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    Default Finally...my 73 FLH build.

    Well the my trusty triumph is gone, and ive replaced it with the bike ive always wanted since i was 16, a shovel. I dug this thing out of some rednecks yard, 73 flh, dual plug heads,mikuni carb, and clean title.... I originally wanted to hardtail it like all the other bikes ive done, but its matching cases and frame, and after getting it running, it kinda grew on me. Ive also been seeing so many kick ass swing arm bikes (atomic customs) that i just cant bring myself to cut up this frame. plans are for a full crank up rebuild, make it low as all hell, floor boars, rocker clutch, open belt, all that good shit, make it a real mile muncher.

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    as it sits now
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    should be a good project to break this in on
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    Nice! Any plans for the seat?

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    gonna sell the one thats on there and fab/make a real low profile one to hug the swing arm and fender.

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    This should be good ! bike is already sweet as it sits but I'm sure it's going to get better. glad your keeping the frame stock swing arm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldStfCycle View Post
    This should be good ! bike is already sweet as it sits but I'm sure it's going to get better. glad your keeping the frame stock swing arm.
    my reasoning was pretty much that there are tons of bastard engine/frames out there for hardtailing, ill leave this one in its original glory haha.

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    Props on keeping it a swing arm bike. Can't wait to see the outcome.

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    looking forward to seeing this one too.

    It already looks amazing as is, shouldn't take too much to make it perfect.

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    hopefully ill get the motor all broken down within a week or two and then get the crank/jugs/ and head out for machine work.

    also got a question, does anyone know if the spacing on the square swingarm is the same as on the round (72 and earlier)? I wanna run the rear disk and i know on the early swing arm id have to fab some mounts and such, but before i order one i wanted to get an idea if i was gonna need to make new wheel spacers or not...

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    This looks like the start of a badass build. I am glad to read that you're gonna keep it a swinger and make a haul bike out of it. You have a great starting point there...I hope to build something similar in the future. I am going to keep my eye on this build! Good luck!

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    That bike is almost too nice to touch!! Looks good!!

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    thanks fellas, should be a good long winter project. the pics do make it seem a *little* nicer of a starting point than it really is, there are some rough parts and its got ALOT of miles, and the foot controls are shot, etc...but still i figured for the starting price why not.

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    going to keep the flh sheet metal ? I think this bike can go either way flh mod or bare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldStfCycle View Post
    going to keep the flh sheet metal ? I think this bike can go either way flh mod or bare.
    smaller fat bobs and rear flh fender are the plans for now, havent thought about thefront, and the headlight sheet metal is starting to grow on me. but more so stripped down id say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CMA406 View Post
    smaller fat bobs and bare rear flh fender are the plans for now, havent thought about thefront, and the headlight sheet metal is starting to grow on me.
    I can dig that for sure.

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    well i manhandled the motor out of the frame, as with the trans and got everything totally broken down. I also started tearing into the tranny last night. It shifted fine, but I know better than to trust that and its getting a full rebuild just like the engine. It was caked in so much oil/road grit it was unbelievable. So far the only wierd parts have been my manual said the shifter pawl cover should have 4 long screw and one short, while mine had 4 long, and another long one with a nut on the other end. must have gotten stripped at one point? Also, my ratchet top cover is fuckin ON THERE. all 12 screws are out, but it will not fuckin budge. i got it a few light rubber mallet love taps but it is still sittin tight. anyone have any tricks to break it free other than the hammer one? other than that the inside doesnt look bad so far. up coming plans are to fab and engine stand and get everything broken down and shipped out for machine work.
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    first carnage so far, back of the clutch hub has seen better days...
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    inside looked pretty good, no broken gears or any of that shit.
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    counter shaft out, i fucked up and when i pulled it all my rollers from each side fell into one pile, so it looks like ill be getting new ones.
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    main shaft out
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    Question: what is this gear on the end of my main shaft? My manual doesnt specify it, but i imagine it gonna have to go if i wanna convert this to kick?? thanks for any help.
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    and finally, from out of the 40 years of oil and road shit build up this silver thing emerged...
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    So amazing.. Keep up the great work and detailed pictures...

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    Well got some more progress, fabbed up a real quick and dirty engine stand and got to get some hood time with the new TIG, which was cool cause i played with some different settings/tungsten, etc, as this thing isnt exactly crucial to my saftey if the welds arrnt dead nuts perfect. i made it outta scrap in like 20 minutes haha
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    painted...
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    cylinder heads didnt look bad, but also didnt look that great
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    same goes for the jugs
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    i didnt really take any pictures of it, but turns out the stickers didnt lie! it had a andrews F grind cam in it, which is kind of an odd grind from what i read. Ill be replacing it with something a little more suiting.
    ready to be split
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    I also had some local dude blast my frame, he works out of his yard for cheap, so its not perfect, but it was really cheap, and got all the shit off. amazing how BAD some of these welds are, im gonna have to go over alot of them for piece of mind....
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    more to come.... i have all my parts bagged and labeled, but need to do a little shop cleaning before any more progress.
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    looks good. did we talk on the phone ? seems so. if your not running that dual points set up I will take it don't see them to often. The frame looks to be factory, the welds don't have the nice tig look but I'm sure you can trust them.

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    My dream bike!!!! Keep up the good work and postin pics.

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