Picked up a new project bike: 1980 Harley Davidson Sportster - Ironhead

Posted: Mar 13, 2014 at 10:17 PM

I’ve got a busy winter ahead of me. Doing 2 projects this year. I’ve posted phase 2 of my goldwing bobber here just a moment ago.

But over the weekend I picked up my next project. This one to be a cafe racer. Found an 80 ironhead sportster on craigslist, talked him down to $1,300. I feel like I got a good price on it. He said the bendix was bad and wouldn’t start. Turns out it was just the solenoid, and I had an extra one layin around. Fires up just fine. Everything seems to work as well.

Ordered a rebuilt kit for the S&S carb, it was less than ideal condition. Should be here anyday now. After that, i may have nothing else to do mechanically. And I can start tearing it apart. Pretty much everything you see will be gone. But I’ll be figuring it out as I go along. I just have an general idea of what i want to do.


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