About six years ago, Christian Ferreira first got his hands on this ‘52 Harley Panhead off one of his buddies, who was a tattoo artist. The bike was sporting ape hangers, full front and rear fenders, with a fat bob tank. After discovering a few stress cracks in the frame, Christian stripped down the bike and welded the frame back together. Ultimately, he came up with a game plan that was literally a 180-degree spin from the original build.
The original 73-ci motor and four-speed transmission were mounted within the freshly painted frame. DNA springer forks were assembled along with a brass-plated triple tree clamp with low risers. He topped it off with custom drag bars. A set of 2001 Harley wheels were powder-coated and replaced. You can’t help but notice the green 21-inch front tire, while the 16-inch rear wheel was mounted with a Firestone Deluxe Champion car tire. It sets the bike off just right. A Crime Scene Choppers headlight was added to the front and a CSC air cleaner atop the carb. The black and brass combination seemed to be working well so Christian added brass knuckle foot pegs and a six-shooter revolver clutch. A 1930’s Model A taillight was mounted at the rear and the original chain was fused together to support the rear bobbed fender. The final piece of the puzzle came in the form of a leather solo seat, which was tooled with a skull design. It goes to show that with the right eye, such an eclectic build can come together.
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