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    Default 1935 harley RL flathead mutt cutdown build

    so i thought i posted this before on here but i cant seem to find it. and jockey journal turned into a bunch of fucking nazi fucks who can kiss my . anyway.... facebook also destroyed all hot linking to pictures so all that is gone anyway. so ill post this here, maybe someone will give a fuck maybe not but here it is all the same. what i started with was some 1941 star hub 16" wheels i found in the woods on my grandpas property when i was 10 years old. then like 4 years ago i got the main bits of a 1935 RL harley motor for a few hundo on fleebay. the rest, well youll just have to see.


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    the frame was a section of a 37 servicar that was someones aborted attempt at a 70s long chopper... thank god it was never finished haha.





    next i got myself a panhead tail section from a guy, looks like someone got hit by a car on it.. but i was gonna cut it up and bend it anyway.












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    next i got myself a 5 dollar sportster? rear fender and made it look like a 45 fender with some steel and lead.












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    top tube




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    oil tank is an old walk behind tractor gas tank from the 1940s.



    tail light is a 1940s austin sedan light.



    hand oil pump is from a gas blow torch from the 30s


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    next issue i had to tackle was the fact i had a big twin tail on it, and big twin drum and sprocket. i wanted to retain that since i was only running a rear brake. the sprocket was too big tho and i wasnt planning on using it only for a hill climber so i needed something smaller. i found a sprocket at the shop i work at(sunset motors) so i machined the center out of it to fit around the drum and welded it on.








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    i knew i wanted to run WR tanks but those are like stupid expensive, so i knew they were close enough in shape to some fatboy tanks or something. i found a set on craigslist for 25 dollars that looked like they were burnt in a small fire. i was gonna be cutting them up anyway.







    friend loaned me a WL tank so i could make a jig.









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    and at that point i had purchased the springer and got that all welded up. ran a temporary seat ect.





    then i ran into a guy selling a bike who offered to sell me another running 45 motor and tanks. so i ran those for a summer and then sold them off to warren from jrs cycle.

    http://websta.me/p/785020899679591967_9267614



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    i added a model A fuel gauge to the tank(this is just a junk one for the threaded part) so right now im basically ready to tig weld the gas tank up and then i need to get a rebuild kit for the magneto and some engine gaskets. then i can put it together ride it for the summer. then ill break it all down and this winter itll get totally redone nicely painted ect. also im gonna get rid of the dimple bars and get some flanders aught bars




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    just picked that seat up, im gonna be narrowing it slightly anyway so ill cut out a lot of the holes. fill the rest, i traded that 1926 peashooter cam cover for a seat T. got some old leather i can sew up a cover and P pad from.

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    Love the idea of using a bunch of random parts to build one bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nerdsports View Post
    Love the idea of using a bunch of random parts to build one bike.
    BUILD being the operative word here. that tailite would give a eunich a boner. Good lookin job

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    Mother a thousand times, that is some, serious work your putting.
    Will gladly follow your postings on this build.

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    i gotta cutdown the front pipe a little to match the height of the rear pipe. i got a different transmission cam so i can use my shift gate. and i put a 33 tooth sprocket on the motor so i put two chains together. should up my top speed up into the 80s i was hitting 55 with a 23 tooth from a servicar when i ran the other motor. lol

    one thing i gotta do is move the headlight ring clip and make a hole through the oil tank (not pictured) for the rear brake rod.




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    just spectacular!

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    so i forgot to post what i had to do to the motor. basically, buying parts for an RL is a bitch. also i never really cared for putting loose needle bearings in a cage and then installing a crank and hoping it was within spec, not to mention its expensive.... so! i said fuck that antiquated bullshit and i installed roller bearings like a modern bike. so also at the same time i had a custom thrust plate for it. another thing i did was use DL cylinders which kindof happened out of mistake really. i was looking for RL cylinders and a guy sold me some that i thought were RL. but it turned out they were DL, so i had to have a machine shop open up the intake ports so i could install the 32 up intake nipples(same as WL) so the machine shop was also kind enough to port the cylinders so that it all flowed freely from the intake into the chamber!



    so my next issue was i wanted a nice seal so i got a lip seal and gonna install that behind the sprocket.


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    cool build!

    can't wait to see where you end up with it.

    keep us in the loop,
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    Holy shit, how did I miss this thread!

    This is fantastic, piecing a bike together like this.......you've got some skills.

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    pictures soon, but i welded all my tins up finally and got a seat T. and ordered a bunch of random little shit i need for it.

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