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Old 11-03-2013, 11:21 AM   #1
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Default Bringing a 68 shovel back to life.

Well... someone once said this could get addictive!!
yep.. sure is.

Just bought my second harley (or 3rd if you count the 79 ironhead I sold earlier this year)

my 76 shovel is on her second makeover (follow the link on my sig) and while she's in the surgery table I fancied getting another one as been looking for one for some months.

Txtd the guy who sold me the Fab Kevin kit for my 76 shovel asking if he knew of any going and he said come look at mine, might sell it.

So I went.. we agreed on a price. I'm happy and he's happy she's going to a good home.

Some details:
1968 FLH genny shovel
Original 22k miles, bought by his mate in Wisconsin in the 80's, imported to the UK 3 years ago.
have all docs, title, etc.. engine number is a low number, guess that's good or makes no difference?
Looks a bit tatty, just needs looking after, chrome is spot on, not pitted or rusted.

Plan:
She needs some looking after. she's been stood since the 80's but has loads of compression.
so to start I think I'll put new fluids in and get her to run - any advice on this?


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Old 11-03-2013, 12:26 PM   #2
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Very nice thats a great start........
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Old 11-03-2013, 12:39 PM   #3
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Wow-not many of these in the UK. Nice!
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Old 11-03-2013, 12:39 PM   #4
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Very nice thats a great start........
Lot's of potential there, congrats!
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Old 11-03-2013, 12:50 PM   #5
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can see a few chunks missing , sweet bike = no hard tailing this 1
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Ditto to all the above.

Are the cylinders dry? Is she sumped? Im going to guess most definitely if she has sat that long without running.

Tanks gummed? Carb? Valve adjustment?

For me on an old motor that sits, I take my time, clean everything as new and treat like a fresh motor. Meaning lube everthing I can get to wthout dissasembly of Major parts. Patience.

I fully expect to make a mess.
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Old 11-03-2013, 12:51 PM   #7
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well that doesn't suck...
looks like a fine example right there. congratulations!
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Old 11-03-2013, 01:21 PM   #8
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thanks all for the comments!


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WOW that is one my most favorite!!!!!! Keep the photos coming when you get started on her???
I'm getting her in my garage on Saturday, I'm not in a rush on this one, will take it nice and slowly as and when I have time to do bits on her.
Plan is just to clean up, get her running, put some decent paint on the tins

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can see a few chunks missing , sweet bike = no hard tailing this 1
Nop... no hardtailing this one.

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Ditto to all the above.

Are the cylinders dry? Is she sumped? Im going to guess most definitely if she has sat that long without running.

Tanks gummed? Carb? Valve adjustment?

For me on an old motor that sits, I take my time, clean everything as new and treat like a fresh motor. Meaning lube everthing I can get to wthout dissasembly of Major parts. Patience.

I fully expect to make a mess.
That's the advice I need, where to start with her.
Will be checking everything, taking it slow and surely ask loads of questions here
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Looks good. I guess the priority will be to get it road-worthy and registered?
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Old 11-03-2013, 02:56 PM   #10
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Good Get!
My tip, look for a decent stock style exhaust to make it run well.
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Old 11-03-2013, 05:38 PM   #11
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Wow. A nice one there. I would roll that! Aside from the general maintenance issues,
a classic seat,some pin striping around the flames, bars a grips to suite your style. Careful with all the smiling you'll be doing on that one!
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Old 11-03-2013, 06:08 PM   #12
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pin striping around the flames... now that's an idea.

those tins are not as good as they look, but to be honest, it wont stop me from riding a bike.
The main thing will be getting her running and road worthy and then probably just ride her as she is
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Old 11-03-2013, 06:11 PM   #13
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gorgeous find, get it going and ride the piss out of it
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:56 AM   #14
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Nice Score! A few more items/observations.....
1. Looks like you need to address some of the wiring.
2. Gas tank cross over needs a clamp.
3. Grease the wheel & neck bearings.
4. Check the swing arm pivot for play.
5. Flush the rear brake system.
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:06 AM   #15
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Thanks for the advice.
Yes that will be all stuff that will get done once I start actually working on her to ride her. for now, what i'm itching to do is hear that engine running

If I jump on the kick she has loads of compression as I can hear it..... that's good hey?
I was thinking of draining the oils and petrol, put new in and give it a go at starting?

or is it advisable to actually open the engine and look inside?
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:31 AM   #16
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WTF>>>>> look at the front wheels!! looks better than my new bike, the '98 and the older front 40 wire job and ride mine.
WTF.
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Old 11-04-2013, 12:12 PM   #17
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nice looking bike saw one in chico,calif. listing that looks similar to yours...have some fun!
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Old 11-04-2013, 01:13 PM   #18
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Very nice score....all good advice for sure.....if it was me,I would rebuild the rear master and carb....flushing the brake fluid is always a good idea,but I for one wanna make sure that master is good....after all,it was sitting for 3 years,and the front brake isn't like a disc,same with the carb,I don't want any gas leaking....
good luck,looks like fun,
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Old 11-06-2013, 07:45 AM   #19
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JP,
pull the carb and pull off the bowl and let her soak in some carb cleaner for a while then blow the jets out with air. It's gona be gumed up, the carb cleaner will loosen up the gum, the compressed air should remove it. check the float to make sure it is set right, make damn sure the jets are clean and reassemble it with new gaskets.

It is goning to have oil sumped into the cases, when ya drain the oil, kick it over untill all of the oil runs outa the case breather. When ya get ready to refill the oil, at the very top of the oil pump is a plug with a slot for a straight blade screw driver, take that off, pull the spring and check ball, check and make sure it is clean and seating good, kick it over untill the fresh oil comes out of there, drop the check ball back in, spring and cap and she should be ready to fire.

Good luck, she looks like a good one, D.
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Old 11-06-2013, 08:28 AM   #20
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Default Re: Got me another one... 68 Genny shovel!

Oh nice!!
thanks for that tip!!

That's something I also need to check on y 76 shovel as if she sits for a while, when I kick her over she spits oil through the breather pipe that sits over the rear chain.

Should I also take the plugs off and drop some engine oil in there?
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