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Author Topic: 1975 XLCH Sportster Hardtail Chopper Turn Around The Junk Draw Special  (Read 3887 times)

Offline NoHonestlyitsme

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So I am going to catch this up on here from another forum. I was more active here when I built my XS1100 Cafe, So why not stick around?

Well, here we are again, a shit box bike that needs to be saved. Long story short, it looks to be a '72 Motor in a '75 Frame with a welded on Bolt on Hard tail. Clearly owned by the wrong people for some time, but I suspect the person who originally built it in the late 70s had a decent bike. I have been looking for a beater platform to use some of the parts I've saved up for a few years and this one came to me cheap. by cheap, I will say $450. It doesn't run, but it did come with a classic "I was riding it up until last month" warranty.

I will try to get this thing in the right direction and see where it ends up. I have built a few bikes, but never a rigid bike so this will be more of a learning experience than anything. It will be a bit of a Father/Son deal with my dad too.

Pros:
$450 w/NH reg
Hexagon Oil Tank
Flawless Peanut tank
Mikuni Carb
Borrani Front Rim
DEW MFG Triple Trees
4+ ? Showa Forks
Decent Tires

Cons:
Everything was painted black or red.
Hardtail is eh
Rake job is eh
"Jockey Shifter"
Door bell push start
Overall dangerous wiring
Punisher "Theme"
Leaking Head gasket
I had to buy it at night


Anyways.. Here is what I started with and we'll see what happens. Trust me, I basically bought it for the motor and barely the roller, everything else sucks.

From CL



Home, Pretty Much what I expected





12/1:


Scary. This wiring just in time for Halloween




Just Wow.

« Last Edit: Dec 08, 2016, 14:01:13 by NoHonestlyitsme »
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Offline NoHonestlyitsme

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So 4 Hours after I got it it looks like this. The Front rim has also been stripped back to Aluminum and is in great condition thankfully.











And a few of the scratch and dent parts that may make it on in some way


My Nikon is on the charger so I will start getting better pics than my Samsung
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After some detective work, I have found the drilled rotor to fit this Borrani Rim. I also I.D. the Triple trees to be DEW MFG, which I will strip back to chrome likely this afternoon.



Buco Mirror




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Starting to turn around



« Last Edit: Dec 08, 2016, 12:09:32 by NoHonestlyitsme »
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Got a lot done this weekend! Both Case covers are back to Raw Alum. Almost all of the red paint is off of the rear wheel and the chrome is decent underneath. The Top end gaskets are ordered, along with the stock mid mount footpegs, an actual key and a new push button starter. Managed to take a bent XL shifter and graft it to the original half on the "Jockey Shift" Almost done, but there are some process pictures of that too

Here a few more shitty pictures..




Strip for me


Still need to strip the black off the rocker covers, but I'll probably wait until I tear down the topend. That is the height I am going to tab the tank at, and the coil relocation will be nice.




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Hey guys, here are some more shitty pictures of what happened last night. Cut down the beater 72 fender I had and mocked up the Tombstone taillight. I think I will end up running it as a solo seat with a modified Bates style P pad, but the rear bucket from the lepera will be too long for the proportions of the frame. The rear rim is stripped, mid pegs mounted, some more paint removed, the triple tree was stripped, but the chrome was half sanded to the copper layer.

A little back yard fab. Better than what was on it and it cost $0





A little preview of the Caliper, the Pie Slice caliper is in the mail. I know they are crap, but I'm trying to go with a resto chop.


The Dew Tree stripped a little


The new profile direction


And I'm leaning toward the Trident with the diamond in this spot.
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Well, none of my shit came in on Saturday so I didn't get as much done as I wanted to. I did get a spacer made for the Rear brake lever, I bent an offset in the brake rod to tuck it in a little, wired in the Ignition and the Push button start and was able to get it cranking.

The moron I got it from completely fucked the points and condenser. None of the screws were correct, one of the stand offs was stripped in the case cover, the timing advance had a sheered off roll pin and will need to be replaced as well. All and all, the case cover was already crack and previously rewelded twice, so I ordered another, Dynatek S comes in today, etc etc

The bike does crank over though, compression seems strong.





Pie Slice
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Got the Dyna ignition in last night after some fucking around with stripped and mismatched bolts. The replacement XLH covers I bought were actually worse than what was on it and one of the gear carriers was cracked at the oil passage, so there's $50 wasted. At least the screws came out of the one on it. Replacing the sheered roll pin in the timing advance was also a bitch and I think one of the Advance springs needs to be replaced. Should be good to start once I get it timed.

Dyna S


Found cut offs from the Sissy I put on my Dyna, Should help get the trident to the right height once I'm done with them.

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Some minor updates, been busy cleaning up the shop before the snow flies and trying to hustle some parts to get through the holidays.

I did replace the switch housing clutch perch with the K Model style which is a huge improvement



I got a little lifted and decided to bust out the sewing kit. It's not perfect, but the entire front seam had pulled out twice and looked like hell. This will pass


Trying to get the timing done before Thanksgiving so I can do burnouts in front of my grandma

Cheers
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Got the Upper motormount/push button start/ key/coil/ choke mount in last night. Should be a great upgrade to the doorbell and the fog light switch. I also have this Old Paint tank that needs the rear tabs rewelded so I may frisco this one and save the "good" one.




Nothing like taking a drill to a brand new chrome bracket.

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