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    Default 78 Shovelhead Chopper Build

    Since my first build thread was deleted, I figured I would give it another go.

    I picked up this 1978 FXE in decent shape off Craigslist for $5,000 with the intention of building a long, skinny chopper. This is my first complete build.


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    I decided to go with the Throttle Addiction hardtail (Haifley Bros) so I could keep it HD titled. My buddy James of Spruce Street Fab helped me with all the fabrication work.

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    I went with Mullins Chain Drive supper narrow trees and 8 over tubes with shaved lowers.

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    Twisted up some square stock for the brake and shifter linkage.

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    Modified some V-Twin forward controls to meet my needs and budget.

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    Used the Prism supply oil lines.

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    Put about 1,000 shake down miles on it to make sure everything was good before I tore it down for paint. Ended up smoking a battery and had to get a ride home.

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    Got the bike all torn down and parts sent off to powder, paint, and chrome.

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    Beautiful
    Thanks for sharing.

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    I love the lines of that. Classic skinny chop. Good job, man!

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    Beautiful build man. I can't wait to see her all done up.

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    I figured since I have the bike apart for paint that I might as well go through the motor. Before I tore it down I was getting some oil out of the exhaust and was fouling plugs. I thought it might be valve seals, what do you guys think? How do the cylinders look? Do I need to bore them? Hone them? Re-ring? This is my first time getting into a motor.

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    Got the frame and fender back from powder coat yesterday. Came out real nice. Time to start getting this thing back together.

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    Got the tank back from @joel845 on instagram. This is the second tank he has painted for me. Just waiting on chrome and the motor, then I can start getting this thing back together.

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    Got chrome back.

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    Coming along nicely. Good idea about opening motor.

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    You're cylinders *look* good, but you need to mic the bores and piston OD, calculate your ptw, and check your ring end gap to know for sure what is needed.

    Great looking build, Im slowly building a 78 as well, but going the opposite direction, doing a dropseat instead of a hardtail, and keeping the front low with the lower tubes of the frame will run parallel to the ground.

    Love the build so far ��

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    I see some scuffing there. Re-Ring, always. It may need more? Agree with above poster. You'll have to measure it.

    It wouldn't take much of a scuff to be beyond a normal hone job, though. If you can feel it, it is probably too much.

    Also, with that kind of oil (Because to me that looks like a lot) you'll want to check guides and probably get the heads done as long as you're this far. That kind of work here is crazy high and nobody does it well, so a set of S&S heads were not much more than getting mine fixed, and much, much easier.


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    PS: Something odd.. When I zoom up on the cylinder bore to have a close look? Your camera has superimposed a diagram of some sort over it.

    LOL!


    It's crazy looking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by confab View Post
    PS: Something odd.. When I zoom up on the cylinder bore to have a close look? Your camera has superimposed a diagram of some sort over it.

    LOL!

    It's crazy looking.
    It does look sort of weird. What you are seeing is what the cylinder is sitting on tho... Sort of reading thru-the-bore, if you will.

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