View Full Version : Ironhead I'm back! Just picked up a '72 XLCH project

2nd November 2011, 16:49
Hey guys! I've been a way for a while after I sold my '72 XLH last year, but I had to have another Ironhead so I just bought a 1972 XLCH "project" for $2500. It looks to be in great shape, rebuilt motor and whatnot, BUT, the frame has been modified a little, which I didnt notice until I got home. It looks like they shaved some off, but I plan on welding/grinding some of it back. I also need to wire it up, rebuild the carb, buy the stock oil tank and battery tray, new kickstand, stock foot pegs, etc. Built a '78 Triumph Bonnie over the last year, but it just wasnt the same. Sold it and bought another Ironhead. Man, it's good to have another Sporty! Moon Wolf still hangin around here?

2nd November 2011, 17:04
Nice find! And yea, Moonwolf is still haunting these corridors.

Bob F
2nd November 2011, 17:06
Nice scoot!

My first Harley was a brand new 1973 XLCH. I've also owned a 1972 XLH.


2nd November 2011, 17:37
Welcome! back.

2nd November 2011, 19:38
Welcome back!

2nd November 2011, 19:49
Man That's COOOL. I wonder why he went with the soft oil return lines on the heads? Was that common?

Moon Wolf
2nd November 2011, 21:21
Hey Lucky,

Good to see you back in the groove. Send me a PM list of what you need, and I'll dig through my part pile for you. I have the battery box somewhere. Don't know if I have any -70 oil tanks, though.

2nd November 2011, 21:27
welcome back

so, what did they do to your neck? cut it off and weld it up higher?

2nd November 2011, 21:49
I think they just removed some metal so it looks like its welded that way. Weird that they would do that. Im gonna have a welder replace the missing metal. Thanks so much Moon wolf, i'll definitely do that!

ryder rick
3rd November 2011, 04:49
Where are the frame #'s I hope they are intact.

Earlier front end...... Drum brake [spit]

3rd November 2011, 07:29
'72 Sportsters were equipped with drum brakes front and rear. They didnt go to a front disk until '73.

ryder rick
3rd November 2011, 12:42
Lucky is correct,

I wasn't myself yesterday...

3rd November 2011, 16:44
Yeah, we all have off days! You probably had other less important things on your mind like family, work, life, etc. That kind of stuff can somehow cloud Ironhead knowledge and recall. :laugh

6th November 2011, 16:45
Ya know, after a year of owning and fixing up a Triumph Bonneville, which ran like a top BTW, I just never got the same feeling from it that I did from my past Ironheads. I had a terribly tragic year (Got a divorce, lost my eldest daughter to a hit and run drunk driver, lost a close friend to cancer a week after that) so I sold the great running, bone-stock '78 Bonnie and bought a non-running '72 XLCH that needs a lot of work. I couldn't be happier. Lately, since I don't have a lot dough to get her going correctly right now, I just go into the garage and stare at her. For like an hour. Pure therapy. I never did that with the Triumph.

7th November 2011, 03:34
Well, a little update in case anyones following this thread. I just found out that the pistons are brand new and sparkling clean with .010 stamped clearly on them. Also, im apparently going to have to completely wire this bike. The kid i bought this from had no idea what he was doing. Im not fairly certain the bike isnt even broke in properly yet. Im going to post photos as i go along. I love '72s! My fav year iron.

7th November 2011, 05:52
Nice find. I have a soft spot for 72's also.

8th November 2011, 01:47
I saw that a Triumph on the blogspot had some electrical problems. Who woulda thunk it? I curse Lucas every time I replace a zenor diode, the headlight flares to the brightness of an arc welder or the bike takes up smoking for a few seconds before it dies. I keep it, I think, just to make the Sporty look super dependable. LOL. Welcome back to the land of sanity.

8th November 2011, 02:00
Thanks! Yeah, I finally gave up and had our local Triumph guru fix it. It ran beautifully after that, it just didnt do anything for me. I think after owning 5 Ironheads, I need to accept the fact that I'm an Ironhead guy!

8th November 2011, 02:15
I love my Ironhead. Just today I was riding to work and it was ripping it up in third, almost threw me off my seat and roared into fourth... I liked all my other bikes, but they really don't compare to the Ironhead.

8th November 2011, 04:48
It's a sickness and there ain't no cure fellas. Have a good one on your build, to me that's half the fun:tour