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    Yo!
    Posted in the intro thread as well... but...
    30 year old software engineer here - grew up in Tallahassee, Florida but for the past few years have lived in and around San Francisco - now we live in El Cerrito.

    I'm not new to motorycles but took a break from them for a while and now I'm getting back into it. I recently finished building up a basket case 1972 Yamaha R5 ( twostrokeworld forum thread here: (http://www.2strokeworld.com/forum/in...3360#msg183360 ) - that build set me off to really want to build something I could ride longer distances, plus the chopper bug bit me really hard.

    A few weeks ago, the day before my 30th birthday I found a 1960 ironhead hard tail in Arizona for a steal of a price. I talked to the guy on the phone a couple times, convinced the wife it was a good (no.. GREAT) idea and then I jumped in the truck and drove 11 hours, grabbed a hotel, woke up and bought the bike - loaded it in my truck, and then drove 11 hours back home. Made it home to see the wife and kids with 3 minutes left of my birthday before midnight.

    This is how it looked when I picked it up:
     
     
     


    The guy I bought it from knew very little about it and had let it sit in his garage for 20 years. The day after I got it home I replaced the plugs, filled a funnel up with gas and connected it to the carb... and guess what?!?! It started on the second kick. I was amazed.

    My plan is full rebuild from the frame up. As such, I've stripped it down all the way already, had the frame sand-blasted, started body work on the frame, polished tons of parts, ordered tons of parts, and started to fabricate some parts.

    More photos of my current progress in the next post!
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    Started polishing up the back brake drum:  
     
        

    Before and after cleaned up neck cups:  

         

    Engine removed, and frame in the background stipped before going to the sand blaster:  

         

    Some body work done so far cleaning up old welds:  

         

    Cleaned up petcock:  
     
        

    Start of a highway peg mount I'm fabricating from 1/4" steel plate - I don't have a bandsaw (yet) so this was all cut with dremel cutoff wheels (like 30 of them) and then rounded out and polished on the belt sander:  

         

    Shaved 1/16th" shorter, removed all chrome, and polished the hell out of the top triple tree - I'm debating whether I'm keeping them or going to get some Mullins trees - just not sure I want to spend that cash yet, but damn if Mullins trees don't look the baddest:  
       
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    Great bones to work with, whatever you do don't let any slickster con you out of that oil tank. Might as well be dipped in gold and filled with dope!

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    Cool bike....looked good as it sat. Looking forward to the build.

    I did the same with my Chevelle....I got home from work on a Friday, called the guy and agreed on a price. Turned to my wife and said "I'm going to Ohio" (12hrs away). She was like "just be home by Sunday"....it was my sons 1st b-day on Sunday. Left around 2am, got to Ohio about 12hrs later. Then we turned around and went home. Was home in plenty for the party on Sunday. Did it with my super glide too....but that was only 4 hrs away....LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crush1776 View Post
    Great bones to work with, whatever you do don't let any slickster con you out of that oil tank. Might as well be dipped in gold and filled with dope!
    I was planning to keep the oil tank on the final build - what's so special about it?
          
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    Cool bike....looked good as it sat. Looking forward to the build.

    I did the same with my Chevelle....I got home from work on a Friday, called the guy and agreed on a price. Turned to my wife and said "I'm going to Ohio" (12hrs away). She was like "just be home by Sunday"....it was my sons 1st b-day on Sunday. Left around 2am, got to Ohio about 12hrs later. Then we turned around and went home. Was home in plenty for the party on Sunday. Did it with my super glide too....but that was only 4 hrs away....LOL!
    right on. i've done the long-drive-craigslist-pickup several times now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaredshaunsmith View Post

    What's so special about it?
    A good one without dents is rare as Hen's teeth.... (Chrome-able)

    Only the Ch's ran that tank.... Think it was 1963 that was the last year that Harley used it....

    What you have is the Crown Jewel of the Old 900cc Sportster's
    The first run of the CH's .....

    Here is a 61 CH that I did a chop job on a few years ago...

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    Got a little nuts with it...
    120 Spoke on the front and 80 on the rear. (Drilled 40 more holes into the OEM hub.)
    Cut down the OEM shocks, 3 degree rake fork cups (Timkens), Repop 4" over 45 Springer, K-Model tail light.... ect...

    The 58 to 63 CH was/is Kick-Ass....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragstews View Post
    The 58 to 63 CH was/is Kick-Ass....
    awesome! your '61 looks great. i'm not planning to change too much from what the original state of mine was, just rebuild the right way and ride the hell out of it. would really like to have it done by june to ride down to born free.

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    I'm sure you will be more than Happy once it's back together....

    I see one little problem that may not be a big concern...
    Your rear brake lever has been flipped .... That makes the cam work on the highs of the ramps...
    By going up with the lever (Like OEM had it) your cam action is gentle engagement of the shoes to drum...

    Guess it's not all that much of a biggie... Just food for thought when your putting it back together...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragstews View Post
    I see one little problem that may not be a big concern...
    Your rear brake lever has been flipped .... Guess it's not all that much of a biggie... Just food for thought when your putting it back together...
    that's a good point. if i have clearance around the frame i should be able to flip it back over the OEM way when i reassemble it.

    planning to reassemble completely before i send the frame for powder just to make sure it rides well. some reassembly may happen this weekend if i get my new fork tubes in the mail

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    I may be wrong.... But I do think that the frame is an old D&D (Jammer)

    It will work well with the lever going up.... No problems with clearance of the brake rod....

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    Here's a photo of a 64 CH that I used a D&D frame....
    All parts fitted up well ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragstews View Post

    Here's a photo of a 64 CH that I used a D&D frame....
    cool! i was wondering what frame it was. did your D&D frame have a square down-tube? this one has a 2" square down-tube.

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    Looks like you found a good bike. I've been hunting for an Ironhead deal like yours for a while; I'm jealous. Keep us updated on the progress.

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    Cool score!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaredshaunsmith View Post

    Did your D&D frame have a square down-tube? this one has a 2" square down-tube.
    No... It was round...

    Do think that D&D made some to special order back in the day...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motorradfahrer View Post
    Looks like you found a good bike. I've been hunting for an Ironhead deal like yours for a while; I'm jealous. Keep us updated on the progress.
    Thanks. will do!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragstews View Post
    No... It was round...

    Do think that D&D made some to special order back in the day...
    right on. wish i knew some history on the bike / frame. the guy i bought it from said it used to belong to a hell's angels member in arizona but he didn't remember his name... so that doesn't help much.

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    If you slip a few bucks under the table to a clerk down at the DMV, they can run the numbers back to H-D when it sold new...

    I might remind you of what curiosity did to the Cat...!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragstews View Post
    I might remind you of what curiosity did to the Cat...!!!!
    haha. for sure. I'm planning to just stick with my, "used to be owned by the biggest meanest hells angel ever" fishing story and leave the rest of the rocks unturned

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    Not trying to hijack your thread, but there arent many 60xlch sportsters left.....here is mine. I suggest starting to look for a stock frame, just in case you decide to restore it someday. Great score!!!!! Hang onto it!!!


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    One more thing....HD has NO records of our bikes....I called and got nothing, just a "sorry, no records exist"

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