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Thought I would get the ball rolling on a thread.

Found this through a facebook marketplace posting:



Looked to be mostly complete and original if a little chopped.

Hadn't been registered or running (as far as I know)since 1990. Been sitting in a damp barn in Oregon for the last four years rusting and gathering dust. Before that I don't know but it must have been pretty marginal shelter at best. The Northwest is really hard on metal objects sitting outside. I'm going to try to put it back in fairly original form. Not a show bike, just a nice rider. As it sits it looks like it just came out of the 70's. The bobbed fenders, extended front end and cheesy peeling chrome will be replaced.

I'd been looking for a project since I sold an M72 flathead boxer and 99 FLSTC. So when I saw this 68 I figured the proceeds from the sales would cover buying and building it. Not so sure now. It really is rough. Pretty much needs all the chrome redone or stripped and painted. Sent the mag in to be checked. Bought a kit and rebuilt the Tillotson carb. Adjusted the valves, cleaned the gas tank. Now I'm into the clutch because it was stuck. Plates were completely oiled up. I've been reading about this dry clutch and wondering how well I'll do at keeping it dry.

It's is my first Sportster so I'm learning a lot. Must have read 1000 posts. This site is invaluable for a beginner like me. Kinda old at 68 to be a beginner at anything but here I am a rookie at the mercy of a kickstart only Sportster. Hope I can still start it when I'm done with the build. Oh yeah, it has low compression too, 90 pounds each cylinder, so a top end at least will be in order.
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90# should run.
90# for something sitting for 10 years is good.
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90 PSI I can only get them to start on rollers.

If it's the same on both cylinders it's most likely just worn cylinders. Possibly why they parked it all those years ago.

The bike will repay you for any time and money you put in.
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intersting.., rear frame rails straight out, then they went curved like my 93,
now they are back to straight again
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Nice project...... personally I would soak those cylinders for a few days and see if there was a change in compression..... In my experience an increase in compression, albeit sometimes small, is not unusual. Top end required or not, the bike is definitely worth the effort and expense.
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Isn't this bike for sale on Facebook right now?
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If you are using the kickstart to check a cold 900 then 90 psi. might not be so far away?
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If you are using the kickstart to check a cold 900 then 90 psi. might not be so far away?
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I'd bet on 130+ when tested at full operating temperature
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Hold the carb slide wide open too..take air filter off and hold butterfly by hand if need be

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If you are using the kickstart to check a cold 900 then 90 psi. might not be so far away?
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Agree. Put a couple of tablespoons of ATF in each cylinder for a few days

just in case the ring grooves are varnished up but at some point you'll probably pull the top end for a re-paint .

Great starting place you have there. Good Luck.
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