Kool Daddy’s recipe for a killer Pan­head

Street Chopper - - Contents - WORDS: NICK RAJNER PHO­TOS: JUSTIN GE­ORGE

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

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