new member here.. just thought about starting a thread with the build of my 1979 ironhead...
have been around bikes for years and years, have had a Drifter and a 79 CB750, both chops, but always wanted to build my own and with a harley engine..
So about a month ago I bought something in "project" state and here we are...
its my first build ever.. so expect a lot of questions....from the top of my head:
1. does it need to run a oil cooler and filter? I see some without any?
2. what to use to do the plastic tube on the side of the tank to show how much fuel is in?
3. is my oil tank too small? i've been told it is?
...and soooooo many more! lol
here's some pics.
how it was and engine work
the bike with all the bits I got kind of bolted/resting on her just for the picture...
engine detail... love the brass bits.. hopefully will get to do the oil lines in brass or copper
on the surgery table
and what i've done today...
my frame had the tab to located a rear drum on the right side, but as im using a disc on the left, it was time to get rid of the tab, and the really thick backing plate, and reshape to the same as left side....
the backing plate was thick!!
started by cutting a template from the other side and get a line on the piece... here you can see the slot used to hold a drum brake and the backing plate behind.. which was a pain to get off without cutting to the plate I wanted to keep!
my mate cleaning off the welds once the backing plate was off
welded a piece inside
cut close to shape..
and then was a case of grinding and using a flap disc...quite happy with the result!
then was time to tackle the rear caliper and get it hanging down..
So i cut a new groove where the adjuster sits....but this time so it matches when the caliper is hanging down
and then test fitted it...
there ya go.... all for now!
any advice, criticism, piss taking, etc.. is more than welcome, its my first build and I have loads to learn