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Old 01-12-2012, 09:47 PM   #1
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Well, I’m a little embarrassed to admit it, but I started this build more than 5 years ago. In fact, by the time I actually get it on the road it will have been 6 years since I first bought the pile. But hey, it’s my first ever motorcycle. That ought to be worth something, right? Anyway, I started a thread a long time ago. Seemed better to just start over since the thing is actually coming together now. I’m going to post progress pics from where I started up to where I am now. Hey, after all, it has been almost 6 years. There’s a bunch to post, so here goes nothin’.

This is what I bought. Man, what was I thinking? I got a clear title with it, which is worth a bunch in Illinois.







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This thing was pretty homely, to say the least.




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The more I looked at this thing, the less I liked it. So I started shopping for an aftermarket frame. I settled on the Flyrite Loaner.



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My son Jesse and I went to work one Saturday and started cutting off all the ugly.





This is what was left.

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Started a little mock up and that’s as far as I got for a while.




Once I got back to it, I started by cutting off more ugly.





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Then I tried on some different sets of wheels, bars, risers, etc.



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Then more time passed, the kids grew, I finished a VW project, blah, blah, blah… Finally got back to it and started fabricating some stuff.
Brake stay from a VW convertible top part.


Fender mount and other stuff turned on my newly acquired Southbend lathe.


I’m kind of proud of thee head steadies. Lots of failed attempts before I got it the way I wanted.



Lower mount for the oil bag.




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Beefier rear engine plates since the foot pegs didn’t feel sturdy enough.

After a lot of JJ research, I got this battery and made a bracket for it.







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Mounted the seat pan that my buddy Bolt (bustedlifter) bent up for me. I still need to figure out what I want on the seat so he can get to the leather work.



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Toyed with a few different tail light, sissy bar and fender strut options. I think it’s settled for now. May change again before I’m all done.







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Trimmed up the fender and shot a little primer on it.



Made some mounting points for the electrics.



Did one last mock up and threw it in the truck to take it to Jeff for some nice TIG welding.
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Got it back in short order and the finished welds looked great. Some assembly required.




Cleaned up the frame. All ready for a nice coat of Imron, just to get me through next summer. I’ll eventually go with powder.



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Bolt convinced me that we had to make it a roller again just to check the lean. It’s been a long time coming.



Wait, that last picture gives you an idea of how long this thing has taken.
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Time to start polishing, powder and final assembly. Hope it runs. Ha!






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That's all the pics for now. My goal is to have this thing on the road in time to ride this year. So I'll be posting more updates soon. Really, I mean it this time.
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Old 01-12-2012, 10:26 PM   #16
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You're doin' great, keep up the good work.

It's a long road sometimes.
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Looks great man! The pic with your son young and grown up is pretty funny. Can't wait to see it finished!
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Good choice on getting a better frame. Nice work going on also.
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Nice Man!! And I dig the Raleigh Chopper!! I had a couple of them bikes!!!
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Good work man, you have more patience than me.
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Very nice, no shortcuts.
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very nice. great little touches on the detail. I've subscibed so keep it coming
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Old 01-13-2012, 04:32 AM   #23
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Great work! Love the rod you can see in the background
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looking well worth the wait, keep at it
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LEE!!!! Whats up man!!!!! After hearing about this at the last few pileups during the sign setups, its super rad to see it!!! Great job man!!
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man damn good job. this thing is looking good
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man Lee, that's a lot of work to get done in one day! haha

Looking great!
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Old 01-13-2012, 12:44 PM   #28
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looking good can't wait to see it finished
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Get this thing done so you can start a thread with that Ironhead.
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better lock it up man! that kid has that look in his eye!!! he will be wheelin it while you at work. Way to pass the torch! nice fabrication home shops wher it at! Dig the sedan too.........needs a blown caddy motor in it LOL
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NICE
great follow with alll the pics
I guess your son "OWNS" that bike now

I think he would like to. But no way, not yet. She's mine, all mine.


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Nice Man!! And I dig the Raleigh Chopper!! I had a couple of them bikes!!!

Thanks man. Yeah, I've always been a Brit bike guy I guess. My first was a brand new 69 MK1 - Rally green 5-speed and a head rest. Should have kept that one.


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LEE!!!! Whats up man!!!!! After hearing about this at the last few pileups during the sign setups, its super rad to see it!!! Great job man!!

Hey Ryan, I was hoping you would see this. Hopefully it will be ready for Torquefest or at least Wayland!


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man Lee, that's a lot of work to get done in one day! haha

Looking great!

One day and 5 years maybe. Thanks Clay. I'm heavily influenced by your builds.


