Most people would be content to rest on their laurels after placing first in class at the World Championship of Custom Bike Building. However, not Ferry Clot, the owner of Hot Dreams Marbella. After winning the Modified Harley class in 2007, he came back and did it again in 2009 with his new build “Panafina”.
The class rules are quite simple: Harley-Davidson engine cases and frame rails must be retained on the bikes, with everything else open to interpretation. Ferry simply modified every piece possible on “Panafina”.
His starting point on “Panafina” was a rigid ’56 Hydra Glide Panhead. Once it was in the workshop, he stripped it down completely. With a bare frame to work on, and in a tribute to Indian Larry, the down tubes were cut out and replaced with twisted sections. Similar sections then were let into the rear of the frame in front of the axle plates after the rear end was shortened 2in and raised 2.5in. The transmission plate was also raised 1in at the same time.
Attention then turned to the front of the bike and its fork. The stock telescopic fork was taken off and replaced with a Springer, and this was only the start. It was stripped down, and then the front legs and springs completely removed. In the next stage the rear legs were extended and the ends curved, to allow some give when riding and create a small amount of suspension movement. To get the bike to the rolling stage, a pair of Düx Industries 3.5in x 23in wheels were moved into place, complete with Avon tires.
The Panhead motor then was stripped down and rebuilt to stock spec with the addition of a Linkert M74 carb, Colony pushrod covers and a modified S&S gear cover. An open chain primary drive was fitted to connect it to a ’56 H-D four-speed transmission.
Given the changes to the rear of the frame, a new location was needed for the oil tank, and Ferry’s answer was to build a custom gas tank incorporating the oil tank. This was plumbed into the engine with hard copper lines. While the metal shaping tools were out, Ferry went on to form both the front and rear fenders. Further pieces constructed in the Hot Dreams workshop included the forward controls, bars and grips. The bars were kept clean through the use of an internal throttle, a foot clutch and jockey shift. The build finished with only a rear brake, a Kustom Tech sprocket brake operated by foot.
The work Ferry has done on “Panafina” shows that at the World Championship, the work being done on bikes in the Modified Harley class is just as daring as that seen in the Freestyle class, a point that was not lost on the competitors who voted this bike into first place in its class.
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