Z-1 powered 79 Harley

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by RickS, May 17, 2018.

  1. RickS

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    image.jpeg i was posting some in fast idles thread but I decided to move the discussion on this bike to its own thread.

    Background is I bought a 79 Harley powered by a 76 Z-1 Ltd engine. I think I have figured out what goes where. It appears to have the neck and steering stem from a FX Harley of late 70s vintage and the top frame rail back to the typical round downtime that is behind the engine on Harleys. The rear fender and struts bolt to the top frame rail like factory. From that point on the swing arm pivot seems to be factory Z-1 as do the lower rail and front frame down tubes. Still haven't figured out who makes the springer.

    In the picture you can see how they tied the upper Harley frame to the lower frame which is Kawasaki.

    I think some serious drugs were consumed while building this. I believe this was done in the 70's and not ridden much as it still has a date coded 1976 Goodyear Eagle AT on the rear! Anyway, I'll post up some photos as I go along. Yes, it runs well and drives ok at 25 mph. No front brake, but I have -I think-the bracket for mounting a brake, but it's just so cool looking with it...... Oklahoma does not require turn signals so that not a issue. All required lights work. And yes I have a title and current tags!
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    Pezz_gs Cant ride for crap

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    I had a friend Shane back in the 80's who rode a Z750LTD and with it's low gearing and 4into1 free flowing exhaust he used to love revving it out and listen to the crackle from the exhaust, regularly

    Don't think I have even seen anyone love their bike a much Shane loved his 750 LTD :lol3

    So what are your plans for this bike?

    There is a sick part of me that likes the old 4 cylinder choppers of the 70's

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    more koolaid Been here awhile

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    Ok,.... that's insane........ in a good way :thumbup
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    I'm going to detail it out but do nothing to the patina on it. I changed the oil today and had to,take off the right header to,get the filter out. I plan on playing with it for a while and then make a decision on if it's a keeper.
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    I would really want to know what the standard of the welding is under What looks like a fair amount of filler before riding it in anger
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    Yea, I've wondered that myself. I think it will just make it to the local bike night at sub 35mph. The no front brake gives me pause as well. If I rode in a large city or where there is a lot of traffic I wouldn't ride it but here in rural Oklahoma the risk is acceptable.

    I sure it has cat like handling - if you believe that I got some ocean front property in Oklahoma I'll sell you.
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    It just reminds me a hot rod featured on Fast and Loud a couple of years ago where luckily they attacked the front chassis/suspension mounts (that looked suspicious) to find they were held together with 30% pigeon sh*t welding , 30% body filler and 40% luck
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    You have apparently seen my welding, but I didn't weld this......... There is one weld I can see and looks ok, or at least better than what I do!
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