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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.
Holy black cloud Batman!
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Just grab the manual and go through it part by part. All of your answers are in there. The sense of accomplishment is well worth it when you look back on your first "season(?) and realize all you did was ride and not spend your time wrenching. Before you know it youll be looking for another project Ironhead and your '72 becomes the parts chaser.
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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.
I'm hoping me heirs will continue to ride the bikes long after I'm gone.

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Just grab the manual and go through it part by part. All of your answers are in there. The sense of accomplishment is well worth it when you look back on your first "season(?) and realize all you did was ride and not spend your time wrenching.
The Factory Service Manual has a wealth of info, there's lots of times I'll just sit and read it to become more familiar with the bike. Many times just doing that I find myself out doing something on the bike. It's almost as if it creates the energy to make the repair.

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Before you know it youll be looking for another project Ironhead and your '72 becomes the parts chaser.
That same theory works with Evos too. Sportsters make good parts chasers. Mine have even done a few miles chasing parts for the work trucks.
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You will pay dearly to have someone assemble your bike. It is best done yourself. And you have to take your time, remembering that every shortcut you take will come back and bite you on the ass. Most of what you need to know is in the wiki, the rest is common sense and there is only one way to learn that. DIVE IN! Financially this is the only responsible path.

I will do it for $50 hr but you have to do it "my way", and on MY schedule. There are things I won't do, and parts I won't use for a reason, that is what you are paying me for. In the end you spend money until it is done, even if you do it yourself, you will make many trips to your parts guy or wait for the brown truck. I can't look at a pile of parts and say it's going to cost this much. And even if I did there are always setbacks. The target changes, stuff doesn't fit or play nice. 30-50 years of hackery and abuse by previous owners or folks calling themselves mechanics it is impossible to predict what it will take to erase that. If you have the disposable income and no desire to smash your fingers feel free to contact me.

Another thing to address is, do you just want the motor installed so it just runs (Cheap)? Any hack can slap a motor in.
Or do you expect it to be turn key and ready to ride, and last?

Installing a motor is simple and quick, it's all the little details that are difficult and take time. And this is what makes the difference when you point it down the road. To do that you have to scrape off all the Do Do and un-fornicate everything you touch. For example, I have a whole drawer in one of my tool boxes that has nothing but thread repair stuff in it because of the things previous owners have "repaired". Cleaning the silicone out of the blind bolt holes, replacing missing dowel pins, using correct and quality hardware is important for the best finished product. Stopping when things go wrong and back tracking to correct them before moving forward is the only way to accomplish this. You have to ignore the clock and sometimes the calendar to make this happen.
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I totally get where you are at, I've been there. This time of the year is a real drag (at least here in the North East) and sometimes it's hard to take that initial first step in getting a project going.

Several years back I tore down the only bike I had at the time to make it a bobber. After lots of money and time spent I just wasn't happy with the result and my tastes just changed not to mention I ran into a couple of issues along the way. In the end I wasn't thrilled about it and I got burned out. The bike then sat for a couple/few of years. It ate away at me and stressed me out. Then one day my best friend went out and bought the same bike which gave me motivation to get it going so I could ride with him.
One fo the best damn things I ever did was getting that bike back on the road and the way I wanted it. Of all the vehicles I own it's my most favorite one to take out.

Many of the posters have made some great points. Nothing like knowing your own bike inside and out, the experience and confidence that it gives you for future repairs/builds and the satisfaction of knowing it was done right.

I farmed out car work 3 times in the past to 3 reputable shops that either specialized in the specific work or in the car this work was performed on. Once for a cam swap, another time for a stall converter swap and a 3rd time for a clutch swap. I had at least one issue with each and some of which I didn't discover until future teardowns where shoddy work became evident. Even when you pay the $$$ and go to a reputable place it doesn't guarantee much. I now do all my own work no matter how big or small.

Just need to find yourself some motivation. Watch some bike videos on YouTube or hang out at the dealer or talk to some of your riding buddies or watch Easy Rider or something. Or maybe find a bike show or a bike cruise/meet up and set that as your goal to have the bike done in time for. Sometimes having something to work towards helps. You can do it, just gotta get over the initial hump which is often the hardest part, good luck.
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I had my iron head "Gone through and assembled" by a guy who I found out later, was prone to drink. When I got it back there were little telltale signs like push rod tubes installed upside down.
Got introduced to an outfit that are early H-D specialists and had them do a tear down and inspection which revealed even more soon-to-be problems, not just with the engine but the transmission too.
They walked me through everything they found and explained what should be done and why. Ended up putting the motor together with needed corrections and and it starts easily and runs like a top. I ended up spending more on the job the second time through but now I'm sure everything is right.
Moral to my story is to make sure you trust your mechanic; whether it's you turning the wrench, or an indie mechanic.
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Years ago in El paso Tx. A dude asked me too listen to a cammed out 1969 punched out 900 he had built for his girlfriend/wife out of bikers custom for 2 grand.

He bitched and moaned about the price and how noisy the engine was.

It sounded like a normal cammed out, punched sportster to me when I rode it.
Could not figure what what he was upset about either.

Probably cost him a lot more now a days to git er done.

Truett and Osborne assembles iron head motors in all kinds of ways. No?
Give em a call.

http://www.truettandosborn.com/

They should give ya ball park figure to save up for.

Assembling a cycle. Hope the mech is concerned about your ride like you are and you are willing to invest in that concern.

I help my brother and he helps me in these scenarios.
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I painted and assembled a 1973 Ironhead in 2003.

My bill was $2600. Parts and materials.

Looked new when I delivered it.

Worth about $2600 then.

I don't have the energy to do it now.
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