Phil's NorCal Ironhead


On last month's Philo Beddo Family Reunion everyone kept talking about "Phil's Ironhead." I didn't know Phil when he met us on that ride, but judging by the shit-eating grin on his face and the shiny Sportster beneath him, I knew he had to be the dude people were talking about. You see, Phil's been hacking away at this bike for years. Being a full-time tanker pilot in the Air Force keeps a guy busy, but when all the other butter bars are jacking off at the "O" club Phil busts his knuckles on this old ironhead.

They say it takes a village to raise a child. Sometimes it takes one to build a righteous motorcycle. Luckily, Phil has a group of friends he can count on to mentor him when the need arises. Here's to you and your crew, Phil. Thanks for serving our country, and we hope you get lots of miles on your new beast.




I moved to Sacramento mid '07 and brought along my trusty but tired ironhead. She needed a makeover so some friends and I got to work. With deployments and life in general getting in the way, the going was a bit slow. But I have to say the end result was worth it. Her maiden voyage was the Philo event and I wouldn't have it any other way!

Owner: Phil Austin

Location: I’ve been just North of Sacramento for about three years now. The way things are going, I think Uncle Sam let me stay here for a long time

Engine, year and make, model, mods: 1974 ironhead, kick only; 1000cc bored .040 over, 10:1 compression. Put together by me and George  

Frame: Paugho   

Fork: Springer   

Chassis mods: Not much. A few tabs and holes here and there 

Tires: 16 in the back, 21 in the front   

Favorite thing about this bike: The fact that I honed my fab and welding skills by making and modifying the tank, fender, bars, battery box and rebuilding the motor  

Next modification will be: Some more engraving by Steve on the brass gas cap   

Other stuff, accessories, cool parts, etc: The Tit Mouse tail light and brass gas cap from Afterhours Choppers, and the brass knuckle kicker and oil bag plug from Lillian Rose Choppers  

Thanks: Huge thanks to Steve at Lillian Rose Choppers. Steve lets me have free reign of his shop and helps me out where he can. Dirty at Dirty D’s Chop Shop gave me great pointers that helped my TIG skills a ton. Brianne McLean at Cycle Cosmetics in Reno stamped the leather for the seat and George did a great job on wiring it up. Heston Duran from Pueblo, CO, sprayed the sick metal flake paint. Once again, thanks to everyone who supported and helped me out along the way

Steve:  916-663-9714

Gabe:  916-761-3606




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Commented on 9-15-2010 At 08:10 am

Cool never goes out of style, sick Ironhead!!

Thanks for your service!!!

Commented on 9-15-2010 At 09:36 am

awesome ride. I dig it.

Commented on 9-15-2010 At 12:29 pm

First and formost thanks to our men and women out there fighting for our way of life, second....beast ass machine, looks great

Commented on 9-15-2010 At 02:03 pm

Great bike, everything flows well as it should. Hope to see it around locally someday.

Commented on 9-15-2010 At 02:31 pm

+1 on thanking everyone who serves our country. bike is very nice. I really like the seat!

Commented on 9-15-2010 At 03:58 pm

Damn fine Sporty.Ya did good. And from an old Vet, thanks for your service. USMC 71-75

Commented on 9-15-2010 At 03:59 pm

Damn fine Sporty.Ya did good. And from an old Vet, thanks for your service. USMC 71-75

Commented on 9-15-2010 At 09:09 pm

Bout to start a 74' too. Love this bike! Thanks for your service.

Commented on 9-15-2010 At 09:29 pm

Just saw they spread on my sled. Stoked!! Thanks a ton for the positive words and thanks to all those who helped me along the way.

Fly safe!!

Commented on 9-17-2010 At 02:28 pm

Hell yeah Phil! Keep your head down and we'll see you at the Halloween bash. Old Uncle Sam better let you off that weekend! Killer sicko Sporty chop, way better in person. See you on the road...

Commented on 9-18-2010 At 07:29 pm

Ironheads fukn rule man! Be cool chopper bros.

Commented on 9-19-2010 At 05:34 am

nice ironhead, its always nice to see a good sportster chop, helps the insperation get going

Commented on 12-20-2010 At 11:51 pm

Nice coverage on the bike! I just saw the CC coverage on it for the first time today (12/20).

Phil is pretty much a STAPLE here at my shop. One of those industrial type packaging staples that secure heavy cardboard boxes. Harder than shit to open, but when you do-----you feel like you fucked over the cardboard box, yet you will always respect the staple because it is strong and fully in tact! Its a funny staple that makes you laugh unless you slice your finger open on it! Phil,,,,'The Staple'

I hope we get rollin on another bike project in the near future when the shop is back in operation!

Commented on 2-20-2018 At 05:46 am

nice ironhead chop man. no problems with the ride height with a 16 inch wheel? my ironhead frame is very similar and i haven't gotten the chance to ride it yet.

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