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10-16-2010, 11:37 PM

This is what I am building, so far. The frame is a Santee from the early 80s, 3 degree over stock rake, 2" stretch on the downtubes. The springer I don't know much about it other than its 4 over, oiltank I got from an old guy in town, made tabs to mount it tonight. We only have a mig welder at work so I will probably get someone else to do most of my welding for me. I'm not running those Z's I was just fooling around with some bars, I have no idea what I am going to use yet.
It's not going to be fast because I basically buy a part or two every cheque and I don't make that much money building signs, but I thought I'd share my progress here

10-17-2010, 7:58 AM
Great pics. Keep us up to date on your progress. BTW I like the Z-bars.

10-17-2010, 8:43 PM
Well, this is looking good so far. I would say based on the components and current assembly this is going to be a crafty bike.

I do not see any disadvantage to a mig. welder unless you were building the frame from scratch, but since the frame is complete...... Tabs, brackets, etc. can all be welded on very cleanly with a mig, and I have done this many times. I look forward to seeing the progress.


10-17-2010, 9:10 PM
Hey bro; Just keep pluggin' away and scroungin' parts!! The more people see what you got goin' on the more oppurtunity you have for gettin' parts!!! Example: I had the garage door up one day doin' some organizin'. I had my scoot project parked on the lawn. This dude rolls into my driveway and tells me his grandpa had all kinds of wierd harley sh$t and hes got this stuff at home! I roll over there and find shovel and pan engine parts, 4 speed trannys, sissy bars with peace signs and iron crosses, fenders, oil tanks etc. Grabbed all of it for chump change! You have got a good start already, I love Santee frames!!

10-17-2010, 9:50 PM
Looks good cuz!

If you post the questions you have about changing the stem and what bearing cups you should get I'm sure there's guys on here that can walk you through it. I'll be checkin in on this thread often!

10-18-2010, 7:12 PM
I just ordered a rear wheel, front wheel next cheque, got various other parts in the mail, such as gas tank and risers. Gonna try and get the tabs I made for the oil tank on this week

Rod I don't really understand what I need to do, can you just post it here

10-19-2010, 6:47 PM
Once you get the wheels you can shim that 7/8 stem so it's centered and measure the trail and see if it's acceptable. (I got 4" when I did it)

If it's not I think you can get raked cups to adjust it, and maybe bearings with a 7/8 ID. If not you'll have to change that stem.

But I'm just guessing so hopefully someone will chime in with some actual knowledge!:D

10-20-2010, 9:05 PM
So I kind of think I am not digging this front end. I think once my wheels come in I will like it even less too. Who knows
I don't know if I'll mount my tank like this or higher I like it either way

10-21-2010, 8:34 PM
You are off to a good start. I like it.

10-23-2010, 5:52 PM

It's snowed about a half a foot here the last day, so I holed up in the garage and stripped the paint off the tank, which I gotta say really sucks. I ditched the springer, I'm not entirely sure what I will be doing for the front end yet though.

10-28-2010, 7:34 PM
looks tight , i was dggin the springer

10-29-2010, 1:29 PM
I'm gonna be running the springer, to have all the correct rake and trail and all that other shit I dont understand I have to run a 4" over anyways.

11-19-2010, 7:20 PM


I forgot about the internet. This is where I'm at so far. Everything is just mocked up, I dont have axles and still need to get a stem machined for my front end and tabs made and welded on for the gas and oil tank. Thats tape on the bars because I was just playing around, they are 7/8 and those weird risers are 1", I need some taller 1'' z's Im thinking and maybe straight risers not bent ones. I got a new phone and the camera quality is a bit less than the last one so the photos are shittier