Steven Spoons

Taco Kustoms' 1962 Harley-Davidson Panhead

Should a killer chopper make us hungry?

This is a really special bike build to us for several reasons. The project was supposed to have been put together several years ago when my wife and I purchased the heart of this beautiful machine in the form of a non-running 1962 Harley-Davidson Panhead. The night we bought this engine, it turned out to a be a night we wish never happened. My mother-in-law, Kim Hall, came over to see the engine we had been raving about scoring. Kim passed away tragically from a heart aneurysm just minutes after leaving our house.

Yes, we have all heard many married men rant on and on about their mother-in-law, but it was not the case with me. My beautiful and loving mother-in-law was the most amazing woman you would ever meet. She loved spoiling us and wanted only to see us happy regardless of the situation. Because of this, I decided that building this bike would be put on the back burner until the time was right.

Built by Taco Rodriguez for the "Motorcycles As Art" exhibit at the Buffalo Chip during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Builder Taco Rodriquez knew the bikes for the "Motorcycles As Art" exhibit at the Buffalo Chip during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally would be on display for more than two weeks under some bright, unforgiving lights for all the world to see. We think he nailed it with this Mint Green Pearl and variegated gold leaf 1962 Panhead.

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Fast-forward about three years, I received a phone call from the man himself Michael Lichter. Michael called and offered me the challenging opportunity of building a bike in less than four months. The bike was to be displayed at the world-famous "Motorcycles As Art" exhibit at the Buffalo Chip during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. I knew of the event and also knew that the bike was on display for more than two weeks under some bright, unforgiving lights for all the world to see. And it was going to be shown alongside some of the world’s top young builders. Talk about pressure.

No detail was missed in this 1962 Panhead build.

In four short months, Taco took a nonrunning '62 Panhead and built the seat, modified a Lowbrow tank, and had Big Rick "fancy"-up the Hialeah plating.

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But by doing this show it opened up the opportunity to meet some of the greatest OGs of the industry who paved the way for us current builders—guys such as Willie G. Davidson, Sugar Bear, Dave Perewitz, Paul Yaffe, Bobby Seeger Jr., and Arlen and Cory Ness who stopped by to see the bike at the show and say good words about it. Due to the situation with my mother-in-law’s passing, the time frame of the bike build, and the design of the bike, this has been by far the most important and most challenging builds of my career. And to do it with little to no sleep, I must have had an angel looking down on me.

Taco Kustoms' Taco Rodriguez and his latest amazing creation.

Due to the connection with his mother-in-law’s passing, the time frame of the build, and the design of the bike, this was one of the most important and most challenging builds of Taco's career.

Steven Spoons

“The bike was on display for more than two weeks under some bright, unforgiving lights for all the world to see. And it was going to be shown alongside some of the world’s top young builders. Talk about pressure.”

Model Alexsandra.

Alexsandra and this Taco Kustoms' Panhead wear gold leaf.

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Specifications

General
Owner Taco Rodriguez and Laken Hall
Shop Taco Kustoms
Shop Phone (386) 256-4086
Website tacokustoms.com
Year/Make/Model 1962/Harley-Davidson/Panhead
Fabrication Taco Kustoms
Build Time 4 months
Engine
Year/Type/Size 1962/Panhead/74ci
Builder Taco Kustoms
Cases H-D
Cylinders H-D
Heads H-D
Rocker Boxes H-D
Cam H-D
Carburetor SU
Air Cleaner Custom
Exhaust Taco Kustoms
Transmission
Year/Type 1977/Ultima/5-speed
Gears Ultima
Clutch BDL
Primary Drive BDL
Frame
Year/Type Bling’s Cycles
Rake/Stretch 0 up, 0.5 out
Suspension
Front End Tricky Air & Billet
Length Stock
Triple Trees Tricky Air & Billet
Wheels, Tires, and Brakes
Front Builder/Size Lyndall/21 x 2.5 in.
Tire/Size Michelin/21 x 3.00
Rotors Lyndall
Rear Builder/Size Lyndall/18 x 4.00 in.
Tire/Size Michelin/18 x 5.00 in.
Caliper Harley/Brembo
Rotor Lyndall
Sprocket Lyndall
Finish/Paint
Manufacturer Chad Chambers Custom Paint
Colors Mint Green Pearl/variegated gold leaf
Paint Chad Chambers Custom Paint
Graphics Pinstriping by Mikey
Plating Hialeah Plating
Polishing Perfect Polishing Daytona Beach
Powdercoating Moto Stop Daytona
Engraving The homie Big Rick
Accessories
Rear Fender Taco Kustoms
Struts Chop Docs
Gas Tank Modified Lowbrow
Handlebars Taco Kustoms
Grips Junkyard
Foot Controls Accutronix
Pegs Accutronix
Headlight Hard Drive
Taillight Chop Docs
License Mount Taco Kustoms
Seat Taco Kustoms