Pakrat Customs Seeks Help for Vet Build
Thursday, September 26, 2013
James Whitaker of Pakrat Customs is building a custom trike for a wounded American veteran and is asking for the public's help, so we wanted to pass his story along.
James Whitaker and Pakrat Customs
are seeking help. Whitaker reached out to me on LinkedIn to let me know about a project he’s working on for Wounded Warriors. According to Whitaker, he’s building a trike for a “combat wounded Air Force Master Sgt. He and his Commander are the only two to survive an attack on the gunship he was on. He is an avid rider and is very pleased he will have the backing of America to help him ride again.”
Whitaker is a disabled vet and rider himself, giving the project even more meaning to him.
“Any soldier can tell you that has been in combat what we do for each other is never leave a fallen comrade behind and this is all I am trying to do now. It has taken me since 2006 to get over what I did and saw in Iraq and to get where I am today. My shop runs on a shoestring budget. I have no big capital in the bank or stocked parts room. I buy parts out of my profits so I can start to stock my shelves.”
Which is where you come in. Whitaker is seeking donations of either parts or money. So far, I believe he’s got an engine and tranny, tank, exhaust, and a small front fairing for it. But his list of needs is much longer. Two of the biggest things he needs are a trike conversion rear end and a Harley-style touring front end. Other items on the list include fenders, lights, tires, wheels, and an aftermarket ignition system for a carb-fed Harley Twin Cam.
I can respect what Whitaker is trying to achieve. He’s paid his dues for his country, he’s not some big company with deep pockets but tries to make ends meet by running a small shop out of Killeen, Texas, and is trying to do something positive for someone who really deserves it.
“As a disabled Vet myself and avid rider I do know the therapeutic need of the ride,” wrote Whitaker.
So I just wanted to pass along his story in case any readers out there might be able to help out. If you’d like to find out more about the project from him, Whitaker’s number is 254-245-3060
. Pakrat Customs
is at 802 N Gray St., Killeen TX 76541.
James, when the build is done and you present it to the Airman, please send us some photos. We can do a follow up piece, maybe talk to the soldier who receives it and let everybody check out the trike you create. Good luck, and thanks for your service.
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