There are pros and cons to social media, and one of the positives for me is that I occasionally come across amazing bikes and guys building them. I was doing my daily ritual of checking out the posts on Instagram when I ran across a killer sporty chop built by Scott Conner of Atlas Customs. I went to Scott’s Instagram to check out the rest of his builds, and his Shovelhead caught my attention. Scott and I started to have conversations on his builds, and I finally decided to feature what became my favorite build put out by Atlas Customs.
Scott wanted to build a Shovelhead for a long time but had no real motivation since he was enjoying the bullet proof Sportsters he made and rode for years. One day, while following a thread on Chop Cult by Johnny Rainbow, he came across some custom builds in true Japanese style. Scott was immediately hooked on the Japanese style chops with much admiration for what they were doing to the vintage iron. With some new motivation, he quickly tried to find a way to get on a Shovelhead. Scott had learned from a friend that a buddy of theirs was ready to let go of a Shovelhead, so he ended up trading his ‘64 F100 for the bike.
After Scott got it in his possession, he made sure it was mechanically sound and then tore it down to the frame. He cut all the unnecessary tabs off it and tried to give the frame a minimalist appearance. The next step was to modify a pair of newer style front narrow glide wheels he had stashed in the rafters to work in the frame and finally get a roller on the ground. Scott made the bars, controls, exhaust, rock guards, kick pedal, and all the small mounts and details to complete the build.
The tins and frame ended up with a rattle can paint job. Scott’s wife made the killer H-D oak leaf decals to finish off the custom touch to the tank. The seat was off an older project that got sprayed with vinyl paint to match the frame and tins.
Scott would like to thank his wife, Linda, and his two boys for their unwavering support. Mark Coulter for giving him the opportunity to make money doing what he loves. Marc Moree for getting him hooked on choppers. Lastly, he wants to give big thanks to Chop Cult for the inspiration on the daily feeds and Jason for your support and believing in his work. It is truly appreciated.
Photography by Linda Conner
Owner name, location: Scott Conner, Jacksonville, FL
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 1979 Harley Davidson Super Glide
Frame: Stock 1979 swing arm frame minus all the unnecessary bulk.
Fork: Stock 35mm narrow glide with shaved lowers.
Chassis mods: Hardtailed Panhead Frame
Tire/wheel size and style: 21'' front with twin enduro.19'' rear with Firestone ANS.
Favorite thing about this bike: I am fond of the headlight and bars, but I am very proud when I see the decals my wife made on my tank.
Next modification will be: Making a mold of the cracked tail lamp lens and knocking out a new one.
Be sure to give Scott a follow on Instagram; you won't be disappointed.