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    Default My 74 kick only IH project

    I bought this bike from the classifieds here and I'd like to share its makeover.

    How I got it



    It was pretty much ready to ride. I'd list my complaints but I knew when I got it there were some areas I needed to address so I'll skip that part. I started with the foot controls.

    Here's what it had







    Left side shift...I had to move my foot back to get to the shifter arm.



    Stock Ironhead front motor mounts (chrome) and stock evo Sportster front motor mounts



    The motor side is the same so I bolted the respective sides together and used a transfer punch to locate the peg stand-offs





    Mocked them up a couple of times and decided I wanted to extend them out a bit so I cut a couple lengths of tube to make up the difference and used an old cut off piece of handlebar to position everything while I welded it all together



    Here are the evo peg stand offs welded to the Ironhead motor mounts and powdercoated





    Drilled & tapped the evo shifter arm for the linkage rod



    Drilled, tapped & cut the shift arm the bike came with



    Shaped & polished





    Made the linkage rod out of 5/16" round stock



    I used the heims from the evo forwards



    I wanted to mount the linkage rod on the opposite side but the rear heim hits the primary cover but it works fine this way





    I made a small bracket to mount the master cylinder to the cam cover and attached the forward brake control to the master cylinder with an evo mid control clevis



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    Next was the front end & gas tank. I like a peanut tank but the petcock location on this one left alot of miles in the tank.

    I've had this funky Paughco Porkster tank laying around. Tried to give it away a couple times but noone wanted it so it was a good candidate to cut



    Removed the fake filler and real filler



    Measured & cut 5.5" from the center





    I only have a mig at home so I tacked the sides together.



    Cut for the tunnel



    I made my tunnel former from watching Special 79's Youtube videos and it works great. I reused the filler neck that was on the tank originally











    I'm going to tack in some hidden mount bungs then take it in to the shop in town to tig the whole deal

    In that last pic you can see that I have sliced the frame neck vertically. I was told it was an early Paughco frame. I want to use a Columbus Custom narrow springer. I shot myself in the foot a couple months ago by converting the neck stem to 1". The center bore of the frame neck was less than that so a friend of mine made a new 1" neck so I can use modern bearings & all that.

    I was a little nervous with that part so I didn't take any pics but here it is so far with my 6 over springer






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    Next will be the wheels. I'm going to lace a 16" hoop to this hub



    I'm waiting on a front tire so this is where it'll be for a couple days. Getting a huge amount of help from the QCB guys. I'm in Indiana. I'm hoping to get it buttoned up and riding before the nice weather leaves then tear it down this winter for a full on make-over.

    Thanks.

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    Man, nice project! Sweet!

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    Getting a little closer


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    This bad boy is coming along quite nicely!! Keep us posted on any updates!!

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    Looks killer man!!! Keep 'em coming!

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    Thanks!

    I changed my mind on the wheels & brake. I was going to run a 16" rear with a sprotor but I came across some aluminum wheels (18 rear 19 front) and then a drum/sprocket set up.

    Here it is with some new rubber as well.





    and new bars




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    This bike has been taking shpe all on its own. Seems like every time I make a change (or try) something else falls in my lap and my idea goes out the window in favor of fate.

    Anyway, enough psycho-babble

    I rolled it outside to get some fresh air & take pics

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    I love the way this bike is coming together. Each piece leaves hints as to what the next piece should be. I'm going to hang out with it for a while (and wait for a top clamp to fall out of the sky lol) before I make the bars.

    Steve from www.flamethrowercustoms.com made the brass gas cap & painted the tank. The tank is raw cleared, goldleafed & pinstriped then final cleared. I'm sure there's more to it than that but that's what I remember him saying.

    The headlight is an old Casco spotlight with a 12v sealed bulb that I un-chromed to expose the brass.

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    Great looking Chop man!!! Well done!

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    is that neck cut down the middle in one of those pictures?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimB1640 View Post
    is that neck cut down the middle in one of those pictures?
    Yeah. It had a 15/16" i.d. and I wanted to run a 1" neck stem



    I had a friend of mine machine a neck. He used the dimensions of another Sportster neck I have.



    I sliced the neck so I would have a cup to center the new neck.

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    Good looking little sporty chop! Has a bit of a digger look to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mreed View Post
    Yeah. It had a 15/16" i.d. and I wanted to run a 1" neck stem



    I had a friend of mine machine a neck. He used the dimensions of another Sportster neck I have.



    I sliced the neck so I would have a cup to center the new neck.
    ok. that's cool

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    Damn nice looking bike! Dig that tank & front end.

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    Skinny bars

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    lookin sweet bro. i was just wondering why you swapped out to a dna springer? i was diggin the first one alooot more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motorlou View Post
    lookin sweet bro. i was just wondering why you swapped out to a dna springer? i was diggin the first one alooot more.
    I don't think that's a DNA. Good looking bike!

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    Dude did steve do your tank?

    He did my tins and sent me a pic of a super modded bare metal job he was laying some goldleaf on.

    This build rules.

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    Thanks!

    And it's not a DNA.

    Yes, Steve painted it. Did he show you pics of my other tank he's painting?


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