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Old 04-24-2013, 06:13 AM   #1
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70's Harley Chopper Awesomeness



My dad's old Harley, just pulled (cut) out of the shed. 1950 Panhead. He bought it in 73. It was already mildly chopped. He finished it with the ultra long front end and some other things. He rode it until 79 when my older sister was born and it was put away. He turned down every offer to sell it. He's moved out west and I'm buying the house. He still has some stuff left behind. The deal is if I start legitimately restoring it before he comes back for it it's becomes mine. He did get back into riding when I bought my first bike 8 years ago. He rode my old CB750F when I got my new FZ6, then bought a new FJR.
I'm not much of a Harley fan, but I love the history and the classic aspect of this bike, as it was a 'old school chopper' that was actually built in the 'old school'. Hand shifter foot clutch, nothing on the handlebars except for the throttle. It has a small front brake but it's not hooked up. It's a death trap. I'm a ATGATT guy, but it's gonna be hard to resist to urge to cruise down the highway shirtless on this thing!




My dad is 5'9" so he probally fit it a bit better than me at 6'2" 230#s....


And yes that is a 1972 Opel Manta in the background, fun little car.
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Old 04-24-2013, 07:07 AM   #2
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Yikes! It didn't get covered up??

I'd need a lot of motivation to restore that one.
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Old 04-24-2013, 07:10 AM   #3
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Not much to restoring it. It's all surface rust. It's been in a garage or shed since it was put away. Just need $$$ in chrome.
Engine turns and has compression, although it's going to get a full teardown anyway.
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:05 AM   #4
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Cool. I hope you will post pictures of your progress.



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Old 04-24-2013, 08:10 AM   #5
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Please restore..

Those bike are very cool, you just don't see any real choppers from the 70's around here.

If you do restore, please post progress pics and good luck.
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:47 AM   #6
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Old 04-24-2013, 10:36 AM   #7
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It will be a slow moving project. Remodeling the house is consuming all of my time and money at the moment. But I'm hoping to start working on it near the end of the summer. I'll probably start cleaning up individual things here and there. Rebuild the motor over the winter and maybe by next year have enough cash saved up to send the wheels/front end of for chroming. I have no idea what that's gonna cost.
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:13 PM   #8
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If you're going to restore it, we might move this to Old School or Some Assembly Required forum...

Let's see what you come up with
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Old 04-24-2013, 07:11 PM   #9
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My opinion would be to restore it mechanically, and clean it up real good with some steel wool, but DO NOT rechrome or paint anything. Just leave the history there.

It's beautiful. I'm not joking.
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:01 PM   #10
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:59 PM   #11
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That's an award winning Rat bike right there. Get it runnin, ride her and leave her alone.
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:56 AM   #12
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My dad's old Harley, just pulled (cut) out of the shed. ...it's gonna be hard to resist to urge to cruise down the highway shirtless on this thing!
Oh, wait until you try to ride it. You really should, just to be impressed that your father actually did. Buckhorn handlebars, spagetti noodle forks, no front brakes. To say it'll be a handfull would be an understatement, of epic proportions.
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Old 04-25-2013, 04:06 AM   #13
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Nice piece of history.

We DO NEED a ride report once it is back and running.

Some GoPro footage as you wobble down the road would be awesome.

You would need a stars and stripes helmet to complete the Easy Rider look.
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Old 04-25-2013, 04:20 AM   #14
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Suicide shifter and footer huh?

Do yourself a favor, learn to ride that beast before you do all of the tins. Everyone dumps them trying not to stall at lights (I know I did).

Otherwise toss that king & queen seat and reduce the bitch bar a tad and that thing will be cool as fuck after about $1200 in chrome
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:44 AM   #15
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If it was a rat bike when my dad road it I'd think about leaving it like that. But when he road it it was mint, and the coolest bike around, the bike everyone wanted. It needs to return to the condition it was in before it sat in the shed for the last 34 years. I don't plan on changing anything on the bike, just bring it back to mint shape, except for quieter exhuast. I may need to do something with the handlebars too, I think my size puts them in a bad spot.

I don't really do the 'rat' bike thing. except for the KLR, but that's more of a beater bike.

Surprisingly my dad only dropped it once during his years riding it. Some sand on a slow turn. I don't expect this thing to be comfortable, handle safely, be safe, run decent for more than a day at a time, or be fun to ride. It's just a unique era-cool bike, that I will ride on occasion. Even with the front end that was on it when he bought it, slightly longer than stock, it could not fit through the cones for his riding test, he had to borrow his friends BSA to pass the test!

I'll start a new thread in the Old's Cool section for the resto, and a ride report when it's rolling.
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