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    Default Psycho'78 Shovelhead build...

    Brief intro (yes, I also posted in the intro thread…)

    35yr old north Jersey native who's new here but not new to bikes, though I'm returning from a 6 or 7yr hiatus.

    Used to post on some other forums back in the early/mid-00's but I heard this is where all the cool kids hang these days. Joined a few months back when the bike bug bit me again and I started picking up some things in the classifieds here.

    I've been busy playing with old Cadillacs for 7yrs and just sold my beloved '63 (pics HERE in the intro thread if you’re curious) to free the space in my one car garage to build me a new scooter.


    Starting with a ’78 Shovel and an old Paughco frame that needs a decent amount of fixing/cleaning up and here I am.

    I’m going to go through the motor, 4spd trans and super E to get them running nice. Planning to fab the bars, pipes, mids, sissy, seat and other misc odds & ends, as well as, lace up my own wheels. I’ll try to document my build here going forward.

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    Here’s a few pics to catch up to where I’m at. Mostly from that Instagram thang, so apologies for any hipster photo filters….

    The motor…





    You find the strangest stuff tearing into someone else’s handiwork. USPS Priority Mail…. gaskets?


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    Here’s the Paughco.





    Decided to strip it down to look for any hidden surprises. Decent amount of cleanup to be done but more than willing to breathe new life into this thing.

    - top motor mount sheered off
    - lots of swiss cheese holes that need filling up
    - cracked brace under the trans (debating whether to replace it or just remove it?)
    - worst/most crooked battery box ever (welded by a blind man no doubt)
    - lots of misc tabs, mounts, bungs that need removing
    - some tubing that was attacked by an over-zealous grinding wheel


    Oh yeah, the kiddo votes for some frisco mids and extra long rabbit ears…
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    Life’s a grind… (waiting around for parts)




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    My humble single car garage/workshop. Used to barely fit a ’63 Caddy up until a few months ago…


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    Building front wheel. 36h Wargasser peaked spool laced to a vintage Radaelli 21 x 1.6. Some of you may recognize a pic or two from Wargasser’s instagram. They reposted a couple of my shots…








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    A little mockup/roller action…

    Mullins trees, some shaved legs, Moon oil bag which isn’t mounted yet till I get the rear wheel set and fender mounted.











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    Temporary rear wheel while I was waiting for my Wargasser rear hub. Playing around with ride height and think I settled with this stance.





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    Sometimes you spend way too much time thinking about and making a silly little bracket that no one will ever even notice or look at…









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    Fender just propped up and rear tail light action repping the home state, NJ.


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    Finally got my Wargasser rear hub last week after patiently waiting since October. All laced up now and I can finally move forward with getting my driveline set and rear fender mounted.

    Again you may have seen one of these on WG’s instagram…




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    And thats pretty much all so far. Gonna try to get my driveline situated and rear fender mounted up in the next few weeks.

    Sucks having an un-insulated garage. Kerosene heaters only do so much. With outside temps in the teens lately, it's still a freezer in there.

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    I hate you and I cannot wait to see this in person!

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    Ha, thanks buddy!

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    WOW ! looking good . DVR SET !

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    love the front end. what made you decide on that specific front rim? did you use the spoke kit that wargasser sells to lace it up?

    looking forward to the build....your caddy looked awesome

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    Thanks guys.

    On the rim, nothing specific. Was just looking for a super skinny 1.6" 36h instead of a 1.85 or 2.15. Vintage/NOS euro just seemed nicer than new China steel, so when I came across it, I pulled the trigger.

    I did get the spoke kit through Wargasser though it comes from Buchannan's. You can actually call them up directly and tell them you have a Wargasser hub and they can sort you with the spoke kit. Sherm from WG told me that Buchannan's has their hub specs "on file".

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    stoked for this one, damn

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    I like what I see.

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    Rad, looks good!

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