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.




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.




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.




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 1-1-2010 At 09:30 pm

im diggin them pipes

Commented on 1-1-2010 At 10:02 pm

very cool. pipes and bars are killer

Commented on 1-1-2010 At 10:37 pm

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

Commented on 1-1-2010 At 11:33 pm

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

Commented on 1-2-2010 At 12:15 am

This bike seems familiar. Good stuff

Commented on 1-2-2010 At 05:07 am

Beautiful, I especially like the fender struts and tailight!

Commented on 1-2-2010 At 07:51 am

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 08:29 am

amazing. Pipes and Bars look awesome!

Commented on 1-2-2010 At 10:39 am

Speak softly, ride cool scooters.

Love the on / off switch.

Commented on 1-2-2010 At 11:37 am

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 02:28 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 03:01 pm

?Nick who?

Commented on 1-2-2010 At 04:21 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 04:24 pm



Commented on 1-2-2010 At 05:54 pm

that is a great Pan

Commented on 1-3-2010 At 07:13 am


Commented on 1-3-2010 At 08:20 am

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


Commented on 1-3-2010 At 03:07 pm

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

Commented on 1-4-2010 At 04:53 am

SPFFSP - hell yea

Commented on 1-4-2010 At 12:30 pm

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

Commented on 1-4-2010 At 09:16 pm

Nice bike i dig the bars.

Commented on 1-6-2010 At 05:32 am

great stance !

Commented on 1-7-2010 At 08:06 am

SPFFSP! Nicely done Nick.

Commented on 1-8-2010 At 04:21 pm

looks great!

Commented on 1-8-2010 At 04:25 pm


Commented on 1-8-2010 At 07:48 pm

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

Commented on 2-2-2010 At 11:28 am

I just reached 100 miles. Giddy up!

Commented on 5-25-2010 At 02:06 pm

thats shit is tight, and the pipes are wicked

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