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Old 08-24-2014, 05:02 PM   #1
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Thought id share some pics, here is parts for my next bike "Bug Eyes". You know how it goes trying to piece a bike together... Its gonna be a long time til.....
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Trying to pick the tank.... what would you use?

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This is how Bug Eyes looks zip tied together at the moment....

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Very nice JPT. - But you need more rear fender choices

Btw. I like how all the tanks are shown with gas caps. And the Littlejohn coffin is a good memory.
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It looked better layin' on the ground!!
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Decisions, decisions, decisions! You're off to a great start!
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Bars,lights licence plate mount,oil tank,risers,seat,rear rim & tire all stink and the front brake is too big. Dont mean to be rude just honest.
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Bars,lights licence plate mount,oil tank,risers,seat,rear rim & tire all stink and the front brake is too big. Dont mean to be rude just honest.
I disagree. I like the rear rim and the risers. I would choose the barrel oil tank, the Banana Wassell, and the tuck and roll frame mounted seat. You'll finger it out.
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Old 08-24-2014, 06:26 PM   #11
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With the wide set on the headlights, I'd think the mustang would flow better but, you'd need bars that were rounded in the bends.
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I'll finger it out.... Everything is subject to change, bars, lights, oil tank... The girder
came with wheel & risers.


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Old 08-25-2014, 07:11 AM   #13
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oh HELL YEAH. that super glide tank and mustang seat are fucking killing it
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I like that idea with the headlights. I've thought about running a pair of the same lights using the 2 year only dual headlight bracket that was used with the I-beam frontend on the RL's. It looks like you might have shortened up that girder that you've got there. Those single-spring girders have such a nice simple clean look to them.

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yea finger it out
one of my classic moves(school boy thing)
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oh HELL YEAH. that super glide tank and mustang seat are fucking killing it
Yeah that combination does look great!

What are your plans for a motor?
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Ha, and I was just going to say "Anything but the Superglide tank"! I think they belong on swingarm frames

I kinda like the first 'bug-eyes' mock up, but the lack of shiny chrome at the bottom of the forks is distracting - I take it Geo is correct in saying they've been shortened?
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More zip ties... Thanks for the help on sorting things out guys. Here it is close to the way little d said. I dont know the history on the scout girder, does anybody have the stock length measurement so we could find out? The motor will be pre 70's. If the orange fender is used should it have struts or sissy bar?

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This one is almost 29 inches long on the front straight part... keep in mind it has no fork cups or bearings so things looked kinda jacked

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Old 08-26-2014, 02:43 AM   #20
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I like the super glide tank version also. I'd go with struts with that seat. If you run a siisy bar the seat has to extend back a little more to make it flow.
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Old 08-26-2014, 12:56 PM   #21
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I like the alien tank/orange fender. It adds enough visual weight to balance all out that biz going on up front. Personally I'd run a thinner seat or a sprung saddle and P-pad. That one is just too chunky for this monkey.

Also, I'm not sure you've got a Scout girder there. I'm far from an expert so I'm hesitant to even say it, but I've got two different Scout front ends, and the castings all look pretty different from yours, especially that top-tree. They're also really short forks from the factory, like 18-1/2". Either way, you've for sure got some aftermarket legs that have been shortened and welded, but I love girders so I'd clean up and paint that lower area and roll!
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Old 08-26-2014, 04:45 PM   #22
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Here is a better view.
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Thanks for the factory length info Tinman. I like this version for the moment and so does my back with the springs

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Just got all the parts (i think) so the wheel will be together enough for a tab to be welded on the frame in the right place for brakes! Also the speedometer cable hole in the frame needs to be welded up...
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I like post 23 it looks killer
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How did I miss this?

I dig everything about it. Gider, rear fender, lights.

Color? Exhaust?

Sissy. Not a terd style one. Not too tall.
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Old 09-07-2014, 12:47 PM   #27
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Thanks harv & JAWS, dont know about color or exhaust yet. I do have this one & a 5 inch wide flat fender...
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Been F 'in around with Bug Eyes... it'll get a 400 18 tire later in time... Ive been wondering if the sissy bar is AEE?
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Thanks harv & JAWS, dont know about color or exhaust yet. I do have this one & a 5 inch wide flat fender...

I like that. Is this the one you think is AEE?

I had one like that, I think it was a Jammer. Hell I don't know. I do know its cool. And this bike is gonna be sick.
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I found a small part of whats left of the AEE stamp under the fender mount, it was cracked and re-welded in that spot... Small update, oil tank is mounted & speedo hole plugged. Next will be putting the front end on.

