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Discussion in 'Projects' started by joshbob, Oct 15, 2016.

  1. Lucifer

    Lucifer Well-Known Member

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    OK..Just a thought about the cone bushing,if Paul did it, you know it was done right...
    The weather here has been pretty mild too.....subject to change without any notice though...
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    Of course, I discover more wrong with this ol' motor the deeper I go into it. A complete motor overhaul seems to be the only way to correct all the problems I've encountered so far. I'm gradually collecting the major parts needed.

    Going to meet up with Tattoo and see what needs to be done and get some kind of ballpark estimate how much it will cost. :banghead:
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    Oh my ! Maybe make a deal with Santa? You're gonna have the most expensive shovelhead on record.

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    hotroadking Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Good luck Josh,
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    JB could sure use some good luck,for a change.
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    Well that just sucks!! Good luck Josh...Hope you catch a break on your parts list
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    And good luck finding parts. On my 1983 this piece in the clutch basket that wore, I had to find a competent welder to weld a new piece in its place as no one no where had the new part.
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    You'll get her well and be back in the wind, just takes time, patience and $$$!
  9. joshbob

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    Pretty expensive shovel motor, anyway. Paid $4500 for the motor. I stopped counting how much I've put in it since then. I was one of the unfortunate people who bought a "rebuilt" motor from Rob's Used Harley Parts. By the time I got the motor running, the 6 month warranty had run out. When I complained of all the problems I had with it, I was told that they had a guy named "Buster" at the time who did halfassed work on Rob's motors, and that if I sent the motor back, I would have to pay for half of the repairs and pay shipping, too. I made a list of the things that were wrong with it and there were over 20 things I had to fix myself, starting with all new gaskets and seals, carb,manifold, oil pump, piston rings, and everything in the heads had to be replaced and I mean everything. The list goes on. Then I found out that the "rebuilt"4-speed I bought from him (another $1300) wouldn't even shift and needed new bushings, kicker crank, seals, etc. Only after several heated e-mails was I able to send it back and get it repaired.

    If Rob wants to take issue at what I'm saying here, I can back up, with receipts, everything I had to do to this motor that should have been done by him.
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    That's Bullshirt! Rob should have backed everything 100%. You were not responsible for Rob hiring a butcher, Rob was. I hope Rob gets everything he's got coming to him.


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    Dude owed you a rebuilt engine.

    I remember when this first came up, shoulda
    sued his ass in small claims court, in fact you still
    should, at least get a judgement on his ass.
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    What's this guy,Rob's bussiness's name and where is it ?
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    hotroadking Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I think he said robs used hd parts


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    And that is why I stay away from Indys.

    I know not al Indys are bad and all MOCO's are good. Just up here I've not had good luck with Indys. Lots of sh*t story's about Indy attitude and bad service. I think it's great and lucky you got a good Indy. I imagine if I lived down there I'd go to woods performancecycle in Goldsboro. Been knowing him 25-30 years

    Is robs fron Virginia?
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    Yeah.
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    Ordered my pistons/rings/wrist pins/"C" clips today. I am looking for someone who can bore my cylinders .030" over. Anyone out there have any recommendations?
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    Woods cycles in goldsboro..scott woods?
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    If shipping is in the budget, I'd consider sending the jugs,pistons and rings to Kirby to have the pistons fitted to the bore or vise- versa and ring gap set.
    Larry's Motorcycle and Machine and Hillside Cycle are 2 more that are well known with excellent reputations
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    Kirby at Veetwin performance.com he's a board member


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    Thanks for all the replies, boys. I've PMd Kirby . . .

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