47 EL ARRIVED

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PanScott
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Re: 47 EL ARRIVED

Post #16 by PanScott » Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:35 am

You certainly are a few steps ahead of my 47 build, I am piecing one together, you get to start with a together motorcycle. Fix everything you can now, you'll have.plenty to fix that you overlooked. I'll start a thread with mine in a few days, we can compare notes. Best of luck!

Pete808
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Re: 47 EL ARRIVED

Post #17 by Pete808 » Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:06 am

PanScott wrote:You certainly are a few steps ahead of my 47 build, I am piecing one together, you get to start with a together motorcycle. Fix everything you can now, you'll have.plenty to fix that you overlooked. I'll start a thread with mine in a few days, we can compare notes. Best of luck!


thanks, looking forward to seeing your thread. I see you have a 58 also? I got one of those too, that was my first vintage HD just last year.

PanScott
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Re: 47 EL ARRIVED

Post #18 by PanScott » Wed Mar 22, 2017 3:06 am

The 58 is in a 57 straight leg. I have a drop leg swing arm for the 58 and the 47 goes in the straight leg. I have some work to do

Pete808
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Re: 47 EL ARRIVED

Post #19 by Pete808 » Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:50 am

Progress unfortunately has been slow. Opened a new store this month so I have not had a single day to do anything on the 47 or anything else. I know everyone likes pics so here is where I sit now. I am waiting on some engine paint to paint the cylinders and heads to look nice and clean like the rest of it. I'm taking the frame over to my friends place this week to fix the brake crossover tube thing. I scored a set of repop wheels for really cheap so I am going to run those until I find a nice set of oem ones in the future. I got a complete engine hardware kit from Colony. You guys think it is possible to change the nuts and engine bolts one at a time without ripping the whole thing apart and having to change gaskets? I don't really want to pull the top end to change the hardware but I really don't like all the acorn nuts. I can't remember if I already asked this question. Maybe in a few days my tanks will arrive that I have been patiently waiting for. Hopefully by this time next month the bike will be at least a roller.

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Bigincher
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Re: 47 EL ARRIVED

Post #20 by Bigincher » Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:07 am

Su-weeet...!
Frame sure looks nice. Hell, it all looks nice!
You'll be fine changing nuts/bolts one at a time, no problem.
I'd suggest tossing that oil pressure gauge and finding an OEM pressure switch. When the oil warms up, the pressure drops as low as 3psi, and it will just make you nervous. Low pressure when warm is normal, it's all about volume, not pressure. But don't buy a repop pressure switch, they don't read the pressure properly and the dash light will stay on, or flicker. Repop switches run about $30, and I see original switches sell on eBay for around $75. Save the $30, buy an original.
But that's just my opinion.... ;)

Pete808
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Re: 47 EL ARRIVED

Post #21 by Pete808 » Thu Mar 30, 2017 7:46 am

Bigincher wrote:Su-weeet...!
Frame sure looks nice. Hell, it all looks nice!
You'll be fine changing nuts/bolts one at a time, no problem.
I'd suggest tossing that oil pressure gauge and finding an OEM pressure switch. When the oil warms up, the pressure drops as low as 3psi, and it will just make you nervous. Low pressure when warm is normal, it's all about volume, not pressure. But don't buy a repop pressure switch, they don't read the pressure properly and the dash light will stay on, or flicker. Repop switches run about $30, and I see original switches sell on eBay for around $75. Save the $30, buy an original.
But that's just my opinion.... ;)



Will do, I will keep an eye out for a switch. '

thanks

davestune
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Re: 47 EL ARRIVED

Post #22 by davestune » Tue Apr 04, 2017 1:04 am

you could call Dave at wayback wheels, I scored a brand new OEM switch for my knuckle from him
if your having a hard time finding one on fleabay

Pete808
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Re: 47 EL ARRIVED

Post #23 by Pete808 » Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:32 am

No progress on the 47 but I did get some gas tanks and put the brakes on. I hope to get some cash soon and order some bars for it so I can get the thing back together. Here are some pics of the tanks and wheels. I know that the linkage and nuts and bolts on the brakes are supposed to be parkerized. For now I just took the chrome off the stuff I had and painted everything black. When funds allow I will work on more correct finishes, for now I just want to get the thing up and running so I can go for a ride. I have given up the dream of an original, all correct bike a while ago, almost right after I started and realized how time consuming it would be and how much it would cost. Wheels are repop for now. My spare bedroom is starting to be over run by parts and tools. I think I need to buy a place with a garage.
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Bigincher
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Re: 47 EL ARRIVED

Post #24 by Bigincher » Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:29 am

The coolest part of your project is that you're doing it in your spare bedroom. Makes me chuckle, and reminds me of the time I set up a little wood shop in the spare bedroom of an apartment I rented. Table saw, power miter saw, router, belt sander- I don't think all the sawdust ever did come out of that 1970s shag carpet...! lol

Pete808
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Re: 47 EL ARRIVED

Post #25 by Pete808 » Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:23 pm

Bigincher wrote:The coolest part of your project is that you're doing it in your spare bedroom. Makes me chuckle, and reminds me of the time I set up a little wood shop in the spare bedroom of an apartment I rented. Table saw, power miter saw, router, belt sander- I don't think all the sawdust ever did come out of that 1970s shag carpet...! lol



I'm doing the big stuff at the shop at work, more space and tools. I do the little things I can at home and then take the parts over to the shop and I will assemble it there. this way when I get stuck I have the mechanics there to answer my questions and give me a hand.

Pete808
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Re: 47 EL ARRIVED

Post #26 by Pete808 » Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:54 pm

My friend fixed the brake tube for me .He has a little bit to go on it and then I can start putting the bike back together.
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Bigincher
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Re: 47 EL ARRIVED

Post #27 by Bigincher » Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:51 am

Some of those replacement crossover shafts have a bushing on each end. Which makes no sense, because the one in the middle would serve no purpose at all. I remove it before inserting into the casting.

Nice looking repair. Your friend is a good welder, that Tig weld looks like an 'electric weld'.

[josh]
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Re: 47 EL ARRIVED

Post #28 by [josh] » Tue Apr 25, 2017 2:07 am

Bigincher wrote:Some of those replacement crossover shafts have a bushing on each end. Which makes no sense, because the one in the middle would serve no purpose at all. I remove it before inserting into the casting.

Nice looking repair. Your friend is a good welder, that Tig weld looks like an 'electric weld'.


Thanks, I flowed some silicon bronze over the tig weld on the casting to try and mimic the way the old weld looked. I was wondering about that tube being bushed on both ends. I though it may have been so you could locate the threaded hole for the zirc fitting in two different locations by flipping it. It seems on the knuckle frame it was directly behind the bracket, but in my pan frame it is more towards the middle . Either way the weld deformed it and now I need to give it a quick ream this week and get it back to Pete.

Thanks for helping me identify the 52 motor mounts earlier!

Guess Ill do an intro now its been a few years...

Bigincher
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Re: 47 EL ARRIVED

Post #29 by Bigincher » Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:25 am

I'm sure you're right on the bushing on each end. Makes perfect sense.


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