Tim Sutton

Chris Mumma's 1946 Harley-Davidson Panhead

A '60s classic-looking chopper

My buddy Jerro bought himself a beat-up Harley-Davidson Panhead that ran okay but was poorly built. After a few weeks, I asked him if he would let me change it up. Believe it or not, after a few more weeks he let me do it. And the best part is with this build I got to do what I wanted to make a classic-looking ’60s chopper.

The parts for this build came mostly from friends and swap meets. The shotgun barrel shifter came from my good friend Turkey Stopnik and was the perfect addition to the bike.

Chris Mumma's 1964 Harley FL classic-looking '60s chopper build.

"I wanted a particular color I saw on an early Ford GT40 race car, and that’s kind of where I got the whole look of the bike from by the time I was finished." —Chris Mumma

Tim Sutton

Although it was a lot of hard work at times, I really had a lot of fun doing it. I am very thankful that Mark Drews made the tank and fender look the way they do. My buddy Mark Choiniere, a.k.a. Paint By Chaka, did an amazing job with the paint and bodywork. I wanted a particular color I saw on an early Ford GT40 race car, and that’s kind of where I got the whole look of the bike from by the time I was finished.

The parts for this build came mostly from Mumma's friends and swap meets.

The parts for this build came mostly from Mumma's friends and swap meets. The shotgun barrel shifter came from Turkey Stopnik, and Mark Drews made the tank and fender.

Tim Sutton

I really think the bike came out mimicking the looks of Ford’s ’60s Ferrari beater with the scoops Drews put on the tins and then with the color Chaka laid down.

To tell you the truth I wish this machine was my own, but I am very happy I got to do this for a good friend and that he is so happy with it. That’s what this bike-building shit is all about, I guess. I didn’t really have a whole lot of space to work on this thing and really wasn’t sure how it would look when I got it out of the tiny room when it was done. We drank enough beers to bury the bike while I was working on it, so on the next bike I’m going to have to find a beer sponsor. Thank you to all my friends who were there for me and helped me out with this one.

Jerro bought a beat-up Harley-Davidson Panhead that Mumma built into this beauty over eight months.

Mumma's buddy Jerro bought a beat-up Harley-Davidson Panhead that ran okay but was poorly built. It took Mumma eight months to build this beauty.

Tim Sutton

Specifications

General
Owner Jerro
Year/Make/Model 1964/Harley-Davidson/FL
Fabrication Chris Mumma/Mark Drews
Build Time 8 months
Engine
Year/Type/Size 1964/H-D Panhead/74ci
Builder Chris Mumma
Cases H-D
Cylinders H-D
Heads H-D outside oiler
Rocker Boxes H-D
Cam H-D
Carburetor Linkert M74
Air Cleaner Bird Deflector
Exhaust Custom upsweep
Transmission
Year/Type 1964/4-speed ratchet top
Gears H-D
Clutch Harley 3 finger
Primary Drive BDL
Frame
Year/Type 1948/H-D
Rake/Stretch Stock
Suspension
Front End H-D
Length 4-over stock
Wheels, Tires, and Brakes
Front
Builder/Size H-D/21 x 2.5
Tire/Size Avon/21 x 2.75
Rear
Builder/Size H-D/18 x 3.0
Tire/Size Avon/18 x 5
Drum H-D
Finish & Paint
Manufacturer House Of Kolor
Colors Ford 40
Paint Mark Choiniere, a.k.a. Paint By Chaka
Accessories
Rear Fender Wassel customized by Mark Drews
Gas Tank Wassel customized by Mark Drews
Grips Swap meet
Pegs Chris Mumma
Headlight Swap meet
Taillight Swap meet
License Mount Custom
Seat River Seat Company