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AEE sissy bar look at the underside of the fender mount. You should see the AEE stamp
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I think moving away from the fatbob fender is a good idea. By the time people put dual headlights on bikes the old bob job type reverse mounted front VL fenders were pretty much forgotten history...
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^ Yeah, The 5 inch flat fender will be better. Also, brake line was welded under the fender for wires....
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AEE sissy bar look at the underside of the fender mount. You should see the AEE stamp
We didn't start stamping until late 71 early 72 (prior to that on some items we used etching) but that is one of our bars.
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Been F 'in around with Bug Eyes... it'll get a 400 18 tire later in time... Ive been wondering if the sissy bar is AEE?
Keep this rear setup and the banana Wassel. Just my arrogentopinion.
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More good info from takehikes, thank you sir. The Wassel is nice but I need a tank with more fuel for this bike, ...I have a GME tank that looks nice on there too.
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Brush painted the old Paugcho frame yesterday with Rustoleum gloss black, it looks way better then it did.
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I like the last incarnation with the white tank.....except for the seat.....I'd opt for something smaller,and tighter to the frame...and of course..either drag,or small Z bars..
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For the first time Bug Eyes has fork cups & Timken bearings!



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Nice! Looks great!
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Gettin' there....
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I really like the latest configuration. With the solo seat and the p-pad.
The "bug eyes" are growing on me.
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Thank you Mike. gettin' there... is half the fun even with all the unexpected road bumps along the way Do you guys have any info on this bracket? I'm wondering if it will be strong enough. Ive been thinking about making some from hacked up dog bones to bolt on...
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That bracket looks plenty stout JPT. Unless you want to narrow the light spacing I would use it as is.
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It might flop some on bumpy roads, but I had a bracket made out of the same thickness on my Pan and even though it seemed to shake a lot it never cracked or broke.
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Thought about flipping a clutch perch, next was to grind on it a bit. My chopper has the same clutch setup so this bike will also, it feels great & is easy to manipulate to get more pull & free play but that is another conversation. The front brake perch needs to be cleaned up some more...






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I had a new front axle & spacers made.
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When I picked up this transmission case it had a nasty drain plug, ...its all better now.

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The old paugcho frame had the mechanical brake crossover hacked on when I got it... This bracket for the juice brake got done also, I needed the long slot to adjust around the sissybar tab... Im gonna hold off on rear spacers so sprockets & chain will be straight.
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mocked up and rolls nice...
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what size are the lights,I just got some unity lights off ebay that are big enough for a sporty headlight to fit
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The glass lens is 4 inches on these.
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The bike feels like a solid roller now so next I will deal with the brakes. I never messes with the front brake on this thing yet but got lucky, I cut the housing down on a older cable to fit and the front brake works well. Next is to gather up the rear mc, brake lines, fittings & stuff...
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Should be cool when it's done. Wish I had all those choices lying around.
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Thanks hd74 and Ottojr01. ....gathered up some boring brake parts over the week or two, yawn.
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awesome! progress is awesome.
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Added these to the frame for passenger pegs. Also had to change out the 7/8 front end bearings to 1 inch, I could feel a small amount of wobble in the front end when it was all tight with the 7/8's.... with the spacers & 1 inch bearings the amount of play went away. In that other thread about the bearings a few weeks ago Scott said something like a 2 degree difference? maybe that is what I was feeling up there. I never knew what exact girder this started out as but after looking at Jerry Greers Engineering it looks to be a 1939 Spt Scout.... ? what do you guys think?

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I don't think so. From that pic, the bottom of the legs is too narrow compared to yours. Could be a version though.

Still love this bike. Dig the crazy look.

Wonder what a rigid mounted crazy franks fender would look like on this thing.....
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Thanks JAWS, a fender like that would be cool. When I got the girder they said it was extended, then shortened to its current state, so we will never know what the original bottom legs looked like. After looking at Shackle bolt measurements this thing was narrowed too. When I Google sport scout top tree it looks just like the one I have... who knows....
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That two piece 2 up seat...what did you do with that?
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Some pics to compare with other trees... maybe its a mutt.

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Whatever it is, I like it.
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i swear it stares at me ...

like the Setup of your ride but just cannot get used to those "staring" frontlights
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BigDawg PM sent. ....4444, it stares at me also
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This pic is from the auction site, they say its a sport scout 36-37.
Iffin' it was, my mutt looks to may have the 39 spring. ? , hacked, chromed, narrowed to over the grease fitting? ....I'm just trying to finger it out

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That top tree does look like it could be a modified version chromed of this here stock one. ^^^^^

More likely an after market copy.
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It be great if some Indian gurus could chime in to help look for some clues... till then...

