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He has a clear title registered to the motor not the frame and i've ridden rigids quite a bit i've got an 88 sporty bobber on a rigid with a slight rake and love it. I haven't seen the bike yet so i'm not sure how the quality is on the welding and such.

A 72 is not registered by the motor number.

The number on the frame is what DMV uses.

A LEO will look at the motor numbers last.

There could be another bike out there registered under that frame (motor) #, that bike will hold the legally registered status over yours.

You will need paper on the frame to transfer ownership.

Without paper on the frame you will likely be given a "Special Construction" title not a "HD".

Check this out with DMV before purchasing.
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I would not purchase anything without a perfect title situation. You may get it legal in your justidiction and run into trouble elsewhere where the rules are different or more rigidly enforced.

Check it out carefully. If you buy you will be putting in a lot of time, money and love into ...
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Ya i definetely want to get the title situation figured out first before i buy it.

Has anyone built the motor from ground up total rebuild.
Lets say the cases are good but i do all internal, what do you think parts would cost to build the motor up right. I know that's an impossible question but i'm just lookin for a rough ball park or worst case situation. what you guys started from and spent to do it.
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my cases were busted when i bought mine. i tore it down to the point of pressing the crank out. then had an indy shop weld it, machine it, and reassemble it. cost me 900 bucks ten years ago.

my bottomend is oil tight and don't drip a bit. well worth having the indy do the work in my book. plus i can't machine stuff.
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That's what i'm considering flathead. I don't have the machine tools or really that much experience to do it. I'm thinking have the motor built by professionals and i'll do the rest.

Anybody else had this done?
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I have rebuilt a motor using used parts
rods , pistons , valves & springs , ect
trannys also , espeically trannys
allways use new bearings & seals
I dont see a need on buying new when a good used part will work
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I'm with cowboy, a good used part it alot of the time much better than a cheap new part. and you can repair your part so much the better.
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I totally agree i'd like to use as much original parts i can. But with what i know about the old iron head motors i'd be more comfortable having a professional build the motor right. Has anyone else had their motor built i'd like to get a ball park on what it would cost.
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