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Old 10-14-2015, 10:06 PM   #1
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Just picked up a little project that I had been watching on craigslist over the last month or so. 1969 FLH motor with matching 4 speed ratchet trans. Engine and trans sit in an original, uncut Wishbone frame that was molded and painted back in the 70s. Trans has been rebuilt, as has the bottom end of the motor and the heads, but it came with most remaining parts to complete the build. Not totally sure of the direction on this one as it will be my first big twin project. More than likely try to stick with the chopper style of that time period and I have a little inspiration board tacked onto the wall of my shop. For now she sits like this until I pick up more parts, but I'm psyched to have scored this one!

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That is a glorious start for sure.
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That's a real good start right there. As far as the uncut business, I think the sidecar loops have been removed at a minimum, and the axle plate appears to have been smoothed, too. Think you're also missing a toolbox mount. That frame's been chopper-ized, but it's still cool as shit.
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Jesse your build was a big nudge in this direction, I'll be looking back at a few of your tricks for sure. Thanks guys
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that is a hell of a nice start. can i ask what it cost ?
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Oooh... Molded chopper goodness. Are you sure its not raked? How many fingers can you fit between the down tubes and neck?
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Sweet. I just sold a 1969 Shovel motor this week. Now you're making me regret it!
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Old 10-15-2015, 05:48 AM   #8
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Oooh... Molded chopper goodness. Are you sure its not raked? How many fingers can you fit between the down tubes and neck?
I'll get back to you on that, but when I stick my fingers into the neck I can still feel where the steering lock was and I can't feel any type of weld or edge
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Congratulations! Wow very nice project! One damn cool lookin motor. I will be watching this thread.......
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Nice score right there and what a great point to start from.
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Congrats, looks like a nice starting point.
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Nice! Now get building so we can enjoy ourselvs along with you.

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Good looking start . Love the generator Shovel engine it is a mix of old and new .
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that is a hell of a nice start. can i ask what it cost ?
Hint: look on craigslist.
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Alright gents, here's a little update, if you could even call it that. I pulled the top cover off just to inspect the gears. Besides the cracked cover, which has a very good repair done, everything else looked very clean. Kicker gear moves well and the top shifts well. Thinking of getting the adapter from Fab Kevin to run a drill to spin the gears. Just an idea. Also pulled the timing cover to check the gears. Everything looks (visually) good and it seems someone had put an Andrews J cam in there. Reading some older Shovelhead articles, they suggest the J as a mild upgrade. Any opinions on that?



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An "update" of sorts. Spent the weekend getting some ideas together and sourcing out parts. I picked up a narrow glide front end from a fellow JJ'er off of the classifieds. He'd already converted it to a 1" neck so all I'll do is extend the tubes. Not running these bars, I have vintage Flanders buckhorn bars that I've been holding for a while

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Alright gents, here's a little update, if you could even call it that. I pulled the top cover off just to inspect the gears. Besides the cracked cover, which has a very good repair done, everything else looked very clean. Kicker gear moves well and the top shifts well. Thinking of getting the adapter from Fab Kevin to run a drill to spin the gears. Just an idea. Also pulled the timing cover to check the gears. Everything looks (visually) good and it seems someone had put an Andrews J cam in there. Reading some older Shovelhead articles, they suggest the J as a mild upgrade. Any opinions on that?



Nice weld!

The old timers I talk to say leave the motor stock and relaible. Just be happy with it and if you want power get a different bike...

Advice I'd wish I'd listen to once in awhile
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An "update" of sorts. Spent the weekend getting some ideas together and sourcing out parts. I picked up a narrow glide front end from a fellow JJ'er off of the classifieds. He'd already converted it to a 1" neck so all I'll do is extend the tubes. Not running these bars, I have vintage Flanders buckhorn bars that I've been holding for a while



Gonna run it rear brake only?
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Gonna run it rear brake only?
That's the idea. One week in the city and I'll probably change my mind haha. I'll probably look for a juice drum or fab a mount for a rear disc
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