Here a pic of the peg.
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That girder really is fantastic.
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Somebody put some work into it years ago... thanks Throwback.

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From post #39, this is the last pic as a full roller I saw, is this the final config?



I particularly like the fender/seat/sissy bar setup. What motor are you going to use??

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Thanks Willy, I plan on using a pre 70's motor but still need new guts for the transmission. Chances are I wont have the cash for a motor til the end of summer or longer but we shall see... At least I can ride the other bikes til then. I'm going to keep the fender drilled to take that seat setup along with the very comfortable seat pictured for my old back... taller bars in pic with tank from my Triumph. The final config could be near this setup but with different tank or bars.

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Coming along nicely....
Yup, I keep one ride around, a fairly new one that never gives me any problems, while stumbling along on the rest of my projects. Like you I need more time, more project money, and other projects that stay DONE when they're done.....
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Front end is definitely Indian. It has been narrowed some. The sport scout girder and the 741( Indian military 500cc) girder are similar. The 741 has the headlite mount cast on the fork and the Sport Scout has a triangle lug casting on the fork and the headlight bracket bolts to that. 741 has a u shape bracket welded to it for the speedo and no lugs for the fork shield and horn. Also the 741 is a little bit longer. With all the stuff hacked and narrowed on that one its hard to tell if it was a 741 or sport scout fork. look up scout or 741 handlebars. They bolt on to the 2 lugs in front of the damper/stem. Definitely Indian tho...
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741 or sport scout girder skool is in session. Thank you for the good info flatman.
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A couple of fresh pics of bug eyes with its pal the barracuda. New tanks & seat mock up, I'll be keeping a eye open for a motor soon if nothing else gets in the way....


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nice work...i like how ya doing things...... dunno how I missed this thread till now?... gonna be a folower from here on in....
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Girder is nice, but personally I would have went with the spoty or mustang style tsnks, one of those round oil tanks I see there on the ground, scorpian style seat no puss pad, and yes that rear gender is atrocious.
Add a diffrent fender and a sissy bar or cool fender strut set up and call it good.

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Sorry just sern the first post looks tits now.
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BTW turn the puss pad around, it will flow better with the lines.
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Thank you pete. I flipped the puss pad Link-Belt, you are right, thanks. Can you say risers?
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Is it Christmas already?!
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Risers are way up there bro. I like em.
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Does anyone have an old ad of them or know who put out I beam risers back then? I've been trying to find info on these.
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What a lucky bike to live in a Plymouth household. Mopar or no car!
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Does anyone have an old ad of them or know who put out I beam risers back then? I've been trying to find info on these.
Honestly, I thought you made them..
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^ Nope, not me. ...Old chrome chopper goodness!
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I picked up this odd chrome 5 inch wide flat fender for the bike. I'm guessing the tabs are for struts or brackets? what do you guys think? I cant decide weather to cut them off or leave them maybe to mount a leather saddlebag or something. The raw fender on the bike now will still get painted with the tank when the time comes...
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I'm ditching work today to go look at some 1948 cases this morning, I'll let you guys know if its a go or not....
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I passed on the cases. The search continues..........
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The fender is mounted & I picked up these HD bags at a fair price, the fender tabs worked good for them. A Flathead would be nice for this bike....
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Very Nice....
and Happy New Year...
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Thank you Willy, Happy New Year to you & everyone else here on the JJ. I'm going to look at another motor tomorrow afternoon.....
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More work on the girder was done with the stem and top nut for safety. The stem is hollow & has threads on the inside as well so it was tapped out for a 9 1/6 x 18 bolt then drilled the top nut for it. I don't want the stem pulling out going down the road.....
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Bug Eyes got a 53 motor today! I was told it was found in a basement so we can call it a basement find.... The motor has been gone through and is ready, has solid lifters, I will take some pics soon.
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Congratulations - Hope the new motor still has the '53 Cam Cover. It was the best looking one of all of them.
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Thank you Mike. Not the best picture but here it is.
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Fit's like it belongs there! Lucky you...
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A buddy brought over a M74B last night, I need to get a rebuild kit. I did not use a insulator block on my other bike with linkert & had no problems. My question is about the insulator, do you guys think they help that much and should be used?
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I think you will be fine without it Howard.
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It looks like the Main Nozzle may have been drilled a bit compared to some other pics of them, the two bottom holes.... hmmm....
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looks like it.
the book says they should be equally sized on this type jet.





that is if i read this correctly...
this type B nozzle (what i think it is from your picture) doesn't seem to belong inside an M74?

i like this build a lot! can't wait to see pictures with the engine in
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Fred! Thank you for taking the time to post up that info. One can never have enough books, now that I have two pans with Linkerts it would be a good idea to have The Linkert Book. Thanks again!
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pm me if you want the whole thing as a digital "preview"
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Nice work Fred! Love this site for stuff like this.


