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    Default Fatty Chops! Post Pics

    Just sold my rigid Evo sporty and I'm halfway through my tall,skinny xlch project and I'm thinking about what I'd like to do next. I'm really digging one of Nick Zazzi's (Industry Customs) rigid Panhead chop (pic) and also have a buddy with an Evo Fatboy which has inspired me. He loves the comfort and stability of the big wide tires, but he likes his suspension too. Anyhow I'm thinking I'll start with an early 70's FLH Shovel and go from there. I like the beefy front end. Nick Zazzi looks tuff on his, he's about 4 times my size! I want to make a skinny dude, Fatty Chop. Anybody have inspiring pics?


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    Does this count?

    Last edited by ManicMechanic; 07-05-2017 at 9:43 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManicMechanic View Post
    Does this count?

    Definitely! I love that bike. I saw it a while back during yet handlebar options thread. What year and make is it?

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    Manic Mechanic---good looking bike.

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    Any suitably framed Shovel will do since you can install whatever front end you wish.

    16" front tires don't plow on sandy SC roads or dirt nearly as much as narrow tires, and there are plenty of later dual disc Wide Glide takeoff parts at swap meets. Drum brakes are of course utter shit for actually stopping and the older single piston disc calipers aren't very good even with braided lines. Wheels are plentiful at swap meets too so you could do your project for very reasonable money.

    If building from a basket (or you just want a much better transmission) you can use a Softail five speed with the excellent Denso starter. All earlier HD stock starters are shit by comparison though an All Balls starter motor helps considerably. It doesn't cure the mongoloid starter Bendix arrangement though.

    Another option that's often overlooked are the early Evo Wide Glides with the Shovel style frame. They'll take either engine and if you are building it to put miles on the Evo sheds heat much better. (You can beat SC heat with a large fucking oil cooler but those aren't chopulent.)

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    That's actually quite a new bike by chopcult standards. It's a 1995 dyna. I wanted an evo as a backup/everyday bike. It just works with no fuss and its incredibly comfortable. I can cruise at 80+ and it tracks like its on rails.

    The front end is a 1969 flh. I will echo what framall said with the front brake being next to useless but I only use it to hold the bike at stop lights or inclines.

    It starts first or second kick even after sitting for months. There's minimum electrics and no electric starter so its easy on the battery.

    All I have to do to it is change the motor and gearbox oil....




    Tempted to go the same route with this one.


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    Spotted this online and I think it looks magic.


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    That's basically 1970s-70s standard except for the handlebars. To each their own but little bars with poor leverage ain't optimal for a heavy front end. The flip-up solo seat is great for access and if you want a good seat pan Bar Enterprises are stout and turn up used fairly often. You can upholster them with a bit more padding if you value your spine.

    Warning on the old (non-rubber bushed) split tanks: Make fucking sure you shim the mount tabs so tightening the mount bolts doesn't bend them or you are begging for them to crack which they never do at a convenient time. Locking hardware and Loctite are your friends after you align the tanks. Each set of tanks may be different so when replacing, check and shim.

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    Good tips!

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    None of these are mine!
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Inspiration for Evilution.jpg   hirsch_1970.jpg   Fatbob shovel.jpg   Shovel swingarm primer.jpg  

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    Also not mine!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 555 View Post
    None of these are mine!
    The second one down is Hirschberg's FX - basis for Willie G's Superglide and maybe the coolest custom motorcycle ever built

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadRiverMoCo View Post
    The second one down is Hirschberg's FX - basis for Willie G's Superglide and maybe the coolest custom motorcycle ever built
    Yes it is. Hirsch built some pretty neat bikes and hot rods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 555 View Post
    Yes it is. Hirsch built some pretty neat bikes and hot rods.
    and founded the 77

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    Another from Zazzi


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    Ironic but typical Willie G would take credit for someone else's design ...

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    The twin cam is not as cool as the Shovels, Pans and Knucks but this was before I new anything about those and was the first bike I built back in '06. They are more bobbed then chopped I guess. I keep changing my mind on what to do and what direction to go with the knuckle. I was going for all original but the more I see stuff I like the more it has evolved to a bobber, especially since finding original parts started killing my pockets. Headlight is not staying, just on there for the DMV inspection.


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    My favorite chunky shovel. Hidemo's "Street Bobber".
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    Looks fun!
    https://youtu.be/GMvIP5_XZ3A

    The inspiration for my next build.

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    Look mom. I made it 🌹💦🇺🇸 #bornfree9 #shovelhead #dynaforsale #blobberdreams

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