1964 XLCH Restoration

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Re: 1964 XLCH Restoration

Postby dave swanson » Thu Sep 15, 2022 3:59 pm

It''s getting serious now!

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Re: 1964 XLCH Restoration

Postby dave swanson » Sun Sep 18, 2022 2:41 pm

Headlight brow had some scrape marks. Carefully blended them in with a fine file and stone, followed up by a lot of hand polish with increasing fine paper and WD40 wetting agent. Last step was Autosol. I think Autosol brings it close to the factory sheen. Other compounds can make it too shiny.

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Re: 1964 XLCH Restoration

Postby dave swanson » Sun Sep 25, 2022 5:54 pm

More bits on the bike this week.

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Re: 1964 XLCH Restoration

Postby murph » Tue Sep 27, 2022 4:56 pm

Harley has yet to duplicate the beauty of that speedo and tach set....just my opinion. Looks awesome
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Re: 1964 XLCH Restoration

Postby dave swanson » Fri Sep 30, 2022 10:19 am

After sitting on the shelf 20 years at my place and probably close to 40 years somewhere else, it almost seems a shame to use these NOS mufflers. I can't imagine a more deserving project to use them on though. I do have a repop set that is very nice quality, but there is nothing like these OEMs.

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Re: 1964 XLCH Restoration

Postby dave swanson » Fri Sep 30, 2022 8:50 pm

Getting very close to completion. I have a few things to finish up on the drive side and it will be ready to start.

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Re: 1964 XLCH Restoration

Postby dave swanson » Mon Oct 03, 2022 9:42 am

At long last the restoration is now completed. I gassed it up and had my first ride on it in 20 years. It runs very well!

Thanks to Murph for his help along the way. I appreciate it.

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Re: 1964 XLCH Restoration

Postby Mike » Mon Oct 03, 2022 10:27 am

Beautiful bike... thanks for sharing the restoration process, Dave! Mike
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Re: 1964 XLCH Restoration

Postby Model H » Mon Oct 03, 2022 10:41 am

Agreed!

Bike came out great - Nice work!

Murph is a good guy, just don't tell him I said so...
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Re: 1964 XLCH Restoration

Postby JohnF » Mon Oct 03, 2022 12:57 pm

Very nice restoration. A restoration like this is very rewarding. Are you going to have it judged?
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