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Post by DDixon on Tue Jul 10, 2012 9:23 pm

Hi I'm new here and new to Harley's I've been a sport bike rider and I just picked up a 79 shovelhead. I was looking for a good local mechanic to help me get this thing on the road. Any suggestions would help. I'm pretty handy myself but don't know anything about a shovelhead. Thank and I look forward to riding.

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Post by Miss G on Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:01 pm

Can't help ya with the mechanic stuff but welcome from Robertsdale!
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Re: Shovelhead, mechanic, shop

Post by DDixon on Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:25 pm

Thanks I'm sure someone here has some info for me

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Re: Shovelhead, mechanic, shop

Post by beachbum_ on Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:33 pm

welcome from east la. I have heard nothing but good things about the shop over in lillian alabama called D&D local family owned and operated HD people

Again glad you stopped by and joined up and please post up some pics of your bike

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Post by jmunsey on Tue Jul 10, 2012 11:48 pm

That shop is H&D. They are the best I have seen. I will not take my bikes anywhere else. Super bunch of people there.
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Post by beachbum_ on Wed Jul 11, 2012 12:20 am

yeap thats the right name i get them confused with D&D cycles in pissacola
thanks for the correction

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Re: Shovelhead, mechanic, shop

Post by hayweed on Wed Jul 11, 2012 8:22 am

Welcome from west mobile. Look up misfit. He can probly help you out.

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Re: Shovelhead, mechanic, shop

Post by EthioKnight on Wed Jul 11, 2012 12:08 pm

Welcome aboard bro! ... ok, gotta get this off my chest...WHY oh WHY! would you want to go from riding sportbikes to chugging and sputtering along on dem fat harleys? Evil or Very Mad
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Post by JSteele on Wed Jul 11, 2012 12:39 pm

Trolling from a rice rocket! Nice!!!!! Laughing
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Re: Shovelhead, mechanic, shop

Post by 01YZF6 on Wed Jul 11, 2012 2:09 pm

Ethio... restoring a bike is not just about the ride. it is about the pride that goes into it too.

I ride both and love it...

welcome to the site, and hope you can get the bike sorted...
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Re: Shovelhead, mechanic, shop

Post by DDixon on Wed Jul 11, 2012 4:44 pm

That's right I just love to ride. But I have been wanting to do a bobber. So here I go. Thanks for the replies.

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Post by mobilestromrider on Wed Jul 11, 2012 5:17 pm

Welcome from Mobile
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Post by Dragon on Wed Jul 11, 2012 6:11 pm

EthioKnight wrote:Welcome aboard bro! ... ok, gotta get this off my chest...WHY oh WHY! would you want to go from riding sportbikes to chugging and sputtering along on dem fat harleys? Evil or Very Mad



Oh, mine sputters along alright......... Twisted Evil
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Re: Shovelhead, mechanic, shop

Post by 72shovelhead on Wed Jul 11, 2012 8:35 pm

Dude, DixonBallz??

I can help you with any questions and total rebuild of shovels, I am however out of town till next week and live in pace but will help you in any way with getting it running an on the road.
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Re: Shovelhead, mechanic, shop

Post by 72shovelhead on Wed Jul 11, 2012 8:37 pm

Also ETnight,

World's record holders in quarter mile is dominated by harleys..
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Re: Shovelhead, mechanic, shop

Post by DDixon on Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:04 am

Let me know when you get back in town. I would love to talk with you.

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Re: Shovelhead, mechanic, shop

Post by 72shovelhead on Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:40 am

DixonBallz,

Will be back next tuesday, which oil leaks do you have currently..Also if not already done you need to replaace the single oil feed line to the top with dual feeding both heads instead of piggy from back to front. Will save damage down the road. Sounds like a bent shifting fork, if racket top tranny easy check.
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Re: Shovelhead, mechanic, shop

Post by DDixon on Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:46 am

I'm a taking the trans out now to inspect. I think the leak is from the main seal where the motor mates to primary. I will also check the oil lines. Thanks
It is a ratchet top

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Re: Shovelhead, mechanic, shop

Post by 72shovelhead on Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:50 am

Both those seals are an easy fix, are you running chain or belt drive?

Also one thing many guys think is an oil leak is the chain pre oiler, and their are hoses routing to and from the oil pump to the primary housing.

On rachet top you can remove the top of the tranny once removed and inspect the shift forks which usually are the ptoblem.
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Re: Shovelhead, mechanic, shop

Post by DDixon on Thu Jul 12, 2012 12:49 pm

I'm running a wet clutch. The oil lines have been removed from primary. Trans is now out I'll be inspecting in a minute. And it is chain. And the oil to the head is piggy backed.

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Re: Shovelhead, mechanic, shop

Post by saltcreep on Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:11 pm

Right on, I love them all.. sounds like a kick a$$ project.. Welcome to the forum from Bay Minette.
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Re: Shovelhead, mechanic, shop

Post by 72shovelhead on Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:19 pm

A few tips,
you can cap off all the oil lines to the primary,seal it and with bike sitting up straight add 1/2 quart 30wt oil tru the side cover up to the bottom lip.

run a remote oil filter and cooler

replace the oil feed line with a tee type so each cylinder head is getting fresh oil instead of pumping into the rear then forward to the front.

Do not use metal gaskets, shovels have no close tolerance and will not seal, definetly not on cylinder base, or heads use James Gaskets.
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Re: Shovelhead, mechanic, shop

Post by DDixon on Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:14 pm

Shift forks look good. With the top off there's a disk on top that rotates there is a spring loaded plunger that stopes it at every gear it functions good with top off but when I put it on it won't shift.

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Re: Shovelhead, mechanic, shop

Post by EthioKnight on Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:46 pm

72shovelhead wrote:Also ETnight,

World's record holders in quarter mile is dominated by harleys..

I beg to differ :



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Re: Shovelhead, mechanic, shop

Post by Dragon on Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:33 pm

Rocket bikes are not allowed in the NHRA. That is apples and oranges, Bro. Wink
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