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72 Ironhead chopper build

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I started this build November 7, 2012 once we got a new house and shed after the last burnt to the ground 4th of july. I bought the bike for 2000 in August with the plan of a winter build. With the motor damn near completely new, and knowing the old tins would sell for a decent price, i bought a santee bolt on hardtail and started building the roller. I fabricated the rear fender strut, chopped the frame where the stock struts mounted and welded the bolt on just for peace at mind. I fabbed and welded on tank mounts for my fire extinquisher gas tanks in progress, and my buddy John Howard is close to getting all the engraving done one my rocker boxs, next is camcover then primary cover.. already payed for but its very time consuming. My front legs are getting shaved now and my steering stem is on the lathe as well. My buddy Speedy is doin that for me. I got Invader rims and a new set of tires and tubes waiting to be put on by Mr. Car99r himself. I got a seat the matchs the drop of the frame and the fender perfect so ima strip the leather off it and tool my own.. gonna need to some advice from the leather section of this forum when the time comes... ;) Below are pictures from the beginning to where i am now. In them, you can see the shed slowly being built along with it. The very same hour they brought the shed and set it in place, i done had half of it apart lol Im goin to get more pics up tomorrow...At 18 years old i still got alot to learn so any advice would be cool!

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i took my bolton hardtail and cut the top rails off of it and made it a weldon - of course it took a jig to do it right. but man does it look a million times better .

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i also speed holed the shifter and brake pedals. I love the stock oil system and battery box look on it!

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good lookin project. I like the split tanks that were there before. Just my opinion though. Either way it will be a dope ride....... :thumbup1:

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haha hope so, its being built to keep up with the guys in orlando when i go to MMI in August

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fatbob tanks do not go on sportsters thats right up there with putting a sportster tank on a bsa.

are you going to zap some welds on that bolton?

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Split tanks,or fatbobs......are simply badass. Better then a dished Larry tank, or a rubber padded husqy tank on a sporty.

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and I just love this sporty and had to share it. chopped sporty tank looks pretty rad. Probably dont go far though.

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I really like that your getting rid of the green paint and I have to agree with Blackchop that those 5 gal fat bob tanks do not belong on a Sportster. Nomad posted some pics of cool bikes with fat bobs but none of them are Sporties. Sportster tanks are always cool, even on a BSA but a Sporty is a thin bike and you'd be better off (in my opinion) with narrower tanks. All that being said, it's your bike, go with what you like.

Mutt

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ya plus the theme is low drag looking, its gonna be painted up like my dads mini sprint car.

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Well, either way, it will be a sweet lookin bike im sure... Cant wait to see your progress upon it. :cheers5:

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when i got my Sportster it had split tank (chome) way to fat for the bike.. I agree with BC on this one..

the narrow the better for a sportster..

this is what it looked like

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hated the look so now all the chrome is gone as well as the bad welds that were used to mount this tank.

it was a mess i did not know until after i got it home..

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when i got my Sportster it had split tank (chome) way to fat for the bike.. I agree with BC on this one..

the narrow the better for a sportster..

this is what it looked like

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hated the look so now all the chrome is gone as well as the bad welds that were used to mount this tank.

it was a mess i did not know until after i got it home..

yeah thats alot of chrome...the glare of the sun had to suck...

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