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Gypsy on Parade
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At least I'm new to the Iron Head side! I've been looking for a project, and I found one. I had a lot of plans, but my wife claimed it as hers before I could even get the bike home. So, here she is (the sporty, not my wife):











 

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I found a service manual on eBay today, so that is on the way. Now, I am ready to start in on it!
 

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check out a book how to build a harley monster, by bill rook. he shows you how to step-by-step to build one. my copy is being passed around .b&n has it for $12.00
 

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check out a book how to build a harley monster, by bill rook. he shows you how to step-by-step to build one. my copy is being passed around .b&n has it for $12.00
I will. Thanks.

What he said.

What plans do you have for it?
Pretty much a ground up restoration. It's not running, but the guy said that he had it running last year, and that he knew it smoked. I only gave $750 for it, so I think I have some room to spend a little on it.
 

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Hey!
Congrats man!

Welcome to the Ironhead family!

GREAT - GREAT - GREAT to see another one getting on the road.
I did a '76 last summer... Let me know if I can help.
DeeDay
 

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Gypsy on Parade
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Thanks DeeDay. I will!
 

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Nice bike for a starting point. It looks like it wouldn't be hard to do a somewhat-correct restoration on, and would be a real head-turner if put back original.
 

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Man! How cool!
 

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Thanks guys. Right now I am goin gpage by page through the sporty forum reading everything I can find on the iron heads.
 

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What plans do you have for it?
Ahh come on man, cut that sucker up, bob the rear fender, loose the front one.....spring saddle, apes..........just kidding......looks like you have a fun project ahead....:thumb
 

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Ahh come on man, cut that sucker up, bob the rear fender, loose the front one.....spring saddle, apes..........just kidding......looks like you have a fun project ahead....:thumb
Ya know, I really want to...but, the wife has claimed it. lol. We are gonna make it cool, but rideable.
 

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Need some ideas

I haven't been able to do much to the Ironhead since it has been in Oklahoma and I've been in Texas. Last week I went and got it and my trailer so I can work on it. I just about have it took apart. Hopefully I'll have time to pull the engine this weekend. I found out at least part of the reason why the guy I bought it from was having trouble. When I pulled the plug wire from the rear cylinder to the coil, It was zip tied around the boot to the coil. I pulled it off, and lo and behold there was no electrode in the coil, and no plug inside the boot. So I know I need to a new coil.

I want to start buying a few things a little at a time to get ready to re-build. I've been reading quite a bit about building up these motors, but here's my question, I want to know the best way to make it somewhat "bullet proof". I'm not building it to be a racer or anything, just something fun to putt around on. I want to go through the engine and tranny to make sure everything is good, and I was planning on rebuilding the top end anyway.

Anything I should pre-order, or wait until it's apart?
 

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Well, I will definitely have to split the case. I measured the connecting rod side play last night and the front is about 3/32" play. That is twice what it should be. I also found out why it was smoking. The rear piston was broken between the rings. The piece didn't fall out until I went to tap the wrist pin out, though. Surprisingly, the cylinder is not scored. I'll be getting the jugs and heads to the machine shop soon. I found a motorcycle shop here in Houston that does there own machining.
 

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