Matt Jackson is the fabricator and bike builder at Austin Speed Shop. He also takes on most of the wiring jobs at the Shop as well now, so he does a little bit of everything. Previously Austin Speed Shop was only focused on pre-'63 American cars, but they are now building bikes. Matt took a break after all the TV stuff was over and came back a year ago to start building bikes in the same traditional styling as the cars they are known for. Matt is also a co-contributor to the Giddy Up Vintage Chopper Show in New Braunfels, TX on March 28, 2015. He’s currently building a 1969 Shovelhead Chopper , which will be raffled off at the show.
I love seeing his personal ride on Instagram and knew I had to feature it at ChopCult. Matt built this bike in his home garage. He sold off his old '54 panhead and bought some new tools, a bench top lathe, tig welder and a few other bits and pieces while he was on a hiatus from the Speed Shop. He already had this chopped '47 knucklehead frame, so he started to piece together the rest of the bike and commissioned Dan Carr at DC Choppers to build a '47 knucklehead motor. Enjoy!
Photos by Heath Braun
Owner name, location: Matt Jackson, Austin, TX
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 1947 Harley Davidson EL Knucklehead Motor (Built by Dan Carr of DC Choppers)
Frame: 1947 Knucklehead frame
Fork: 10 over VL Springer
Chassis mods: Some rake, and a lot of tweaker modifications.
Tire/wheel size and style: 21” Star Hub from Wheel and 18” Star Hub Rear wheel
Favorite thing about this bike: It hasn’t killed me yet.
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: A bunch of old crusty stuff.
Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include: My first Harley Davidson motorcycle was a 1982 Shovelhead that I purchased for 3 grand. From there I kept taking a step back in time, I had another cone shovel, then sold that to build a ’68 generator shovel, then sold that to build a ’54 pan that ended up funding my current ’47 knucklehead. Since that first shovel, I knew all I wanted was a knucklehead and thats what I was set out to acquire. The version seen here is Vol II for the bike. A few months back I had a run in with a preoccupied driver and went down. Luckily I came out alright, but the bike was pretty banged up. Once everything was said and done, I was able to change my knucklehead up a little. I acquired a 10 Over VL springer, a new gas tank (painted by Erik at Jakes Customs), remade some hand fabbed parts that were damaged etc and then pieced it all back together. We’ve had some good times and some bad times, but this bike is here to stay. When I look back at the process it took to get here, its been a wild trip. Most of all, its proof that if you want something bad enough, you can make it happen no matter what the price. I’d like to thank my beautiful wife, Stephani, for always putting up with my antics and lifestyle. I’d also like to thank my club brothers in Vise Grip MC. Thank you to Heath for the great photos. Thank you to chop cult for the opportunity to share my bike with you guys, I’m humbled to be a part of this. I look forward to seeing everyone at this years Giddy Up Vintage Chopper show in New Braunfels, TX on March 28, 2015.
Check out Matt's world; www.giddyuptx.com , www.austinspeedshop.com, and give him a follow on Instagram. He's been posting daily updates for the custom-built 1969 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead chopper to be given away at The Giddy-Up.
To state it simply: Buy a patch and get a free raffle ticket for a chance to win a 1969 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead Chopper (open world-wide, you do not have to be present to win) or a Panhead motor (must be present at drawing to win)! Buy your patch here, and best of luck!