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Old 01-24-2016, 10:16 AM   #1
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Default The Rebirth... '74 Ironhead Chopper Build

I've had this bike for close to 10 years, in several different variations. Learned a lot about style and what not to do, especially mechanically. Definitely did some hack work over the years that I was never too proud of. When the transmission exploded late last summer, breaking gears and cracking the case I knew it was time to take shit seriously, take my time and try to do shit right.

Here she is just before the end...


The Aftermath...




Unfucking my Fuckery...


.120 DOM...


Slugged and Plugged...


Parts are pile is getting extensive...
Lowbrow 4.5" Aluminum Stingray Fender, Tri Fin Headlight, Aluminum Hex Oil Tank & all the bungs, tabs, brackets & petcocks a guy could ask for.
No School Model A SS Tail Light
Biltwell Macho Seat Hinge, Finned CV Cover & Whiskey Throttle
Front Street SS 8" Riserless Retro Apes
Chopper Daves "Cheat Death" pegs
Bison Mushroom Deflector
Compufire Electronic Ignition
Acid Trip Jesus Christ Points Cover & Middle Finger Sissy Bar Emblem
Cole Foster Grips
Pangea CV Choke Relocator
Factory Metal Works Cloth Wiring
Avon Speedmaster & Mark II
Plus all new brakes, cables, chrome axle kit, stainless hardware etc


A little mock up, going to run my old Daisho peanut tank, hardtail is the typical Santee one...


Making shit...








Recycling...


The Deer View...


A little progress...

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Old 01-24-2016, 01:57 PM   #2
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Looks like you are on the right track. I been riding ironheads since I was fifteen. At some point the light comes on, you realize that everything has to be spot-on or disaster is always the result. Are you replacing or repairing the cases? This is the trickiest fix on an Ironhead. All the shafts, bearing bores, etc have to be perfectly placed or it leaves you very mad at yourself. I'm not sure what happened to Ron Trock's shop after he died, but Ron was the master at fixing these cases, he made a bunch of cool jigs to realign everything. I had him do several for me, back in the day. he also made a ductile iron access door that kept this from happening in the first place.
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Old 01-24-2016, 03:15 PM   #3
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Nice work so far! Love that sissy bar, that 'before' pic just needed a little something. Will be interested to hear how you go about repairing the cases if that's what you intend to do - looking at the pics before reading the previous post I would have guessed re-machining would be in order....perhaps not if you find someone who knows what they're doing with this type of disaster?
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Old 01-24-2016, 06:16 PM   #4
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A little progress...
Great work so far, keep it up!
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Old 01-25-2016, 10:12 AM   #5
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Thanks fellas, not repairing the cases as of now, I'll just save them for mock up. Maybe get them professionaly repaired later. Scored a good deal on a set of real clean '74 cases. Gotta find a shop near me to balance the bottom end & clean up the heads then I can start the rebuild.
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Old 01-25-2016, 10:44 AM   #6
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Not a Sporty guy, but I'll be eager to watch this progress. Good work.
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Old 01-31-2016, 12:53 PM   #7
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Oops... Who knew an Avon was so much taller than a beat up Shinko? Not me, luckily I had enough room to move the bungs up an inch & didn't have to scrap the sissy bar.


Thats better...


Made some high mids...





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Old 01-31-2016, 01:14 PM   #8
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I like it. Love the work you did on the sissy bar. Looking forward to updates here.

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Old 01-31-2016, 01:26 PM   #9
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Looks killer buddy, cool detail on the sissy! Love a well done ironhead, they can fuckin hang with the best when they're built right and can also be a reliable scoot.
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Im definitely down. Even ok with the Terd style sissy angle. Fits this bike.
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Old 02-16-2016, 07:23 AM   #11
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Frame painted, tires mounted & +4" fork tubes installed. I'm liking the stance a lot...

