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1962 XLCH Ironhead Chopper

Stick from California sent us these pictures of his beautiful Chopper that he rebuilt on the basis of a 1962 XLCH Ironhead engine and a Paughco Model 120B Rigid Sportster frame, using a Harmon Collins girder for the front end.

Photo of Harley Davidson Ironhead Chopper built from a 1962 XLCH Ironhead engine and a Paughco Model 120B Rigid Sportster frame by Stick. She's kick start only and runs off a Fairbanks Morse magneto mounted in an aftermarket housing - vintage unknown.

Stick wanted the keylock on the magneto.

Specifications

Stick gave us the following info about his bike:

Year/Model : 1962 XLCH
Engine : 55 cubic inch (883cc) V-Twin Harley Davidson Ironhead
Transmission : V-Twin 4 speed
Clutch : Barnett 9 plate Kevlar
Frame : Paughco Model 120B Rigid Sportster 40* 1 1/2" stretch
Controls : Custom Forwards built by Stick himself. Includes footboards, not pegs. (Stick hates footpegs)
Carburator : Keihan non-CV, vintage 1976-1978
Aircleaner : Vintage - of unknown origin
Front End : Harmon Collins Girder - Vintage unknown (late 60's?)
Front Wheel : 21" 40 spoke with Avon Speedmaster
Rear Wheel : 16" 40 spoke with Dunlop Touring Elite
Exhaust : Paughco Model 719B2F upswept fishtails
Gas Tank : Custom Coffin tank hand built by Stick. Custom duel fuel outlets with a remote fuel valve mounted on the left side between the jugs. The tank was just too close to the rockers to install a petcock.
Oil Tank : Custom Wrap-Around modified from vintage. Remote Oil Filter welded to the back of the frame (left side). Easy to get to - Out of the way and away from the pipes and engine heat.
Brakes : Rear Drum - Stock, Front - None
Electrical : Converted to 12V system ala 1965 Sportster. All new wiring routed through 3/8" metal brake line that was welded to the frame during construction. Custom Voltage Regulator mount between the down tubes up front.
Turn signals : Are You Joking?!     This is a '62!     NONE!

Photo of Harley Davidson Ironhead Chopper built from a 1962 XLCH Ironhead engine and a Paughco Model 120B Rigid Sportster frame by Stick. Custom seat bracket. Stick says he needed those 5" springs under his butt.

"I'm too old to ride a full rigid, but too grumpy to ride a softtail."

Photo of Harley Davidson Ironhead Chopper built from a 1962 XLCH Ironhead engine and a Paughco Model 120B Rigid Sportster frame by Stick.

Paint

Custom paint by Taz (email: onebadtaz63 at aol dot com)

Photo of Harley Davidson Ironhead Chopper built from a 1962 XLCH Ironhead engine and a Paughco Model 120B Rigid Sportster frame by Stick.

Photo of Harley Davidson Ironhead Chopper built from a 1962 XLCH Ironhead engine and a Paughco Model 120B Rigid Sportster frame by Stick. The proud builder-owner himself!

Photo of Harley Davidson Ironhead Chopper built from a 1962 XLCH Ironhead engine and a Paughco Model 120B Rigid Sportster frame by Stick. This is how Stick's Ironhead chopper looked like before he converted it to its present design.

May 2008

Stick shows more photos of his self built Harley chopper on the

Freed Spirits MC website



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