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    Default ‘80 shovelhead basket case: a pile of parts with little direction

    So here’s the story I bought this bike from a buddy and when I picked it up he brought it to me in a Camry. No big deal, right? Well now I can build a bike the way I want. Well between then and now I got married bought a house and well got distracted a lot. Recently found out that the wife has a training in southern Minnesota and I want to have the bike to ride for those three days. I have just about a month to get it ready to go. Got to work on it all day today and am gonna try to get the tins ready for paint by next weekend. I’ll do my best to post the pics as I take them but I’m not that good at this documenting thing.

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    Pics of what you have will be nice...

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    I’m working on it right now. Never had a thread before, downloading imgur to upload pics

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    This is the pic I got from my buddy when I was buying it
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    And how it looked when I got it
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    Start with the drop leg frame
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    Mock up with 35mm front end
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    Trying some different bars
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    Cool old spotlight that fits a 5.25” sealed beam
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    Oil bag with filter I got from the classifieds
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    Did some cleaning on an old ford taillight I found in a building at my dads
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    Building forward shifter controls. I don’t have any pics of doing it but I took a mid mount brake pedal and cut it up to be a forward control
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    Some peg mount pics

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    Rod ends for the brake

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    Fast forward to today. Loaded up the boxes of parts and took it to my dads which also happens to be the fab/machine shop we own.
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    Peg mounts I built in the mornings before work. Picked up the pegs at a swap meet. I’m trying to build as much of this as I can and make do with what I have

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    Upper shock mounts
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    Rear master cylinder mount tacked in place. I have a brass bushing a head of it to hold the rod/rod end and make sure when the hacked up pedal pushes on it the plunger will move in a straight line. Probably over complicating things here but it was fun to build

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    Some pics of said plunger. Made the new one longer for the bushing
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    Making the headlight mount then a crappy pic of the headlight installed

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    Upper oil bag mount out of 1/4x1 1/4 flat. When I was lining things up to tack it in I noticed then that the mounts on the bag aren’t parallel with the tank. So in making the tank look right it looks like I was blind putting that in. At least the seat will cover it
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    Precision radius lay out gauge for the rear tire clearance on the lower oil bag mount
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    More precision here: 3/4” 3/8” drive deep well socket is the perfect spacer. The mount is 1x1x3/16 angle and then a 3/16” thick tab bolts to that to the bottom mount
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    The more lines I draw the less you can tell if I screw up
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    But it fit perfect on the first shot anyway

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    Attachment 84920
    Crappy pic of how I left it for the day. Tanks and dash are on there for mock up. Still need to plumb, wire, mount battery, make shifter peg, mount rear fender(flat fender mounted to the swing arm), make a seat, finish the front axle, mount all the brakes, exhaust, carb. I’m sure there’s much more I’m forgetting but that’s what comes to mind.

    Anyone have any experience with anti gravity batteries? I have one to install but I’m worried about frying it with the wrong regulator. I emailed anti gravity and they sent me to RMStator who when given the info that this is an ‘80 74” HD shovelhead asked for year make and model. So I said it was a 1980 Harley Davidson FX and then they told me to use a regulator for an ironhead. So I gave up trying. Anyone use an anti gravity with a cycle electric regulator?

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    Started to build a peg this morning before work
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    Started with 1” square AL bar stock knocked the corners off and knurled it
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    Cut grooves in it
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    Drilled through with a 3/8” drill then followed most of the way through with a 5/8” drill then a flat bottom 5/8” then parted it off
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    And boom: shifter peg.

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    Oh and I saw a pic didn’t post Click image for larger version. 

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    And I added some shine
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    Nice work!

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    Thanks! I didn’t get much done today, but I did a little bit.
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    Put the foot peg on
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    Got the rear fender mount figured out
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    Went to start on the front mount and found out my oils bag mount is directly in the way. So now I’m choosing between these two options. I’m liking the hidden behind the shock one a lot.

    I also got ahold of cycle electric directly and they were super help. Knowledgeable and pointed me to the right one, but wouldn’t let me order since I’m nit a dealer. But my local indie shop (Rose’s cycle works) is becoming a dealer so he can get it coming.

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    Have been pretty slow on progress. Built my tail light/liscence plate mount
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    Got the tins painted
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    And we painted an old POS helmet as a test. I was originally shooting for a dark maroon/brilliant white but it came out copper which I like better, so we changed the white to a more cream color and it is super awesome and I’m so happy
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    Well I have been busy working on the bike and forgot to post anything. Anyway update: I got it “done” Click image for larger version. 

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    A special thanks to Kevin at Rose’s Cycle Works who helped me finalize and adjust everything. Wouldn’t have been able to do it with out him.

    We did run in to a few issues though. The tank I bought had been in a wreck or damaged unknown to me, and the filter wouldn’t seal. So after a big mess and a lot of running around I managed to do this at Kevin’s and make it a go. I actually like it better I think.
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    This is a little fella I made to hold the clutch cable

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    Air cleaner bracket
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    And battery box and belt cover
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    Is nice , we like!

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