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Old 11-10-2012, 01:56 PM   #1
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Default 76 Shovelhead build

So... not a real build, but should we call it a half build?

im stripping it down and changing the bike completly so thought would be good to have another shovelhead thread as we dont have enough lol

earlier this year, after so many years wanting a harley/project I bought my 79 ironhead as i didnt have money for what I really wanted. - A shovelhead.

Then, a couple of months ago this one came up for cheap so I grabbed.
Numbers matched, running, low miles, loads of paper work... sweet!

this is when I got her home


then decided to start playing around with a rear fender I had laying around..




then realized the distance from the tyre to the frame was too much and i needed a shorter suspension. Luckily I came across a nice set of Smith Brothers and Fetrow struts, which drop the rear nicely..




at the same time I got these:


which I'm still waiting on axle, neck nuts, etc so I can see how she sits with the struts and springers.
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Old 11-10-2012, 01:59 PM   #2
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Default Re: 76 Shovelhead build

More recently today, I started to tackle the tanks..
My idea is to get something smaller, peanut/wassel on it...redo the wiring (i'll only be running headlight and rear light). Could even get away of not even having front light as over here you can do it if you only ride during the day.



and then found this when i got the tanks off...cracked engine mount
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Old 11-10-2012, 02:00 PM   #3
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and a pic of both the 76 and the 79
took me years to have a harley.... and in such short space of time I now have 2 !!

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Old 11-10-2012, 02:21 PM   #4
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Default Re: 76 Shovelhead build

hell yeah

nice rear susp. >check
nice springer (the right one ....not a F'ed up DNA) check
smaller gastank ...

and ps loose the ape when you go for that springer
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Old 11-10-2012, 02:44 PM   #5
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ho yes, forgot to mention the apes! yes they are going!.. the 79 Iron also had apes when i got her and I've changed that.

i'm going for something smaller, Z bars/T bars dont know for sure, have to play around and see what feels and looks right
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Old 11-10-2012, 05:17 PM   #6
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Lots of good to work with. Could have been a Cat's Astrophy with that top mount broken.
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Old 11-10-2012, 05:24 PM   #7
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Please paint the rims on the sporty

My 2 cents is that small wassels etc look out of scale with BT bikes, especially swing arm frames. If you go a sporty tank I think its Fab Kevin that does that kit that bolts onto the fatbob tabs on the frame and provides a cool bracket that goes under the sporty tank.

Have you flicked through the swingarm thread? LOTS of inspitaion there.

Cool start and stoked for ya that you ended up with it.
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Old 11-10-2012, 05:29 PM   #8
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yes, yes i know.. the rims are red! they'll be changed, but there's sooooooooo much more to do on that sporty before i even think about rims lol

thanks for the tip, I'll have a look into that kit
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:58 AM   #9
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So.. had the day off work today and spent most of it in the garage...

started playing around with the wiring, need to get rid of indicator wires and some other bits in there, quite messy, but i think it wont be too difficult as i'm only running a headlight and rear light.



btw, what's this little box? one side is connected to the batt the other to the switch.
looking at the wiring diagram in the manual, it shows breaker circuit and circuit board.. I dont have either. Only have a fuse straight after the battery.




then, once all the wiring and the console was out of the way it was time to try a sporty tank on to see how she looks.... I'm liking it!!






Couple of questions... on post #2 - what is the red bits on the nuts on the head? one is broken, dont have a clue why they are red and what they're there for....

Any ideas where to mount 3 lights? I need 3 lights (ignition on and will be on when in neutral / oil light / high beam ) but i was kind of stuck for ideas when in the garage today..
I'm running an oil pressure gauge at the top of the head on the right side and opposite, on the left, im thinking of running a small tacho....couldn't think of where to fit lights and ignition with these 2 parts in mind..

might just forget about the lights and just run one red one for the oil pressure? dont know.. kind of lost there

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Old 11-12-2012, 11:05 AM   #10
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Default Re: 76 Shovelhead build

A great starting point for an even better build. Meanwhile, I'd either put a bag over the Shovel's headlamp, or cover the Sportster's rims. Your Shovel should not have to look at those rims...
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:34 PM   #11
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That little box is the circuit breaker.
I think there is trhee of them, Mine from the battery was replaced with a fuse to.

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Old 11-12-2012, 12:42 PM   #12
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thanks.. 3 you say? well, mine only has one lol
but, looking at the wiring diagram, the other 2 would be for the 'accessories' and 'lights'. As there was no accessories connected to the switch and only a headlight, probably why the other 2 went missing...

btw, just out of curiosity, what the hell was the accessories??
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:53 PM   #13
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It was used for stoplight, oil signal light, Oil Pressure signal switch.
Not much of accessories, i guess.
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:40 PM   #14
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with hte electraglide , accessories was excess! radio , spot lights ,side lights etc.

the head light shell can have holes punched for indication/warning lights, maybe the jewel cut types like on old dash boards like ford anglia etc...???

the FX hides alot of shit inside the shell.

the circuit breakers sit in a bracket that can be mounted any where, against the fender by the battery or by the coil bracket ...???

might want to look how the motors sitting in the frame ..if the top mount is broke...WHY???
the front mounts down the base can need shimming to make the motor sit square when assembled or maybe the top mount only needed a washer behind it

better to have a broken bracket than broke motor case mounts.
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:51 PM   #15
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very good point there Friday... I need to check that, it looked like there was washers missing between the top bracket hole and the frame bracket and it cracked on the bent area.

what checks should I do to make sure the engine is sitting as it should? is there reference points to measure?
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Please correct me if Im wrong but you tighten the rear motor mounts down firm, measure any gap between the front motor mounts and the frame and shim appropiately. All engine to frame surfaces should be flat and preferably without powder coat etc. Then tighten top mount with appropiate shims.
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when the motor was going in ,it shouldve been bolted at the back to frame then theres the 2 mount bolts at the front of frame .

you shove a feeler gauge between the mount and the frame ... the horizontal gap, we're talking razor blade thickness. it can be only 1 side.
or it could be a miracle and be bang on.

theres also the sequence of bolting motor ,box mount plate, primary inner, box , box to plate ,plate to frame etc ...so ideally the motor becomes a "unit construction"

who knows who put the motor in.... got a manual?

(whered P pete spring from? beat me to it) lol

fuk , now Im starting to get paranoid. time to pull my bike...
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:14 PM   #18
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hahaha, sorry for making you paranoid! lol

yeh, I have 2 manuals, the Haynes (yuck) and the HD... sorry, I should really check in there, I just like a bit of banter (even if on the internet) better than reading stuff, specially at this time when its cold in the garage and im sitting confortably indoor, if you can exchange opinions/advice with real people. does that sound weird? i'm known to be a weird guy lol
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You're a pom, it goes with the territory mate
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Old 11-12-2012, 04:06 PM   #20
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I dont even know what a pom is! lol but i guess is some joke between Oz and UK?
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