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Saturday, October 24, 2009

1968 Roth's Custom Bike / Choppers Magazine - Mitch's '54 Panhead

I just received this Sept. '68 Issue of Custom Bike / Choppers Magazine in the mail yesterday and will be posting different articles from the mag throughout the week. First of all, I'm stumped as the isuue name is Custom Bike Magazine and not Choppers Magazine. Its possible Roth went through an identity crisis but I've never seen one of the early issues that reads Custom Bike instead of Choppers. Anyhow, the first article is on Mitch's 1954 Panhead, and as you can see its equipped with some accessory wheel covers in back, an XA Springer, trippy padded mock gas tank up in front, and sissybar fuel tank extravaganza in back; not to mention the hairdryer bird deflector. Also featured in this issue is a rad article on the soul brothers of the LA Choppers M.C., an interview with Gary Littlejohn and his wild panhead, and Joe Alphabet talks about the various options or jockey and footshift for harleys. There's even a righteous swingarm pre-unit spread so stay tuned as you won't want to miss this early chopper nostalgia for this week!

After further review I do believe Epinut is correct acout the tail light being from a 1957 or 1958 Desoto (pictured above). The picture above is a 1957 Desoto. The 1959 Dodge Sierra (pictured below) has a similar looking tail light but the top most lens is too small and it has a grid pattern on the metal area that would be incorrect.


epinut said...

I see the text says the tailight is from a -59 Dodge, but it looks like a 57-58 De soto...

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