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I picked up a new project today. It's a 55 FLE Pan Shovel, in a raked and stretched straight leg frame. It hasn't been registered since 1999. I haven't decided if I'm going to try and get it started and ride it around for awhile, or just tear into it. The plan is to keep it pretty much as it is, go through the motor and transmission, clean and paint, and reassemble with only minor changes. The guy I bought it from has owned it since 1984, and he's pretty excited about seeing it back on the road.

This is the garage It's been parked in for years.



Saying goodbye to an old friend.



After a little cleaning.





 

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I would get it running just like it is and ride it for a while...That thing is begging to be back on the road and I think it would make the guy you bought it from too
 

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As far as the shift set up. He had been riding it as a jockey shift. He was converting it to a foot shift and couldn't get the mousetrap to work right, so he just gave up.
 

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That thing is pretty cool. I'd do just a few small things and ride it as is for a bit. Maybe take it back by the ol' boy's house and let him see it back on the road. New headlight, jockey shift, pull the front fender, and lose one of the taillights.
 

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He got it pretty much as it is except for the seat and sissy bar. Apparently he was fond of popping wheelies, and needed a sissy bar to help keep his wife on the bike. He's going to try and find some old pictures for me. He also used to do leatherwork. I saw some pictures of his work and he was pretty good. I may try and talk him into doing some for me.
 

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Very cool. I've always had a fondness for those Mauser bayonet/life-rune sissy sticks. I'd get it running and decide from there what its going to take to get it roadworthy. After that, its time to clean it up, tweak to taste, and ride the shit out of it.

And my [totally unsolicited] opinion on the addition and subtration of chopperness is: tin primary, reupholstered seat, front fender veto, do something with the headlights [I want to like them, but somethin just aint right to my eyeballs. Maybe its the long brackets, and maybe its just cause they're so damn deep], new tires, foot shift, bedroll, spare chones and socks, done.
 

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MHO: Clean it up, get it roadworthy, and ride it back to his house. Just out of respect. Let him re-live it a bit before you do anything at all...

-Kuda
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MHO: Clean it up, get it roadworthy, and ride it back to his house. Just out of respect. Let him re-live it a bit before you do anything at all...

-Kuda
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Great idea Kuda! I wold definitely do this, pay it forward a little bit!
 

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So I got some time to do some work on this. Originally I was going to try and get it started, and ride it around some. As I started looking it over, I decided that it would take more time and effort to make it roadworthy than I was willing to put into it. So I tore it down. There's been a lot of funky stuff done to this motorcycle over the years, it definitely needed to be gone through.

Here's how it looked yesterday.



Both front motor mounts broken with only one bolt installed



Kicker arm welded to the shaft.





I pulled the front end off today and found pipes in the forks for spacers. This may be legit, but it seems weird to me.



I took some pictures next to a wishbone frame to show the stretch in the frame.





I'm going to disassemble the bottom end tomorrow so I can send the cases off for repair. Then it's time to put it all back together.
 

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Good call tearing it down. Its going to be worth the effort, when its all said and done. I expect you'll find more gremlins hiding inside the cases.
 
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