To paraphrase a classic T-shirt, old Shovelheads never die. They just get turned into new motorcycles. Sometimes as the centerpiece, sometimes as the victims of cannibalism, but they do come back from death a lot. “Making Chips” here is more of a centerpiece story than anything involving being eaten up part by part. Tried and True Garage brought a 1967 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead back from the parts graveyard for a new life as chopped iron.
Created over a six-month flurry of cutting, bending, and fabricating, this hardtail was a labor of love. 138 Cycle Fab created the frame that’s the basis of the machine and houses the ’67 Harley mill. Tried and True Garage transformed the chassis into a roller with a springer fork bracketing a 21-inch wheel up front and a 19-incher out back.
That frame may not have been conjured up in-house but a lot of the rest of this chopper was. Tried and True Garage made the most of what little sheet metal work is on Making Chips, including changes to the 138 Cycle Fab peanut tank straddling the backbone.
All of which adds up to this Making Chips chopper. And it seems to be a much better existence than being hacked apart for your guts to feed other projects.