Basement find.... New term to be over used.
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New nozzle is on the way with some other carb parts. Here it is on the bracket, just trying to ruff it in to see how things line up....



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Nice Pan motor. Looks like all fins are present and accounted for. I like its silvery goodness...and the bug eyes.
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^ The motor told me it was glad to be out of the basement
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Lets talk about a small battery...... I'm leaning toward a XPS SC-1, ....any thoughts about this or bad stories out there?
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It's coming together quite nicely...
That motor is the perfect addition...
I'm looking for a small battery also,
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I love it when my motors talk to me...
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Here are the batteries Willy, same in size, their size is about two cigarette packs side by side. One of them is more powerful, I need some help to decide what one to get for a kick only w/ points.


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I'm (slowly, unfortunately) redoing my '62, it's a kick start, joe hunt mag and a battery eliminator setup, but was pretty scary sometimes as it got dark, getting the lights to lite up, and the brake lites never worked in the day, as there was too much delay getting the battery eliminator to crank up enough voltage (excite the fan cooled 6 v generator to put out??) to lite up the brakes, so want to add a battery to that setup, mainly for daytime brakes. One of these should do the job. I guess it's finally time to convert to 12 v also....
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^ Very interesting, Maybe someone can chime in that knows if the 6 volt added could help with your setup.
I'm thinking either of those 12 volt batteries should be ok for me.
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The 6v "battery eliminator" I'm using is quite old, early electronics, and there may be much better ones available these days, but they may only be 12v also.
I think if I get a modern 6v voltage regulator, toss the "battery eliminator", and just use one of these batteries, as there would be only lites and brakes using the electrical system, the ignition would still be the Joe Hunt mag, that it would work just fine, so I'm heading in that direction. I'll start a new thread on that, as some others might have similar questions about the older 6v systems.
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Transmission is done! It was rebuilt with some new and good used parts. A generator is next, along with mounting the gas tanks...
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What's going on with that thing outside the sprocky?
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Next to it is the oil deflector.

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Hmm. Just doing some reading about that thing now. I've never seen one in a Harley I opened up; never owned one from the right time period.

At risk of derailing your thread, does it work well?
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This is good discussion, No worries about a derailment, there is one on my 50FL as well... I'm guessing it works... I wonder what year they stopped using them?
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It's been a month, I finally got the wheels done!
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Just went through the whole thread.

I'm envious of your basement find, so much cleaner and less "used" than my 54 pan motor. Mines had a working life runs beautifully but it's slogged. I love the latest iteration of the bike also! will be following this.

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Thank you Rhys. Your pan looks real nice!
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Diggin those wheels!!
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The wheels looked to have been out of service for decades, updated the hub with a side grease fitting.


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I picked up these tanks last summer, gonna put them on bug eyes. What would this flat bracket be for? maybe a coil? or another place to mount something? Does anybody have some info on B.U.B. ? ....not much out there on the web.

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Are the tanks B.U.B? They offered a set of smaller than stock fatbobs for drag racing use a long time ago. I never held a set in my hands and always wanted to see one. Looks like these were modified for street use.
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There is a BUB stamp on the inner flat sides, these look to be never used, inside is mint. there is a pair of them on that auction site now that have the same "bracket mount thingy" as Jaws would say

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Old 05-28-2016, 04:20 PM   #135
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Yer blowing my mind here....I've never heard of BUB. History lesson please.
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From what I could find is that they were produced in limited quantities, 17 gauge steel & held 3 gallons.
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Thank you grub.
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Update time. Primary and clutch is on. I ended up getting the Antigravity 4 cell battery. Hopefully there is time to get to the generator & finish the wiring over the weekend. Then start to figure out how to mount the tanks...
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Generator went on today! If all goes well Bug Eyes should be ready to fire up soon. Two spacers still need to be made up for the rear wheel.
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For the lower oil tank, battery box, and inner primary mounting tabs, I made them out of cymbal stand legs

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I thought there was a problem with threads on the oil pump, It turns out I needed this fitting for the threads. It was only used for a few years, Do you guys have any info on this fitting? I'd like to find another...
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The backing plate spacer and rear wheel spacer is done. Gas tanks should be on the bike tomorrow, if all goes well we will fire it up this weekend! I plan on riding it around a for a few weeks then take the tanks & fender off for paint.
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Tanks are mounted, wiring is complete, battery is hooked up and the lights work. Its going to be hard to sleep tonight!


