Story by Jeff Alexander
Photos by Trent Sherrill
Union carpenter foreman and classic car builder Dave Sprinkle received a most unexpected surprise shortly after completing a job for Ricky Reyes of Anchor Moto.
“His shop is within the warehouse of my car club, Los Punk Rods and he asked me to build some adjoining walls for him. After completion, I found out he would have trouble paying me, and lo’ and behold, one day there was this rolling motorcycle chassis blocking the entrance, it was his form of payment,” laughed Sprinkle.
No stranger to moto culture, Dave’s first car was a ‘71 Charger he purchased at the ripe age of 15. He learned wrenching from his grandfather in Missouri and both regularly attended races at the local KCIR drag strip.
“We lived so close you could hear the cars whizzing by. I was very experienced with fixing classic cars but when this rolling chassis came my way, I was really surprised because it was basically my first bike project. I envisioned it would be an homage to Ed Roth’s Megacycle and it could complement my chopped ‘61 Econoline,” said Sprinkle.
He sourced an original Springer front end and began working. Sprinkle was still adamant about building a show digger styled after the ‘70s that would pair with the Econoline. He tore the machine down to the frame and crafted his own hard tail. Additionally, he built the kustom pipes and had his friend Bob Bond complete the gold leaf and pinstriping.
“I finished welding and things started coming along even though I was a car guy but I used the skills I had and put my energy into it the best I could. I purchased a rebuilt iron head motor from Ricky and just cleaned and hand-polished every inch of that thing,” laughed Sprinkle.
He completed his own kustom sissy bar and crafted the struts. Despite being a self-proclaimed ‘hillbilly car builder carpenter car guy’, Sprinkle completed his motorcycle project within five months.
“This is my only planned bike build. I’m not getting any younger so if I have the need to go fast, I hop on it and hit the highway, and rip until I’m scared. I’ve been tired of paying speeding tickets all my life so if I need something a little slower, I got my ‘39 Chevy pickup and that keeps me in line,” laughed Sprinkle.
As a member of Los Punk Rods, Sprinkle is proud to shatter a few mid-western stereotypes.
“We have our own rich kustom kulture history. We have our own drag strips and car clubs. Los Punk Rods started Greaserrama which is a very cool car event. It began in the warehouse district where the club would meet up to hang out and have space to work on projects. This will be the 21st year of us doing this. There are also talented local builders that run shops; Ray Farmer, Jim Greene with his Wild Child’s Custom Shop,” stated Sprinkle.
Dave may have earned respect and accolades for his digger project but he maintains he has no future bike builds ahead.
“I’m finishing a 1934 Ford right now. I am getting it all back to original with an all-steel body. I’m not getting any younger and can’t get ‘em all done at the pace I work at, but I love doing this! I began working at 8 years old, doing anything that sparked my interest and learning from my grandfather,” concluded Sprinkle.