Ty was a huge part of my early years learning the fundamentals to be a good fabricator. I met him when I started working at a hotrod/custom shop that he was working as a lead fabricator and we instantly clicked with our similar taste and style of what we liked. At the time I was 21 and Ty being a little older than me I didn't realize how much talent he had for someone who was pretty young to be in his skill set. Coming from a family with a rich history of hotrods and customs, it's in his blood and has been able to pull off work in his style that could perfectly fit into any era who chooses, and his Ironhead digger is no exception.
Owner name, location: Ty Branum, San Luis Obispo, California
ChopCult Member profile: Tyballs
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 1970 Harley Davidson Sportster xlh, Divorced transmission, Big twin 4spd, Shortsters open primary, split rocker boxes, custom made intake, S&S Super B, Cycle StopNJ magneto.
Frame: Custom-made one-off frame, everything molded together. Prism style tank, oil tank in fender and seat, 45 deg rake
Fork: Home made curved rigid front end. 1 ¼’’ steel tube with 1’’ solid chromoly inside. Welded and smoothed trees and bars
Chassis mods: No mods, bike is my own one-off full build.
Other mods: Performance machine rear disk brake. Rocker style foot clutch and hand shift. Seat upholstery by Rich Santana of Santana Interior Design. Biltwells DIY exhaust kit helped in the design and build of the 2into1 exhaust.
Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include: I decided to enter the 2020 Biltwell’s Peoples Champ competition with a full show build. I grew up around hot rods and custom motorcycles, always loved Ed Roth’s and Arlen Ness’ styles. I set out to design and hand build something they could have created. It would scream 70’s, lots of twisted metal, candy paint and plush velvet. Rigid in the back and the front with a rocker foot clutch and a hand shifter, sizing in at 9’ long and 3’ tall… the bike is borderline impractical. Borderline. It’s better to do a thing than to live in fear of it.
Be sure to give Ty a follow on Instagram. -Scotty
Words by Scotty Dettwiler / Photos by Mark Kirkland
Editor's note: I want to thank Scotty Dettwiler for joining CC's contributing family. Scotty plans on sharing his knowledge through tech articles. Please give him a follow to help welcome him aboard. Thanks, Lisa.