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    Default My bike: Swapmeet Shovelhead “Mama Tried”

    Here’s my bike: a rigid framed alternator shovelhead “Mama Tried”. For years I have looked at the ‘48 Panhead clone kits in the catalogs, but I wasn’t sure I was up to the task and the cost was way too much to chance making a mess of the parts. I was talking about this long-term goal of mine with some riding buddies and one of them knew a guy with a Shovelhead that needed to be re-built. So I drove down to a trailer in BFE, Oklahoma and for $3500 picked up a pile of parts that should have been everything needed to build a motorcycle out of and some extra’s. That was April 2008 and this project has taken me longer and taught me more than I would have expected for sure. Every piece of this bike has a goofy story and almost every nut and bolt I have taken apart at some point. I don’t want to bore everyone with all of them here.

    I blasted and black spray painted the old chrome and new chrome stuff, so it all would match. I didn’t realize that I was making such a fashion statement. I have a small front fender, a teardrop tool box, a heavy duty kick cover that will be painted and added soon. When my finances will allow I hope to get late model HD springer, spoked front wheel, and maybe a Fatboy rearwheel. I hope you enjoy my bike. It may not be perfect, but I built it myself and it ain’t too bad for a first build. I really do want to win that bag so I don’t have to buy one to get one.

    I would like to thank my wife Jacque for okaying the deal and helping with the pinstriping. My good friend “Panhead” Pat Safko for all his pointing and teaching and the nice rattle can paint job. The guys for the www.shovelhead.us have also been very helpful and supportive, most the build has been documented there.

    The before.


    The after.


    Tech sheet

    GENERAL
    Owner: J.P. Williams
    Location: Oklahoma City, OK
    Year and Make: Titled as 1987 ASVE
    Assembly by: J.P. Williams
    Time: Coming up on two years(but I did have another son during that time, too)



    ENGINE
    Year: 1982 HD(I was told that from the seller)
    Model: Shovelhead
    Top end Rebuilder: J.P. Williams
    Bottom end Rebuilder: Freedom Cycles(from previous owner’s receipts)
    Ignition: Crane Single Fire HI-4
    Displacement: 80 cubic inch
    Lower end: Stock HD
    Pistons: Who knows??
    Cases: Delkron
    Heads: 1966 HD Shovelheads
    Rockerboxes: 1978 HD Shovelheads
    Cams: Who know??
    Lifters: Solids
    Carb: Super E
    Air cleaner: Super E
    Pipes: Baffled drags with VTH high heat rattle can paint



    DRIVELINE
    Primary: BDL 1 ½ belt
    Transmission: HD 4 Speed Ratchet top
    Shifting: Footshift



    PAINTING
    Painter: “Panhead” Pat Safko
    Color: Black, Blue, Clear
    Type: Krylon Colors and Dupli-Color Clear, all from a rattle can.
    Pinstriping: "My ole lady" Jacque Williams



    FRAME
    Year: Unknown
    Builder: Unknown Aftermarket
    Type: Straight leg rigid
    Rake: Stock HD
    Stretch: None

    ACCESSORIES
    Bars: 18 inch apehangers powdercoated satin black
    Risers: Stock Kawasaki Vulcan
    Fenders: Fatbob rear, Shortened wide glide(waiting to be painted)
    Headlight: Aftermarket with late model HD H-4 Internals
    Taillight: Cateye with Bluedot
    Speedo: 1-12 Tombstone Re-pop
    Pegs: O-rings
    Gas Tank: 5 gallon split Evo-flatsides
    Seat: Rebuild and recovered K-Model Re-pop

    FORKS
    Type: FX 35mm
    Extension: Stock
    Special Features: Wideglide conversation kit(it came that way)

    WHEELS
    Front: 19 inch HD-AMF 9 Spoke Mag
    Rear: 16 inch HD-AMF 9 Spoke Mag

    BRAKES
    Front: Black Stock HD Style FX Dual Disk(from eBay)
    Rear: GMA Dual Piston Disk



    Sorry I had to ugly up that last shot.
    Last edited by JPWilliams; 02-05-2010 at 8:31 PM.

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    Hell ya man, well done.

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    gotta love a homebuilt shovel! nicely done

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    That's badass man! I like the blackened chrome!

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    nice ride !

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    Nice work bro. The black rocker boxes, air cleaner and pipes are cool as hell.

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    Great job!! Looks really good!

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    Nice Shovel,
    I dig it,
    If it were mine I would maybe install some black fork gators, &
    install some Blue hippykiller grips.

    You sir have the best mailbox on your block, or is it a Toumb?

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    Thanks for the support guys!

    Quote Originally Posted by Revelator View Post
    Nice Shovel,
    I dig it,
    If it were mine I would maybe install some black fork gators, &
    install some Blue hippykiller grips.

    You sir have the best mailbox on your block, or is it a Toumb?
    The fork gators would be a nice touch for sure I hadn't really thought about the final look of bike when I doing the forks way back in 2008, when I was thinking quick build. ha ha

    Blue grips could be cool, too. I definately hadn't figured out a color when I bought those either. The grips I have, have stash tubes in them and I was thinking I could eventually build foot and shift pegs to match the simple rubber and knurled design, but I need to find a lathe and some time.

    That mailbox belongs to my pastor who owns the nice camera stuff and did the pics. Mine is not quite as nice.
    Last edited by JPWilliams; 02-07-2010 at 4:56 PM.

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    good write up man, bike is that much cooler because of the write up. I freakin love the belt drive on that thing, its perfect!

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