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Old 05-09-2016, 01:04 PM   #1
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Hey all -

I'm ready to get started on a build and wanted to share in appreciation of my inspiration and sharing of some really top level fabrication and ideas.

I don't have access right now to a workbench or some of the tools I've had in the past, so this might be slow going to start. I should be moving in some of my tools soon and that should speed it up.

I am starting with a straightleg frame that I had stored at my dad's and I kind of forgot about it, so I drug it home to get started. Frame looks pretty nice - loops, box mount, etc. are gone. Someone re-affixed the speedo area and the neck is plated over. I'm planning to smooth the backbone and pull the fat bob mounts on the down tubes, but keep stock dimensions. I'd considered having restored and selling, but seems like a lot of work and I'm digging it for this bike.

Here's how it sits now. Rod is early thought for sissy bar angle and height.







I've got a few kooky ideas for this bike. I'm kind of thinking over the top show bike, but I don't think I have the patience to maintain something like that. Either way I've dug a few choice parts out for it.

The shape of this light seems perfect for what I have in mind, but will need a new lens and some love to get it set up to not look like a left-hand light.



Not sure what these long pipes are, but I think they're very cool and current front-runner.



These handlebars are the perfect width for the trees, but not sure I will be keeping them:





Not sure what to do with the tank yet. I need to shave the mounts off before I start mocking stuff up. I have a Cub tank that someone smoothed out that's a pretty nice shape, but may be a little too long.

Other plans include a ridiculous sissy bar, which will represent the namesake of the bike, and maybe a 21" wheel, but otherwise blue sky.
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Old 05-09-2016, 04:10 PM   #2
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Pete ,looking forward to how this turns out , I really like the long megaphyone pipes too.
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Old 05-10-2016, 12:53 AM   #3
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Hells yeah!!

love it. Perfect sissy bar angle..not that stupid Terd style.

I too am jealous of the Megs....always wanted a set.
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Old 05-10-2016, 03:09 AM   #4
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The megs were accessories in the 40s and early 50s. People fitted them to the end of the Harley standard mufflers. On the end of upsweeps they must bring down the walls of Jericho.
I personally like my sissys fully terded meaning near upright btw.
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Old 05-10-2016, 08:04 AM   #5
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Thanks guys - I had it similar to Terd's build, but I think I'll like it better long-term and won't redo it down the road if I keep a little tilt.

I am curious to see how the pipes sound.

VonWegner - I really dig that bike! I also wanted to run a vibrator bar, but someone cut the loops so I'll be saving it for later.
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Old 05-10-2016, 11:53 AM   #7
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Thanks Bill

I must be getting fat and lazy because I spent a long couple hours with a hacksaw and files taking off the fat bob mounts and the speedo mount and it wore me out. The wife was napping so I didn't break out the grinder.

Quick tip, if you find yourself alone in the garage cutting with a hacksaw - keep a little wax or soap on the blade and it will go much easier. I would wipe a little paste wax on every so often and it cuts much better and squawks less.

Although slow going, happy to be making some progress. I need to spend a little more time cleaning up the frame and then will cobble back together and try some tanks to see what looks good.

For you guys running Wassel tanks - what's the best way to spread the tunnel to clear the motor mount?

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Good bones there SP. Keep that sissy bar angle where it is-it's all about lines. That lamp is cooler that a penguins butt- but get a red lens and use it on the back. Its too small for the front-proportion is important.
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Old 05-14-2016, 02:22 PM   #9
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Spent a lot of time cutting and filing, so I cobbled it back together and added some more stuff so that I could start thinking more seriously about the sissy bar and the gas tank.

Here are some pics of the current state:







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That frame looks really short or is it just a deceptive snap? looking good man!
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It's a stock Harley frame Rhys. The human mind can easily be tricked. Between the high bars, tank mounted up and far back and the sissy simulation the bike appears short.
If it had a low tank, drag bars and no sissy it would look long.
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I thought as much Mike! lovely looking all the same.
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Yep, like it alot.
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Great start. Those pipes were favored by one of the black clubs in Cleveland in the late 70s, early 80s and they are loud as hell. I worked with a bunch of those guys and rode with them several times. Good folks, fun times and they rode hard.
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Yeah - I think the short effect is increased with the extreme height.

Thanks guys!

Hoghead - We'll have to see once I start to get the final components on.

Hank - That's interesting. Picked them up somewhere, but haven't seen the exact style and always looking for a little more info.
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Pete,
Most of those guys ran those style pipes as true duals on shovelhead dressers. Someone on the forum had one of the complete bikes a while back.
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Spent a lot of time cutting and filing, so I cobbled it back together and added some more stuff so that I could start thinking more seriously about the sissy bar and the gas tank.

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Looks great so far, keep it up!
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I like it a lot. What kind of fork legs are those? Barneys?
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I like it a lot. What kind of fork legs are those? Barneys?
Yeah, either Barney's or Chicago Cycle Specialties. Maybe a few others made or distributed them...not quite sure how to ID to a maker. No markings on them.

I was a little nervous they'd not work well, but after I slid the one onto the fork tube - it's really solid. Still needs new bushings, but feels like they will work out.
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Do the forks take oil or are they spring only? I think the old Harley Nostalgia ones were spring only? They remind me of Vard lower legs.
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