Kool Daddy’s recipe for a killer Panhead
This project started as a cheap Shovelhead I picked up from San Antonio. I was working at a Harley dealer, north of Austin, at the time. But I wanted to work more on the vintage bikes. I met Johnny Galvan, the owner of Kool Daddy Motorcicles, and he hired me part time on my days off from the dealership.
After we talked about my Shovelhead and what I wanted to make it into, he had me bring it in, and within a day it was torn down to the frame. After rebuilding the motor, I started keeping an eye out for a Panhead. I found one in Houston and the thing was mint with stock standard OEM parts, so I sold my Shovelhead motor and bought the Pan.
It’s a 1956 FLH. We rebuilt the motor, and I took my ’76 trans and swapped the main shaft for the short one and found an OEM Panhead kicker cover for it. The frame was my boss’ that I got from him after he swapped over to an original 1942 Knucklehead frame.
From there it was a matter of finding and buying parts. I traded the Wide Glide off of my Shovel for the 1970 Super Glide and laced the hub to a 21-inch rim. In the rear I modified the frame to accept a Juice drum brake. After I had a roller I mocked up the bike and started fabricating the sissy bar, mid- controls, and dual headlight mount.
For the mid- controls, my dad machined the base to slip over the stock floorboard tab, and I bent the rest with the footrest using old rocker clutch pads. I wanted the sissy bar tall, so we bent one up and welded on the Prism Supply Co. box light mount and license plate mount. After all the fabrication the bike came together really fast, with Gary Queen from Other Side Customs in Dallas killing it with the paint. I couldn’t have finished this bike without the help of Johnny Galvan, Joe C., Matt Rajner, Joe Spivey, Shaun Revelle, Tony Abrante, Gary Queen, and Lynda Leo. SC