Thursday, 31 March 2011


I bought this chop as a fairly complete project just over a year ago and the rebuild has been covered by Greasy Kulture magazine from the start right up to a full feature of the finished bike in the new issue out tomorrow. If you subscribe you will know all this, if you dont here is a years work in a couple of days....
The brief history i got with the bike was that it had been built in the States around 1975 but had spent most of its life hanging up in a bar before being imported to the UK in the early '90s. It had passed through 3 owners but none of them had done anything constructive with it apart from putting Harley Davidson stickers on the tank.

First job was to loosely assemble the rolling chassis and get some idea of the stance and wheel sizes needed, i didnt really want to alter the rake as the gooseneck looked to have been a good job when it was originally done. The frame is the original '66 Bonneville with a J&D hardtail. Springer front end is by Fury Industries. Once it was stripped it looked well out of line so i had it jigged by local bike shop JW Motorcycles. Brackets were welded on for head steady, sidestand and lock stops none of which it seemed to have ever had. It was powder coated then after a bit of Filler/Bondo/Pon/Gobber/Bog depending on where you live, painted gloss black.

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