CUSTOM 1975 HARLEY-DAVIDSON FLH | SHOVELHEADS AREN’T DEAD

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Custom 1975 Harley-Davidson FLH

Photo: Mark Fountain

Custom 1975 Harley-Davidson FLH

I purchased the bike back in 2003 on my 21st birthday. It was then that I got the urge to buy my first bike. The bike’s previous owner was an old family friend, and he moved to Chicago where it basically sat for years. After a few phone calls, a deal was struck and I was on my way to Chicago in my brother’s truck and two friends. It was pretty much a plain-Jane stock bike that was black with whitewalls and missing the crappy front banana caliper. I rode it around that way for about a month, and that was long enough before I had to start making it mine.

 
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Custom 1975 Harley-Davidson FLH

Photo: Mark Fountain

Custom 1975 Harley-Davidson FLH

It had a 21-inch front wheel, true dual exhaust, and S&S B carburetor, so I finally stripped everything off the bike that had no purpose. It stayed in that condition for about a year. From there it went back and forth between colors of red metal flake, black, blue and white. Every transition brought on more and more modifications all while cleaning everything up. After riding it to Sturgis in 2008, it finally took its toll. The stator took a shit, and I was left stuck in a construction zone on I-90. After getting it home and finding a lot of other issues with the bike, I decided it was time for a complete rebuild which snowballed into what it is today.

 
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1975 Shovelhead 1200

Photo: Mark Fountain

1975 Shovelhead 1200

The frame was stripped, and all weld seams were smoothed out. The motor was sent off (to whom I will not name so they will get no press after the crap they pulled) for a full rebuild and polished. I polished everything, but the engine cases and heads were sent off. They were done by Squeaky’s Metal Polishing in Kansas.

 
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Custom 1975 Harley-Davidson FLH

Photo: Mark Fountain

Custom 1975 Harley-Davidson FLH

The front end was a thorn in my side for nearly four years. I wanted to air ride the front and rear. I like everything low with no gaps, and I hate sidewalls of tires. I tried running Bimba air cylinders but just couldn’t get them to work correctly. Either they would spring a leak or there was not enough suspension travel. This side tracked the project for a long time, until about a year ago. I found Mark from choppedbaggers.com and he hooked me up with a set of air pucks that slide in the tubes and create a seal. I added 1-inch extensions to the tubes, drilled/tapped them to run air fittings out the side, and hid it all inside the nacelle. The rear shocks are from an eBay score and are old SW air shocks. The compressor is an AccuAir VU2 manifold, and the battery is hidden in the stock FLH battery box. Finally, the air tank was hidden underneath the transmission.

 
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Custom 1975 Harley-Davidson FLH

Photo: Mark Fountain

Custom 1975 Harley-Davidson FLH

As for the sheet metal, the tanks are stock ’75 Harley as well as the rear. The rear was a hinged fender that was welded shut and turned back 4 inches so that the bottom of the fender is the same height.

 
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Custom 1975 Harley-Davidson FLH

Photo: Mark Fountain

Custom 1975 Harley-Davidson FLH

The front fender/wheel idea came from Torch Industries out of Phoenix. After seeing its “Pan Dejo” bike, I had to have a 23 front wheel. I gave Justin a call and he had me a wheel in a couple of weeks. The fender is a re-pop of a knucklehead that’s been modified and FLH fender brackets added. The color is a custom mix. I based it off a car that Ricky Bobby’s Rod Shop built.

 
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Custom 1975 Harley-Davidson FLH

Photo: Mark Fountain

Custom 1975 Harley-Davidson FLH

 

All the wiring is ran through the frame tubes and handlebars. The same treatment was done with the brake lines. The main goal was to try to keep everything clean and simple.

 
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Custom 1975 Harley-Davidson FLH

Photo: Mark Fountain

Custom 1975 Harley-Davidson FLH

 
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Custom 1975 Harley-Davidson FLH

Photo: Mark Fountain

Custom 1975 Harley-Davidson FLH

 

 
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Custom 1975 Harley-Davidson FLH

Photo: Mark Fountain

Custom 1975 Harley-Davidson FLH

 
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1975 Shovelhead 1200

Photo: Mark Fountain

1975 Shovelhead 1200

 
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Brent Woita

Photo: Mark Fountain

Brent Woita

Specifications 
General  
Owner Brent Woita
Shop Phone (402) 277-0124
Year/Make/Model 1975/Harley-Davidson/FLH
Fabrication Owner
Build Time 7 years
Engine  
Year/Type/Size 1975/Shovelhead/1200
Cases H-D polished
Cylinders H-D
Heads H-D polished
Rocker Boxes H-D polished
Cams Andrews B
Throttle Body S&S B Polished
Air Cleaner S&S
Exhaust Paughco
Transmission  
Year/Type 1975/H-D 4-speed polished
Gears 23/51
Clutch BDL
Primary Drive BDL 1 1/2
Frame  
Year/Type 1975/FLH molded joints
Rake/Stretch Stock
Suspension  
Front End Air ride, 1998 Road King lowers, right caliper removed
Length 20 1/4
Triple Trees H-D
Swingarm 1967 H-D round swingarm in chrome
Rear Shocks SW air shocks
Wheels, Tires, and Brakes  
Front  
Builder/Size Kevin Bass/Torch Industries/23 x 3
Tire/Size 130/50-23
Calipers Performance Machine
Rear  
Builder/Size Owner/18 x 3
Tire/Size 130/70-18
Caliper H-D Juice Drum
Finish/Paint  
Manufacturer PPG
Colors Custom mix
Paint/Graphics Owner
Plating/Polishing Squeaky’s Metal Polishing/Industrial Plating
Accessories  
Front Fender Owner
Rear Fender Owner
Gas Tank Stock H-D
Dash Panhead dash
Gauges Panhead
Handlebars 16 apes
Grips Biltwell
Hand Controls Performance Machine
Foot Controls H-D
Floorboards H-D
Headlight Adjure blue dot
Taillight Panhead H-D
License Mount Owner
Seat H-D police seat
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2/14/2017 9:08 PM
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