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  1. sprockets!

    With that done, we moved on to reattaching the sprocket. The Q ship came with a sprocket that had sheared several rivets. This isn’t too uncommon on ironheads and the challenge is that as a rivet...
  2. With all that done, it was time to grease up the...

    With all that done, it was time to grease up the bearings and reassemble the hub. Please don’t be a caveman and chisel the lock nut on and off. Use the correct tool or a wide pin wrench. And,...
  3. The on-going saga of "as the sprocket turns"

    In this installment of “as the sprocket turns” we’re going to discuss one of the most overlooked aspects of a motorbike – the hub. In this case, we’re going to be looking at the rear hub because it...
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    Welcome from Chicago.

    Welcome from Chicago.
  5. So, what does this all cost?

    A little over a month ago, we shared the purchase list and expenditures on the Q ship so as to help others understand just how much money a basket case can consume. Here’s an update to that post,...
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  7. more pictures

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    PS -- don't fret; we'll wash the backing plate before shoes are assembled to it.

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  8. On the down hill slope -- aka putting it back together

    Taking advantage of the holiday weekend, we got down to putting the Q ship back together.

    The first order of business was parkerizing the hardware and hard parts that needed refinishing. Keep in...
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    No, I don't think it would be considered an...

    No, I don't think it would be considered an accessory item. The one I saw was done because the original choke was removed and there was no practical way to start the bike. By '69 this was totally not...
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    I've seen this before. A D.C. Retrofitted to a...

    I've seen this before. A D.C. Retrofitted to a Tilley bike. Air cleaner was ditched and so there was no choke mechanism. Enter the tickler. The one I saw was certainly after market. Works well to...
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    the scratching in the headlamp bucket is not scratches -- that is some fur from my coat and from petting the yeti before I snapped the photos.

    Here's...
  12. more powder photos

    Earlier in this series, we talked about welding up the kick stand tab. Chuck mentioned how he likes to leave the surface "rough" so that when it is media blasted and painted/coated it looks more...
  13. Powder Coat is BACK!

    Much to my surprise, I sat down yesterday at my desk and the phone rang. Turns out the powder coater knocked out all the parts for the Q ship. That took a whopping 3 days. So I ran over there to...
  14. Is DIY "really" cheaper?

    A lot of times, we want to use DIY methods in order to save ourselves money when working on an old bike. For a regular rider, a lot things can be done in the garage for much, much less than we are...
  15. So, earlier on in this thread, we mentioned using...

    So, earlier on in this thread, we mentioned using greaseless compound with a buffer in-order to quickly flat out parts, remove blemishes, and remove coatings. Saturday and Sunday were not terrible...
  16. The other thing we did this weekend was to get...

    The other thing we did this weekend was to get the main chassis parts out of powder coating.

    As noted earlier, we generally don't powder coat. But with winter fast approaching, we figured it was...
  17. To continue on with the stuff other people can do...

    To continue on with the stuff other people can do for you; we got all the chrome bits boxed up and shipped -- as well as the chassis bits to the powder coater.

    Before we shipped the chrome, we...
  18. No disagreement. However, let's talk about the...

    No disagreement.

    However, let's talk about the math and acceptable loss, so as to help our original poster continue informing his opinion.

    Yep, it's a loss -- some of the time.

    Yet, it's...
  19. Some of us like our sportsters -- a lot.

    Some of us like our sportsters -- a lot.
  20. My partner in crime and I started a thread for...

    My partner in crime and I started a thread for exactly this type of question:

    http://www.antiquemotorcycle.org/bboard/showthread.php?29966-Rebuilding-the-Q-ship-a-1964-Harley-Davidson-Sportster
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  21. Fork Sliders and Oil Tank: Well, the fork...

    Fork Sliders and Oil Tank: Well, the fork sliders have great bushes inside and cleaned up well. The outside, however, is shot. So, these will get striped and rechromed. They are the only part...
  22. timing cover part 2

    here are some more photos of the cover showing the where the weld needs finishing; as well as the delamination(s)

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  23. Timing Cover eval part one

    Timing Cover:
    Much like the sprocket cover, this one had a repair hiding under the grime. The repair is 95% good and we’ll finish it off when the part comes back. This part also seems to have been...
  24. even more parts eval

    Sprocket Cover:
    This one was also a surprising piece. We knew it needed deplating, but it wasn’t until after we ran it thorough the parts washer that we discovered it has been repaired. Look at...
  25. more parts eval

    Rocker Boxes:
    These were a major disappointment. From 10 feet away, they look really good. Up close you can see they were not polished well before being plated. There are pits all over the place...
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