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Old 7th August 2011
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Hello new guy here member other h/d forums and some want formal intro"s didnt see one here but here in LINY gotta jammer rigid shovel and fxstsb,, ok that said have had 4 sportys in the past 30yrs and always enjoyed them recently picked up a paughco early frame, had wheels and wideglide layin around so im matching them up ..question is ,,there is a 72 kick-electric sportster with title 4-sale in my area for 1000 bucks ,its been in shed for a few yrs and oxidation, all over... opinions please is this a good year, heard some better than others re 79-80 what should I look for on this potential purchase ? Im thinking I can part it out and recover most of my money if its a bust, never liked buying non running anything, Ps im no mechanic but have some mechanical skills
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'72-early '73 has the oddball head bolt pattern and can only be bored to .030 over stock. Otherwise pretty much the same engine parts '72 thru '76. Its a right side shifter. I've had a '72 for 34 years.
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Potential issues? For 1000 dollars in the NY area when runners go for 3x that; I would b expecting a straight up total rebuild. I hope you got time cuz you're going to need it.

Parts for '79 don't fit other years. I understand you can still get them but the advantage of not having that year is if you find cheap parts for other years they'll fit your cycle. I don't know about interchange between '72. i know the stock points will work up to '78 and readily available.
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... Parts for '79 don't fit other years. ...
Different frame. Only a few parts are different. Check out this thread from the technical Stickys ...

what to look for when buying an ironhead
http://xlforum.net/vbportal/forums/s...d.php?t=559987
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If you buy an ironhead get ready to obtain some mechanical skills... one thing I have notices is parts for the odd '72-early '73 yrs aren't as sought after as the yrs.. other than the heads and cylinders it is just like every other Ironhead out there... a money pit if you don't do the pittly stuff yourself.. working on the carb.. clutch...and starter are a pretty much a given if you don't want to go broke.. for a grand you might come out on top.. never buy a bike as an investment!!

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Hey, welcome from a swamp in Michigan, and I'm sure some of the Ironhead guru's here will be more than glad to help you out.
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if the asking price is $1,000
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