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One of the best postings I've ever seen on this forum.

I'm one of those morons trying to Johnny Cash a 1971 back into existence. I've been collecting parts for YEARS and I'll be reassembling for years.

It's expensive. It's a treasure hunt. It's fun.

Do I need to emphasize it's expensive? Especially if you're as unskilled as I am.

Your skill set is inspirational. Just a beautiful bike...
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I like it! Good for you for saving another one.
Value you say? Anyone who has ever resurrected a vintage bike knows that even if you got it for free you will exceed any amount that could be considered common sense. It's done out of passion and a labor of love.
I got my 1971 XLCH basket case for $800. I did a complete refurbish and did all of the work myself. I have at least $5k into it. Upside down for sure but I know it's right and will last well beyond my time.
If you are interested you can see my build thread by searching XLForum for: 71 XLCH project progress.
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Great adventure. I am in your shoes but a 4 year rebuild on a 71 Chevy K20. All new electrical, every copper wire, switch, light etc new. New Vintage gauges, all new front end, replaced front axle, etc. Rebuilt motor. New interior. Lots of parts found salvage and sales. Some parts new from catalogs.

But the extent of my abilities comes to body work. I’m looking for someone who could switch favors to get some rust starting taken care of. The money saved on labor is the biggest part. Got shops around here that restore these older vehicles. For those who have money it’s easy, just pay them. But for those of us on budgets we have to be able to do our own work.

Did I mention I own 120 year old Victorian house. Brought it back to life over last 10 years. But that’s another story.

I really dig the adventure, one week huh. It was a steal.
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I'll have to get some parts together to sort this out in my head but so far I can't see why the rods would hit the cylinder spigots with the rods in the wrong holes. Stock rods don't have the beam offset from the axis that runs between the pin hole and the wrist pin hole, and the big end of the rod doesn't come close to the spigot.

If my memory is correct I recall that this is not the first time I've heard of this and the engine ran OK.

This article is not a sportster but it's interesting to read the paragraph at "Harley 45 engine case assembly".

http://www.classic-motorcycle-build....ine-build.html
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I’ll have to admit I did not mock the cyls back up with the rods in the incorrect location. I did however check clearances (which were greatly exaggerated on reassembly) on the left case half with flywheels installed. My guess is the female rod webbing made the first collision and the offending marks on the rod beam were direct results of the broken spigot material being repeatedly hammered between rods and case. Case had similar offending marks. All damage that was incurred was easily remedied by typical stroker case relief methods.
Now you have me curious as well. Perhaps tomorrow I’ll pull out a case half, flywheel half and other parts to do a mock up. Not sure I have any stock stroke flywheels out and about. 4 1/2 may be the closest I have.
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Thanks for the write-up!

It's not all dollars and cents.

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You sir are a wizard.
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Thanks, but hardly.
....sometimes I do get a hankering for some eye of newt though...
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It is good that you included your own labor costs in there.
So many people's great deals are because they do not count that.
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Priceless.

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