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Thread: Changing brakes on late model Sidecar frame

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    Default Changing brakes on late model Sidecar frame

    How difficult Can mechanical brakes be added to a 58 later Harley sidecar frame.

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    I believe the backing plates can be switched, but you won't have way to mount the cross-over shaft. People mentioned a homemade cable used to operate the lever when I asked the question a while back.
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    Quite a bit of fabrication in building the left end of the crossover shaft housing, that was chopped-off by the MoFo MoCo in 1958. A friend of mine is planning that, tho. He wants to attach a 60 LE, the only sidecar frame he has, to his rigid-frame Panhead. His fabrication skills are sufficient and he has my 37 sidecar to go by, but it's still in the dreaming phase.

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    i have a 46 sidecar frame that i will be removing rear mount like the 58 and later....not sure if i am ready to cut it up just yet, but if i do would that casting work for you? making a rigid rear mount like the late shovelhead that was attached to the frame at the rear footpeg mount.

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    Is that basically it, the cross over shaft housing was cut off on left side . I have none to go by so I would need to know how far the shaft comes out from the casting. And is there any other differences I need to know.

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    i have a 46 sidecar frame that i will be removing rear mount like the 58 and later....not sure if i am ready to cut it up just yet, but if i do would that casting work for you?
    The casting wasn't cut off after '58, that is a much later ('79 up) factory mod. The round swingarm bikes still used the mount to attach as well as the early square swingarm bikes. The item in question is the extension of the cross tube that the brake cross shaft was fitted in. Different part.
    Robbie Knight Amca #2736

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark59 View Post
    i have a 46 sidecar frame that i will be removing rear mount like the 58 and later....not sure if i am ready to cut it up just yet, but if i do would that casting work for you? making a rigid rear mount like the late shovelhead that was attached to the frame at the rear footpeg mount.
    mark59, I could use a portion of the crossover shaft casting if you are planning on cutting up a 46LE frame.
    someone previously shortened the shaft & cut about 6" off the shaft tube casting on one of mine.

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    Mark59
    I would rather you trade for the correct frame rather than cut up an original 46 frame, unless its already butchered. like I offered in private message, but if your set on cutting it, I will take any of the original pieces that your removing like you offered. Thanks as I am disabled and can't ride my bike until I getsidecar and brake issues taken care of.
    Also I am looking for any kind of knowledge I doing this. Thanks

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    sent you a PM

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark59 View Post
    i have a 46 sidecar frame that i will be removing rear mount like the 58 and later....not sure if i am ready to cut it up just yet, but if i do would that casting work for you? making a rigid rear mount like the late shovelhead that was attached to the frame at the rear footpeg mount.
    Robbie is correct, the mount changed in the late seventies, not 58

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