ChopCult Archives: Vince Nygra's 79 Shovel

Published on 7/8/2013 - The concept for ChopCult was simple; create a community for like-minded folks that enjoy all things two wheels. A place where people can share their build progress, meet friends, and make a few bucks selling their wares. Member Vince Nygra has been using the site for his ground up builds and reached out to me a while ago to be featured. I appreciate his patience and craftsmanship.

Well, I guess this is the second bike I’ve built, after building my first one 3 times. First big twin, first shovel, first bike for someone else. My father-in-law owns it and it was sitting in his garage for a while; I knew he wanted to do something with it but never had the time. Approaching fall/winter, he asked me if I wanted to rebuild it for him, hell yea I did. We talked about a few ideas, nothing set in stone; basically he wanted a black and silver bobber/short chop style bike.

The whole build was pretty fun. I thought for sure he wanted to leave it a swing arm frame, so I was trying to look up swingarm rear end ideas, and while going through pics with him he asked if we could just do away with the shocks and make it a rigid…fuck yea we can. A few months into the bike, probably just getting things started with fabricating, I found a lathe on Craigslist from some crazy Asian dude. We texted back and forth for a few weeks, and I ended up trading a bunch of stuff I had laying around for a 13” South Bend Lathe. That definitely opened a whole new world for stuff I could fabricate in my garage for this bike. I’d never used one before, but with the help of Youtube and Special 79’s videos, I got through making the forwards, all the pegs, kicker pedal, a bunch of spacers, shaved legs, some slugs, and lots of wasted metal.

The whole thing was basically built up in my old garage. If you really pay attention, there’s a lot of one off pieces on the bike. All the polished aluminum parts have a clear powder coat to prevent oxidation. After 3 tries trying to fit the 21’’ front rim in my garage oven and fucking it up, I paid the $30 to have it coated, made up some ghetto angle iron wheel truing stands to lace and true the wheels. For the tins we just decided to clear the bare metal. I hung a bunch of tarps, sanded and cleaned the surface, and went to town with a few cans of spraymax 2k. I’m really happy with how the bike came out, and I really love all the contrast of black and silver, and the stance.

Owner name, location: Owner- Gary Wilson- Portage, IN

                                      Builder- Vince Nygra- Portage, IN

Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 79 Shovel

Frame: Stock with modified santee hardtail

Fork: 35mm, shaved lowers and trees

Tire/wheel size and style: Spokes, 16 rear, 21 spool front.

Favorite thing about this bike:  Stance and Contrasting colors

Next modification will be:  Change up the seat.

Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: Zombie Performance Bars, Wargasser Spool, one off; forwards, pegs, kick arm (idea stolen from OLDSTF), cut up open primary with electric start, Buell brake, fire extinguisher oil tank, steam hose exhaust cover

Thanks to: Gary and Linda Wilson for letting me cut up their bike, Greg Callender for teaching me all about bikes and answering all my dumb questions along the way, and my wife for not minding too much that I spend most nights in the garage.

To read about this bike build from the ground up, check out Vince's thread.

Photos by Carlos Reyes

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Commented on 7-8-2013 At 09:15 am

Hell yeah bro congrats. Kick ass job

Commented on 7-8-2013 At 12:57 pm

awesome bike. any more info on the oil tank? is it glass on the sides?

Commented on 7-8-2013 At 02:34 pm

the way you cut the side covers is bad ass......great looking bike

Commented on 7-8-2013 At 04:36 pm

Amazing work. I love that worn in look.

Commented on 7-8-2013 At 05:39 pm

Great Job Vince!

Commented on 7-8-2013 At 06:12 pm

Thanks guys. The sides of the oil tank are bottom pieces of fire extinguishers.

Commented on 7-8-2013 At 08:32 pm

That oil tank and kicker are badass. Just a killer bike all around, well done man

Commented on 7-9-2013 At 02:23 am

I really, really....really like this bike. Awesome job, man.

Commented on 7-9-2013 At 03:53 am

pretty sick man for sure

Commented on 7-9-2013 At 08:51 am

Wow! Great bike! Thanks for the pics and info on the build up thread. Love the oil tank and the exhaust

Commented on 7-10-2013 At 06:54 am

Nice clean bike

Commented on 7-10-2013 At 11:37 am

Really did the kicker and oil bag. Great play on the raw metal and black, classic look

Commented on 7-10-2013 At 01:50 pm

Just amazing

Commented on 7-14-2013 At 08:49 pm

love a well planned cut primary like this.

Commented on 7-20-2013 At 08:05 pm

not enough pictures. too many details to take in. sweet!

Commented on 7-21-2013 At 05:25 pm

Those BARS. Plus a whole lotta other stuff.

Commented on 5-24-2014 At 04:07 am

Dam that,s a cool bike! Nice job.

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