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    Default Need advice. 40 year old survivor "barn find" chopper

    My nephew inherited his Dad's Pan/shovel chopper and it's been "stored" for the last 40 or more years. It has not run for probably most of that time. I'm hopefully posting some pics. It's a little crusty but cool as hell. I want to sell it but I need to know how to maximize the return. I have put marvel mystery oil in the cylinders an it does kick over nicely. I do have a nice shovel of my own but not sure what to do with this. Do I leave it complete with dust and grease (as-is)? Do I clean it up some and try to get it running? Opinions?
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    Your pics did not come through, but for my 2 cents. If it were me I would clean the piss out of it. When I bought my panhead it was a late 60s show bike that had sat for years. However, the prior owner at least cleaned it up enough so that I knew what I was buying.

    If you can get it running that is another plus, even a crappy running bike is worth more than one that does not.

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    Thanks, think I fixed the pics.

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    That's beautiful...........

    Leave it the fuck alone and let someone that appreciates it buy it............. What a shame it's only dollar signs to him........ I would have been proud to own something like that that was my dads........
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    Quote Originally Posted by DoomBuggy View Post
    If you can get it running that is another plus, even a crappy running bike is worth more than one that does not.

    Not really the case all the time........

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    Dang that's some old iron ..
    Lower end is 48 or 49 .. Top end is the first run of the Shovelheads (66 to 74)

    Why not keep it and build it back up nice the way you want a chop to look .. ??

    How would you like that old motor if it grew a few cubies .. Say 87 cubes .. ??
    (I can hook you up)

    And "IF" your an Old Fart and need a ele leg, I just came up with this tranny for 36-64 short shaft ...







    Yeah, that's the ticket ... Build up an Ol' School Scooter with some balls and creature comfort, the only person ya got to please ....
    .... "Is Yourself" ....
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    It's a '51 pan with '66 shovel heads. His "Dad" didn't raise him or do much for him. He's got three young daughters and a wife so there is that. He's got his hands full so I'm gonna deal with this for him. I've got a clean FL shovel so I just want to see that this gets to someone that appreciates it. I'm thinking clean out and seal the tank, clean the oil tank, change the oil, rebuild the Bendix, clean the chrome with some 0000 steel wool, clean the grease off it, new battery and fire it up! What do you guys think this thing's worth running and cleaned up as a survivor? Is 10k in the ballpark?

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    Just my opinion, since you are in the South too. Like in the pics, right now, about $5K. I've seen several pans sell for that in the last few years, in roughly the same shape. You clean it up and make it run, $6K - $8K maybe. Is it from GA, and if so, probably no title for it, and that MAY affect the value. And as always, you could part it out for more, but that would really be a shame. Part of choppa history & all.

    Good luck with it.
    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBinNC View Post
    Just my opinion, since you are in the South too. Like in the pics, right now, about $5K. I've seen several pans sell for that in the last few years, in roughly the same shape. You clean it up and make it run, $6K - $8K maybe. Is it from GA, and if so, probably no title for it, and that MAY affect the value. And as always, you could part it out for more, but that would really be a shame. Part of choppa history & all.

    Good luck with it.
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    Five grand?
    What's the address I'll be right there!
    Is that sqaurebody that's towing it for sale too?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pontiacguy View Post
    His "Dad" didn't raise him or do much for him.

    I totally understand....... Best of luck.............

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    I think the motor by itself should bring 5K............ But this is a very bad time to try and sell a bike like that......... If he could wait until next year he would do a lot better...........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nobodyknowsimashithead View Post
    Five grand?
    What's the address I'll be right there!
    Is that sqaurebody that's towing it for sale too?
    For those prices, you need to be at the barn.

    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tattooo View Post
    I think the motor by itself should bring 5K............ But this is a very bad time to try and sell a bike like that......... If he could wait until next year he would do a lot better...........
    Yep, maybe. That's why I said he could part it for more money. But that would just be wrong.

    Jim

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    Thanks for the replies. It's always been a Georgia bike. Don't want to part it. Not really looking forward to dealing with what is in the gas tank but oh well! I'll clean it and work on it and see where that takes me. I will hate to see it go. Being a newbie on here I thought I should share a pic.Click image for larger version. 

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    Keep documenting the revival of that thing it's a cool peice of history

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    One seriously cool bike. I'd leave it crusty and all just clean up the carb, gas and oil tank!

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    Most likely getting the Hi-dollar out of it would be loading it on eBay ....

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    I would try and sell it like it is before you clean it up..... You never know...... And like I said don't be in a hurry as these are hard times right now.....

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    2nd that ^^^^ don't lose the crust it's authentic

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    The socal (or Japanese) dudes will PAY$$$ for that patina!

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