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Get this thing done so you can start a thread with that Ironhead.

Patience my man. We can't let the cat out of the bag just yet.


Thanks everyone for the comments. More pics to come. I promise!
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Dig the sedan too.........needs a blown caddy motor in it LOL

I like that idea! It would free up the SBC for the C10. Hmmm...
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I'm into this one! The details are dead on and you seem to have a machinists touch with your work. Looks killer!
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Beautiful craftsmanship - looks like you've got all sorts of cool projects going.

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Yeah, nice work. I thought those were two different sons.
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nice metalwork and good pics to boot. By the look of the cars (truck) in the pics you are no stranger to iron. Nice bike and the finishing with the parts is super clean.
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Old 01-13-2012, 03:21 PM   #37
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Nice work and persistance.I'm kickin' myself for giving up and selling unfinished projects.I like the way you went with the taillight (no sissy bar) and the bars.As much as I like brass,you got a nice clean look.It's fittin' your boy pretty well ... C'mon dad,do you REALLY expect us to believe you didn't have this planned ? ... lol
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Well, I’m a little embarrassed to admit it, but I started this build more than 5 years ago. In fact, by the time I actually get it on the road it will have been 6 years since I first bought the pile. But hey, it’s my first ever motorcycle. That ought to be worth something, right? Anyway, I started a thread a long time ago. Seemed better to just start over since the thing is actually coming together now. I’m going to post progress pics from where I started up to where I am now. Hey, after all, it has been almost 6 years. There’s a bunch to post, so here goes nothin’.
This is what I bought. Man, what was I thinking? I got a clear title with it, which is worth a bunch in Illinois.

Great job all around. It's a learning experience for sure. Don't be embarrased, I started my Panhead project in 2005. Changed directions way too many times and let too much time go by here and there. Looking forward to finishing as I'm sure you are.
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Rome wasn't built in a day. Excellent work.
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I noticed that I was givin no credit in the text for my constant ragging of you to get off you butt and work on this thing! Thats cool Lee, i'm just always the motivator, never getting anything in return! haha! looks great man, I really never thought it would look this good, or that you would get it this far, kinda sucks cause I was thinking someday I would buy this pile of parts from you!
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I noticed that I was givin no credit in the text for my constant ragging of you to get off you butt and work on this thing! Thats cool Lee, i'm just always the motivator, never getting anything in return! haha! looks great man, I really never thought it would look this good, or that you would get it this far, kinda sucks cause I was thinking someday I would buy this pile of parts from you!

OK Chad, I will admit that you and Bolt deserve at least a little credit (OK a lot) for pushing me. You guys need to be good for something after all.

And, what in the heck would you do with more parts?
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the Devils in the detail, very nice fab work, cool thread
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bolt them to more bikes! I need more parts man, I need to add on so I can store more stuff!
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Looking real good man.
Didn't someone on here have those brass risers bolts snap on them?
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I'll bet that kid claims it as his own soon enogh
Better find something to follow up with
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so is this going to be a graduation present for your grandson?
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Kickstart - yeah, I think Jesse would kind of like to claim it for himself. So far he's not making any noise about it though. He's a pretty patient kid. Probably just biding his time. Funny you should mention a follow up. There is a little something in the works. Stay tuned kids.
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I spent my day off in the garage working on the bike a little, because I know that's what Dr. King would have wanted. I pulled off the primary cover and the rocker boxes just to see how things looked. I'm not using the old chromed pieces. Going with a polished look instead. The chrome is too worn. I had some other things to get done today, but at least I got to clean the engine up a bit.














Everything looked really good until I pulled these out. Not so good.


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awesome bike with lots of nice 'n interesting details

can't wait to see the whole thing coming together - hope it ain't take another 6 years ...

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the bike's come a long, long way. looking great... and love that battery mount. devil's in the details...
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Well I don't feel quite as bad about having left mine alone for nearly 4 years....

I'm not sure about yours but I had put new bearings and rings in mine 4 years ago and when we went to 'kick it through' to check the pushrod movement it was REAL stiff to get it moving (almost felt locked up). It loosened up and we sprayed a little liquid wrench in it to keep it that way.

What did you use on the cases to clean them that nice?
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What did you use on the cases to clean them that nice?
Elbow grease.

Seriously though, the engine was pretty clean when I got it. I shot it once with Gunk engine degreaser right after I pulled it out of the old frame. I just wiped it down yesterday with mineral spirits.

