1957 FLH

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1957flhchop
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1957 FLH

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Post by 1957flhchop » Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:19 pm

I have a for sale a chopped 1957 FLH. Good clear and current title matching the vin on the engine. Matching belly numbers. Wishbone frame. I was told by the previous owner that the bike was chopped in the early '70s by the owner before him. He repainted the bike in the early '80s(it was originally purple metalflake), but other than paint it is supposedly unaltered since the chop. Bike has a brand new battery as of 4/13/17. I am currently having starting issues which you can read about here: viewtopic.php?f=5&t=16339
Included with the bike are a new set of clutch discs from Harley Davidson(doesn't currently need them), an extra aftermarket brake pedal, a painted '55-'64(?) inner and outer primary and a few other misc gaskets and fasteners.
Asking $8000 as it is right now.
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1957flhchop
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Re: 1957 FLH

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Post by 1957flhchop » Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:16 pm

I believe I have all the issues resolved. I took the bike up the road and back and everything seems to be good now.

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Re: 1957 FLH

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Post by Andygears » Mon Apr 17, 2017 12:51 am

Great! You got it running right. I think you've priced it right too. Not running right the $5-6K range was probably all you could muster.
From your posts I understand it was your dad's or his friends? Anyway, as you said, your focus now is on riding. A chop like that will probably always require a bunch of wrench time and if it's not your "one love" it's easy to let it sit in a corner and deteriorate. Better that someone who sees it at their dream take it and love it. Enjoy your softail!

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Re: 1957 FLH

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Post by Pete808 » Sun Apr 23, 2017 11:17 pm

I don't know what it is about this thing, but I really like it.

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Re: 1957 FLH

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Post by Pete808 » Sun Apr 23, 2017 11:34 pm

1957flhchop wrote:I have a for sale a chopped 1957 FLH. Good clear and current title matching the vin on the engine. Matching belly numbers. Wishbone frame. I was told by the previous owner that the bike was chopped in the early '70s by the owner before him. He repainted the bike in the early '80s(it was originally purple metalflake), but other than paint it is supposedly unaltered since the chop. Bike has a brand new battery as of 4/13/17. I am currently having starting issues which you can read about here: viewtopic.php?f=5&t=16339
Included with the bike are a new set of clutch discs from Harley Davidson(doesn't currently need them), an extra aftermarket brake pedal, a painted '55-'64(?) inner and outer primary and a few other misc gaskets and fasteners.
Asking $8000 as it is right now.

Not sure what I'm doing wrong but my pm to you is sitting in my outbox and not my sent folder. Let me know if you did not get my message, if not pm me and I'll reply. Have some questions and interest in the bike.

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Re: 1957 FLH

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Post by 1957flhchop » Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:42 am

I'm sorry I had forgotten to make a note here. I have decided to keep the bike.

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Re: 1957 FLH

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Post by RUBONE » Mon Apr 24, 2017 3:19 am

Piotr,
If he hasn't read your message it still appears in your outbox. That is fine, it is the way messaging works here. It has been sent, just not read.

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Re: 1957 FLH

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Post by Pete808 » Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:17 pm

RUBONE wrote:Piotr,
If he hasn't read your message it still appears in your outbox. That is fine, it is the way messaging works here. It has been sent, just not read.
oh ok, thanks for the clarification.

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Re: 1957 FLH

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Post by Gumpster76 » Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:51 pm

I'd like to talk with you about this bike. I'm very interested. My name is Kenny, and I'm in Northeast Arkansas. If you get a chance, give me a call. Thanks. 870-351-8852. Up usually around 4:30am and in bed around 8 pm.

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Re: 1957 FLH

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Post by Pete808 » Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:10 pm

Gumpster76 wrote:
Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:51 pm
I'd like to talk with you about this bike. I'm very interested. My name is Kenny, and I'm in Northeast Arkansas. If you get a chance, give me a call. Thanks. 870-351-8852. Up usually around 4:30am and in bed around 8 pm.
The last I heard from him he decided to keep the bike and get it running.

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Re: 1957 FLH

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Post by 1957flhchop » Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:06 am

I've done some more work on the bike(plugs, wires, points, condenser, new rear tire/tube/rim strip, had carb ultrasonic cleaned) and have been riding it when I can spare a moment. However, I am again debating on letting it go because there is something else I would really like to have the money for at the moment. If I decide to let it go(I'll decide within the next week or so), I'll give you a call

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Re: 1957 FLH

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Post by Bigincher » Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:46 am

Got a question for you on the ultrasonic cleaner- how would you rate the effectiveness of the u/s cleaner? Did it remove the black carbon that is usually present inside the bore and on the venturi? Did all the parts come out shiny clean like new?
I'm asking because I've been considering buying an u/s cleaning unit. I see them in the $300 range, and wonder if they're worth the money. I know a lot of m/c shops have them, but those larger commercial models run around ten grand.

1957flhchop
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Re: 1957 FLH

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Post by 1957flhchop » Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:57 am

Bigincher wrote:
Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:46 am
Got a question for you on the ultrasonic cleaner- how would you rate the effectiveness of the u/s cleaner? Did it remove the black carbon that is usually present inside the bore and on the venturi? Did all the parts come out shiny clean like new?
I'm asking because I've been considering buying an u/s cleaning unit. I see them in the $300 range, and wonder if they're worth the money. I know a lot of m/c shops have them, but those larger commercial models run around ten grand.
How clean they come out generally depends on how nasty the parts are to begin with. The carb on this bike was pretty ugly looking on the outside. Consequently it did not come out looking shiny and new. But, it was still a night and day difference. I did this in May, so I am already a little hazy on specific details. But, if memory serves, it cleaned most but not all of the carbon. The reason I am personally sold on it is this; I have had several bikes, atvs, etc that were left sit for years with old skanky gas in them. It seemed like no matter what I tried I could never get all the gummy fuel deposits totally cleaned out of the tiny passages. So, at the very least, I was unable to get them to idle properly. Every time I've had the carbs ultrasonic cleaned, I bolt them back on and the things run like new. As for buying your own, you would have to do several to make it pencil out. The local Suzuki dealer is where I have taken mine to be cleaned and they only charged $40 or $45 dollars.

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Re: 1957 FLH

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Post by Bigincher » Tue Sep 05, 2017 5:22 pm

Thanks for the detailed info on the cleaner.
The local Honda dealer here has one, I'm sure most of the shops do.
At $300 it might take awhile for the cost to 'pencil', but having my own in my shop would be so much more convenient, and it would always be right there whenever I needed it. And it could be used for just about anything, not just carburetors. I'll probably wait awhile, I can use $300 in so many other directions.

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