Old Book Bike

From Our July 14 Issue we bring to you the Old Book Bike from Mitchell Tech

Article By: Chris Callen  Photos Courtesy Of: Edge Advertising, Plymouth, MN

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Since Drag Specialties started their Old Book offering, which is their collection of parts to suit the shovel, pan and knuckle crowd, we have been big fans. Since the first cover that featured Kevin “Teach” Baas and the kids of Kennedy High School’s Chopper Class build from Drag Specialties parts. We have tried each year to be the magazine that scores the right to show the world what they have on the cover and who the featured builder is, or in this case builders that created it. This year Drag Specialties reached out to the kids at the Mitchell Technical Institute to do the deal for the cover and they came up with is the little beauty you see before you here. I can’t say enough about Drag’s decision to reach out with an opportunity like this. They could pick any big name builder in the world, any of them would be happy to put in for this project but they choose to reach down and help the next generation up. Makes me proud to do business with this company and to feature this bike. Now I don’t want to give you the wrong impression that this was something that was just given to Mitchell Tech, not by a long shot, they earned this. Mitchell Tech is located in Mitchell South Dakota and was founded in 1968. They are ranked among the top 10 percent of two-year schools in the nation based on a 98% job placement with their more than 15,000 graduates in the history of the school. It was only back in 2008 that the institute began offering their Power Sports Technology Program which was basically a motorcycle class, but in that short time it has evolved into a highly respected class on mechanical skills and fabrication. Many of these students will go onto careers as shop technicians, fabricators and painters through the skills they acquired from this program. Their instructor at Mitchell Tech is Darin Maltsberger, a self-titled tractor mechanic. He actually worked for a John Deere dealership for 25 years repairing tractors but after that company went through a reorganization he decided to heed the advice of his wife and look into another career. He wasn’t sure if he had the goods to be a teacher for MTI, but year after year his him. To get the scoop on this project I called up long time friend and the man himself from Drag Specialties, Tom Motzko. Tom’s done so many of these at this point that you might think he’d just run it like another day at the office, but if you know Tom then you know how passionate he is about motorcycles. And this project is the pinnacle of that. In the OldBook™ Cover Bike project he gets to really show the riding public what can be done with the goods they serve up in the OldBook™ . After two successful school builds, Tom wanted to do another one, and upon meeting the Mitchell Tech crew at a car and motorcycle show in Rapid City he was sure they were a good fit. Darin was not convinced and questioned Tom about the level of professionalism needed to build a bike for such a prestigious company. You see, in the technical school environment there are many challenges, time being one of them. You only have so many hours in a day and for Darin’s money this bike would have to be the best thing they had ever done. Normally they start with junkyard bikes and somehow he thinks that is an easier task. This, on the other hand would really test the students abilities. Tom had seen the work the students had done under Darin’s leadership and assured him it would be great and a huge opportunity for the school, so they signed on.

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The students had carte blanche with the build and could have whatever parts they found in the OldBook™ catalog. Darin decided they would start with the Shovelhead engine from S&S since it was, in his mind, the first modern engine that Harley came up with to compete with the large Metric manufacturers. Pans and Knuckles are cool but he felt they would be making a statement by using the Shovel, and man…. At 103 inches what a statement it makes. From there it was up to the kids to come up with a parts list, which as you can imagine was no easy task. Twenty different opinions and not everyone likes the same things. But they pulled it together, developed a theme and agreed on the direction. From there Tom looked over the list and advised them on what would work or what, if anything, might be a problem. For the most part he just got them the goods and set them loose. In the process of doing the fit and finish work, using brand new parts from several manufacturers, they also managed to work in some personality. For example, the coil mount on the left side is proudly branded with 1968, the year that both Drag Specialties and Mitchell Tech started. This was something the students did on their own and it shows great forethought. They also had a list of hand-fabricated parts, like the support under the oil tank and the ignition mount. They followed the speed hole theme carefully from the off-the-shelf parts right through the fabricated ones. The fuel tank that started as a mustang was lifted and all the mounts were cut off with new hidden frame mounts welded on to compliment the lines of the frame. All in all, the work is what you would expect any serious bike builder to carry out, and these were second year students in the power sports program. Some of them had never been exposed to motorcycle technology before their first year class at Mitchell, but they got a full education on every system on a motorcycle by the time they finished this build. In the end, Tom feels that they built a rolling testament to the rigid choppers of the late 60’s and couldn’t be happier than this being the OldBook™ Cover Bike. The wait for the release was enough to kill everyone though. Since the catalog doesn’t come out until late December the bike had to be kept completely under wraps until then. Once the release date came it went out in all of Drag’s ads and even went on tour with the Drag display for the 2013- 2014 season. Not a bad entry to put on a resume for any aspiring young builder. In the end, Tom said the real mission for doing this bike, along with the individual bikes built for the Drag Specialties catalogs each year, is to inspire. They want to inspire the imagination of their dealers so in turn they will inspire their customers. They want to show them that all you need to build a bike like this in your own garage is a little dream….. And of course the Drag Specialties OldBook™ catalog.

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Old Book Bike Tech Sheet
Owner: Drag Specialties
City: Janesville, WI
Fabrication By: Mitchell Tech. Institute Students
Year: 2013 Custom Build
Model: Rigid Shovelhead
Time: 7 months
Year: 2013
Model: Shovelhead
Builder: S&S
Ignition: Dyna
Displacement: 93”
Pistons: S&S
Heads: S&S
Cam(s): S&S
Carb: S&S “E” Series
Air Cleaner: S&S Classic Tear Drop
Exhaust: Paughco 1 3/4” Upswept Gooseneck
Primary: Belt Drives LTD 2” Open
Year: 2013
Make: Jim’s Machining 5 Speed in a 4 Case
Shifting: Foot, Up & Down
Year: 2013
Make: Pughco Single Loop Rigid
Rake: 30 degrees
Stretch: 2” In the Backbone. 0” up
Type: Springer
Builder: Paughco
Extension: 25” Long
Triple Trees: Paughco, No Shock
Front Wheel: Drag Specialties
Size: 21” x 2.15. 60 Spoke, USA Made
Front Tire: Avon AM6 Speedmaster 3.00 x 21
Front Brake: GMA for Springers, Smooth Chrome
Rear Wheel: Drag Specialties
Size: 16” x 3.5” 80 Spoke . USA Made
Rear Tire: Avon AM7 Safety Mileage 5.00×16
Rear Brake: Drag Specialties F/00-05 Softail
Painter: Todd Dozark
Color: Blue Metallic, Supplied by Auto Body Specialties
Type: PPG# 5589
Graphics: Special “Hydro-Dip” Film Procedure
Molding: None
Bars: Drag Specialties 1” x 10” Ape’s
Risers: Drag Specialties 6” with Smooth Tops
Hand Controls: Jaybrake Classic Style
Gas Tank(s): Paughco 3 Gallon Mustang
Rear Fender: None
Seat: Drag Specialties Large Brown Solo. 15.5” x 13”
Foot Controls: Battistini Round Hole
Oil Tank: Drag Specialties 3 Quart
Taillight: New York City Choppers 50 Pontiac Style
Speedo: None
Photographer: Edge Advertising, Plymouth, MN.

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