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Hollywood Bars for the 1928 Shovelhead

Working with Paughco on the run to Sturgis 2017

By Bandit and Grandson Franky with photos by Wrench
7/10/2017


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I asked the Bikernet readers if I should chop the 1928 Shovelhead. They said, “Yes, definitely.” So, I called the master of the chopper world forever, Paughco.

I spoke to Steve Massicotte about changing the bars, the gas tank and the oil tank. I was going to attempt to leave everything else in tack. Then, as usual, life jumped into the fray.



The original was a 1984 Shovelhead cop bike I bought from Arlen Ness. With a plan in mind I shipped the engine to JIMS machine and the transmission. Some of the other pieces, including a Paughco frame were shipped to Stroker’s Dallas. Marty Ruthman’s shop in Van Nuys suddenly went out of business and I bought a bunch of parts.

Then based on the plan to build a flatside JD gas tank Shovelhead, I bought a set of vintage repop tanks and a fender. All the elements were shipped to Rick Fairless. It was ultimately featured in American Iron, but it had a couple of issues and I started to address them.

Okay, so the bike was registered as a 1984 Harley in Texas. Dean Shawler, the editor of Biker magazine, ended up with the frame and sheet metal pieces, which he finally restored a few years later.

Once I took possession the Texas registration caused issues and of course California didn’t like the Harley title. It took six months, but I now have a California title and plate, and Sturgis is around the corner. Franky and I are headed out with a couple of my customs and never coming back.

So, suddenly I was on a deadline and started to replace the bars with the new, show-chromed Paughco Hollywood bars.

The ends of the bars were protected with plastic caps, plastic wrap, foam sleeves and more plastic wrap. They take packing seriously. It was a pain to unwrap. I was sorta anxious...
The ends of the bars were protected with plastic caps, plastic wrap, foam sleeves and more plastic wrap. They take packing seriously. It was a pain to unwrap. I was sorta anxious...





I was blown away by the care they take in packaging each set of bars. Nothing goes out uncovered or unprotected. Paughco had problems for a while with their chrome. They have their own chroming facility and I think they fought regulations that fucked with their quality, but they have it remedied now.



The chrome is beautiful. Steve wasn’t sure how I was going to deal with the riser mounting. These risers are solid brass and threaded for ½-inch fine studs. The springer is stock, so I started to ponder my options.



I machined the top of the riser stud to ½ inch or .500 and cut the threads. I was golden. I had to cut off the stud to the proper length, also. I hid the stock stud, which is smaller than the Paughco brass base, with a couple of O-rings from True Value Hardware. They aren’t perfect and I should check with McMaster Carr for more options.






I cut 1.5 inches off each end of the bars just to make it slightly narrower. Then I started to mess with the controls. I found an old throttle and dug through my pile of cables for the proper fit and length with the S&S Super E and my pull-only vintage throttle. It took a lot of fudging, but I made the throttle system work.

 

 

Then I moved the Performance Machine master cylinder into place and I need a 6-inch longer cable. I use a small shop on Signal Hill, Baker Performance, run by a couple of women who just supply race products and fittings to boat, drag, and dirty bikers, like me. I hope to run by later today, get a new line and be ready to rock.





I found a set of old rubber grips and moved the Aeromach mirror to the new bars. Then Franky sat on the bike and I explained the suicide clutch and jockey shift. He turned white.
 

 
Sinwu will ride her 5-Ball again. Harold Ponteralli painted this bike. He was a master and a good shit. Hope he's still chugging along.
Sinwu will ride her 5-Ball again. Harold Ponteralli painted this bike. He was a master and a good shit. Hope he's still chugging along.



Originally I was going to replace the oil tank battery area with a new chromed Paughco Softail oil tank. I tore out the battery, electrical box and discovered a lot of issues. I put it all back together and will leave that project for another day, or year. Let’s go to Sturgis and ride.




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