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There’s no substitute for having an intimate knowledge of every aspect of your scoot.

Assembling and fitting every component, brings with it that “sixth sense” of anything out of the ordinary and hopefully how to fix it before it really goes wrong.

Other guys built my lower ends because I didn’t have the correct tools, but that’s it.

I’ve always done my own tear downs, top ends and full assembly since I was 17. The 3 times my Ironhead left me stranded during the 31 years I owned it were a broken point cam screw, a dissolved primary drive belt and a broken rear chain that wouldn’t accept the master link I always carry on my key ring. There were dozens of successful roadside fixes because I knew every nut, bolt, wire and bracket and carried the right tools.

Just having an Ironhead titled in your name doesn’t mean you “OWN” it.
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Yeah in my heart of hearts I really do want to do it myself. Probably about time to start my build thread. I've put it off all this time (I got this wheeled junk pile in Nov of 2017) because I knew there would be a lot of downtime and I didn't want to lose readers. On the one hand I think I could probably fix any one problem. My problem is the whole thing is in pieces. And yes I agree the thing to do is to know the bike inside and out, and that was my original intention. It's kind of a blessing in disguise when you get a total mess ironhead because by golly, you are going to get to know it.

Great idea about keeping a master link on your keychain. See, that's the kind of help I need, all the little details.
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It seems overwhelming looking at the entire thing in pieces on the floor of your garage, so start assembling little pieces one at a time until you build up the momentum to say "xxxx it I feel like bolting the engine back in to the frame today" and suddenly you are looking at something mostly motorcycle-shaped.
As they say, a single person can eat an entire elephant, just gotta do it one bite at a time.
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The master link on the key ring is for the reminder to service your chain regularly, not for roadside repairs. Or to give it to your buddy who neglects his and is holding everyone up on the side of the road.
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Plus 4 sizes of spare nuts.
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Restoration costs more than repair, last summer while waiting for my lower end to come back from the machine shop, ( getting stroked) I picked up a 1979 lowrider, mostly stock and started going through it. Re did the top end and heads , replaced bearings , seals , cam, fixed stripped holes, replaced wiring and switches, tires, etc. I imagine if I had a shop do what I did it would have cost $4000.00 +, I enjoy doing this kind of work on my bikes, and when something goes wrong I know what to look for. I encourage you to finish it up yourself, it will be a lot more enjoyable to ride, as was said before, do a piece at a time
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awesome key ring Tim.it's even better seeing it than reading about it on pg.1.
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There is also legal liability in someone assembling your bike, when someone sues and the lawyers get involved. It has to be $100.00 an hour, at least, if not more.
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There is also legal liability in someone assembling your bike, when someone sues and the lawyers get involved. It has to be $100.00 an hour, at least, if not more.
an example of that - when i lived in fredericksburg in some apartments, i took my bike to an indy and had him put tires on for me - i didn't have the tools or the work space. when i returned for my bike, the receipt had a big list of things that "weren't up to par". he admitted that the items weren't really of immediate concern, but just a little c.y.a. for him. you know the "i informed the customer, and he declined" song and dance.
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On the one hand I think I could probably fix any one problem. My problem is the whole thing is in pieces.
IMO the way to restore it is to do it in stages. Like, put the entire engine aside. Work on the wheels, the frame, the wiring, the brake lines/linkage. Get the seat and tank done to your satisfaction, then maybe the front forks. When you have a decent rolling chassis, then start on the engine. Don't go overboard. Stock bore & stroke is 'good enough', original cams too. Save the clutch and transmission for last.

I know, I'm a case of calling the kettle black. But I did my brake lines first, then my alternator conversion, and after a lot of persuasion, my transmission. The bike is all back together and even looks good (to me, anyway).

I don't have a real sense of accomplishment, but I'm satisfied that my heirs won't be stuck with a couple bushel baskets of iron. They'll have a lot easier time placing it with an appreciative new owner. Hopefully, doodah man will have a pickup truck and a plank.
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