Featured in Street Chopper, January
If You're into radical pieces you're sure
to get off on Tom Summers latest creation. Actually it isn't his latest
as we shot it back in march during Daytona Speed Week. No matter, I doubt
this thing would look out of date no matter how long we sat on the feature.
At any rate "Fan Dancer" as Tom has titled his one of a kind Honda is surely
to stir the blood of those into the exotica and bring the Lowriders by
Summers shop into the custom builder limelight.
Tom is the owner of Lowriders by Summers
located in downtown Minneapolis. His is also the sole operator of the shop,
which opens in the afternoon and remains open until late in the evening.
Tom spends his days as the manager of one of the local body shops and his
ability and imagination with bodywork is apparent in his two/wheeled creation.
Starting with a stock '76 750 Honda, Tom
tossed nearly everything but the engine and the electrics into the dumpster.
The engine was stripped and virtually every visible component was sent
over to Custom Metal Finishing and Brown's Plating for the brilliant chrome
and gold work. While, the engine sat in the tanks, Tom and Mark Swanbery
went to work on what started as a rigid frame from SB&F. First the
rake was increased to 60 degrees and then Mark fabricated the Drop Top
At the same time Mark also fabricated the
fuel tank which sits in place of the stock oil bag under the seat. In place
of the gas tank we find a unique dash panel with built in tach. The dash
was fabricated by Alan Speer. So, where's the oil? It' s in the aluminum
wing shaped spoiler mounted in front of the engine. The tank and mounts
were fabricated by Ross Noard for Summers. The chassis is finished off
at the rear with a Ness fender asssembly which was modified and installed
Beneath the molded in rear fender Tom
mounted an 18" alloy rim to the stock Honda hub. The hub and brake assembly
were machined prior to plating. Up front one of Hallcraft's popular rims
and disc brake assemblies nestles between the legs of a 6" extended Honda
front end. The mirror mount and bars were both ordered from Ness. You should
also notice that the legs were machined and heavily engraved by L. R. Fliger
prior to assembly. Forks are given added touch of suspension with air conversion.
With the chassis complete Tom was ready to mount the hefty 836cc engine.
Bill Hoh went completely through the engine
installing the big jugs, ARD magneto, and Barnett clutch. As you can see
the chrome and polished finish adds much to the hexed cylinder and head.
All of the gold plating work was entrusted to Brown's Plating in Kentucky.
Once Tom had jockied the engine into place a set of Santee headers were
modified slightly and slipped into place. Steel lines and wiring were fit
at Summers and the bike was ready for a test run. Naturally there were
those little adjustments to be made but fortunately Tom had chosen to let
the paint go until everything was perfect. Satisfied she was ready to shoot,
Tom stripped the bike to the bare frame and personally applied the numerous
coats of green, yellow, blue and green candy lacquer. The lettering is
from DJ Eckel.
By the time Tom got the bike back together
it was Daytona fever and what better place to display your latest wares.
It seems that a shop really makes a place for itself by coming up with
some really radical piece. From there they can build whatever they wish
but most of the big names have come up by creating something you wouldn't
want to let out of your living room. That being the case I'd say "Lowriders
By Summers" is well on its way. For any further information on "Fan Dancer"
or the accessories found on it contact: Lowriders by Summers, 628 F. Lake
St., Dept. S/C, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407.