I used Mothers mag polish on the covers after sanding them with 320, 600 and 800 grit. I'm not satisfied with the shine yet, so I'll hit 'em again with 1200 and 2000 grit, then a good buffing on my buddies power buffer. That oughta do it.
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Super thread and lovely work on that bike...what a great experience that you can work on this project with your son.
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So, is it done and running?
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Bike looks awesome, Very cool build
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Great build and some great fab work. Hell, your boy has turned into a man during this build!

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Old 01-19-2012, 09:14 AM   #58
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Very nice build man. Some awesome fab work. So is it up and running yet.
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Not running yet. The last set of pics is where she sets now. I've got some shop time coming in the next few weeks though. Too bad it's so freakin' cold now.
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I've been making a little progress lately. Mostly just cleaning up bits and pieces, prepping them for my buddy Bolt to powder coat. I forgot to take pics of some of the pieces. Here's a few I remembered:











I decided to work down those goofy nubs on the side of the lower tree.








I think it's better.


On to the rocker boxes. Spent about an hour an a half working on this tonight.











Still have a way to go, but my wife's headed down to Florida to see a friend for a week. I plan to spend all of my free time in the shop while she's gone. Just me, the Trump and some Guinness.

More to come....
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Sweet action. Love seeing old metal refreshed, like your rockerboxes and covers.
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Sweet, real sweet!

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Nice job man!!! Looking great!
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You've got a ton of work in this thing... I love the look of it ---- 100 times better than what you started with!



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A few update shots. I've mostly been polishing stuff. Learned a lesson about what happens to misaligned pushrods when using cheap gaskets that don't have the little guide holes on 'em. Live and learn I guess. Waiting on a new set of gaskets now.




















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Whoops. I guess the cat's outta the bag on the next project now.
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Fancy polishing. Fancy taste in beer, as well. =)

Looks good, man. I don't have the balls to polish like that. That's impressive.

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Oooh, shiny... mmm, Guinness...
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If my hands moved as fast as yours sanding that metal I would never leave the house!!!
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Who did the wiring on that Ironhead? Nelson?
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Ha! I don't know how I missed this thread. It's looking Great! Can't wait to see more pics
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Could you please explain the process of making that engine so pretty?
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Dude!

Your ride is looking awesome already!

Nice details - nice work on the cleaning 'n polishing ...

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That looks like bottled draught, or Extra Stout just packaged differently for the US market?

I love the polished rockerboxes, don't know if I have the patience though.
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One of the things which i love about this site, is that I look at work done by others, with progress reports etc, and it makes me want to get out to the garage, and work on the projects there.

This is going be a lovely bike when done. Congrats so far, keep at it!
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Thanks dude. It means a lot to hear positive comments from you guys that turn out beautiful scoots on a regular basis. I still need to work out the exhaust one day soon.


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Lots of sanding and rubbing. Seriously though, I start with an angle die grinder with a 2" roloc disc about 60 grit. Carefully shape a little with it. Then ditch all the power tools and break out a stack of cheap sandpaper. 120 grit, then 220, 320, 400, 600, then 600 wet, 1000 wet and 2000 wet. Finally smear Mothers mag polish on it and rub it off. I like to finish it all off with a little Wenol polish too. Get used to sore, cracked fingers and no fingerprints.


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That looks like bottled draught, or Extra Stout just packaged differently for the US market?

I love the polished rockerboxes, don't know if I have the patience though.[/QUOTE]


Bottled draught. My favorite for sure. Although my buddy Liam (from the Dublin area) says it's not the same as home. I hope to someday make the trip over there to find out for sure.

Thanks for all the kind words guys. I hope to have some final assembly shots up here soon. Stay tuned.
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A little teaser for the paint:


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Lots of sanding and rubbing. Seriously though, I start with an angle die grinder with a 2" roloc disc about 60 grit. Carefully shape a little with it. Then ditch all the power tools and break out a stack of cheap sandpaper. 120 grit, then 220, 320, 400, 600, then 600 wet, 1000 wet and 2000 wet. Finally smear Mothers mag polish on it and rub it off. I like to finish it all off with a little Wenol polish too. Get used to sore, cracked fingers and no fingerprints.
And here I thought there was some easy trick for this. Same process I have except you have far more patience than I so you get a better result.

Now I cry about my dad never building a motorcycle with me.

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Now I cry about my dad never building a motorcycle with me.
Good stuff, bud.
Yeah, my dad didn't do that sort of thing with me either, which is EXACTLY why I build stuff with my kids. We learn by example, sometimes good, sometimes bad.
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this bike is coming out amazing and the fact that your son is helping is awesome.
should have filled those holes on the lower tree if your not gonna use them
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this bike is coming out amazing and the fact that your son is helping is awesome.
should have filled those holes on the lower tree if your not gonna use them
I thought so too, but then I decided to add a SS machine screw to match the upper tree, polished of course.
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Wow, nice work and totally appreciated all the pictures...so fun to see it all come out like that...post more pics when it's done please!

