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Offline sharkoilfield

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1974 XLCH with 6800miles
« on: May 30, 2015, 07:37:24 AM »
An old acquaintance has a '74 XLCH in his garage; he's the second owner and it's got an honest 6800 miles on it (I've known him for years and can trust what he says) I've been over to kick start it for him a couple times; quite easy if you follow the drill. Now; so far I know it's last year right shift; but I started on BSA's so no biggie for me. Also, bike has a Low Rider front end with the smaller single pot dual discs; looks OK...I also see the HD frame braces (yuck!) All else stock. I tried to buy it in the past; he's now ready to sell...what do the Ironhead experts here think? 

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Re: 1974 XLCH with 6800miles
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2015, 10:01:47 AM »
Hell, if it runs and only 6800 miles on it, grab it, but then again, what's the price?
6800 miles in 41 years..............hardly broken in.   (Hard to believe  :scratch: )
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Re: 1974 XLCH with 6800miles
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2015, 12:28:40 PM »
Much like a good hunting rifle that's only had a few shots fired in decades...not unheard of. He bought it from a friend many years ago, then simply parked it. We do live in the "sub-arctic" up here in Canada where summer is measured in weeks and he's miles from pavement, too. Eccentric old bachelor; OK guy...
His neighbor has an army surplus 45, too. But, I'm not into that.
I just have no experience with Iron head sporties and I'm sure they require a certain skill set to actually use day to day properly. I've always liked Sporties...first HD was a new '01 883 I had built up to 100HP; was major fun. This will never achieve that kind of performance, I realize, but there's a certain elemental look and feel about it I like; don't want a money pit either...been there, done that

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Re: 1974 XLCH with 6800miles
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2015, 01:21:15 PM »
1/2 the battle is won.  you been starting it for him...lol.
get it,
 good to hear of someone keeping the old iron alive.
it will be fun...

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Re: 1974 XLCH with 6800miles
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2015, 06:18:30 PM »
But it is only sort of the last year right side shift...as the 75-76 was actually a right side shift "modified" by Rube Goldberg, to shift on the left...before the first true left side shift in '77.

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Re: 1974 XLCH with 6800miles
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2019, 07:10:11 PM »
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Got it...3900 miles, documented to my satisfaction. Now I’ll have a winter project and a unique summer cruiser

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Re: 1974 XLCH with 6800miles
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2019, 09:34:58 PM »
I look forward to seeing that around.
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Re: 1974 XLCH with 6800miles
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2019, 09:56:12 PM »
cool :up:...have fun with it  :bike:
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Re: 1974 XLCH with 6800miles
« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2019, 04:08:46 AM »
That picture just makes me feel that the speedo cable broke @ 6800 miles. Messy cable routing, just my feeling.
I'm starting to believe my body is gonna outlast my mind.

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Re: 1974 XLCH with 6800miles
« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2019, 05:21:16 AM »
That picture just makes me feel that the speedo cable broke @ 6800 miles. Messy cable routing, just my feeling.
No; 3900 miles. I’ve known the owner for around 20 years. Totally legit in my mind; saw his original bill of sale too. I’ve no intention of “flipping” it so no further proof needed for anyone else. Off work Thursday; will clean it up and call the only mechanic I know who’s worked on these when they were new.

Next step is a battery and he said to “polarize” the generator.  Got old Haynes and Clymer manuals; he says instructions are in them

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Re: 1974 XLCH with 6800miles
« Reply #10 on: October 02, 2019, 05:38:48 AM »
Wow, it's been a lot of years since I polarized a generator. Reading that brought a smile to my face.

Don't get surprised, you will see a spark when you do it.


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Re: 1974 XLCH with 6800miles
« Reply #11 on: October 03, 2019, 08:35:33 AM »
Yes indeed! Looking forward to the next pics of it after you've polished it up a bit.

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Re: 1974 XLCH with 6800miles
« Reply #12 on: October 03, 2019, 02:25:22 PM »
Done CPIC search (nationwide stolen reports: neg) and provincial search (no liens)
Registration in my name complete (required insurance; cost $62 Cdn for 10 months; term of my other bikes expires then. That's about $46.50 USD).  NOW I'll wash and buff it up...pic to follow

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Re: 1974 XLCH with 6800miles
« Reply #13 on: October 03, 2019, 02:36:51 PM »
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NOW I'll wash and buff it up...pic to follow

well you know what they say ............ 

.....   when I owned an '82 Iron Head I just said "f@@kem"   :SM:    :chop:

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Re: 1974 XLCH with 6800miles
« Reply #14 on: October 03, 2019, 05:01:15 PM »
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Was it ancient grime or garage makeup covering zits?  LOL

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Re: 1974 XLCH with 6800miles
« Reply #15 on: October 03, 2019, 05:06:22 PM »
I spy:
fork lower legs, brake rotors and wheel from a period Low Rider
aftermarket oil cooler with internal filter
16” Lester rear mag
I need:
battery
front brakes
seat

Let the fun continue

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Re: 1974 XLCH with 6800miles
« Reply #16 on: October 03, 2019, 05:20:28 PM »
Those oil lines are broadly dry and brittle, they're running right past the cylinders. I'd put them high on the list.
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Re: 1974 XLCH with 6800miles
« Reply #17 on: October 03, 2019, 06:01:32 PM »
Those oil lines are broadly dry and brittle, they're running right past the cylinders. I'd put them high on the list.

Good point; I’ll probably remove the oil cooler altogether

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Re: 1974 XLCH with 6800miles
« Reply #18 on: October 03, 2019, 06:14:52 PM »
I ran those old Drag Specialties coolers on a few old Shovels because they have a filter in them. These were old Shovel Pans that had the horseshoe oil tank and no filter. Even if you mounted it out of sight, the filter is a benefit.
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Re: 1974 XLCH with 6800miles
« Reply #19 on: October 03, 2019, 07:07:18 PM »
Great looking bike. Love the mag wheels. Might need a better seat though.

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Re: 1974 XLCH with 6800miles
« Reply #20 on: October 04, 2019, 09:19:19 AM »
Wow, that cleaned up great! Agree with the oil cooler, probably not that much need up there in Canada eh? Keep the pics coming as you make progress on it.
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Re: 1974 XLCH with 6800miles
« Reply #21 on: October 04, 2019, 12:16:45 PM »
Wow, that cleaned up great! Agree with the oil cooler, probably not that much need up there in Canada eh? Keep the pics coming as you make progress on it.
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Re: 1974 XLCH with 6800miles
« Reply #22 on: October 05, 2019, 05:36:33 PM »
Had a couple beers with some HD mechanics last night; now we’re gonna have a “start the Ironhead” garage party at my place soon.  A couple of the young fellas have never kick started a motorcycle...this is gonna be interesting!

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Re: 1974 XLCH with 6800miles
« Reply #23 on: October 06, 2019, 08:27:51 AM »
Had a couple beers with some HD mechanics last night; now we’re gonna have a “start the Ironhead” garage party at my place soon.  A couple of the young fellas have never kick started a motorcycle...this is gonna be interesting!

That really sounds like a good time! A bunch of guys looking around it, pointing, "what if...?", "how about...?" , "I think...?"
More beer, more kicking, much cheering when it fires!
Good luck, have fun with it.
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Re: 1974 XLCH with 6800miles
« Reply #24 on: October 06, 2019, 10:04:35 AM »
Yeah, and after the second 12 pack and a lot of foul language, it gets rolled out into the street and a small contingent tries to push start it. Now where have I heard that before?
 :hyst:

Sounds like a party to me!

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