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Old 26th October 2008
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So it's coming along. Paid the local indy to do the bottom end and cam chest, then started putting her together. Still don't know if I like the white frame, but the paint on the frame was too far gone to touch up, so I decided to take a chance. Still alot of little things to do. I can kick it, but I have to put weight and muscle into it. Should be trying to start her later in the week. For those that missed the previous threads in the spring, it's a 80 inch storker, s+s pistons, sifton -- cams, s+s g carb, ect. I got it an a basket when they retired it from racing, then they never put it back together, but had all the parts to de-tune it for the street(it ran 9.9 with high dome pistons and more cam, and more balls then I got). The paint got all dinged up in 15 years of storage.


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That is one classy looking Sportster! Thanks for the pics, and please keep us up to date on your progress.
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imo I think the frame looks very good and different, great looking bike
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Joe,
That is a good lookin machine. That 5" stroke is gonna be fun, fun, fun, for a while. I hope your efficient at top end jobs, because if your gonna ride that on the street, you'll learn to be.
I like the white frame, it looks period correct with that seat & paint job.

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Stroker with a magneto. For the sake of your right leg, make sure the mag is in top condition. Should be a blast to ride. Not many folks will be giving you s**t about the white frame as you leave them in the dust.
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Man that is a sweet bike.

and please do tell us how it runs once you get it out on the road!!!!!!!

I am thinking very serious about stroking the '80 next winter,but this winter gotta get the hardtail done first!!!!!!!
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Stroker with a magneto. For the sake of your right leg, make sure the mag is in top condition. Should be a blast to ride. Not many folks will be giving you s**t about the white frame as you leave them in the dust.
It will be about 6 months before it hits the road, as winter is almost here. She has to come most of the way back apart to make it out of the basement, so I might
1) paint the frame to match, also paint the spokes and polish the rims.
2) install compression releases
3) switch from magneto to a distributer/battery.

Any does anybody have any opinions or experience about 2 or 3.
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Joe, For what it's worth, If you have a Good Magneto there is no reason to switch, Cams with overlap actually help starting, if the mag is tired send it to Dave at Morris Magneto, good Honest Guys 30+ yrs..
The Starting Method will be to use the Choke on the S$S as there is no accel pump, I have that carb and is says HotRod 1960! You can Play Leo Payne with that bike, (You Better Not Ask Me Who Leo is!)

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I'm all for painting the frame. Don't much care for the white. Really like the bike though. The mag is cooler, but there is no doubt it will start easier with a distributor and battery. Since you have the later oil tank the conversion should be easy. You will need a different regulator, though. I might have the battery box for that oil tank set up if you need it.
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great looking bike,very different and a real flashback to when going faster meant bore and stroke,good effort
my 2 cents worth is to keep the mag-you aint ever gonna get a spark as fat with anything else,its worth having it rebuilt,the only reason why bike manufacturers changed was because mags became too expensive to produce,
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