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The engine went back in the frame today. Big thanks to Bustedlifter for bringing the muscle.














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Thanks, strong back, weak mind, you know.
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Guinness in the garage again tonight.








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such a proper build.

better late than never for sure!!!

one question...

WHERE CAN I FIND RISERS LIKE THIS!?!?!?!?

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Didn't this type of brass riser almost kill a board member a few months ago? I might be thinking about another type, but someone on here had risers snap off and they ended up in a flesh-wad on the side of the road with punctured lungs and meaty bits showing that aren't meant to be exposed.
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Didn't this type of brass riser almost kill a board member a few months ago? I might be thinking about another type, but someone on here had risers snap off and they ended up in a flesh-wad on the side of the road with punctured lungs and meaty bits showing that aren't meant to be exposed.

oh shit i hope he is ok.
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It was littlebike, here is the thread and the offending parts:
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Oh wow. That's nasty. Glad I chose not to use those risers after all. Pretty scary.

Mine were DMC as well. Not the tall risers though, but I doubt that would make much difference. They look cool. Obviously looks can be overrated.
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Yep. That's the guy. Thanks, I couldn't find the thread. Glad he's ok, and glad you're not using them.
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Just started reading through this whole build today. Talk about inspiration to get working! I have a '71 Triumph motor in pieces covering the workbench in the basement, and the rest of the bike in boxes in the garage. Time to get moving...
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You're doing a great job Man. Keep it up and keep the pics coming
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Any paint updates? Looking good, Lee!!
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No paint yet Nick. I've been fiddling with the fender struts again. My paint guy wants the fender before he shoots the tank. I hope to get it to him this weekend.

Progress has been slow. I've only been getting an hour or two at a time to work on it lately.
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Looks good........dont listen to everything bolt sez as he will have you believing the only thing that is a motorcycle has to have a shovelhead engine.....hahahaha

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Shoe, I'm slowly coming around. I realize there are motorcycles with different engines like Pans, Knucks and Flatties. At any rate, Lee's bike is a looker!
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I'm kinda tired of just looking at it, aren't you?
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Damn Lee, looking GREAT!!!!
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Yer killin' me here DB! Ya' gotta' finish it!

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Yeah, I used to listen to everything he said. Then he put those boards on his shovel...

Boards are like sunshine.

Bolt,

I'm kinda tired of just looking at it, aren't you?
Get it running then already.
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Thanks for all the kind words guys. I'm making progress, just not as fast as I want to. I've been swamped at work and too many things going on these days. Hard to get traction when I only piece together 2-3 hours at a time to work on the bike. Maybe I need to call in sick for about a week and just lock myself in the garage.

I'm about to finish up the fender struts version 3.0, now in stainless. I'll post pics after I get 'em all welded up.

Here's a link to the battery I'm using:

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I bought the charger with it. Hope it works.
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I also think you should call in sick for a week.
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Great thread and pics! Love watching the progress.
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Good to see yer' makin' progress!
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OK guys, you know the drill. I've been really busy. Working on my son's Falcon. Long weekend away with my wife. Went to see my boy win a state championship in the 4x800. Helped the in-laws pack up to move. Yada yada yada. Life gets in the way and the bike project sits again.

So we have a little local car/bike show get together father's day weekend. I planned to have this thing done by then. Can't work on it next week, so it's one more mockup and I'll roll it to the show. After that we're going for paint. I promise.

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I'll try to get more this weekend. Stay tuned. It oughta get interesting now.
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Looks like that guy in the last pic is getting ready to swipe your scooter.
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:20 PM   #119
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Really nice work. Love the low key,less is more look of it that belies the attention to detail that you seem to have paid to each and every piece of it.
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Old 06-08-2012, 02:34 AM   #120
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very very nice work...........


thats a lot of polishing you have done there and it looks very good!
the tail light/plate bracket is beautiful...

hell the whole bike just screams "RIDE ME"


i must get my ass out the garage and "finish" my Hinckley project.



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Nice fab work, the bike is looking great, I love the licence plate holder.

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Holy shit Lee!!! That rear light/plate/strut package is soooo nice! So well done man!!!!!!
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Thanks guys. I puzzled over the rear hardware a lot. Probably had half a dozen different versions mocked up. I'm pretty satisfied with the results though. Now I just hope I don't break that tail light lens before I get it all done.
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Jeff the TIG welder was pretty surprised when I showed up with my parts in a jig. He said most dudes just give him a handful of parts and expect him to make 'em fit. I think it was worth the effort.
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That is a great looking bike!!! beautiful work for sure.
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fantastic work, and still well worth the wait amazing attention to details, rock on
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You do classy work. Nice.
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I love the jig you made up for the fender struts. Did it get welded together yet?

