Harold Mathew and Pat Baird, pipe fitters in the pipe shop at Catalyst Paper in Vancouver Island, B.C., enjoy watching “American Chopper.” The show, which follows a father and son who custom-build choppers, was the inspiration for Harold and Pat’s own custom-built chopper.
Heading Out on the Highway with a Custom RIDGID® Chopper
This chopper, however, isn’t one that drives very well. In fact it doesn’t run at all. Harold and Pat constructed their chopper with mostly pipe fitting parts, with the main structure consisting of a 10-inch RIDGID® heavy-duty pipe wrench.
The “RIDGID Chopper” was created as a retirement gift for their co-worker who was retiring after 40 years.
“We didn’t have a sketch of how we were going to put it together. We just knew that we wanted to incorporate a RIDGID pipe wrench somehow,” Harold said.
Pat commented “There were times that parts didn’t fit correctly, so we had to redo sections of the chopper.”
Using such plumbing parts as a chrome sink trap for the fenders and valve handles for the wheels, the men spent about 130 hours of their spare time to create this chopper masterpiece. The finished product is a 4-pound, 17-inch long, 9-inch high replica of a chopper that any pipe fitter could only dream of having in real life.
“We presented the chopper to our co-worker Al Jennings at his retirement party, and everyone there was in awe of it,” Harold said.
This might be one bike that “American Chopper” can’t recreate.
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