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Bug Eyes fired right up with ease today! I'll get some pics up during the week.
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That block is the cleanest I've ever seen as well. Looks fantastic. Maybe mines just gritty and dirty!! congrats. Enjoy her!
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Thank you for your help with the generator Mike.
Thanks rhys, Bug Eyes needs some gritty and dirty fun!
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I love that Bugeyes is so unique. Really a great job Howard!
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Thank you Jaws. Thanks Dan, Here is a pic of it. I seen them while shopping for a battery and went for it before getting the battery, I just did a search for them & it looks like the price went up a bit... same with the battery....
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Thank you Fred. I've been trying to dial in the girders shackles & bolt tightness with each ride. My buddy Wino gets credit for naming the bike, some of you might know him from the bands: The Obsessed, Saint Vitus and Spirit Caravan, he was there when Bug Eyes fired up for the first time!
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Bug Eyes is much louder now! Yup, different pipes. Chrome fender went back on, the other is ready for paint. Also, I had to put one of the other tanks back on while the BUB's get fixed due to a leak... good thing it didn't get any paint yet.

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Nice. I almost like it this way best.
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Lookin' mighty good there !
I love that new motor smell, mine is getting close too...
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^^ Thanks again guys. I've come to the conclusion that bug eyes needs a dampner up front so I started gathering parts! Tabs need to be welded back on the lower shackles and sides... more fun to be had!
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Most of the parts have been found, luckily I have a friend that has a stash of Indian dampner parts to get things going...
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To me the best part about the dampners is that they look so antique and ornate. I think what always attracted me to Choppers is that they are modified antique motorcycles that are ridden.
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^ That would make a good quote. Here's a good question, Is it dampner or damper??
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Here's a good question, Is it dampner or damper??
I honestly do not know if it is right but I have always used Dampner and the Damper just sounds wrong to me.
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Try "Dampener"

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I'll try it Stix, dampener damper dampner...... hmmmm
Here is some pics if them stacked up. I just got ahold of the lower shackles, the bolt still needs to be shortened.

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Bug Eyes has been try'n to be a bagger while the old torn seat gets recovered.


Here is the old now new looking seat!



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I'll try it Stix, dampener damper dampner...... hmmmm
Here is some pics if them stacked up. I just got ahold of the lower shackles, the bolt still needs to be shortened.

I love it, man, keep it up....
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Thank you Willy. It feels good riding around on 3 springs even though the front one needs to be tamed down... the old K Model seat feels good also but that white seat is going back on. I know what to do with paint now, not gonna let the cat out of the bag yet

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Thanks Alex. I haven't taken the front end apart yet... soon..., gas tank and fender is being painted. Here are some pics of the new bars.


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i like the whole constant change/workinprogress vibe over the thread on this bike
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mikecola, thank you sir. That about sums it up.... constant change/workinprogress.
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grub! thank you. Here is a shaky video of the fresh paint, my camera & photobukkeeet sucks.
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The sun was out, a good time for pics. My favorite HD tanks were similar to this design, 1962 if I'm not mistaken, that's what we went for. For you paint gurus its GMO43 on your Dupont spectramaster with fine silver flake added, & pearl white on the stripe.




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I love that color Howard! Now you need the Bug Eyes name in cartoon lettering in that big green field below the gas caps.
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I've been watching your build from the silent peanut gallery. I have to say I usually don't like the dual side-by-side light look...but that being said, this peanut brain thinks it works really well with your build.
It's Got that quirky-cool look...gotta love it, haha!
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Thanks for the kind words guys. Do you think vinyl would work? who has a printer
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Wow!! Love the color.
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BugEyes is done & ready for this spring. Went for two small putts today & the girder feels good to go. Without the dampners it was sketchy.... I cant imagine why the previous owner went to do all that work & left them off... While the bike was on the lift some chrome covers found their way on BugEyes. Thank you Mods & everyone here for the documented thread. I will take some full pics soon.
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Here goes some pics, I wanted to take some from out on the road but this will have to do for now....





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Update: BugEyes started to shift hard into second gear so the trans was pulled & the problem was in the lid, the shift drum was worn and did not have another so it was updated to a fx style that was available at the time. Rode to work today & its shifting good now!



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Neat build, and I love the name you gave it. It kinda reminds me of Roberto though, the stabbing robot from Futurama.
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