77 Sportster

77 Sportster

Joined: March 4th, 2018, 3:40 am

April 7th, 2018, 3:21 am #1

I bought this Sportster because a friend said I needed a hobby.  I think it was because I kept trying to work on his bikes, and he doesn't play well with others.  Anyway, it was nothing for money, with a title and it was easy to load.  just not easy to find all the parts.  They were all over his yard, buried in the mud, in a shed.  This is Houston and we sometimes get a little rain, not like New Mexico or Colorado where I used to pick old HD and Indians back in the 70's and 80's. 1.What I started with.jpg
3.Assembled Parts.jpg
2.Sticking the parts together.jpg
3.Assembled Parts.jpg 2.Sticking the parts together.jpg
We're gonna hit the road for one last time
We can walk right in and steal 'em blind
All that money
No more runnin'
I can't wait to see the old man's face
When I win the race
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Joined: March 4th, 2018, 3:40 am

April 7th, 2018, 3:27 am #2

5.the bad front cylinder.jpg
6.rear piston and cylinder good.jpg
Stripped to the frame and swingarm.jpg
We're gonna hit the road for one last time
We can walk right in and steal 'em blind
All that money
No more runnin'
I can't wait to see the old man's face
When I win the race
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Joined: March 4th, 2018, 3:40 am

April 7th, 2018, 3:44 am #3

Just putting it back together after painting the frame and stripping the sheet metal.  Bare metal with clear coat.
starting the build.jpg
adding parts.jpg
putting parts together.jpg
We're gonna hit the road for one last time
We can walk right in and steal 'em blind
All that money
No more runnin'
I can't wait to see the old man's face
When I win the race
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Joined: March 4th, 2018, 3:40 am

April 7th, 2018, 3:48 am #4

Lots of on and off with the parts, just evenings in the garage.  I mentioned Houston area, right?  Humidity in step with the temp, 95 and 95.  At least there is shade and a fan.
almost done.jpg
nightmare.jpg
least favorite part.jpg
We're gonna hit the road for one last time
We can walk right in and steal 'em blind
All that money
No more runnin'
I can't wait to see the old man's face
When I win the race
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Joined: March 4th, 2018, 3:40 am

April 7th, 2018, 3:51 am #5

Anyway, the photos are all mixed up, but it was an 8 month build when I had time.  I also go fishing a lot on the Texas Flats.  
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getting close.jpg
close to what I like.jpg
We're gonna hit the road for one last time
We can walk right in and steal 'em blind
All that money
No more runnin'
I can't wait to see the old man's face
When I win the race
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Joined: March 4th, 2018, 3:40 am

April 7th, 2018, 3:56 am #6

So this is what my Buddy calls the "Silver Bullet".  So far I have about 750 miles on it, which isn't much since I finished it two years ago.  Mostly early Sunday morning rides before the traffic gets killer.  Leave by 530 back home by 11 AM, before everyone gets out of church.
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We're gonna hit the road for one last time
We can walk right in and steal 'em blind
All that money
No more runnin'
I can't wait to see the old man's face
When I win the race
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Joined: March 4th, 2018, 3:40 am

April 7th, 2018, 4:07 am #7

Then there are the diversions.
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We're gonna hit the road for one last time
We can walk right in and steal 'em blind
All that money
No more runnin'
I can't wait to see the old man's face
When I win the race
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Joined: March 4th, 2018, 3:40 am

April 7th, 2018, 4:22 am #8

And the 69 Hardtail Sportster, 74 and other 77 Sportster.  And the parts bikes and the shelves of parts. Buddy wants to take a road trip out to the West Coast, so I will get rid of some and get something with Electronic ignition and fuel injection.  
We're gonna hit the road for one last time
We can walk right in and steal 'em blind
All that money
No more runnin'
I can't wait to see the old man's face
When I win the race
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