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Old 02-20-2014, 07:26 AM   #1
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1975 Harley FLH to Ural Install



A job a did a few years ago. I do this kind of thing 'in shop' only but also have 'off the shelf' mounting kits for the Velorex. You will see some of the standard things i do on all my installs. Sequence of operations is critically important relating to how hard or easy this work is.

Before you ask "where are the 'finished' pictures, oh how we love them!? Often when i do custom rigging i save the customer money and me grunt labor by having them remove then install their own bodies,,,so i don't have them here for photo op. I may change my way of doing this so i can show you the completed outfits. For now this archival stuff.

I'll do this in a number of posts.









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Old 02-20-2014, 12:38 PM   #2
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Love those old tractors.

Did the Harley wheel bolt right up to the hack or did you have to re-spindle?
As an aside, that bike may be titled as a '75, but that's a flatside motor, last year made was '69. That rear brake is '81 and up.
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Old 02-20-2014, 04:06 PM   #3
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Me too like these old tractors, easy to work, easy to get parts. You are right, in truth the bike is a bit of this and bit of that, i just put 1975 'cause i couldn't remember what it said on the title.
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Old 02-20-2014, 04:08 PM   #4
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PS, the owner had already done the wheel,,,if the Ural was 19mm,,,,,old Harley would be likely be 3/4,,ta da!
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Old 02-21-2014, 04:35 AM   #5
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Earlier than 75 is right although not a whole lot different, the "banana" type brake calipers say 1960's so it's probably one of the early Shovelheads. Headlight nacelle and fork shrouds are gone but few people ever leave their HD's completely stock, that era frame I believe would still have had sidecar loops on the down tubes if some one hadn't cut them off.

Nice job on the chassis but without pictures of the end results kinda like a picture of a young Ann Margret in here bathrobe, curlers and fuzzy slippers, ya know the end results are stunning but ya gotta use your imagination.
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Old 02-21-2014, 04:40 AM   #6
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More, i'm trying to use the captions to give you an idea what is going on.
Waaaay back in my youth i had chopper with '68 generator shovel, worn out hot rod motor with rattly forged pistons,hot cam, dynamically balanced crank, Paugho frame, light, aluminum oil tank and Akront alum. rims, it was a light thing and so much much fun to haul butt in the twisties. Lived in Oakview, CA at the time and zoomed up Rt 33 often. Humbled more than a few drug store cowboys on cafe bikes with that unit. I need to scan my old 'hard copy' images and i'll post a few.Always loved flogging an underdog. Still do!








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Old 02-21-2014, 05:40 AM   #7
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A job a did a few years ago.
I'll do this in a number of posts.






Nice to see your flathead keeping the genny shovel company.

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Old 02-21-2014, 02:09 PM   #8
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FR700, now you've made me shed a tear, The flattie you see is actually my dearly beloved BSA M20WD, with the very similar looking bags to my ULH. Due to many unfortunate reasons i had to sell the old girl a few months ago,,,the pain! It's is hard to imagine how such a limited bike could worm it's way into my cold, cold heart! I won a bit of 'tinware' in on/off road events with the old girl amazingly! Extremely reliable.

The dear 1937 ULH is having shiny new sleeves put in it's cylinders for hopefully many more miles of happy motoring! Can't wait to get it back!!!!
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I did notice the full guard on the back and the rear stand. My bad, I figgered it was an earlier incarnation.

To be honest , Bob, I'm torn as to whether I should speak to you ... you SOLD it !!!

Nah, it's all cool. My condolences on the M20 as I can empathize. I miss my harley more than I should .


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Old 02-22-2014, 04:10 AM   #10
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It is amazing how odd, high maintenance motorcycles can be endearing. Must be a disease, just with differing sub sets; old motorbikes of all kinds, BSA, Harley,Royal Enfield and of course, Ural! There, now I've offended the Ural folk yet again (far too easy,,,,, so sensitive) and owners of all the other brands.
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Old 02-22-2014, 04:32 AM   #11
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More,,,,that is it for this one. I see by the low 'view' count that is does not meet the adventure criteria,,,,i am unworthy.












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More,,,,that is it for this one. I see by the low 'view' count that is does not meet the adventure criteria,,,,i am unworthy.




Keep'em coming, Bob, as your contributions are appreciated. Have you got a front pic' from near ground level , please ?

As for old tractors not being worthy ...meh, they do alright.




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One of the benefits of having the chair on the left is that for the front lower you can pick up six bolts. Four for the stand , one for the board mount and one for the crash bar. Makes for a solid mount. I took the opportunity to weld a cross brace to the right side board mount that doubles up as the front bash plate mount.



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More,,,,that is it for this one. I see by the low 'view' count that is does not meet the adventure criteria,,,,i am unworthy.


Keep posting your stuff. I appreciate your expertise and craftsmanship.
I'm taking notes on this one in case I ever want to hack my '81 FLH-P.



I thought making the front lower bracket to fit behind the MC was brilliant, until I looked at mine and figured it wouldn't work with the floorboard. One thing about the old frames, they were beefy enough to mount a bracket almost anywhere.
The more I look at the bike you're working on, the more mongrely it appears. Late shovel rear brake system, first year disc brake up front, aftermarket oil tank with a panhead filter, S&S, etc.
Hell, it might even be a pan bottom with a shovel top.
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One of the benefits of having the chair on the left is that for the front lower you can pick up six bolts. Four for the stand , one for the board mount and one for the crash bar. Makes for a solid mount. I took the opportunity to weld a cross brace to the right side board mount that doubles up as the front bash plate mount.
Better for the passenger too, with the pipes on the other side.
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