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Old 07-03-2011, 04:23 PM   #1
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Not sure where to start with this. It's kind of a build, but kind of a transfer of parts; taking one bike and making another, sorta thing. With this being the common denominator:



They say it started its life as a 1960 XLH Sportster. However, it fell into the hands of someone who wanted more of a CH.




And if a few CH parts weren't enough for him, a set of Doc Dytch cylinders & pistons should do the trick.





Now, I picked up this bike in 2008 and it has led me through a series of ups and downs in that time, but it's mostly been a state of idle. With a few projects wrapping up now I've been able to focus some more time and energy on this one.

A few of you might be familiar with this bike as it has popped up in other places over time, I'm very grateful for the insight and advice you have given. For the rest of you, here's what she looked like when I took ownership:







Parked sometime around the mid 90's, it hadn't been started since.
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Old 07-03-2011, 04:45 PM   #2
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What's the matter with your driveway? Looks like whipped cream....
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Old 07-03-2011, 04:54 PM   #3
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What's the matter with your driveway? Looks like whipped cream....
Yeah, in your area they call it "getting TP'd"
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Old 07-03-2011, 05:22 PM   #4
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Always love a mag...d32
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Old 07-03-2011, 11:05 PM   #5
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After sitting in my garage for 8 months, I finally put some time into it. Some tinkering and a bunch of kicking brought her back to life.



A few passes down my street and she bogged down and died. No luck starting and a definite loss of compression.

The culprit seemed to be the rear cylinder, so we opened her up.



Seemed to be some signs of a blown head gasket, but more likely was this broken compression ring.
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Old 07-05-2011, 09:54 PM   #6
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I guess after 10-15 years of sitting they get brittle?


Pistons & cylinder walls seemed kosher so all I needed to do was hunt down some compression & oil rings for 40 year old pistons.


I've never done a top end before but I've always figured I would someday. After doing a bunch of research on parts for an older stroked ironhead I decided this shouldn't be my first. Contacted a few performance shops such as Truett & Osborn that have dealt with these setups back in the day, but wasn't able to get much accomplished over the phone. Then I ended up getting in touch with a local indy who came highly recommended and has worked on a bunch of these old sportsters. Before I knew it my engine was in his garage and rings were on the way.

and about a week later, I had it back. Cylinders honed, Hasting rings, new gaskets, etc.
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Old 07-06-2011, 01:03 PM   #7
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I didn't do this, but I knew it wasn't good.



figured it needed to be fixed, but in the meantime I picked up this so I could start transferring parts over, inspecting as I go.


I'm just gonna shut up now and post picture, I'm really only entertaining myself















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Old 07-06-2011, 01:27 PM   #9
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Old 07-06-2011, 02:30 PM   #10
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I wish I owned a lathe. they look fun to play with.
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Old 07-06-2011, 03:44 PM   #11
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Beautiful!!
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Old 07-06-2011, 05:05 PM   #12
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Cool looking bike. Makes me want a lathe.
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Old 07-06-2011, 05:35 PM   #13
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Is your rear tire an M&H ? Where did you find that at ? Looks meaty and killer !!
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Old 07-07-2011, 08:26 AM   #14
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This is actually the first time I've ever used a lathe, my dad picked it up at an auction & he doesn't even know how to use it. He wanted the space, so I picked it up & took it to my place. Still got a lot to learn.

M&H is from Jegs. Theyre on M&H's sight w/pics, but they only sell by the pair.
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This is going to be a bad ass looking bike. That rear tire just looks mean. Send some updates....
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Any info on this headlight?
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:46 AM   #17
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Any info on this headlight?
No but it rocks. Never seen another like it, would love to know too.
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No but it rocks. Never seen another like it, would love to know too.
It certainly does. I love the look of it. Let me know if you ever end up finding anything out about it!
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Old 07-07-2011, 12:59 PM   #19
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I believe its a pioneer headlight, seen a few posted under that name that are similar or the same.
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