There are 3 types of builders, the pros building for clients, the semi-pros building for friends and all the individuals building for themselves with no other purpose than riding what they created with their hands, although some outside help is always welcomed… Jack Deagazio belongs to this last category. I have known him for many years, even sharing lodging with him during big rallies. Always riding the hell out of his bikes with wife Lynn in the back, never missing a piece of the action, obsessively inspecting new parts from vendors all day long, visiting swap meets, just taking one day off to judge custom bikes in Rat’s Hole Shows where he is a Chief Judge, and at night hanging out with some pro builders… and telling me about the evolution of his new project.
Two years that I hear about “Evil Or Sacred”, a project that required so much time on the lift because Jack has very little spare time available, being most of the week traveling as a Project Superintendent for a large bridge contractor. Also because cool parts at bargain prices can take time to be discovered. Although this project started as a 50’s Bobber intended to be painted black with gold accents, it turned progressively into the 70’s style Chopper you see here. The reason was not only a mood change, but an old Biltwell helmet painted in matt copper with gold leaf pinstriping that his wife offered him. Jack loved so much this helmet that Tom Feher of Syracuse Customs, already chosen to provide some fabrication help and the final paint job, agreed that it had to inspire the build. A case of a bike built to match the helmet… instead of the opposite! Why not?
“Evil Or Sacred” uses as main components a Paughco Wishbone rigid frame with a 30-rake, a fully rebuilt 1974 Harley Shovelhead 80″ engine, a RevTech 4-speed tranyy, a narrow 2″ Tech Cycle primary drive, a genuine Harley Springer front end and a pair of 18″ spoke wheels. After basic mockup and driveline alignment, Jack holding 2 DOT welding certifications and a AWS D1.1 D1.5, had no difficulty getting the fabrication job started and correctly done. Tom Feher provided support in making an oil tank from 2 old fire extinguishers that he had laying around his shop, then bent all rigid fuel and oil lines to be later brass plated. Gabe from After Hours Choppers was called to make the gas and oil caps from solid brass. Steve Weinstock from Lillian Rose Choppers chiseled some metal tattoos on the air cleaner. Most of the custom parts have been chosen from vendors belonging to the Limpnickie Lot , a cooperative of Builders (see tech sheet.) Brian O’Hara of B-Man Stripping applied all pinstriping and gold leaf. (photography copyright Lydia Johnson, Johnson Camera, courtesy to Cyril Huze)
Owner/Design: Jack Deagazio. City: East Syracuse NY. Assembly: Tom Feher , Jack Deagazio. Engine: 1974. Model: Shovelhead. Builder: Jack Deagazio. Ignition: Points. Displacement: 80 CI. Cams: Crane. Carburetor: SS-Super E. Air Cleaner: After Hours Choppers. Pipes: Paughco. Primary: 2″ Tech Cycle. Transmission: 2009 RevTech 4-Speed. Frame: Paughco Wishbone. Rake: 30 degree, no stretch. Front End: HD Springer. Wheels: Front Wheel, Size: 130-18 inch. Tire: Soho. Brakes: HD Mechanical. Rear Wheel, Size: 130-18 inch. Brake: HD Mechanical. Painter: Tom Feher Syracuse Customs. Color: Matt Copper. Type: PPG. Brass Plating: Palm Beach Plating. Handlebars: Nash. Handlebar Controls: Kustom Tech. Risers: Paughco. Head Light: HD. Taillight: Crime scene Choppers. Gas Tank: Tom Feher. Rear Fender: Led Sled. Seat: Duane Ballard. Oil Tank; Tom Feher. Pegs: Courthouse Customs. Mirror: Spitfire Customs. Grips: New York City Choppers. Oil Cap-Gas Cap: After Hours Choppers. Seat Pan: Fab Kevin. Special Parts: Low Brow Customs. Metal Tattooing: Steve Weinstock-Lillian Rose Choppers. Molding: Tom Feher Syracuse Customs. Graphics: Brian Ohara, B-Man Stripping.
Special thanks to Anita and Peter Penz of Penz Customs in Austria for the levers and throttle body. To Harley John and Al at AI’s Cycle. To my wife Lynn who put up with me during this build and bought me a lot of the parts…