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Re: my harley davidson

Postby Kapea » Sat Mar 17, 2012 3:57 pm

prairiepiss wrote:
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prairiepiss wrote:Ain't nothing wrong with an old ironhead.

Skirtster! Been kickin big twin ass since 1957. :mg:

My first Harley was a 1976 shortster. Bought it new. Got tired of the training wheels and picked up the 1959 panhead as a basket case.

Iron head? We always called those shovel heads. I thought iron head is what came after the shovel head.


Iron head was the 1000 cc Sportster. Look at the case. Right side drive and classic Sportster 4 cam side cover. It's a 1972 or newer or has been modded? Electric start? Left side shift?

That is very cool. I did not know that. I owned a 76 sportster, but never heard it called an iron head. I always thought it was just a 61 cid shovel head. It had a left side shifter, electric start, and had AMF on the stock gas tank. I always felt like I was riding a bowling pin machine. (maybe THAT'S why I enjoy shooting bowling pins so much now :D )
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Re: my harley davidson

Postby prairiepiss » Sat Mar 17, 2012 5:42 pm

This wiki shows the timeline of all the Harley engines and their names.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harley-Dav ... e_timeline
Note under the sport engines. (sportster) They only list the Evolution as the last engine in that line. This should be split in two. Solid mount Evolution engine 1986-2003 and Rubber mount Evolution engine 2004-present. The engine itself didn't change much. But the transmission, engine case, and mounting did. Along with a redesigned head. Many parts are interchangeable between the two. Some are not. But completely different animals.

A shovelhead was a big twin engine. Here is a pic of a shovlehead. Notice the lack of a built-in transmission and the pushrod tubes twist and come together at the case. Each cylinder has its own cam. Or a twin cam engine. Most bolt on transmissions are a left hand drive. Chain or belt being on the left-hand side. Not all newer aftermarket ones can be either.
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This is an ironhead sporty engine. You will see the transmission is built into the case and the pushrod tubes don't twist but go straight in. There are two cams per cylinder. Or quad cam as some call it. With the built in transmission its a right-hand drive. You have no choice. Chain belt being on the right-hand side.
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The heads do look similar. Other the the ironhead has a small notch on top of the right side.

I do have a friend that has machined the trans off an ironhead and bolted a left-hand drive big twin trans to it. He did such a good job even the mechanics at the Harley stealerships scratch their heads when they look at it. It's fun to watch. :roflmao:
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Re: my harley davidson

Postby itchy » Sat Mar 17, 2012 8:09 pm

great info pp... even i learned a thing or two from all that,,,,lol,,, well i cleaned out my garages today and im getting things ready to tear my bike down,,, i kinda wish it wasnt 70 degrees out here as i just wanta go ride instead of tearing things apart... heres a pic of my evo and a pic of that yz....
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Re: my harley davidson

Postby punkin » Sat Mar 17, 2012 9:34 pm

Put some new pegs on the bike this morning and went for a 2 hour highway blat :rkn:

instead of brewing beer like i was spossed to

They're called 'Switchblades' and are the ducks nuts...

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Much more comfy than the skinny ones on it that had me stretching for the peg, plus kick the side as your going along and you get footboards :8)

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I finaly feel like the bike is built for me, instead of a tall gangly bloke.

Like sitting in my favourite chair :mg:



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Re: my harley davidson

Postby prairiepiss » Sat Mar 17, 2012 9:54 pm

I got a friend that has a set of those. And says he loves them. I've been thinking about getting some.
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Re: my harley davidson

Postby punkin » Sun Mar 18, 2012 2:04 am

I don't think you'll regret it if you have small pegs now. :8)
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Re: my harley davidson

Postby itchy » Sun Mar 18, 2012 8:16 pm

two hours in the garage today and she went from this
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to this.... now im commited to boring it out and doing up the motor,,,
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Re: my harley davidson

Postby prairiepiss » Sun Mar 18, 2012 9:32 pm

What die you need a sawzall for? :roflmao:
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Re: my harley davidson

Postby itchy » Mon Mar 19, 2012 5:59 am

lol..... exhaust clamps.... damn things were so rusted i just cut them off....
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Re: my harley davidson

Postby Tracker » Mon Mar 19, 2012 6:31 am

Everyone should have one..... just in case. Pity I don't.


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Re: my harley davidson

Postby Kapea » Mon Mar 19, 2012 6:53 am

The cordless kind (reciprocating saws) have more uses than a Swiss Army knife.
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Re: my harley davidson

Postby Saltbush Bill » Wed Mar 21, 2012 1:42 am

Thought Id put a couple of photos of one of my projects in this thread. Its a 1938 1200cc U model. Back when I was a young fella I used to watch this same bike rotting away under a tree not far from where I grew up. Back in those days it had a Dusting side car attached to it. At that time the frame and a lot of other parts were a rust colour and the tanks and gards where painted with blue house paint. :barf: I never dreamed back then that I would ever get the chance to own the old girl. I started this project some years back and could of had it finished not long after these photos were taken. Problem is I have more hobbies than I do time or money and sometimes some of them get pushed to one side :( One day I'll get her finished and on the road :)
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Re: my harley davidson

Postby Kapea » Wed Mar 21, 2012 2:28 am

I bet it hauls ass - downhill! :rkn:

Springer front and hardtail. Cool scooter!

Missing a flathead?
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Re: my harley davidson

Postby prairiepiss » Wed Mar 21, 2012 9:48 am

Kapea wrote:I bet it hauls ass - downhill! :rkn:

Springer front and hardtail. Cool scooter!

Missing a flathead?

:roflmao: :roflmao: :roflmao:

My kidneys hurt just looking at it.

But it is a nice looking rolling chasie. :8)
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Re: my harley davidson

Postby itchy » Wed Mar 21, 2012 3:04 pm

i would love to ride it,,, dude you gotta finish it up,,,,would be a sweet scoot...
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