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Very clever... Inspirational.

Quite cold here lately (South/East coast of Australia), so am reading
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A 21st gift for the young-bloke perhaps?
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Great transforing this far, this Triumph is gonna be a killer when finshed, keep the great work up
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Dan, yes the fender struts are all welded up. Unfortunately, that's about all I got done last month. The original plan was to have this thing on the road by June 1st. Didn't happen. In fact, I barely turned a wrench on it last month. Just too much stuff going on. I hope to work on it tomorrow and a bit over the weekend. I fly to San Francisco next Tuesday for work and back home late Saturday. After that, I'm not going anywhere until this thing is done!

Anyway, here are some more pics. I mocked it up one more time, threw it in the old Chevy and hauled it out to a buddy's place for the Belltown Bash. I guess you could say that was the debut show.






















The struts are all welded up.



Jesse did a little striping on the tank just for the show




Now I take the fender and tank off for paint, which may take a while now that it's 100 freakin' degrees out. Starting to noodle out the exhaust. Still undecided about that. Just a lot of little stuff to do. Good thing I haven't ridden before (remember, this is my FIRST bike). That way I don't know what I'm missing, right? Patience is wearing thin though.
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It looks great, you've done a great job. It'll soon be done and you'll be riding it, cool.

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PIPES!

I spent the Independence day holiday cutting up some ratty old pipes and fitting the pieces into this set of high pipes. I need to give props to Clay at Atom Bomb and Dan at Angry Monkey for the inspiration. Thanks guys. I'm a far cry from your skill set and quality, but I'm pretty satisfied with this first attempt.

I originally thought this would just be practice before I made the real thing. I may just finish these and run 'em. Ah, who am I kidding? I'll make another set. These will do for now though.

















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whoa man those pipes look great! weld 'em & run 'em.
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Pipes look great, kind of tricky getting them to wrap around the engine but they look cool, well done.

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Great job. Pro quality build. I have a set of those bars and some of those beers!

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Pipes look pretty tasty Lee! The Nelson inner primary is buggered up enough that we will be running the belt in the breeze and kick only on Shelley's Shovel.
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Tell me something ,Dead Bird. Those petcocks you have on your bike,do they leak at all ? I had the same ones on my Triumph and they leaked so much I thought about hirering firemen in a truck to follow me around just in case.... Maybe it was my bad luck to have ordered falty ones ....
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I don't know if the petcocks leak or not. I've never had any fuel in the tank yet. I hope they don't. Guess I better keep an eye on 'em.
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Ooooh, nice pipes...

I could run a 'Morris' magneto... Primary side, with similar
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OK, if anyone's still interested I have an update. Hard to believe it's been so long since I posted. Sorry guys, I suck at this build thread thing. Here we go.

Tiny front brake master cylinder before:



After:



Got the wiring all sorted out:







Seat is done thanks to Bustedlifter:



on the bottom:



Pretty much done now:





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First signs of life:

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I've still got a fair bit of fiddling to do, but I hope to work most of that out as I ride this summer. I was planning to do a nice paint job soon. Still haven't decided whether I want to do that now or just ride the thing. We'll see.

First bike. I'm calling it done...... for now.



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Looking good dead bird. I like the bottom of the saddle, very cool.
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Well folks, this is the last (overdue) update on this thread. I got the tank and fender back from paint. My neighbor Rockey shot them with five coats of gold flake, ten coats of candy apple red and three coats of clear. I think it looks amazing. Just like I'd envisioned it. There's still a bit of fiddling to do, but I'm going to declare this build finally finished!

Unfortunately, cell phone pics can't do justice to this paint. Rockey did an incredible job with it. Looks about three feet deep.

Let me know what you think!
















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Very nice Deadbird. Your dead bird logo is magnificent!
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Your buddy did a great job on the paint. For what it's worth, take pics with sun/light over your shoulder and you"ll see much better detail in the pics. The dead bird is too cool.
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Nicely done. Is Rockey looking for a new neighborhood? One day I'll get a proper paint job, one day.....
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Lovin the color! Great build! Congrats on the follow through.
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Lovin the color! Great build! Congrats on the follow through.

Ditto..

Bonus points for the Edsel grill on the wall and the harmonic balancer as weight for your paint stand. Pun intended.
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