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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. Some of us like our sportsters -- a lot.

    Some of us like our sportsters -- a lot.
  7. 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
    ...
  8. 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...
  9. 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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  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. Evaluating Parts for De-Chroming

    Now, we know our options and can evaluate what we want to do and what we can do given our equipment, time, and knowledge/experience. So, the next step is figuring out what types of parts we are...
  14. De-Chroming Options

    Ok, back to alloy dechroming.

    The reason we usually wind up dechroming, besides for restoration purposes, is that most chrome eventually peels or pills off alloy. This has to do with many...
  15. Chrome, De-Chrome, Powder Coating and next steps

    Getting the Q Ship ready for some outside vendors


    Over the years, Chuck and Will have both done just about every DIY thing you can imagine on motorbikes, from nickel plating to painting and...
  16. Hi, Mike Thanks for the kind words. We learned...

    Hi, Mike

    Thanks for the kind words. We learned there aren't always good, or even any reference sources when you're thinking about a project. And, so we wanted to share with the intention of...
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    THANKS! I actually had been wondering about '64...

    THANKS! I actually had been wondering about '64 . . . and I popped open my 65 parts book to discover that both were available:
    34949-58 = black
    34949-64 = chrome

    Hmm, now I gotta debate how...
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    I don't think the double cover is a more...

    I don't think the double cover is a more desirable part -- unless you are specifically restoring a flat-track model on which it was found. Otherwise, I can't say as I've ever seen one.
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    https://sportyparts.com/ Local: 714-879-0500...

    https://sportyparts.com/

    Local: 714-879-0500
    Toll Free: 800-701-2925

    Good luck. They've suddenly become popular systems :-)
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    I have only had my mitts on tin covers from...

    I have only had my mitts on tin covers from 59-64; all were black.

    As for the two or one piece; the two piece were apparently found mostly on flat track models. The "rumor" is that they were...
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    I know for sure Kirk Kelly at sporty parts has...

    I know for sure Kirk Kelly at sporty parts has the rear pipe -- he just posted in another forum about having it for sale. Reading between the lines on some other conversations with him, it sounded...
  22. I always heard it too -- but I didn't actually...

    I always heard it too -- but I didn't actually see my first goose in the flesh until '95. I was still deep in the middle of my turnip stage and living in East Anglia at the time. On a lark a mate...
  23. As the story goes -- duc distribution was...

    As the story goes -- duc distribution was strongest in two regions during the 60s; the mid-Atlantic and the West Coast (with Colorado and NM). As such, you might have the best luck hunting salvage...
  24. That's a great deal, Larry. Finding a pre-70...

    That's a great deal, Larry.

    Finding a pre-70 sporty that is running and riding but isn't hacked up is already a challenge. Snagging them for less than 4k is even better. I have three different...
  25. The next thing we needed to get prepped was the...

    The next thing we needed to get prepped was the rear hub. We demounted the tire, loosened the spokes and removed the rim. If you don’t want to keep the spokes for some reason – or they are in...
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