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Old 04-29-2009, 07:24 AM   #1
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Hey guys bitchin site! Just wanted to show ya some pics of my newest project. Its a 1947 wl HD 45 flathead. My uncle sold it to me after deceiding it was to much work for him. He has owned it since 1968 and it hasnt been run since the late seventies. This bike has been in my family a long time in fact my Dad built most of it. Not sure what direction to go with it yet but this site has given me alot of ideas. Thanks
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Old 04-29-2009, 07:38 AM   #2
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very nice, keep us posted on the project!
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Old 04-29-2009, 01:45 PM   #3
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That is a great score right there! It will make one badass rat rod. I would run it like it is.
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Old 04-29-2009, 01:48 PM   #4
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the direction you should go is JUST LIKE IT IS!!!!!!!! that thing is badass!
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Old 04-29-2009, 01:53 PM   #5
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Dude, that is sweet. Cool that its been in your family for so long. And because of that, you ought to just clean it up and ride it as is!
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Old 04-29-2009, 03:41 PM   #6
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That's a cool old relic, maybe take some really good pics of it like it is, blow them up and frame them in your living room. and then tear it down and rebuild it, that front end looks like a total death trap, even though it looks wicked cool.
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I agree man, rebuilt it and leave it as is. If its been in the family that long there must be a reason.
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Old 04-29-2009, 04:23 PM   #8
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If you alter that bike, I can almost guarantee that you'll end up regretting it. Clean her up some, fix what ya have to, and rock that old girl in pride.
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Old 04-29-2009, 04:33 PM   #9
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Dont change it. Nice bike! Clean the carb, change the oil and ride.
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Old 04-29-2009, 08:52 PM   #10
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I love the 45 on the tank, thats just period awesomeness.
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Old 04-29-2009, 10:41 PM   #11
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Alter a $1,500 ironhead instead of that. Lots of polish, replace only whats needed.
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gotta love the oil cooler lines running right over the heads to the radiator... and the rice guys will be eating their heart out at the drive in 30 minutes before the old 45 gets there.
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Old 04-30-2009, 06:32 AM   #13
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timemachine goes again...
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Old 04-30-2009, 07:37 AM   #14
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, that front end looks like a total death trap, even though it looks wicked cool.
nothing wrong with the girder, plus it's been on there for year's, and ridden,,
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Old 04-30-2009, 07:37 AM   #15
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Clean that up get it running and ride it. And ride it over to show the family
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ratfink65,
Where in Wisconsin are ya? I might like to get a closer look at that old girl if I may. And if ya keep her as is, I could probably be talked into lending a hand with the resurrection without too much difficulty.
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clean it and ride it

please dont fuck it up
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Old 04-30-2009, 01:57 PM   #18
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nice piece of history but,,,,that's an ugly son of a bitch
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Old 04-30-2009, 02:22 PM   #19
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im all for keeping stuff period correct and not fucking up cool old bikes, but they didn't always do things right in the 70's.

it looks like a bunch of potential but could be even cooler.
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Old 02-27-2010, 05:23 PM   #20
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Thought Id do an update for you guys. I have made up my mind to change it around a bit as i had another hd passed down to me. Let me know what ya think. This pic shows the bike in my basement just before the snow started flyin
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