Throwback Cycle headlight bracket is sweet...
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Old 02-16-2016, 09:28 AM   #12
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Fuckin KILLER man!

Looks amazing. That headlight bracket is cool but man that thing is way out in the breeze!

Love the sissy. Love the seat work. Sweet bike
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Old 02-24-2017, 10:17 AM   #13
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Been a bit since I posted but here it goes...

Not happy with my frame repairs, I decided on a Paucho S120 frame and started all over.


Bungs, tabs and sissy all over again




A little bit of this...




Warmer days last summer before final teardown.


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Old 02-24-2017, 10:33 AM   #14
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First time making pipes from scratch...



Probably ground too much on welds, we'll see how long it last.
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Old 02-24-2017, 10:43 AM   #15
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Nice
From hack job to Great job
Congratulations.(why no top wrapping on sissy bar?)
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Old 02-24-2017, 10:49 AM   #16
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From hack job to Great job
Congratulations.(why no top wrapping on sissy bar?)
Thanks Rob, just haven't got around to yet, not sure if the 4' sissy is gonna stay.
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Old 02-24-2017, 11:02 AM   #17
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Not the best paint, but used it on my '70 C20 and laid down nice. Definitely a lot better than my typical rattle can jobs...



10 coats later...


A little orange peel on frame, got distracted and let the mixed clear sit for too long before spraying...


HF powder and some half ass polishing...
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Old 02-24-2017, 11:21 AM   #18
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i really like the paint!
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Old 02-24-2017, 11:24 AM   #19
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...hello,
looks really good and lots of effort to make it possible.

By the way how about to put a bit more detailed photos of the boards?

Thanks
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Old 02-24-2017, 11:41 AM   #20
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...hello,
looks really good and lots of effort to make it possible.

By the way how about to put a bit more detailed photos of the boards?

Thanks
Thanks reverb, surfboards?
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Old 02-24-2017, 11:51 AM   #21
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Back together & rolling a couple weeks back...





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Old 02-24-2017, 12:39 PM   #22
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I'll add my appreciation of the first sissy bar. The top wrap really caught my eye. I vote to re-do it, for what it's worth.

Looks great overall.

One other "maybe" for ya: are the cracked cases good enough to chop off the trans portion and make into a baby twin? It's been done, but only rarely. Usually after the same events you experienced.

Either way, ride the wheels off it!

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Wow, lots of work, and lots of rework, and more rework, and more and more. I like it, and I am a real sucker when it comes to Ironheads. The only two things I see that would not be my ticket, is the angle of the seat sloping down, and knowing how often the push rods have to be adjusted, those pipes, even though I like the look, would make adjustments a real pain in the buttox.

Nice truck too. Mine is a 72, but a C30 flatbed.
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What's a nice Ironhead!Great job.
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I am really getting a thing going on for frames that are any colour but black.

Love this build.
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I love the shape of the pipes. Just a wonderful bike all around. Paughco sure got it right when they designed that frame some 40 years ago.
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like the overall look of your ride absolutely nothing to complain

just like "Tiger-Alex" pointed out the first sissy with the wrap looked better imho
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Old 04-18-2017, 10:28 PM   #28
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I love the look of this bike and even commented so in my own '74 thread. What size front wheel are you running?

To me the overall look is perfect and studying your bike has about convinced me to go to a S120 myself. The 4" longer tubes look great as well.
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Old 04-19-2017, 10:55 AM   #29
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...yes, about the surfboards.
The bike finished pretty good. I like this sissy bar more, also the seat looks thin and with a perfect shape.
The only problem I have with non black frames is that for a daily rider, like my case, is impossible to keep it clean or or nice due to chipping, sand with oil, gravel roads, rain etc.
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Nice build! Clean and simple, I really like it!

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Looks fantastic, wish I could see it in person as it's hard to tell which shade the paint is - I like the tone in the middle pic the best. One of those bikes where one part compliments another and the whole is outstanding.
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