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The Grim Reaper Comes Together Again.
Well, I've had the pieces and the plan sitting around for years.
Last month I finally got around to beginning the assembly.
This is more along the lines of the classic bobber than it is a later chopper or modern version. I have left the FL front end on while minimizing the bulk of the rear end. I want it to have the heavy shoulders and narrow waist and hips of a bulldog or pro wrestler.

The frame began life as a 1972 FL, but a Paughco hardtail put on by Tom Blair of Selah, Washington is so well done you gotta look close to tell where it went on.

That's a stock Harley 4-speed, ratchet top.

Won't have a battery. I'll use a battery eliminator, and mount it and the voltage regulator behind the tranny. That, and the cylindrical oil bag will leave the frame with a much lighter look back there.

The GMA disk and caliper will stop it pretty quick. It's a juice drum on the back, which does just fine when it's adjusted right.

The 7" Cibie headlight casts a helluva beam, and the big housing contributes to the bulky look. You can see I've still got to align it; it points pretty high.

The frame has been coated with Line-X, that super-tough coating put in truck beds. It's a real coarse finish, but tougher than elephant toenails. Since this is buit to be a rider, I'm more concerned with function than form, and you couldn't chip the stuff with a jackhammer.

This will be lean machine. The blue stuff is masking tape I put over the custom-made belt guard (thank you, Dave Terry) to protect it during assembly. It shouldn't even be installed yet, but I had to see how it fit.
One part at a time - it'll all come together. The crank has been assembled, dynamic balanced, and put in the cases by Bob Gage at Custom Cycle in Clearview, WA. Everything else is my fault. Buncha Parts
The Long Block The long block. Those are the original stock 74" cylinders, bored .040 oversize. Pistons are stock-style overbores from Wiseco. The only performance upgrades will be the Andrews A-grind cam, an SU carb, and a Joe Hunt magneto. I had thought about having the heads flowed, but changed my mind; this thing's built for sex, not speed. Light as it is, it'll be quick enough for a bar-hopper.
The engine's about ready to drop into the chassis. I'll get the pushrods in place and adjusted first; I'd rather do that on the bench than in the bike just in case I have to pull the rocker boxes again. For no good reason I can think of, I put a semi-solid lifter kit in it.

After that comes the magneto - it'll drop into that hole in the top, front of the cone. I never timed a mag before, so it oughta be an adventure the first time I kick it over. Joe Hunt mags have an auto-retard feature that helps save the knee of the guy starting it. It also winds itself up a little during the kick stroke, then lets go to spin quick and make a better spark than an unassisted knee does.

The SU carb is sitting there, waiting. They're a bitch to set up, but once they are right, they're tough to beat. This one ran like a champ on this bike nine years ago. I don't claim they're the best carb around, but they are damn good, and it's what belongs on this bike.

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