I just HAD to post some pics as i close in on the finish

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I just HAD to post some pics as i close in on the finish

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Post by LittleAl » Tue May 19, 2009 2:36 am

sorry guys but I just HAVE to post pictures as I near the end!
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Re: I just HAD to post some pics as i close in on the finish

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Post by awander » Tue May 19, 2009 2:43 am

Doesn;t seem like anything you need to apologize for...:)

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Re: I just HAD to post some pics as i close in on the finish

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Post by FlatHeadSix » Tue May 19, 2009 3:31 am

Wow Al!, its really coming together

BTW, I should have mentioned that the front fender you have is actually correct for your bike, rider or not. It would have been wrong if you had a correct '49 fender. My '49 has always had an incorrect fender on it, I got it that way years ago, it has the hole for the Anniversary Emblem or the Hydra-Glide emblem, used on '54 or '55 models only, and the riveted brackets.

I found a correct spot-welded fender at Davenport last year, when I get it painted the 54-55 front fender will be in the for sale forum.

As Andy said, no need to appologize, keep the pictures coming!

mike

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Re: I just HAD to post some pics as i close in on the finish

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Post by LittleAl » Tue May 19, 2009 4:09 am

Imagine that, the seller was wrong and turned out to be right, lol

I have some questions of course but I'll start a new post for them

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Re: I just HAD to post some pics as i close in on the finish

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Post by panz4ever » Tue May 19, 2009 4:54 am

And I assume you know that your rear fender is not correct for your year/model as well.

That being said I cannot wait to see it ALL together/ Motivates me to keep going on mine. Thanks for all the pics and updates.

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Re: I just HAD to post some pics as i close in on the finish

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Post by LittleAl » Tue May 19, 2009 5:28 am

being a repop from Ted's I never in my wildest imagination thought it'd be right, but it's good enough for me!

stay motivated, they guys here kept me going when things got discouraging. Hell I'm only a week off on my finish date, IF she actually starts when I get her outta my kitchen, lol

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Post by VT » Tue May 19, 2009 8:51 am

No hurry. The last piece I had to install of my '59 was the external fuel filter. I had some people over for the "big startup" event. :lol: When I went to put the screw-bottom on the filter, the cap wouldn't thread on. I looked inside the cap and the threads were horribly misaligned :shock: and humanly impossible to make work. I think we ended the day by eating sandwiches and staring at the machine. :lol:
Stuff happens on your first build. Easy does it.

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Re: I just HAD to post some pics as i close in on the finish

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Post by john HD » Tue May 19, 2009 12:12 pm

mike,

i think i can find a home for that fender!

al,

looking good, just shim up the back of the dash base. check your fit to make sure you do not short out the switch!

john

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Re: I just HAD to post some pics as i close in on the finish

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Post by VT » Tue May 19, 2009 2:25 pm

My dash is 3-lite, but here's some some stuff to read through, to help get you your dash settled over the ignition switch:
I tied the wires together with (poly) "buttonhole" thread to keep them from being hammered by the edge of the shield (with the cover taken on and off).
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Center Mounting Stud Adjustment
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The mounting stud with a 5/8 flecloc nut doesn't ship with the stock eared-lock washer. Tighten the flexloc nut, backing the nut up with a 1/2" wrench on the hex mount stud above.. When the nut bottoms, it will want to start turning. Leave it there.
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Then when it comes time to align the center screw with the stud, you can turn the 5/8 nut nut C.W. with a swivel socket in increments, and the stud will "cam lobe turn" to perfect alignment.
[Note: The (exact dim.) 6466 dash cover center-screw (7/16" hole) washer is available (cad.) from Kick-Start M/C Parts. # 2137. They'll put one in an envelope and send it to you priority mail.]

The Japanese ignition switches are smooth action, but they bind in most dash cover holes. You can coat the outside of the switch bezel with magic-marker, install the cover and center-screw and then turn the switch a few times. The bind areas will show where the cover binds on the switch. Use the rough-out file (top left) to remove the first tight spots in the dash's switch hole i.d.
Then coat the inside edge of the dash hole with magic-market, and rough file the entire i.d perimeter. When all of the coating is gone from the i.d you've made a 360 degree circle. The ignition switch should turn free. Use the finish round file (right) to smooth.
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Zip-tie or twine-tie the two conduits in two places. This will keep the conduits inside the stamped run in the tank half and make installing the right tank effortless.
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The dash cover makes contact with the tank in all areas. With the wiring tied-off and no obstructions, the cover "clops" on to the dash base, like pulling on a well worn boot. You can almost throw the cover at the dash and it settles into a perfect fit. Screw turns in by hand, no matter how many times the cover is removed.

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Re: I just HAD to post some pics as i close in on the finish

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Post by 51elpanchop » Tue May 19, 2009 3:59 pm

Very nice Al! I can relate w/ how you feel as I am just tying up loose ends on mine.

Thanks for posting the dash info VT as I am still messing w/ mine!

VT

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Post by VT » Tue May 19, 2009 7:33 pm

Building rigid Panheads is fun. There is no issue that has not been diagnosed and corrected on OHV, 74", 6V machines. I would say it's a safe hobby to be invested in, and people in the 49 states should build one and register it, asap, to be "grandfathered in".
It's looking grim for "emissions-exempt" motors in the future. A tidal wave of air quality hysteria is gaining momentum and traveling fast across the nation.

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Re: I just HAD to post some pics as i close in on the finish

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Post by partshunt » Wed May 20, 2009 10:25 am

Yes, Air Care is another term. Can you imagine the Motor Company (Harley) getting involved in Electric Cruisers? The factory designers at H-D getting cought up in Government handouts to develope and go Electric like the Auto Industry. Is that next or soon?...Joe

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Re: I just HAD to post some pics as i close in on the finish

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Post by LittleAl » Wed May 20, 2009 4:14 pm

thanks for the guidance, I shimmed the dash mounting plate up with 3 5/16 flat washers on the two rear bolts and 1 on the front bolt. dash sitting pretty now!

from my understanding, the later model TC engines have jackets already cast into the cylinders for eventual water cooling. There have been rumors about water cooling for a few years at least but it's looking like 2012 it will happen. we'll see. In the meantime I'll stick with my Pan and my Shovel and my Ironhead. I do have an '00 and an '08 Twin Cam but it that '08 will probably be the last new bike I'll buy and then just spend the rest of my life maintaining, repairing, restoring and RIDING the 5 Harley's I presently own!

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