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    Hey everyone. I have been cruising the build threads all day. some pretty cool stuff being done around here. Well i picked up a 103ci with a 6 speed about 6 months ago for a build i have been wanting to start for a long time. So i am in need of a softail frame. I really like the hardtail look but my back is a lil bitch so softail it is. I see alot of evo frames but not much twin cam stuff. Any suggestions on a reputable place to get one? I think the motor is a solid mounted setup how would i tell by looking at it?

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    A LOT more info needed..........What kind of 103 motor is it for one thing????

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    Lol sorry. From checking the numbers it looks like its from a flstfb. Which from what i am reading is a fatboy lo? So its a 103b. Does this sound about right?

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    Now i have looked a lil bit to see people saying on other forums frames are not available and others are saying it fits into evo frames with redoing the engine/trans mounts. That would be fine for me as i am setup for mig and tig. I have seen a few frames setup for an 88b twin cam. Not sure if that would be a good option.

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    Sounds like a fun project. You will end up with something really unique. Out of curiosity, what do you have for a title?

    I am currently enjoying lots of kind and understanding interactions with the staff of the Illinois DMV ( sarcasm ). My bike is a mutt, serial number on the motor says it's a '55, frame is pre '54, front end is a Sporty ( or FX ).

    Anyhow it was titled in '69 as a salvage / custom with a special frame tag from the Indiana DMV, Illinois does not know how to title it, my insurance company is lost on what to do with it. All in all a load of fun to deal with.

    Just food for thought.
    -H

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    I might be doing a builders title or i have a hardtail pacho frame that is titled. Not quite sure if i wanna go that route.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoomBuggy View Post

    I am currently enjoying lots of kind and understanding interactions with the staff of the Illinois DMV ( sarcasm ). My bike is a mutt, serial number on the motor says it's a '55, frame is pre '54, front end is a Sporty ( or FX ).

    Anyhow it was titled in '69 as a salvage / custom with a special frame tag from the Indiana DMV, Illinois does not know how to title it, my insurance company is lost on what to do with it.
    All in all it's a 69......... But if you went through a none title state and got a title for the motor it would be a 55 Harley and your insurance would be cheaper.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tattooo View Post
    All in all it's a 69......... But if you went through a none title state and got a title for the motor it would be a 55 Harley and your insurance would be cheaper.........
    Agree with the fact it is now a '69, just waiting for those who must be kept happy to figure it out.

    I need to do a rebuild on the motor at some point and the option I have been looking at is finding a case or set of cases with title to rebuild mine into.

    I will have to look into the out of state registration if that does not work out. I'll have to Google it to see what others have been successful with.

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DoomBuggy View Post
    Agree with the fact it is now a '69, just waiting for those who must be kept happy to figure it out.

    The tagged frame should trump all the other numbers..... If I were you I would buy a different cheaper motor for that frame and get a title for the 55 motor.......... It's worth a LOT more money that way..... Well with that said unless you live in California these days..... LOL

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    OP have a look at Paughco's B144S5 frame..


    Rigid And ‘Easyride’ Frames For Twin Cam “B” Softail Engines

    Choose from Straight Leg or Wishbone rigid frames, or Straight Leg ‘Easyride’ swingarm frames, designed specifically for use with counterbalanced Twin Cam “B” engines and transmissions for Softails.
    They differ from the Paughco frames shown below by their lack of gas tank mounts, and their round-tube backbones instead of the boxed-style.
    The ‘Standard’ frames can accept a 130-series tire with a belt final drive, and a 150-series tire with a chain. The ‘Wide’ frames can accept a 180-series tire with a conventional 1"-wide belt, or a 200-series tire with a chain. Don’t forget to also order the optional center post and coil mounting bracket (Paughco #767-88B) which is sold separately.



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    Yes i have been looking at those frames and ones from kraft tech. I am going to give them a call monday and see what they say

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    Have you found out what motor/trans ya got.... If it's the Balance Shaft motor you will need to tell them that....

    You could post a photo of it here.... I'm sure the CC Boys will tell what it is...

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    I will post some pics tonight. I am pretty sure its a balance shaft setup.

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    Well i ended up picking up a 2005 dyna lo with an s&s t111. The original owner tore down the motor and now i have it in boxes. So this is going to be fun. Pistons look scored a little bit. The cylinders i cant catch a finger nail on what looks like scoring. But i am thinking of boring and replacing the pistons. The crankshaft's outer pressed on bearing is toast. But the rods feel tight and smooth. I do not know pinion runout as its all taken apart. Any reputable machine shops that can be suggested on rebuilding the crank & cylinders?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrobinson View Post
    Well i ended up picking up a 2005 dyna lo with an s&s t111. The original owner tore down the motor and now i have it in boxes. So this is going to be fun. Pistons look scored a little bit. The cylinders i cant catch a finger nail on what looks like scoring. But i am thinking of boring and replacing the pistons. The crankshaft's outer pressed on bearing is toast. But the rods feel tight and smooth. I do not know pinion runout as its all taken apart. Any reputable machine shops that can be suggested on rebuilding the crank & cylinders?
    from what I have seen on here the guy giving you feed back , user name dragstews dose awesome work!

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    Here is a pic of the bike.



    And a few of some engine parts





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    Quote Originally Posted by xMPRx View Post

    From what I have seen on here the guy giving you feed back , user name dragstews dose awesome work!
    Oh.... I get lucky every now and again ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrobinson View Post
    Here is a pic of the bike.


    I have a brand new Le Pera seat that I need to get rid of ...
    Made for your year & model bike....



    Has the gel insert ....

    BTW ....
    Those S&S cases kick butt... Has the 69-up Timken bearing.
    That set of cases looks to me to be a set of Hi-deck cases...
    Their made for running huge bores and long strokes...
    Last edited by Dragstews; 01-01-2017 at 7:40 PM.

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    It was a crate t111 motor. 4.125 x4.125 from what i am reading people call those square motors. Makes sense.
    I am gonna have to pass on the seat as getting the motor assembled is priority.

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    Heres a pic of that trashed bearing



    And another shot from the other end. Cam side looks a little worn


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    Here is the cam and oil pump housing




    And a shot at the throttle body


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