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Old 05-22-2016, 08:33 PM   #1
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Hey everyone. I haven't posted in quite awhile, was riding around on an evo that didn't really fit the spirit of this place, and also just kinda got away from computer forums. That said, I just picked up a project that'll be something new for me, and I'm sure I'm gonna need help from you all on occasion. I've owned Harleys and I've owned vintage bikes, but this is my first vintage HD.

I traded the reliable ride everywhere evo chopper for this:






It's a 55 lower, titled, numbers matching. I know the guy I traded with, and he bought it about a year before, running at the time. It was pretty 90's-tastic when he got it, and he had plans to turn into the chopper of his dreams but just ran out of steam I think. It ended up that he just wanted something to ride, and I wanted a project, so worked out for both of us.

I haven't done much with it since I got it home, but my plans are to put into a wishbone frame and make the chopper of MY dreams. I've ordered a manual, once that get's here I'll start tearing it down and take stock of exactly what I have, then start selling off what I don't want. Anyway, glad to be able to get involved in this community again.
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Looks like an excellent score Nick and looking forward to your finished product
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Awesome!!! Great trade. Evo for gennie shovel. I would love to be that lucky.

What is your dream chopper?
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very good score mate!!
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Old 05-22-2016, 09:25 PM   #5
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Looks like a great start - congrats!
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Awesome!!! Great trade. Evo for gennie shovel. I would love to be that lucky.

What is your dream chopper?
Yeah, I almost didn't believe that he wanted to trade myself! I'm really excited. Here's the evo I swapped:




It was a great little bike, so I like to think I didn't completely rob him.

As to my dream chopper, nothing too fancy. A few vintage pieces if I can afford them. I'll be looking for a OEM wishbone, probably one that's been chopperized due to budget, but the ideal would be stock rake, and I can put one back that way. I'll be looking to swap the aftermarket trans for a pan (or at least the case?), mechanical rear, wideglide front end maybe 4-6 over, sissy and k&q for my lady to sit on etc. I have a wonderful picture in my mind, hopefully I can execute it.

The first thing will be pulling the motor out and seeing exactly what shape it's in. So far nothing in the way of noticeable damage, mounts look good, no cracks that I can see. It hasn't run in at least a year. I can pull the top end, but I'll want someone who knows a little more than me to take a look and see whats what.
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Take lots of pics and notes.
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Old 08-11-2016, 09:52 PM   #8
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So I finally found a frame. I originally thought that I would want a wishbone, but the more I looked at the straight leg frames the more I liked the look, and I figured it was maybe more fitting given the motor year. Anyway, I've been looking for the right deal on a frame and finally found one. It's pretty choppered up and it needs work, but I couldn't beat the price. I haven't done the research to see if I can figure the year, but I will. Pics:
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If that is a 15 on the axle plate, it could be 54 or 55 if it has a 9 on the right side, it is 54 if 10, 55. Does it have any numbers on the top motor mount.

I just traded a complete 69 FLH motor, for a 41 FL knuckle incomplete motor and several other parts. Some might say we are crazy and they might be right, but you sound happy about your trade and I know I am. Good luck, FGH
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Old 08-12-2016, 09:34 AM   #10
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Outstanding trade in my mind! I really love the project end of the process and all the aggravation that comes along with it.
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Old 08-12-2016, 12:54 PM   #11
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55 motor in a 54-55 frame....

Love the way this is falling together.
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I traded the reliable ride everywhere evo chopper for this:
Nice, great score
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Old 08-17-2016, 08:10 AM   #13
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I've got a 59' pan/shovel with the S&S oil pump and was wondering about some differences I see here, hoping someone could chime and help out. Sorry to redirect at the moment...

Where Nick's oil pump has the oil pressure switch I plumbed in my top end oil line...from the S&S manual "Although oilobtained from this site may provide adequate top end
lubrication for some applications (Shovel top on Pan
bottom), S&S recommends site be used for pressure
monitoring only as oil from hole #3 does not go through lifter screen."
I am beginning to think that I am starving my top end or I possibly have something obstructing my top end oil line due to a distinct "whine" coming from the front cylinder. What does the modification on Nick's gear case cover entail to route oil feed to the top end? BTW I am running later style shovel lifter blocks tapped with solids and shovel gaskets, I have clearance issues with my magneto on the front exhaust. Would earlier pan blocks change the angle enough to prevent the pushrod tube contacting my magneto body?
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Old 08-22-2016, 04:39 AM   #14
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very cool and a great swap..... congrats
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Old 10-08-2016, 06:07 PM   #15
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Things are moving along here slow and steady. I had a local guy fix up the frame - he straightened the neck, repaired some cracks and strengthened some "fab work" done back in the day. Then, at my request, since the neck was already raked and plated and crooked anyway, I asked him to return it to stock rake and window it for me. Matt Jackson is his name if you're local, and he does good fab work at a fair price.











And now I'm at the point where I'm collecting the rest of the parts I want. I overpaid for a hap jones tank on ebay, and then picked up a wassell fender.





And then a little mockup this morning while having my coffee.

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Old 10-08-2016, 06:13 PM   #16
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Looking good man! excited to watch this! I'm jealous of your frame, I have a 54 pan in a paughco !
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Old 10-08-2016, 08:29 PM   #17
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I like this. Dig the gas tank!
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Old 10-08-2016, 09:14 PM   #18
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Shaping up really nice!
Matt Jackson builds some really amazing bikes, looks like he did a top notch job on your frame
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Shaping up really nice!
Matt Jackson builds some really amazing bikes, looks like he did a top notch job on your frame
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I'll be watching this one, shaping up to be bloody spot-on build!
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