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Latham customizing business also puts passion into restoring old bikes

Herald Review - Posted: Saturday, March 17, 2012 10:00 pm

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Article from Central Illinois Herald and Review
5/28/2006:

Steel canvas: Area shop creates works of art that roar.

Terry Williams, who runs Terry's Custom in Latham with his wife, Sandy, knows all about the retro bike thing: one 1934 model Harley-Davidson VLD he restored is now parked permanently in a museum in Belgium. He rates choppers at about 50 percent of his custom workload and also does a lively line in straight restorations while carrying an impressive inventory of hard-to-find yesteryear parts in a business awash in motorcycle guts and a greasy blur of activity.

"He can find you the stuff you need, and he can identify where problems are going to arise in what you are doing," said happy Decatur customer Jeff Keller, 48, who rides stock Harleys from the 1970s and finds the bits and pieces he needs in Latham. "And when you come here, you can step back and see what a motorcycle shop used to be a long time ago - an actual shop instead of a boutique."

It's one stop shopping, too - engines, body, custom builds, whatever you want done - but the house specialty is paint. Customers from as far as West Virginia and Texas come to patronize Williams' talent, and he enjoys a reputation for excellence built up over the last 30 years. His trademark motif has become a toothy and grinning clown that looks like Ronald McDonald gone to hell, but it's just part of a repertoire that includes more grinning skull variations than you can shake a set of crossbones at and a whole bevy of surprisingly buxom women.

"I want people to walk across a parking lot just to look at my paint," said Williams, 53, whose art has been featured in several motorcycle magazines. "There is no denying that I love it when people appreciate my work, which I always sign." He'll drape any motorcycle - chopper, retro, straight or otherwise - with almost any design the customer wants and has an album of previous projects he can show off to riders unsure how to illustrate their personal journey into freedom.


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