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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-21-2009, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
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How hard would it be to fit a modern Evolution engine in this frame? Is this worth his asking price?

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depends.... i doubt its be terribly difficult as the engine design hasnt vastly changed in 70+ years...

I do have some experience fitting a newer motor into an older frame, putting in engine mounts wouldnt be difficult, I worry more about the hernia from moving the motor around when fitting it

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The price on the frame is OK considering he is offering clean paper with it. I'd haggle. S&S has an engine that would go well...the question is, if you go with an Evo or a TwinCam would be whether the rubber mounting would be usable. I'm not sure on that one.
If I was going to build a bike on that frame I'd go with an S&S engine and a 5 or 6 speed gearbox. You could probably build a fine bike out of various catalogs for a little less than what a new HD would cost...you could save alot of green by doing swap meets for things like seat, tanks,forks & shocks and various componants like that. I'd go new for things like a carb and electrics. If you like working on motorcycles and have a desire to build one from the ground up that frame could be a good starting point, assuming it's not tweaked or cracked or has amateur welded repairs.
Get yourself a J&P Cycles vintage catalog and you can check things out and learn a bit about what fits that frame and what would and wouldn't work, plus they sell the S&S engines. The catalog is free and usually available at most swap meets, or call them and they'll send you one.

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How hard would it be to fit a modern Evolution engine in this frame? Is this worth his asking price?

http://chicago.craigslist.org/wcl/mcy/1174351891.html
Why would you bother? You could probably pick up an evo frame cheaper than a shovel frame right now. Don't ruin an old bike by putting a modern engine in it. Just pick up an evo frame if you want that style of engine,. I think the price is kinda high considering it is not including anything else like the swingarm and such.

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The price on the frame is OK considering he is offering clean paper with it. I'd haggle. S&S has an engine that would go well...the question is, if you go with an Evo or a TwinCam would be whether the rubber mounting would be usable. I'm not sure on that one.
If I was going to build a bike on that frame I'd go with an S&S engine and a 5 or 6 speed gearbox. You could probably build a fine bike out of various catalogs for a little less than what a new HD would cost...you could save alot of green by doing swap meets for things like seat, tanks,forks & shocks and various componants like that. I'd go new for things like a carb and electrics. If you like working on motorcycles and have a desire to build one from the ground up that frame could be a good starting point, assuming it's not tweaked or cracked or has amateur welded repairs.
Get yourself a J&P Cycles vintage catalog and you can check things out and learn a bit about what fits that frame and what would and wouldn't work, plus they sell the S&S engines. The catalog is free and usually available at most swap meets, or call them and they'll send you one.
Good advice, I'll look at the catalog.

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Why would you bother? You could probably pick up an evo frame cheaper than a shovel frame right now. Don't ruin an old bike by putting a modern engine in it. Just pick up an evo frame if you want that style of engine,. I think the price is kinda high considering it is not including anything else like the swingarm and such.
I didn't realize the Evo frames were cheaper, I'll probably go that route then. FWIW, that ad does include the Swingarm but nothing else.

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