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jjvinella1960+
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assembly procedure

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Post by jjvinella1960+ » Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:14 pm

Getting my painted frame back this week so will be starting reassembly. This is my first time with my 1960 panhead FLH.
From the groups experience, what the best or preferred sequence of reassembly so I do not have to go back and remove a part that got in the way of another part.

Thanks

Newbie



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Re: assembly procedure

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Post by Andygears » Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:46 pm

First and foremost, I would clean any paint from the motor mounts and confirm, with the motor as light as possible, confirm that the engine mounts sit down flat on the frame. Address any issues there first! The knowledge base has good stuff on confirming that. The transmission flat on the plate, on the frame, on the fifth mount. A straightedge on the engine sprocket to the clutch basket sprocket, and trans sprocket to rear wheel sprocket. This stuff is easier without inner primary. Don't know what all your bike has been through in it's 67 years but confirming the driveline lines up or not is better when you've only a few pieces to manhandle.

My 2 cents
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Re: assembly procedure

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Post by Bigincher » Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:55 am

Don't forget to scrape the paint off the dash mounts, too. You need a good bare-metal connection to have a good electrical ground for the dash indicator lights.
A single-edge razor works well.

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Re: assembly procedure

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Post by Buddhahoodvatoloco » Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:46 am

Man, you guys are robbing this man of the joy, of learning empirically, especially you Big Cincher, maybe inform him to run a direct ground from the taillamp housing, clean all the thread nd neck cup area, axle pads, umm,.
I plead the fith..

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Re: assembly procedure

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Post by Bigincher » Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:56 am

One of the first things I'd suggest, purchase a set of "thread chasers". These are different from taps and dies in that they do not cut new threads. If the threads are flattened, they will roll the material back in place, restoring them. New taps these days seem to be slightly larger, and will cut material away; new dies also cut material that should be left. I think I bought a set of from Mac Tools, paid about $60 for taps & dies, course & fine thread, all the common sizes.
As suggested, go over the the entire frame and clean the threads. On the two rear transmission mount bosses, we always use a long tap (have to use a tap here for the extra length) and come in from the bottom. A lot of frames we see (at Wasco) have threads that look sketchy, but after chasing them from the bottom, they always come back nicely.
And here's something to remember- always bolt the cowbells (fork tube covers) to the lower tree BEFORE installing the fork tubes. It's easy to forget that, and there you are, dropping the fork tubes out again.

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Re: assembly procedure

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Post by Bigincher » Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:09 am

My second suggestion- make it a 'roller' before installing the motor and transmission. Install fenders before wheels. Connect front brake cable to the actuating arm before installing, so you don't have to take it apart later.
Andy is very wise and has lots of experience, take advantage of his wisdom. My amigo, 'VatoLoco' suggests we throw you to the wolves and let you figure it out on your own ;) but you'll have plenty of opportunities for that anyway...! He knows a lot more than he lets on, though... :)

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Re: assembly procedure

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Post by jjvinella1960+ » Thu Mar 23, 2017 2:52 am

Thanks so much for the info. Frame back tomorrow.
I'm taking your suggestion on wheels first. Seems much easier to work on.
The drive line was lined up nice prior to taking apart.
Whenever you work on these types of projects the first time, it's always a learning experience. That's the joy.
Let the fun begin!!!

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Re: assembly procedure

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Post by Bigincher » Thu Mar 23, 2017 3:10 am

Front end first. Fenders second. Wheels third...! ;)

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Re: assembly procedure

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Post by RUBONE » Thu Mar 23, 2017 5:44 am

Don't put the rear fender on right away. You'll have to take it back off the install the oil tank.
Frame, transmission, oil tank, forks (and handlebars if it will be moved), rear brake, front fender, front brake, front wheel, if you want to roll it around rear wheel temporarily, jiffy stand with shifter or clutch pedal. Main wiring harness, Rear fender with tailight and wiring in place, rear wheel, engine, control cables and wiring, speedo cable, Clutch and primary, exhaust, oil lines, footboards, dash, tanks, misc.

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Re: assembly procedure

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Post by alfajuj » Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:01 am

I second the roll form taps. They work great.

Don't forget to put the belly plate on before you put the engine in, too.

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Re: assembly procedure

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Post by Bigincher » Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:36 am

On a rigid, the oil tank, battery tray, and rear fender all have to go on together, with bolts loose. Wiggle and adjust into final position, then start to tighten up, fender bottom screw, then frame clamp straps, etc. works well for me. Obviously, each part has to prepped prior to installing, such as tail light wires etc.
It's been a long time since I did a swingarm, they are different.

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Re: assembly procedure

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Post by Andygears » Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:53 pm

Thanks for the praise, bigincher, but I think Rubone is the wise old sage of this forum. I've picked up a lot of tricks and shortcuts thru the years, and this forum seems the best place to share them before I go senile and start drooling on myself.

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