Focus: Sweatshop Industries


“Peddlers of good times.” With a slogan like that, it should be obvious what kind of guys are behind Sweatshop Industries. Within seconds of meeting Jeff and Frankie at the Hippy Killer Hoedown last year I could tell they were great people, offering me a seat and some red vines. That hospitality isn’t a rarity, because again at their booth at Born Free I was offered more VIP treatment from these peddlers of good times. It’s essentially their M.O. They are always cracking jokes and slinging cool gear, oh, and they each have killer motorcycles. They put their money where their mouth is. When it comes to their products, they use all their own stuff whenever there are good times on the horizon.



Jeff’s Panhead is just about everything I could ever want in an old bike. The long and narrowed Harley springer up front, paired with a tank done up by Harpoon, are the exclamation points on a great chop. Frankie’s shovel is nice and tight.The solidly built bike has a beautiful paint job. These machines are built to ride. No trailer queens here for these peddlers of good times. -Ryan Loughridge



Owner name, location: Jeff Bloedorn, La Verne, CA

Bike name: Streetwalker



Engine/tranny, year, and make, model, modifications: 1949 Harley Davidson EL Panhead, 4-speed, jockey shift, Morris magneto

Frame/Rake: 1955-57 straight leg, 40° rake



Front End: H-D springer 8” over, narrowed with Pineapple Jay’s kit

Tire/wheel size and style: 2.75" x 21” front 4.50” x 18” Firestones



Favorite thing about this bike: It runs...

Next modification will be: Shiny shit...



Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc.: Harpoon painted the Throttle Addiction narrowed sporty tank and 5” Wassell style fender for Born Free 6 art & fuel exhibit, 11/2” belt drive in a ’55-’64 primary cover, After-Hours "ripple nipple" tail light, Pangea “Ronald” grips, parts of on my narrowed Zombie Performance “bend a licious” bars, Flanders risers, H-D internal throttle, Lorraine spotlight headlight, rear juice brake, rear mounted master cylinder, JRCycle front hub, stainless braided lines, Linkert M74, H-D air cleaner, H-D rubber foot pegs, H-D oil bag, Wizard made the risers fender mounts, helped me with the front end narrow and lengthen job and general running issues like timing that magneto and fitting the rear juice brake, ’49 Hudson Hornet shift knob, I made the forward controls, sissy bar, seat pan, handlebars, metal work on my tank, wired the bike, and misc. brackets. Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include: Got pretty good at down shifting, and using my shoes, to stop when my brake went out heading home down Highway 1.



Thanks to: Wizard, Harpoon, Pineapple Jay, Caleb, Mike the dude I bought it from, and everyone else I’ve bugged while building.



Owner name, location: Frankie Barouti, Mt. Baldy Ca.

Bike name: Bobbin Pops



Engine/tranny, year and make, model, modifications: 1976 Harley Davidson Shovel / 5 speed,

Frame: Kraftech, comfortable for long arms (me). 



Front End: Shaved 39mm

Tire/wheel size and style: 21” front 16” rear Favorite thing about this bike: Andy Blanco built it. True old-schooler. Next modification will be: Leave it alone. Follow the grain. We couldn’t stop the irresistible force (NOFX) I love punk rock.



Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc.:Pin-striping by JetWrench. Custom seat by Jeff Bloedorn.

Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include: The long and short of the history of this bike is that Andy Blanco died approximately 5 to 7 times building this bike. I didn’t know how sick he really was when he took on this bike. But, of course, I found out through the process. All he kept saying was, “I just want to finish your bike.” I couldn’t say “no,” so I let him do his thing.  He finally did finish it. It was awesome to see the drive this old man had to finish his last bike. I picked it up and rode it in front of him. He was so excited to see my smile. That was all that mattered to him.  Of course, I had a few others check it over after him, but it was all good. Maybe less than a few weeks later, I heard that he had passed away.  I was saddened by the news. He now is in Chopper Heaven with the other Greats. The only difference is he is one of the Leaders. RIP



Thanks to Andy Blanco for being a true builder of his day.  He has now passed away but his spirit lives on. Thanks to Alloy Art (Robbie Lane) for the head light, tail light, risers, pegs, shifter, brass grips, etc. Bars narrowed by Bloedorn (Biltwell) Motor done by Babes Cycle. Paint by Dallas. All other fixes were done by Clint at Highway 66 Choppers. Thank you for your time, Frankie Barouti.



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Photos by @_loughridge.

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Commented on 4-29-2016 At 12:01 pm

Thanks for all the support. We here at Sweatshop Industries are glad to be part of a tight industry that has wonderful people in it. Sweatshop Industries is proud to help your chopper carry the things you need for the next trip.

Commented on 4-29-2016 At 02:34 pm

Creative handlebars on the Knuck. Brass snoot on the Super E on the Shovel is cool, too.

Commented on 4-29-2016 At 09:34 pm

Glad to see you guys getting some press. Love my London brown bag and get compliments on it all the time!

Commented on 5-3-2016 At 03:06 pm

Rad dudes!

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