View Full Version : 76 shovel bobbed

10-29-2010, 8:15 AM
Shovel tranny started leaking about 6 months ago. Pulled it down to repair and figure "why not chop it while its down". Frame dimensions are all stock, just chopped the tail section, and bent some tubing with a torch to make it rigid. Tied in to the original swingarm and cut the swingarm after everything was tacked. Set up on suicide clutch and jockey shift. Custom made mid controls and straight up kicker. Found a cheap tank from Jireh, and oil tank kit from Bung King. Not quite street worthy yet, having a little trouble with the clutch after it heats up.

This is the bike with the original frame. This is not the original tank, I was just playing with an old fat bob tank I had sitting around.
This is after frame was tacked in place.
Tank installed, frame welded up.
Custom suicide clutch, mid control.
Just about finished.

10-29-2010, 8:25 AM
Awesome man, SUPER clean!!

10-29-2010, 9:10 AM
Thanks, still not done. Plan on shaving the front end, and covering the seat. I also have a 21" spool, haven't decided if I'm going to go with it or not. May also go with baby apes.

10-29-2010, 9:38 AM
Solid bike for sure

10-29-2010, 9:47 AM
Nicely done. Real good job.

10-29-2010, 9:59 AM
Very nice! :clap for you:

But that's "chopped", not "bobbed".;)


10-30-2010, 12:09 PM
very nice

10-30-2010, 12:56 PM
Bike looks great. I like the simple paint scheme. It'll look cool when the legs are shaved, too.

10-30-2010, 2:12 PM
This paint job was just a quick rattle can job. I plan on repainting it, it'll be the same, only the small black pinstripe will have an orange one with it. Don't really care for loud paint jobs. I rather people notice the lines and fine detail rather than focusing on a bright paint job. JMO

11-01-2010, 6:07 PM
The mids are sketchy as shit. I can dig it.

11-01-2010, 6:46 PM
The mids are sketchy as shit. I can dig it.

Wargasm, excuse my ignorance, but I have no idea of the meaning of what you just said. If it was a complement than thanks.:D

11-01-2010, 8:53 PM
Fuck yeah. Looks good.

11-02-2010, 11:26 AM
Wargasm, excuse my ignorance, but I have no idea of the meaning of what you just said. If it was a complement than thanks.:D

He's saying it's fucking scary having your leg that close to the open primary, and that he thinks it's rad.

I think it looks like a fun ride......little bit jealous over here.:cheersmate:

11-02-2010, 11:27 AM
Wargasm, excuse my ignorance, but I have no idea of the meaning of what you just said. If it was a complement than thanks.:D

It was indeed a compliment.

In other terms: Mids and an open belt look scary as fuck to most people. And I like it.

11-10-2010, 7:10 AM
Just a few more pics from when I was home this past week.

11-11-2010, 10:22 PM
just don't where any bellbottoms with that is what he is trying to say... :eek:

11-11-2010, 10:27 PM
Fuck yeah, Nice lines there Beejay.

11-18-2010, 12:08 PM
Looking good, Shovelheads rule

11-18-2010, 5:47 PM
that is THE COOLEST shift knob ever. you make it?

11-23-2010, 11:06 AM
Aaron, I ran across that helmet on ebay, figured it was perfect. Its actually some type of figurine, but drilled it and put a threaded insert in it.

I shaved the front legs and put baby apes this past week home. I'll post pics when I get a chance.

11-23-2010, 9:30 PM
SICK build. doesnt look like you need any help but the boys over at shovelhead.us have ridiculous knowledge, tough crowd over there but they can help with anything.

11-24-2010, 7:41 AM
Shaved the legs this past week at the house. Went from 2" seat springs to 4", keeps me in the saddle when I role on the throttle. Went to baby apes. Started scuffing all the chrome on the bike, until my fingers bled. I wrather the brushed look. Waiting on bearing for my 21" spool wheel.

11-24-2010, 8:14 AM
Zoo, these are the pics I was talking about.

11-25-2010, 3:35 PM
Outstanding shovel man!!

11-25-2010, 3:55 PM
Thanks Dirty, I appreciate it. This is my first build, not quite finished, but I have a lot of time in this bike.

11-25-2010, 5:41 PM
Nice bike. Really like the hard lines.

11-25-2010, 8:27 PM
SICK build. doesnt look like you need any help but the boys over at shovelhead.us have ridiculous knowledge, tough crowd over there but they can help with anything.

By tough....I'd say they are like a bunch of old women being overly vocal about whinny wash women shit and I partied with them on their annual West Coast run.....Let's just say...I'm old and crotchity...they are old and infantile!

There are a few who REALLY know their Shovelhead shit, some KNOW they KNOW and wear that like a king that we need to bow down to, others are more quiet in their knowledged ability...but overall, if you go there, be prepared to listen to a bunch of little boys jumping on the hate wagon if you speak out against one of their clicky members.....IT AIN'T THE CHOP CULT by far!

But you ARE correct...Certain members there CAN help you with ANYTHING Shovelhead as good as any place, better than most.


11-29-2010, 9:31 AM
Sick build! very nice for a first time man i wish i had it in me go ahead and cut something up! lol just kidding soon enough i just cant cut the fxr up very nice though love the lines!

11-29-2010, 10:15 AM
I've toyed around with frames before off of old bikes I had sitting around, but I've never actually built a bike from the ground up. I make my own bending jigs out of whatever i have laying around (pipe, old brake rotor), and bend using my torch. I initially pulled it down because the trans was leaking, chopped it while it was down, changed some seals on the trans, then started rebuilding. It's road worthy right now, but my trans is still leaking, BAD! You can see it on the frame in the first photo of this page. Oh well, I'll pull it down when I get a chance. Thanks for the compliment.

01-05-2011, 3:23 PM
Hadn't messed with it much lately due to other projects, but put the 21" spool on it. Plan on lowering the front to compensate for the 21. Trans is still leaking oil, never got to repair it yet.

01-05-2011, 4:10 PM
i dig everything from the front end back, something just doesnt look right up front to me on the profile shot wether its the riser/bar combo or what im not sure, congrats on taking a huge leap though and chopping her up.

01-05-2011, 4:59 PM
looks good , bet you cant wait for your next leak !!

01-05-2011, 6:24 PM
Good lookin scoot.

01-05-2011, 7:45 PM
where did you get that fender if you dont mind me asking... i see tonsssss of 6" flats but its hard to pick apart a nice one from a shit one... i want my girl to be psudo-safe on the back

01-06-2011, 6:40 AM
looks good , bet you cant wait for your next leak !!
The joy of owning a shovel. Gotta like to work on it if its a shovel:D

Mark, that fender is probably the cheapest one you can get from J&P. The fender, in its original state, didn't line up with the radius of the tire. The fender had a tighter radius in the middle then kind of straightened out on the ends. I cut the ends off and used the tighter radius center section. Its not the best, but there is no way my wife is jumping on the back of that thing, so I wasn't worried about it.

02-02-2011, 12:20 PM
Found time to drop the front 2" this past week. I like the way she's sittin now. The only thing I'm not completely satisfied with is the bars, they have too much pull back for my liking. I may just make my own Z bars.
Video from when I initially got it going.
http://i765.photobucket.com/albums/xx297/bremmer450/video/th_shovelhead.jpg (http://s765.photobucket.com/albums/xx297/bremmer450/video/?action=view&current=shovelhead.mp4)

02-03-2011, 9:49 AM
i like it! id go with some 12 chumps with little to no pull back, thats just me tho...