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K-model_restore repairs

If you haven't followed the maintenance procedures, or if you are just unlucky, you will need to check out the repair procedure. This is one category, the other categories are at the bottom of this page.

A restoration is just a big thorough repair. This is what I have been doing to a first-year K-model, the flathead version of the Iron Sportster.

I wanted the first-year K-model since that is where the Sportster started. It will help in my bill-of-materials section, as well understanding how the Sportster came to be.

I started with an engine for 3000 dollars and then a chassis for $4000 more. That is the just the beginning. Its all the small things that really add up. And then you get to fix it all.

I expect this restoration to take many years, perhaps even a decade. I don't intend a concours show bike, but rather, something that runs and teaches me the ethic of the Sportster engineers.
K-model_restore


I've broken a lot of Sportster parts. Here are some in the K-model_restore category.
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1952 K-model shifter rubber

1952 K-model shifter rubber

The small stuff adds up. Almost 10 bucks for this little part....

1952 K-model front fender

1952 K-model front fender

Rework a Model 125 fender to fit a K-model....
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1952 K-model battery carrier #2

1952 K-model battery carrier #2

I find the correct 1952 part....

1952 K-model riders hand book

1952 K-model riders hand book

I wanted the real paper book to go with the bike....
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1952 K-model shift lever

1952 K-model shift lever

A repop chrome lever costs 22 bucks....

1952 K-model gas tank #2

1952 K-model gas tank #2

I wanted another tank to hack on....
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1952 K-model air filter backing plate

1952 K-model air filter backing plate

I snagged it for 77 dollars....

1954 K-model battery carrier

1954 K-model battery carrier

April 1st was an appropriate day to blow 45 bucks on the wrong year part....
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1952 K-model rear shock top covers

1952 K-model rear shock top covers

For all I know they are repop parts tossed in a real box....

1952 K-model top motor mount

1952 K-model top motor mount

The top motor mount ties into the head bolts and mounts the horn....
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1954 K-model gas tank

1954 K-model gas tank

A K-model gas tank comes up four days after the rolling chassis....

1952 K-model parts manual

1952 K-model parts manual

You can't fix or restore a Harley without the factory parts book....
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1952 K-model sprocket cover

1952 K-model sprocket cover

Isnag a correct cover for the K-model....

1952 K-model chassis uncrating

1952 K-model chassis uncrating

My worries about buying a K-model Harley Davidson chassis that was in Ohio were soon dispelled....
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1952 K-model engine uncrating

1952 K-model engine uncrating

Buying a K-model Harley Davidson motor from Montana worked out great....

1952 K-model rolling chassis purchase

1952 K-model rolling chassis purchase

A K-model rolling chassis came up on eBay a few days after I bought the motor....
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1952 K-model engine purchase

1952 K-model engine purchase

A K-model engine came up on eBay. Every Sportster lover has to respect K-models....







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