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The Daily: AZ Nick's Crusty Pan

 

Some men are like magnets for precious metal. Hide a period-correct panhead in the trunk of a rusty Cutlass Cruiser in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and Arizona Nick could find it blindfolded. He's just got the knack. A few years ago Nick's sixth sense kicked in again and he unearthed this fine specimen from the bowels of bikerdom.

We'll let our friend tell the story.

 

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So on to the crusty panhead. I like to think of it as the tweaker panhead, since the guy I bought it from had delightfully yellow and black teeth. I bought it a couple years ago. It was cheap. I worked on it in spurts: 3-4 weeks on, 6-7 months off. I stripped it down to the frame, drivetrain, springer, rear wheel, and oil tank.  I cut off most of the brackets that had been added back on (poorly) after someone else had cut the originals off.

 

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The straight leg had the obligatory shitty molding and plenty of poor tweaker engineering, but it was generally sound. Everything that I didn't refab or replace got combed over. The engine was found to have 4-3/4-inch S&S flywheels and fairly fresh internals. Sweet! The springer got all new springs and bushings, as well as a new stem.

 

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I mounted up the tank, seat, and fender, bent up a short sissy bar, made some pipes, and finished it off with a smattering of other stuff laying around the garage. I think I'll just be riding it for a bit as I get some new controls built and set up some Flanders bars. Sooner or later it will come apart for polishing, chrome, and paint, as well as swapping out a bunch of stuff for fancier bits and pieces. If I don't trade it for a jetski first. SPFFSP

 

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Commented on 1-2-2010 At 04:30 am
 

im diggin them pipes

Commented on 1-2-2010 At 05:02 am
 

very cool. pipes and bars are killer

Commented on 1-2-2010 At 05:37 am
 

I love this bike, kept gravitating to it at Slab CIty...

Commented on 1-2-2010 At 06:33 am
 

that sissy bar is killer...love how it follows the line of the tail light.
beautiful bike.

Commented on 1-2-2010 At 07:15 am
 

This bike seems familiar. Good stuff

Commented on 1-2-2010 At 12:07 pm
 

Beautiful, I especially like the fender struts and tailight!

Commented on 1-2-2010 At 02:51 pm
 

I need to start talking to my tweeker neighbors to see what they got stashed in their trailer! Bike looks great!

Commented on 1-2-2010 At 03:29 pm
 

amazing. Pipes and Bars look awesome!

Commented on 1-2-2010 At 05:39 pm
 

Speak softly, ride cool scooters.

Love the on / off switch.

Commented on 1-2-2010 At 06:37 pm
 

I love the pipes. sweet scoot. you nailed it. I'd ride the shit out of it before I even considered paint and shiny stuff

Commented on 1-2-2010 At 09:28 pm
 

Wow Nick! Great job. That bike is well thought out and put together to ride. I personally would not change a thing in paint, chrome, or anything non mechanical. Ride the shit out of it. I am envious.

Commented on 1-2-2010 At 10:01 pm
 

?Nick who?

Commented on 1-2-2010 At 11:21 pm
 

Saw this at Slab City, same as you Kit (finkit) I kept coming back to check it out. I dig it.

Commented on 1-2-2010 At 11:24 pm
 

SPFFSP

yes!

Commented on 1-3-2010 At 12:54 am
 

that is a great Pan

Commented on 1-3-2010 At 02:13 pm
 

perfectamundo!!!

Commented on 1-3-2010 At 03:20 pm
 

I like everything about the bike. Except that I'm not riding it!

lol

Commented on 1-3-2010 At 10:07 pm
 

This is your basic, classic, (beautiful) springer pan.
Love it.

Commented on 1-4-2010 At 11:53 am
 

SPFFSP - hell yea

Commented on 1-4-2010 At 07:30 pm
 

Nice job NICK! They should post the pick of you and chi chi on the seat.

Commented on 1-5-2010 At 04:16 am
 

Nice bike i dig the bars.

Commented on 1-6-2010 At 12:32 pm
 

great stance !

Commented on 1-7-2010 At 03:06 pm
 

SPFFSP! Nicely done Nick.

Commented on 1-8-2010 At 11:21 pm
 

looks great!

Commented on 1-8-2010 At 11:25 pm
 

phewwwwwwwwwwwwww
:)

Commented on 1-9-2010 At 02:48 am
 

If you get back to Coeu d'Alene give me a shout.

Commented on 2-2-2010 At 06:28 pm
 

I just reached 100 miles. Giddy up!

Commented on 5-25-2010 At 09:06 pm
 

thats shit is tight, and the pipes are wicked

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