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    Default The Junk Drawer Special 72/75 Chopper Rebuild

    Well, here we are again, a shit box bike that needs to be saved. Long story short, it looks to be a '72 Motor in a '75 Frame with a welded on Bolt on Hard tail. Clearly owned by the wrong people for some time, but I suspect the person who originally built it in the late 70s had a decent bike. I have been looking for a beater platform to use some of the parts I've saved up for a few years and this one came to me cheap. by cheap, I will say $450. It doesn't run, but it did come with a classic "I was riding it up until last month" warranty.

    I will try to get this thing in the right direction and see where it ends up. I have built a few bikes, but never a rigid bike so this will be more of a learning experience than anything. It will be a bit of a Father/Son deal with my dad too.

    1/16/18:


    Pros:
    $450 w/NH reg
    Hexagon Oil Tank
    Flawless Peanut tank
    Mikuni Carb
    Borrani Front Rim
    DEW MFG Triple Trees
    4+ ? Showa Forks
    Decent Tires

    Cons:
    Everything was painted black or red.
    Hardtail is eh
    Rake job is eh
    "Jockey Shifter"
    Door bell push start
    Overall dangerous wiring
    Punisher "Theme"
    Leaking Head gasket
    I had to buy it at night


    Anyways.. Here is what I started with and we'll see what happens. Trust me, I basically bought it for the motor and barely the roller, everything else sucks.

    From CL



    Home, Pretty Much what I expected





    12/1:


    Scary. This wiring just in time for Halloween




    Just Wow.

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    So 4 Hours after I got it it looks like this. The Front rim has also been stripped back to Aluminum and is in great condition thankfully.











    And a few of the scratch and dent parts that may make it on in some way


    My Nikon is on the charger so I will start getting better pics than my Samsung
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    That thing is atrocious. Keep us updated on your progress. Just looking at the parts you have, that bike will look a lot better when you're done with it.

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    Very nice looking start for the money..............

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    And I thought my recent Sporty buy was ugly. Looks like you'll get it sorted out in quick order though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motorradfahrer View Post
    That thing is atrocious. Keep us updated on your progress. Just looking at the parts you have, that bike will look a lot better when you're done with it.
    Thanks! Yea It is probably the worst looking bike I've ever owned for sure.


    Quote Originally Posted by Tattooo View Post
    Very nice looking start for the money..............
    Got to love Craigslist

    Quote Originally Posted by Yodhan View Post
    And I thought my recent Sporty buy was ugly. Looks like you'll get it sorted out in quick order though.
    There is always an Uglier bike somewhere, today that just so happens to be mine ha

    Stay tuned, More quick stuff tonight

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    Whew, that thing is rough looking but is a decent foundation. I think you'll breathe some style into it! Good luck

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    yes it's a good start

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    Great bones there, love this bike
    Hope your power plant is good and that the frame is sturdy with no cracks
    Sick price on it, good for you

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    Well my laptop sucks as much as this bike so I can't post updates until tomorrow. I got the red paint off one side of the motor and got the case cover back to raw. Small steps in the right direction. Definitely needs both head gaskets done, so I'm already figuring for a top end. At least it will be updated

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    After some detective work, I have found the drilled rotor to fit this Borrani Rim. I also I.D. the Triple trees to be DEW MFG, which I will strip back to chrome likely this afternoon.



    Buco Mirror




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    That electrical is top notch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dane View Post
    That electrical is top notch.
    Tell me about it!

    Starting to turn around



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    Got a lot done this weekend! Both Case covers are back to Raw Alum. Almost all of the red paint is off of the rear wheel and the chrome is decent underneath. The Top end gaskets are ordered, along with the stock mid mount footpegs, an actual key and a new push button starter. Managed to take a bent XL shifter and graft it to the original half on the "Jockey Shift" Almost done, but there are some process pictures of that too

    Here a few more shitty pictures..




    Strip for me


    Still need to strip the black off the rocker covers, but I'll probably wait until I tear down the topend. That is the height I am going to tab the tank at, and the coil relocation will be nice.




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    Love the way this bike sits

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    Dude night and day!! So much better already. I hate red.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4444 View Post
    Love the way this bike sits
    Just uploaded a few better pictures, the stance is taking shape for sure.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dane View Post
    Dude night and day!! So much better already. I hate red.
    Well, we are definitley closer to dawn! My old man dug up his Parts Catalog and Repair Manual last night so I have some reading to do.

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    Ordered the Dynatek S Electronic ignition and 5 ohm coil today. My Footpegs and front clover rotor came in too. Still waiting on the pus button starter so I can wrap the wiring up and get it firing. Once I can do that, I will finally be able to diag the motor and see if there are any issues I don't already know about.

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    Looking way better. Very nice.

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    Hey guys, here are some more shitty pictures of what happened last night. Cut down the beater 72 fender I had and mocked up the Tombstone taillight. I think I will end up running it as a solo seat with a modified Bates style P pad, but the rear bucket from the lepera will be too long for the proportions of the frame. The rear rim is stripped, mid pegs mounted, some more paint removed, the triple tree was stripped, but the chrome was half sanded to the copper layer.

    A little back yard fab. Better than what was on it and it cost $0





    A little preview of the Caliper, the Pie Slice caliper is in the mail. I know they are crap, but I'm trying to go with a resto chop.


    The Dew Tree stripped a little


    The new profile direction


    And I'm leaning toward the Trident with the diamond in this spot.
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