Sunday, July 22, 2012

Harley Early Springer Repair Part 1

So I got this early springer a while ago it was about 8 over and painted black I just didnt trust the extension being that I didnt know who did it etc and Ive seen some really bad ones so I start to sand the paint off on the rear legs and discover a ton of bondo which isnt good at all I get it down to metal and discover that the extension was a piece of round tube that was hammered to be kind of oval shaped hence all the bondo and it had awful weld seams and the extensions were slugged with pieces of rebar and not even plugged welded so this was a death trap waiting to happen not trusting that I decided to take it all apart and cut out the extensions and bring it back to stock length thankfully who ever did the extension was at least smart and cut well below the crown area on the legs leaving the top of the legs intact so I made up a jig for it and had at it I dont have any good before pics but you can see the top part of it on the table in the background with the legs cut Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App these were the bottom pieces that were left intact also and can be reused Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App first order was to borrow my friends stock springer and get good accurate measurements off of it then start building a platform for the jig I decided to make the jig out of wood because its easier to work with it was free since I had all the materials at my house and it can be broken down easy for storage when its not being used measuring and leveling everything up plumb with the neck area in the neck chock Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App cleaning out the insides of the legs with a wire wheel Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App I pressed some 1" OD .120 wall thick DOM tubing to fit the oval shape to fit inside of the leg areas that needed to be joined together Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App fitted them nice then welded them in Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App figured out the height the legs needed to sit at then tacked one into place Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App did the same for the other side then measured and aligned everything and set up the lower leg blocks with some threaded rod through the rocker mounting tabs on the bottom to set the legs properly Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App both legs tacked into place here and everything is all set up properly ( I just moved the jig to take this pic) Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App first pass with the tig welder Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App plug weld for the inner piece of tubing (slug) Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App second pass with the tig to build up the seam so it can be ground down and even out the seam and plug welds on the legs Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App after the first light pass with a flap disc there are a few little low spots Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App I like to go over the low spots with silicone bronze rod as it fills better and requires less heat as this is just to fill the low spots in the metal Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App heres the legs all blended just need to go over it with a D/A sander quick and file and possibly another pass of silicone bronze in a few spots Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App you can see here that everything is all back together just need to do some minor cosmetic finishing to it and its all done back to stock length and saved from the trash heap (just note that the welds were left to completely cool in the jig before I ground them down to ensure that nothing moved out of place) I measured and checked it against my friends stock springer and its spot on Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone App

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