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post #1 of 65 (permalink) Old 04-10-2014, 03:41 PM Thread Starter
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Birth of the FrankenGlide :-)

OK, all purists: stop reading this.
Over the years I had collected a large amount of Harley parts and every time I looked at them I thought the same thing - I should build something cool from that stuff sometime. I had enough to build a bike and a
half.... So I decided to piece together a Road Glide style bike. Not that I really needed another bike and it wasn't exactly the right time to throw money at yet another project. The plan that started to develop in
my brain wasn't based on reasonable things either so, in short - the perfect project. :-)
I had this 1981 FLT Harley frame sitting in the garage for years. It was straight in the front section but had a bad rear section. Since I have a title to it I wanted to save it and build a new bike from it.

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I fished a 2010 touring frame out of the trash container at a friendly H-D dealership. The neck had been cut off and sent to the MoCo so they could send a new frame with the same VIN.

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The question was if I could create one good frame from the parts I had. I took measurements and compared angles etc. and came to the conclusion that those frames haven't changed at all regarding their
geometry and the main mounting points! The differences are in fact so small that a lot of things are interchangeable with easy modifications. So I went for it. I cut off the neck of the 1981 frame and the 2010
frame was tacked to a perfectly level welding table to make sure it wouldn't move. Then cuts were made to the down tubes so the 1981 down tubes would slide in. We built a jig to make sure the frame parts lined up properly. After spending a good hour on adjusting things everything looked good and we tacked the frame sections together.

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The outer diameter of the 1981 down tubes coincides with the inner diameter of the 2010 down tubes so the old section fit right into the new. The backbone square tube is the same size. Only the rolled edges are a little more pronounced. Easy to blend but that portion is covered by the tank anyway.


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2003 FLHT Jim's 131cui, SE 6-speed
1980 FXWG

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The neck needed some minor modification to accommodate a 2003 lock set I had so I replaced the old fork lock tab with one I had cut off a 2006 neck.

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The tank mount didn't look too good so that got beefed up:

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More material added to the frame tubes and a little blending....

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2003 FLHT Jim's 131cui, SE 6-speed
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wow...creative build


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The frame is all done and sand blasted:

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To me a freshly powder coated frame is a thing of beauty!

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This thread scares the shit outta me!

Overtime pays more because of what you're missing, money isn't everything.

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Cant wait to watch your progress! I have the same dream too, where i build a bike out of spare parts laying around.
Thanks for sharing.

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I have always envied people that can work metal into things of beauty. Keep up the posts...


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So this '81, '06, '09 and 2010 frame was ready for motor and transmission. I had a complete setup from a 2009 salvage bike with paperwork and a ton of other important parts. It was very filthy but only had
9,000 miles on it. Cleaned up very nice and installation was unconventional but very efficient:

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I laid the whole thing on it's right side and lowered the frame over it. Took a little wiggling around but after just a few minutes everything was lined up and loosely bolted together:

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Flipped it back up with the swing arm in place. Making progress!


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I don't suppose that's a typo in the sig line, is it? 131 cubic inches??

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Great job. Going to be nice I'm sure. Old Sportster trick laying the motor on the side and laying the frame over it.

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