Seventy Three Harley Ironhead Sportster

Jarrod and Justin Del Prado of DP Customs told me the story of Seventy Three, their latest creation in black & blue. In their words:

“Our shop is in New River Arizona, but we haven’t had a local customer since the cows came home.  That is, until we met a dude named Scott Brown at a Bike Night late last year.  He told us a story about how he was born in 1973, how all people born that year are very cool (of course I agreed with him, since I was also born in 73), and that he wanted to build a bike in honor of his esteemed birth into the world of motorcycles. He said he liked DPC’s style and we were the ones who could help him realize his dream of creating SEVENTY THREE.  And it began…

He brought us an Ironhead Harley that was of the model year, well, you know… His requirements were few: It was to be really REALLY black. With some hints of blue. It had to look mean. Roger that.

The frame had already been hardtailed and raked. Once we scraped off all of the vintage grease and grime, however, we realized it was more crooked than Forrest Gump’s back, and the welds looked like peppered bacon.  Justin hooked it up to the jig and had a chopping party that no one was allowed to attend.  After fabbing and tig welding the hell out of it, she was laser straight and the welds looked like the boys from Akrapovic had stopped by to help.

The bike had a bent shifter shaft. With these old right hand shift bikes, you’ve got go deep inside to replace it. It was worth the hard work though, as we also noticed the clutch had to be replaced.  So we put in a new one while we were in the deep.

We used a black springer and powdercoated the cam cover, sprocket cover, primary cover and rocker boxes in satin black.  Justin did his signature bitchin crossover exhaust, and perfectly followed the tips with the lines of the frame.

Our favorite part of this build is that we were able to stick with the ‘all black’ theme while mixing in the traditional bright colors that DPC is known for. The hint of white and blue on the matte finished tank blends perfectly with the bright blue wheels and the whitewall rear tire. Oh, and we’re proud of the ultra sano wiring throughout the bike and lack of clutter. It’s one mean looking machine! Scott was blown away when he saw it – in a cool way of course…” DP Customs  (Jed Strahm photography)

23 Responses to “Seventy Three Harley Ironhead Sportster”

  1. 1 Shifter May 1st, 2012 at 9:59 am


  2. 2 Rob May 1st, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Yep. That’s one of the nicest customs I’ve seen.

  3. 3 Jason Hallman (Steelchoppin) May 1st, 2012 at 10:15 am

    That is a bitchin bike! I really like the blue wheels. Good job…I would like to see someone call THAT a “girls bike”!

  4. 4 CafeSportyTC May 1st, 2012 at 10:49 am

    nice bike. perfect preportions. I dig it.

  5. 5 Greeko May 1st, 2012 at 10:54 am

    White walls on the front tire would have been nice.

  6. 6 Brian May 1st, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Clutch cable. Humm. Will flap in the wind.

  7. 7 Brescia May 1st, 2012 at 10:59 am

    DNA Chinese Springer front end?

  8. 8 Larry R May 1st, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Nice bike, guys. Will really look good out in the wind.

  9. 9 rob May 1st, 2012 at 12:51 pm


  10. 10 Boss Hawg May 1st, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet…GREAT BUILD!

    Boss Hawg

  11. 11 BobS May 1st, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    @JasonH that little bike is so cute it’s downright adorable! Lol, just having fun man.

  12. 12 Nobody May 1st, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    @Greeko thanks man for pointing that out, I kept looking at the pics going “Something isn’t quite right..”

  13. 13 RUB May 2nd, 2012 at 3:37 am

    Now that is BAD ASS !

  14. 14 Jason Hallman (Steelchoppin) May 2nd, 2012 at 5:47 am

    BobS….too funny!

  15. 15 Rick Lossner May 2nd, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Beautiful Bike.. but …. might as well be pink … if baby blue 🙁

  16. 16 Xea May 2nd, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Neat mount for the headlamp, but there might be some vibration issues.

  17. 17 izadore007 May 2nd, 2012 at 11:06 am

    that is a real custom., bike period. Sportster, Longster, Hardtail, Softail, no Tail. That’s what the Bike is to me.Genuine!

  18. 18 hk May 4th, 2012 at 7:46 am

    i dig it .Sportster engine has nothing to do with it ,its just a cool bike .

    besides that i gotta love it ,i was also born in 73 baby !

  19. 19 TodT May 5th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Man these guys produce some beautiful bikes. I’m still digging that Top Fuel II they did a few months back…..

  20. 20 Todd May 5th, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    One of the coolest sportsters around… Great job!!

  21. 21 Modified bikes in Mumbai May 7th, 2012 at 4:18 am

    Great work from the dudes.

  22. 22 live2rideaglide May 10th, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Love it.

  23. 23 greasycycle Jun 15th, 2012 at 9:41 am

    A really nice bike,top engine(real bikers have REALbikes) Remember to enjoy yourself,and forget all the CLUB shite that is ruining these builds.Forever Turning Wheels!

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