If you look in Stecyk's book at the same pics, it shows up very clearly.  That pic of T.A. in the air in the Dogbowl is with the 70mm Greenies. 

 

Here's where there is some confusion.  In early pics, T.A. is using MidTracks, which makes for a narrow width setup for that deck.  In later shots (most of them), he has gone to FullTracks to get the wider wheel spacing.  You can tell the difference most easily by looking at the height of the truck risers.  With the Mids, the riser is smaller, at 5/16".  With the Fulls, the riser is 9/16" tall & shows up bigger in the pics.  Check out the riser height & that'll tell you what truck he's using in any specific pic. 

 

T.A. said he settled on the Fulls being the proper setup on that deck.  My remake is set up with Fulls & 70mm Greenies, which looks a little wide.  That's because the remakes are narrower in the tail & nose than the OG decks.  The template for the remake wasn't quite right.   

 

Hope this clarifies the setup.  By the way, the 60, 65 & 70mm wheels all came out at the same time.  The 65mm's were the most popular, but T.A. liked those 70mm's.  I guess he had the Need For Speed!

 

The other combo you see in pics of T.A. & this deck, most of them at Skatopia, were with Lazer trucks & Powerflex 5 wheels.  Just a different setup in his quiver.  Some of those pics also show him on a deck with a colored fiberglass bottom.  Ooh, aah.   

 

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SDO, I think you're right about the 70mm wheels, but now you have me wondering about the measurements of the OG 1977 and the reissue.  I am wondering if the reissue may actually be identical to the OG 1977 in size.  The reason I think that may be the case is the picture I have seen of a very young looking T.A. with the Z Boys in front of the Zephyr shop where he is holding what appears to be a very early Alva deck (anyone have a copy of that pic?).  That deck he is holding definitely looks smaller than the production Alva decks I rode back in the day (like the ones I have now, pictured on the first page of this thread).  The reissue you sent me (thanks dude) measures 29 3/4" x 7 7/8" and is 5 1/4" wide at the tail.  My OG 30" deck (no wheel wells) measures 30" x 7 7/8" and is 5 1/2" wide at the tail.  So, if the very first Alva decks were actually smaller, as they appear to be in that picture, then perhaps the reissue is correct.  Then again, I could be completely off base here.  Pictures can be deceiving.


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The OG Alvas came in 30" & 27" lengths.  Check out the OG Alvas on Pimps website, http://www.skateboardpimp.com, under the Pigs category.  The 2 at the top used to belong to me. 

 

The OG's tail are a little wider (just as your OG one is) & the widest spot on the nose was further forward, before it tapers to the tip.  We've compared Reflex's OG deck to the reissue, too, & while the reissue is a cool deck, the shape is different. 

 

Some of the early unmarked Alva decks look a little narrower in the pics, but those were before the '77 model that the reissue is supposed to copy.  Were they actually narrower?  I don't know.  I still dig the reissue, it just isn't as accurate as it could have been.  That's also why I'm glad they borrowed an OG Tri-Logo to make the reissue of that deck from.  Hopefully that reissue will be spot on. 

 

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Just to throw my .02 in here. . .I think TonyB's talking more era specific.  Not so much that one TA photo specific.  I could be wrong though.

 

BTW - I think TA's riding 70mm Krypto's in the pic.


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my stuff is long gone too...but i live in oceanside about 10 min from TA's shop...so i have my little man set up...

 

tony is in fact a really down to earth guy and always takes time to talk to me...or anyone that rambles into the shop...

 

 

 

 


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That is one cool little kid I bet he can throw that log around pretty well
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here are my contributions to TA's shop...the helmet it one of 2 that are in the shop...the other is black...

 

and the shield/plaque was hand made by a buddy of mine...all items were "thank yous" to tony for taking care of us.

 

 


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"Sacramento Metro Firefighters" to be exact! Nice job Eric. Terrys leather work on his shields truly are works of art!


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HE PUT HIS HAND ON MY SHOULDER, I FELT ALL FUZZY AND SHIT, IT WAS LIKE I WAS A KID AND I JUST GOT EVERYTHING I EVER WANTED, I WAS COMPLETLEY STAR STRUCK, I WAS GIGGILING LIKE A LITTLE GIRL WHEN I LEFT HIS SHOP, I RUSHED TO RITE AID GOT THE PICTURES DEVELOPED

GOT A 8X10 HUNG IT IN MY OFFICE AND TOLD EVERYONE I MET T.A.

SKATE78 LEAVE A FRIDAY OPEN WHEN YOU COME DOWN, I'LL TAKE THE DAY OFF, DRIVE YOU TO HIS SHOP THEN MAYBE WE CAN HIT CORONADO OR MEMORIAL.


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skate 78,

like i said i live about 10 min from the shop...i do not know tony's exact schedule but i am on pretty good terms with the rest of the guys there as well...there are only 3-4 workers there...

 

there have not been too many firemen bring in the stuff we have...so they are VERY generous to us...

 

it will be a crap shoot if he will be there...but i say you have a good chance...he has been there most of the times i have been in there the last 4 or so years...i can always roll there and give you a heads up...before you drive up or come to calif...

 

maybe these other guys here know more...or live closer to the shop...or have tony's day planner...??? 

 

i can always go by there and get you what you want signed if you do not make it there on this trip...i just got a maple 77 re-issue for my kids wall in his room...i am keeping the oak one for me...haha


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whats with the all caps? back down, im just right here


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Eric, quit playing it down...shit he's one of the few allowed behind the secret curtain. He has known the secret handshake for quite a while!!


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"Sacramento Metro Firefighters" to be exact! Nice job Eric. Terrys leather work on his shields truly are works of art!

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