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Old 01-08-2019, 01:58 PM   #1
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Default 1960 swingarm panhead CHOPPER for People's Champ 7

So here is what I'm starting with for the People's Champ 7 contest. I felt weird about entering the contest because of lack of talent compared to others but I was gonna make this bike anyways.

My last build thread wasn't entirely inline with the forum, but this should be more up ya'llz way.

The motor is a 1960 FLH, in pretty original shape that I took out of a 70's chopper of mine. Gonna rebuild it back to mostly stock, higher compression and lienwebber cam, run the linkert. The trans is an old Cal Products with a new ART hydro clutch cover I picked up right before Rivera went under.

The wheels are my cream puffs, front is a 18" PM 12 spoke and the rear is a Dick Allen style 15" centerline. Not sure who made it, don't think it's a real Mr. Allen wheel but same concept. Bought an entire triumph just to take that wheel off of it haha

Gonna weld up a drop seat style 4speed frame with mostly stock castings.

Gonna go for show and go, style and function. I'll try to update here along the next several months and would appreciate any tips on how you build a show bike in 6 months







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Old 01-08-2019, 02:17 PM   #2
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also, this is an excuse to get my frame fixture finally finished up. The table is a 60" off an old bridgeport and Will have a tall aluminum tower at the front for the adjustable neck fixture. The t-slots will lock everything down real tight. It's almost done just don't have any pics other than this right now.




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Cool, that's a great bunch of parts you got there.
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Old 01-08-2019, 06:04 PM   #5
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Cool, that's a great bunch of parts you got there.
Thanks, I've been collecting for quite a while and hopefully my cool parts stash makes up for the lack of creative talent hahaha

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Bud Light????


BAN HIM!!!!!


Just kidding, can't wait to see what you do with this.
More pics, please...
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Well, if you have the vision to look at a mill table and see a frame jig, I think this could get interesting
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Old 01-08-2019, 07:43 PM   #8
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Bud Light????


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Just kidding, can't wait to see what you do with this.
More pics, please...
I would not have noticed that unless you said something. That is going to be a nice fixture for sure.

Agreed, nice sum of parts so far, looking forward to watching this come together.
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Rad start! Looking forward to this one!
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Short(ish), swingarm, some ground clearance, too much brakes, fine fine wheels, brutal yet elegant(ish) -- I like it already.

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As others have mentioned, very tasty collection of vintage chopper paraphernalia.
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Love the front wheel. Looks like it'll be an interesting build. Also love the frame table.....a man after my own heart. Never ever throw tooling away there's always a use for it.
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You guys are cracking me up haha had to switch to the bud light to get my beach bod going in case I make it out to California, right?


Getting a slow start, which is making me nervous. I'm gonna be doing a 41mm front end with narrowed FL trees. Got everything to put it all together 6 over. The frame is going to prob be around 4 up and 30 degree rake but going to start with the front end to get my rake/trail dimensions from that.

Started shaving the legs last night but think my $100 auction craftsman lathe broke around midnight. Gonna make some brake hangers that'll mount from the fender tabs.



Looking for inspiration pics of old space ship looking switch panels people would put on their choppers back in the day like on the Detail Freak if anybody has some stored.
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Gonna make some brake hangers that'll mount from the fender tabs.
I'll be curious to see this. You clearly know what the fuck you're doing, but that mount is going to be taking soooo much leverage. I'm interested to see how you solve for that.

In an unrelated note, I see you are an Imgur user. Just so you know, if you have an Imgur link that looks like this: https://i.imgur.com/AfhEaJA.jpg and you insert a letter 'L' (but lowercase) right before ".jpg" on any Imgur link, they'll post within the confines of what our site can handle w/o side-to-side scrolls.

I imagine you do this on your phone, but I wasn't sure if you wanted to make it easy on the desktop types.
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Kind of a spoilsport thing to mention. But I'm sure you can easily lock up the rear wheel with just one of those big ol' calipers. So, in the interest of (nearly negligible) weight saving, purposeful appearance, and simplicity, why not just run one? -- Yeah, granted, two of 'em are more likely to frighten the natives, but still.
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"they'll post within the confines of what our site can handle w/o side-to-side scrolls."


I thought it was just me having to scroll from side to side to see the pics and read the post.
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I'll be curious to see this. You clearly know what the fuck you're doing, but that mount is going to be taking soooo much leverage. I'm interested to see how you solve for that.

In an unrelated note, I see you are an Imgur user. Just so you know, if you have an Imgur link that looks like this: https://i.imgur.com/AfhEaJA.jpg and you insert a letter 'L' (but lowercase) right before ".jpg" on any Imgur link, they'll post within the confines of what our site can handle w/o side-to-side scrolls.

I imagine you do this on your phone, but I wasn't sure if you wanted to make it easy on the desktop types.
I am kinda worried how that's gonna work out. kinda like how they used to do it on old drag bikes. If they did it, good enough for me. I didn't know that about imgur, I actually post from my desktop (chrome browser) and it resizes it, thanks for that input sorry had no idea it was doing that.

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Kind of a spoilsport thing to mention. But I'm sure you can easily lock up the rear wheel with just one of those big ol' calipers. So, in the interest of (nearly negligible) weight saving, purposeful appearance, and simplicity, why not just run one? -- Yeah, granted, two of 'em are more likely to frighten the natives, but still.
I made a bracket for the one that's on my other bike, should be pretty easy to copy that but for two. I'm hearing ya, I agree with ya but man wouldn't two of those bad boys all polished up on a nice polished hanger look so good?? haha
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Wanted to get the front end mocked up to figure out frame geometry. Got the legs roughed in, gonna polish them later because they'll prob get banged around for a while.






Picked up this totally wasted dropset frame after an impulse purchase at a swap a while back. It was so bad I was just going to cut the castings out and pitch the rest but the rear section wasn't too bad. Had to mock it up to see the tire



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Looking good! And I appreciate the smaller pictures, personally... my account here will not resize, for whatever reason.
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Looking good! And I appreciate the smaller pictures, personally... my account here will not resize, for whatever reason.
Thanks! Yeah I'm really sorry to everyone, I had no idea it was doing that since it looked fine on my browser. Thanks for the input on how to change that.
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