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    Default Scotty Dettwiler- PEOPLES CHAMP 5 build thread.

    Whats up guys!

    My name is Scotty, I am one of the 25 accepted entrants for this years Showclass Mag- Peoples Champ 5 competition.

    I am building a 1969 HD Shovelhead for Peoples champ/Born Free Show this year and wanted to start a build thread on here to showcase what i am building for anyone that frequents here or doesnt have instagram that cares to follow along with the build as it progresses.

    A little background on myself; I am 25 years old from the central coast of California. I work for a real small body shop doing restoration metal/body/paint work on American and British cars.

    In my spare time i have my garage at my house set up for my personal projects i work on from Full custom HD builds to mixed media furniture and woodworking. I only build stuff for myself or close friends and family. Im not a shop or have the desire to be i just like work on my own creative projects.

    I post most of my work/ Progress on instagram and my personal blog. If youre on instagram and like what im building please follow me there for the most up to date progress.

    My blog is http://www.juniorshandmade.com/
    Instagram- @_scottyd


    I will be doing my best to keep this thread updated as i make progress on my shovelhead.

    Excited to build this bike and cheers to everyone that takes a look!

    Scotty 'Junior' Dettwiler.

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    Here is where i started. For this project Im building a custom single downtube frame. I had john at hardtail choppers make me a set of panhead axle plates, top seatpost casting, and motor/trans mount. The neck was machined for me by my friend jake at Prism Moto Co from a drawing i sent him. The rest was build by myself with the help from my friend Ty who was kind enough to let me occupy his frame jig for a while.

    I used a frame i had laying around to get my starting point at the front transmission/ rear motormount casting, and started from there to start piecing together that known parts of the frame.

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    After the motor was set in place where it should be i started working on the single downtube. All the tubing i can so far is getting rolled in a ring roller to curve as much as possible to give the frame a nice flow.
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    Bending up the single Downtube. Used a ring roller to put some shape into the tubing before i bent it into shape. Used a tubing bender to bend the lower portion around the cases of the engine to match up perfectly.

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    Here are some details of the frame fitment of the general loop and mounts

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    Cutting out all the gussets for the neck, Lower tubes, and rear transmission mounts.

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    Next up was to ad my cradle gussets. Cut out the pieces out of 1/4 plate steel and used a friends forge to evenly heat them so they can be bent to shape. Once tacked into placed i bend some 7/16 rod to detail the outside edge of the cradle.

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    Here is a bunch of photos of the frame all welded up after it was pulled from the jig and i took it back home to my garage. Huge thanks to my man Ty for helping me with this frame build.

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    I am still waiting on my front end to put together a roller, so in the meantime i started to set up the rear wheel and get the brake and wheel all spaced out correctly. Also threw in the transmission and oil tank to check to make sure everything clear before i make the mounts for the oil tank.

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    This is a far as i have gotten so far! As i continue my progress on this build i will update this thread with info and pictures.

    I hope you dig what i am putting together!

    Cheers!

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    wow!
    can't wait to follow along and see how this turns out...
    keep us posted ,

    leon

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    Im thinking you did this kind of work in another life. You are very talented at 25 yrs old. Beautiful work.

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    AMAZING !!

    Can't wait to see the progress.

    Good luck with the competition, but you have a great start for sure.

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    Looks good. I already knew that though because I've been following you on Instagram.

    That ring roller looks way nicer than the POS HF one I have...

    I like the lugs on the rear trans mount.

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    oh yeaaaa

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    Nice frame dude! I love seeing a scratch built frame come together

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    billybuiltit, whoremonger, elekvins, blackbetty, wally77 Thank you guys! Having some fun with this one.

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    You know, i borrowed this one from a friend and previously have only used a HF one and didnt notice a whole lot of difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xnewmanx View Post
    Looks good. I already knew that though because I've been following you on Instagram.

    That ring roller looks way nicer than the POS HF one I have...

    I like the lugs on the rear trans mount.
    You know, i borrowed this one from a friend and previously only used a HF one and really couldnt tell the differences.

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