Shovelheads, Where have they gone?

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Nessman, May 15, 2013.

  1. lucky23

    lucky23 Been here awhile

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    If i had '62 XLCH, I would never sell it! Please post a pic? I had a stock '63 and kick myself for selling it. A Japanese gentleman bought it full price without even starting it...
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  2. Anthiron

    Anthiron Adventurer

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    One I'm halfway through.

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  3. canoeguy

    canoeguy Long timer

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    I have a '74 XLCH that I have the cases split on right now for a complete rebuild. I bought a hardtail for it but when I look at bikes like yours it makes me think I might just keep it in the original frame.
  4. Wildebeest90210

    Wildebeest90210 Long timer

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    Recent immigrants to the UK spotted at the Beaulieu auto jumble today. One at £9K and the other shinier one at £10K

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  5. Anthiron

    Anthiron Adventurer

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    I figure uncut early 70's frames will be getting hard to find in the next 10 years. I'd rather keep the sprung rear. They can be made to look pretty great but admittedly it does make things a bit harder at the rear of the bike.
    Unfortunately the tank mounts on mine have been shaved and the neck i moulded. I would have preferred a 100% original frame stripped down. You gotta take what you can find in Australia.

    If I had an XLCH I wouldn't be chopping the frame. Do that to an XLH and preserve the CH.
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  6. The Ice Man

    The Ice Man Can't Thaw Out

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    Haven't you been to canoeguy's thread - "I might be getting a '72 FLH" - and learned that every last Shovelhead on earth went to the scrap heap & was melted down decades ago???!!!!!
  7. canoeguy

    canoeguy Long timer

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    Let me clarify...I have a complete Paughco hardtail. I also have the original untouched frame.

    But today was spent on my new to me '72 FLH. I think I am going to go ahead and do a bit of work to it and circle back around to the XLCH. Well really I don't have much to do to the FLH. So the ironhead won't sit long.
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  8. Anthiron

    Anthiron Adventurer

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    In that case just keep the frame in case you get nostalgic about it later. I had a quick look in your FLH thread. it's true that 72 was a transition year and there were issues but people really don't seem to understand that the only bikes still on the road after all these years are the ones that either didn't have problems or that had their problems sorted years ago. Good pick up if you ask me. Plus 72 gives you a round swing arm and late juice drum like the rear of my 73 which is just so much nicer than the later square swing arm. Stopping is overrated anyway, you just change your riding style on a bike with crappy brakes.
  9. canoeguy

    canoeguy Long timer

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    I am super phsyched about the Shovel. Over all the bike is in great shape. I took the tanks off tonight and have decided to go ahead and pull the rest of the tins and prep for paint. I have a specialized paint shop so it's everyday stuff for me.

    As well I am going to pull the god awful chromed rocker boxes and take it back to some polished aluminum rocker boxes.

    Now I have to decide on color....
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  10. Anthiron

    Anthiron Adventurer

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    Whats the motor like? Good compression?

    Single colour paint jobs with AMF decals always look great especially the winged logo FLH decal from the 80's. I wish I didn't have chrome rocker boxes too but its so expensive to find good parts in Australia they can stay there untill the rest of the build is finished.
    My motor is 84" with S&S stroker wheels. Wish I had electric leg as well as the kick starter......
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  11. canoeguy

    canoeguy Long timer

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    I have ridden the bike. It is really strong. I am not going to open that can of worms by digging past the rocker boxes. There are not any leaks I can see other than the rocker boxes. In fact one of the bolts was actually loose.

    It just needs a bit of tlc.

    I pulled the primary tonight and the clutch plates and inside the primary are squeaky clean. I think the bike was rebuilt and then barely ridden by the P.O.


    The engine is actually quite clean and doesn't have any staining to speak of. A little effort and this bike will be a very nice freshened up bike.
  12. Wildwood Trechery

    Wildwood Trechery n00b

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    I am going to be picking up a 1981 FXS this Sunday for $1800 with table lift it sitting on. The owner is moving to California, and not taking it with him. Deal of a lifetime in my eye's, and has some modifications on the outside I have never seen. One that is visible is a hose coming from the plug end of the head, to the top of the tappet block. Any information about this would be helpful.

    An earlier statement about a TC not having a soul is kindda true. If one isn't in to fuel and ignition mapping it's not really a friendly bike, nor is it really "ALIVE". It just "IS"!!! Shovels are the last of the "agricultural" bikes. A few common wrenches, and it could be fixed on the road (unless it is catastrophic failure, in which case it wasn't being taken care of).

    Evo's are Shovel's with modernizing. This is my opinion, but a friend of mine who wrenched on H-D professionally from the early 70's until his passing in 2012 told me straight out that Evo's were the best powerplant H-D had ever made. This is a man who had worked Panhead's when they were serviced in the dealership (also was consigned to go to dealerships to buy as many bikes as possible, and crate them to Europe for sale there...legally).
    The same man told me that you could get one of 73 different manufactures of the same part on an AMC bike...and this was probably before ISO manufacturing guidelines...so yeah they broke down and leaked, but they remain fixable to this day.

    If you got them, get them back out there. If you find one, good luck trying to pry it out of some one's hands...unless your plans for it are "honorable"
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  13. canoeguy

    canoeguy Long timer

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    $1800 is a good deal for sure! Congrats. I will post an update on mine soon.
  14. humancertainty

    humancertainty Shovelheads!

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    I bought my third Shovelhead yesterday. Well, kinda.
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    1965 Panshovel. But mismatched cases so it’s titled as a ‘57. I don’t have any of the other parts to build it aside from a springer but I’ve got a bunch of stuff to sell or trade so I’ll start working on finding parts. Super excited to have a genny motor, though.
    Gonna run it as is for now but I might take it back to a Panhead. I have a friend with outside oiler heads that’ll swap for earlier heads with me.
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  15. Nessman

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    Tap, tap, tap.

    Is there an illustrated story waiting to be told to the class?

  16. MotoChuck250

    MotoChuck250 Not older than dirt

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    Made me laugh!!!
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  17. pinocono

    pinocono Fucking Pirate

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    You're easily amused.
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  18. MotoChuck250

    MotoChuck250 Not older than dirt

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    Have put on quite a few miles side by side with Harley riders. Some ride fast, some just out for a "putt". Most would find this funny even if they grumbled about it.
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  19. lucky23

    lucky23 Been here awhile

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    The newer Harleys can do that no prob. My old shovel, not so much. But, thats not why I own it.
  20. humancertainty

    humancertainty Shovelheads!

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    My Panshovel arrived!

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