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Old 09-02-2011, 04:30 PM   #1
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I recently acquired this 1971 Harley Davidson XLCH through trading a restored 1978 Suzuki GS400. The story on the bike is that it came out of California. The gentleman who built it, bought it new and used it as his daily commuter for many year and parking it in a shed at his Medford home in the mid 80s. Recently realizing he wasn't going to be doing anything with it he decided to give it to his step son. The step son, knowing that he would probably just screw it up due his lack of mechanical knowledge decided to get rid of it. So, in the mean time he was looking for something classy and vintage that he wouldn't have to work on and he came across my Craigs List add for my GS400. He loved the bike and the deal was made. The bike also came with a bunch parts.

When I got the bike it did not run but seemed to have good compression. This is what happened later that night:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71qCE...el_video_title

So the bike runs great but is super scketchy. Since then I just recently moved to Arizona from Eugene, Oregon. So the bike sat for about a month while we moved and I got the new garage back in order. Last night I started the tear down.

The plan is to build a low, clean as can be Sportster. I am planning on using Triumph front forks with fork covers, low drag bars, peanut tank, and to craft the rear of the frame from scratch. In the mean time I will be selling some of the parts off to get the build going.

On a side note - the gentleman who built the bike went by the name Toad. So there is toads everywhere on this bike and it was named the "Toadster."

Photos will be coming soon.
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Old 09-02-2011, 04:42 PM   #2
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good thing his name wasent dick
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Old 09-02-2011, 05:32 PM   #3
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Ugly enough for a Princess.
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Old 09-02-2011, 05:33 PM   #4
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good thing his name wasent dick
Well said. I would much rather be taking toads off this thing.
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:14 PM   #5
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Dude,

That was a nice score !! I really like the looks from the last pic. It will look sweet like that...but, if it was MY bike, I would use the Sportster tank because it just looks so right on there.

Looking forward to the build !!
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Old 09-03-2011, 01:06 AM   #6
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Ugly enough for a Princess.

Ugly? Well I think it's fucking cool. It might be dirty, but that is such a "classical" original 70's Bay Area style Sporty, if it were mine, I would restore it as built.
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Old 09-03-2011, 01:11 AM   #7
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I want that breather cover.
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Old 09-03-2011, 01:05 PM   #8
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I understand everybody is going to have there own opinion on how this should or shouldn't be built. But the fact is nothing was built "well" on this bike. For an example at one point in time he wanted to "dampen" the rear shocks, so he stuck a bunch of rope in them and wrapped them with electrical tape. This is one thing on the long list of custom hillbilly technology modifications done to this bike. Everything needs to be redone so I figure why not do it the way I think it should be built. Which is a lot different than the original interpretation but I still have a lot of respect for the bikes history.
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Old 09-03-2011, 07:06 PM   #9
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I'm digging that frog on the tank man, pm me I have a friend that collects frogs! That front end and sissy bar is bad ass too.

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+1 on that breather/filter cover. Gimme.
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+1 on that breather/filter cover. Gimme.
You sir, may not have it. I called dibs.

He should probably leave it on the bike, anyway. I'll have to look around FleaBay for something like that. Badass.
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Old 09-04-2011, 11:58 AM   #12
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Bah!
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Old 09-07-2011, 07:00 PM   #13
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I have been making some progress. Cleaned up all the parts to sell, figured out the stance I wanted, removed the motor, cleaned the bottom end of the frame(and 40 years of sludge), and started hacking the frame. Hopefully here are some pictures:







Now I just need to sell off some parts so I can get the ball rolling.
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Old 09-07-2011, 07:14 PM   #14
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Also, I am looking for some Triumph forks, chrome horseshoe oil tank and a 21" aluminum shouldered front rim if anybody can help me out in that arena.
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Old 09-08-2011, 04:59 PM   #15
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So what is the stance you are going with? Very nice welding on your frame. I'm jealous you have a TIG.
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Old 09-09-2011, 11:07 AM   #16
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That'll be a cool bike for short hops!
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Old 09-09-2011, 12:13 PM   #17
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nice bike!
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Old 09-09-2011, 03:50 PM   #18
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Finished both of the legs before I start to connect the rear wheel with the hardtail. The idea here was to make them look like two cast original Harley pieces. Which is kind of the direction I am going for with the rest of the frame. Just make it look as if Harley produced a hardtail Sportster and do it as clean as I can in the process.






Here I just had to get an idea of what it looked like on the ground. I also set up my '36 Ford spare tire cover fender on there. I am currently figuring out my lines for the hardtail set up with chain and brake connecting rod clearence.


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I'm digging that frog on the tank man, pm me I have a friend that collects frogs! That front end and sissy bar is bad ass too.

Welcome to Arizona; the biggest kitty litter box in the world
Thanks for the welcome. I am planning on sending any additional toads I find in the process of this build back to the step son.

Also, the sissy bar along with a bunch of other parts will be for sale soon.
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Old 09-09-2011, 03:59 PM   #20
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So what is the stance you are going with? Very nice welding on your frame. I'm jealous you have a TIG.
As for the stance I am going for four inches of clearence sitting level with stock rake and wheel base.

Thanks for the nice comments. Lots and lots of practice. In case you were wondering it is a Miller Diversion 165. It is perfect for working out of the house and not too bad on the wallet.
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