Little Hot Red Shovelhead

Another Harley-Davidson Shovelhead whose destiny was to be reborn as a little Hot Rodder Chopper, but this one keeping its original frame turned into a rigid with 30-degree rake and no stretch (of course cleaned of all its unuseful brackets, while others were added), 74″ engine & 4-speed transmission. It helps to be able to keep title and ride the streets legally… I am not too crazy about the domed Sportster gas tank but the bike features some interesting touches.

First a 2-piece aluminum rear fender held in place by central rivets, a customized S&S E air cleaner, a Panhead style oil filter with cast housing, a jockey shift with 69 Camaro Hurst lever, I-beam styled front fork legs, Wingnut rear axle, Mooneyes dragster gas pedals used as floorboards with custom fabricated mounts, Mooneyes hot rod fluid lines used throughout, cloth wiring, etc. For the rest it’s the traditional Chop menu with mini ape hangers, tuck and rolled seat, a 21″ front wheel and 16″ rear wrapped in Avon Speedmaster. Built by a shop in Georgoa called Freddie Arnold Designs. Website unknown. (pictures H. Roesler)

20 Responses to “Little Hot Red Shovelhead”

  1. 1 Grey Beard Oct 6th, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    It is one sweet looking shovel.

    I agree, I don’t like the doomed sporty tank either. It looks like a zit ready to be popped.

  2. 2 Sheridan Oct 6th, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Now that is nice!!

  3. 3 Gordo-uk Oct 7th, 2010 at 6:04 am

    Another great looking Shovel……

  4. 4 Freddie Oct 7th, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Concerning the gas tank design. I incorporated lighting holes that are carried out through the entire build. The design is taken from the backbone rib on old salt flat “belly tankers”. Thanks for featuring the build Cyril. It’s also featured in the July/10 Easyriders and will be at the Rat’s Hole next week.

  5. 5 Jeff Starke Oct 7th, 2010 at 10:38 am

    “The little Hot Red Shovelhead”, a bike in keeping with tradition in the boober mistque, captured well by the owner. and carried out throughout the build. The fabrication to the tank, when whether a persons preference it was implemented and cosmetically complete, it may be owner preference, but nonetheless it was executed and engineered in a professional manner. too often, bobbers mix between one style to another. this bike stayed true to form and is easy on the eyes.

  6. 6 cwglide Oct 7th, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Interesting what HRC did with the fuel tank, very creative. It all works, Indead a great looking shovel!! Great Job!

  7. 7 Roadside Marty Oct 7th, 2010 at 11:37 am

    If I’m not mistaken the sheetmetal was painted by French Kiss Customs,a better bunch you will not find, excellent bike by the way..the only thing I would change is the name on the title to mine!!! Roadside

  8. 8 burnout Oct 7th, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Good work. peace

  9. 9 martin Twofeather Oct 7th, 2010 at 12:52 pm


  10. 10 Wikked Steel Oct 7th, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Very nice build. Personally I like the tank, I’m tired of seeing the same style tank on so many bobbers.

  11. 11 whiplash Oct 8th, 2010 at 11:29 am

    that tank is sweet. dont let anybody tell you different.
    maybe if you used a standard fatbob with a giant speedo in the center you would have more fanboys.

  12. 12 jatinder pal Oct 8th, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Love this little chopper,not only does it looks good it is rideble.
    Pretty thought out custom parts selection.
    Good work.

  13. 13 maroco Oct 9th, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Nice job good details, special gas tank.

  14. 14 chrism13 Oct 11th, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    This is a fine example of the way it used to be with a little bit of new technology to make it more reliable and safe . I love it , one of a kind , like it’s supposed to be !

  15. 15 Rick Oct 19th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    The paint on the tank is too damn sweet.

  16. 16 Erick Mar 24th, 2011 at 12:34 am

    Nice bike…..!! “Simple,Clean and Blink-blink”. 🙂

  17. 17 Ray Beaudry Aug 21st, 2011 at 9:22 am

    I am very interested in buying this build, can anybody help me contact the seller

    Thanks Ray

  18. 18 Freddie Aug 22nd, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Ray, the bike is curtainly on e-bay

  19. 19 Kevin Fleury Oct 13th, 2011 at 8:25 am

    I am now the proud owner of this true piece of master craftsmanship. Not only is the bike top notch, but the builder is as well. Pleasure doing business Freddie. This bike will be a fine addition to the Country of Canada!

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