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    Here we go, so over the last year or so I've slowly began collecting parts to build my shovelhead chopper. I started with this 68 FLH motor and trans. I've since ditched the magneto and 4 fin s&s cam cover and have stock replacements for that, along with the right heads instead of the S&S ones on it in the picture. As of right now the motors all apart. I'm going to try my hand at polishing the cases myself and then it will be fully rebuilt by Rayco Machine

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    After finding the motor, I grabbed a pretty decent straight leg frame off of someone off of here whose name I can't remember right now. It's got most everything chopped off of it and had some pretty heavy molding especially on the neck. I expected a horror show under there but upon removing all that bondo I found a beautiful stock neck, with the neck lock still in there to boot!


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    So paired with that, I picked up a set of American Racing Mag wheels, also from someone on here and a nice adjustable panhead wide glide fork that I threw some 6" over tubes in. Here's where it was sitting before I broke it down to do a little welding then sandblast and get ready for some paint.


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    After taking the roller apart, I added this juice drum tab to the axle plate, made by Hardtail Choppers. I'm very new to tig welding, so take it easy on me!

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    At the same time, I added these solo seat mounts made by Prism Supply paired with a solo seat from River Seat Co.

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    Over this coming weekend I plan on finishing up a sissy bar, mounting the tail light and getting the paint on the frame all stripped. Hopefully have more on that soon!


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    Nice work man

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davestune View Post
    Nice work man
    How’s that frame look David?

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    A little more progress for this week. Whipped up this sissy bar and fit the fender to the 15" rear wheel


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    To get the fender bracket just right, I made a guide using a piece of safety wire and traced it onto my welding table so I'd know where to place my pegs to bend around. Worked out pretty well!


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    Also took on polishing the cases. These things had a some old paint on em, and these old harley cases just have a lot of casting imperfections as it is. First I started with some grinding bits on a dremel to do away with the texture in a lot of the tight spaces. Then I moved onto brown, red then blue roloc conditioning pads on a 1/4 die grinder. After getting through those I used a 2" DA sander at both 80 and 180 grit sand paper. Followed by 3 different rouge bars and polishing pads from Zephyr polishes. I got the root of this method from Hawke Lawshe of Vintage technologies, and it worked incredibly well. I don't have any pictures of the process, but here's what I ended up with.-


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    Love the mags!

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    Hell of a start!

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    Tis slick as a Minnows Peter .. !!

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    Slow progress over here, recently picked up a 1970 XLCH that needed some time and tinkering, but now were back to scheduled programming

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    Last week I decided i wanted to replace the sidecar loops that had been cut off my frame. The stuff showed up today so I jumped into it, not perfect by any means but I'm happy with it.


    Started with these replacement loops from v-twin

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    Cut em to match the notch in the frame and lined em up with a vibration bar


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    Tacked em on

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    Glued on the rest of the way then attacked with a dremel and this is what I've got


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    Looking good, can't wait to see more progress

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    Yep, that's quite a Project! Glad you found a straight frame, I had to go repro. Love the color of that XLCH.

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    Forgot to post on here for a while but I’ve still been rolling on the bike, just pretty slow. Just got my paint back the other day and am finally making some progress. Riding by the end of the month hopefully Click image for larger version. 

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    Like the color choice and bar/riser setup. Looks like it should be a fun scoot

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    Thanks Mark. Small progress in the last couple days, the bikes on its own two feet now and I’m really digging the stance.
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    Love the color and the route you took, it'll be a lot of fun when it's done.

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