When sixteen-year-old Arturo “Tuti” Gonzalez of La Puente, CA., bought his 1954 Schwinn Panther in Tennessee for about forty dollars, he had it shipped back to Cali to start on his project. “I wanted to put a bike together that resembled a Harley, so my uncle Juan and me started off by molding the frame to make a diamond shape tank.” They also raked the front end and made custom fenders that resembled those of an Indian motorcycle. Once that was done it was sent over to Talent, from Sneaky Talent, in Riverside, CA. Talent painted the bike Candy Cobalt Blue and pinstriped it. Arturo’s uncle Juan, from Nomad Custom Leather, in Santa Ana, CA., leather tooled the famous Von Dutch logo of an eyeball with wings on the seat. Anything that needed to be dipped in chrome was sent out to Andrew, of True Finish, in Stanton, CA. They finished off the bike by adding Harley Davidson parts that were lying around his uncle’s house, such as the pedals, taillight, handgrips and luggage rack to make sure this bike was one like no other.
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