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(From the vault) Gold Digger


Going through a dry patch? Finding it tough to pick up the babes? Take a tip from Heath, make it rigid, ballsy and paint it Gold! That’s what Heath did and there’s a bevy of stunners lining up to sit on it! The chick magnet’s name? “Gold Digger” a name given to unsavoury women who take advantage of unsuspecting generous males! Like myself. Reverse psychology, who knows? But hey it works - I was there and saw it first hand! It didn’t hurt being on the Gold Coast, you could have blown me over when the beautiful meter maids Ashley and Sandy asked if they could mount the Digger. Heath jumped at the offer and who’s to blame him? He was fortunate enough to have me there with my camera to snap a couple of keepsakes.

Heath originally a Sutherland Shire boy from Sydney’s South has, like thousands of others decided to leave Sydney for the lifestyle and sunshine of the Gold Coast. Heath owned a panel shop in Kirrawee, with examples of his work on several South Coast Custom and Big Bear Choppers. He also has a Gold Coast Bike Week “Best Paint” trophy to his name. Heath is promising bigger and better things at his new business Wizard Custom Paint, Nerang Road, Southport on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

The Gold Digger is Heath’s second build on paper but Heath’s first build is an old butchered Shovel Chopper he picked up and went through many transformations. The bike was ripped apart when he got it and was heading in no real direction. With the frame extended 20” over in the front and a rake of 51 degrees, when on a ride Heath found himself parking the Goliath and walking away, just to avoid the question - how do you ride that? Heath always replied “put petrol in and starts it!” With the frame getting weak at the rear, Heath stripped down the chopper and decided to build something completely different, a bike he could ride like a dirt bike. Heath knocked up the Gold Digger, an eye catching bobber that took all of three weeks to build using parts bequeathed by the hapless Chopper. Heath scored a rigid frame from Sydney’s Bobber Mike and set good mate Dean Loader (Loader motorcycles) the task of assembly. The Gold Digger’s powered by a 93 cube S&S with 2” shotgun pipes, 3” primary and 6 speed Ultima gear box and chain drive. The Digger is rolling on 80 spoke rims with a 180 rear, Springer front end with modified brake callipers and Z handle bars with internal wiring. The Gold Digger’s ride resembles that of a Softtail due to a Rusty mountain bike custom mono shock under the saddle and Heath’s metallic gold paint finishes the Digger.

The Digger is up for sale, only so Heath would have a spare few dollars for his next project. Once bitten by the custom bike bug it’s hard to go back, the satisfaction, recognition and appreciation of your one-off creation makes it hard for anyone to part with. Even being without that head turning ride, it’s just a matter of time before Heath will be cruising his new stomping ground on yet another!


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