1968 Harley-Davidson FLH Electra Glide: Beauty Is Pain Hot Bike

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It was 1968, a pivotal for Dave Chapman of Dave’s Customs in Louisville, KY. It was the year I got my real motorcycle, even if it was a 90, Dave said. It was the first without a Briggs Stratton I’d ever had.

It was natural that for his latest a ’68 Harley-Davidson Electra was needed as a tribute to that year. Dave told us, I for a restorable ’68 Harley-Davidson for a before I found the one you see here. me, this bike was barely when I got it, but I was determined to do it.

Four and a months later, here’s the bike.

Getting his hands on motorcycle is a story in itself, told by Dave in his own words:

It took a long time to a suitable donor bike for project. Most everything I either had been cut and raked, had the or cases replaced, or was a basket with lots of pieces After about a year, I the bike you see on these pages in a town just west of

It was a three-owner example of Harley’s with the clock well 50,000 miles. OK, that’s it showed, and it obviously hadn’t in years. Anyway, I thought the for the bike was fair. I was excited as I for the Windy City, trailer in for the four-hour drive to pick it up.

one of the few bikes I’d found had all of its parts, and the seller said it ran

I’d seen pictures of it on my and talked to the owner every day for a before I left to pick it up. When I got there, it was like the was a ghost. The phone number I was given to talk to him and his wife was by someone who said they’d heard of him.

And he wasn’t where we had agreed to After spending two hours around town and asking if they knew him, I back home dejected, knowing that someone in the lot where we were supposed to had offered him more money I had, and now I was going home money in my pocket but an empty

When I finally got back, were four messages on my machine from the guy. The message was him almost begging me to him when I got home-at the same number, no less. Apparently, the guy in the lot must not have been to come up with the money.

I reluctantly called him back, off that I’d just eight hours dragging a to Illinois for no reason whatsoever. a short conversation, he said if I wanted the bike he’d off $100 and bring it to me in a day or two. I said, thinking I must a screw loose, or maybe my head one too many times.

We to meet at a local bike close to the expressway so that it be easy for him to find me. He called two later and said he’d be at 10 a.m. and should be in my area 3 p.m. Wrong!

Harley-Davidson FLH 1200 Electra Glide

Three o’clock, four, six. the shop closed at 6 but the guys stayed, thinking maybe he’d show up. At p.m. he called and said he was down the road and would be in 30 minutes.

Well, he did finally it. We unloaded the bike off his little trailer. To this day I don’t what kept it on there.

maybe that’s what him so long; he had to stop and put it back on a of times. Reluctantly, I counted the into his hand and sent him on his Of course the bike wouldn’t had more oil on the outside than the and looked like it had been with a can of Rust-Oleum. At least it was all

The battery was …, so the guys at the let me leave it there overnight on the charger and said I could get it the day.

The next morning I picked it up to to my shop. It was 28 degrees out, light snow and 15-mph out of the north. At that point I I’d bumped the old noggin one too times. Five miles the shop, people were at me like I was an alien. The motor was to miss because the junk was getting low, and it didn’t enough power to overcome the locked-up front brake, was pouring smoke.

I thought it was to burst into flames and all that oil at any second. Well, I it to my garage, pulled in, shut the scraped the ice out of my mustache, lit a cigarette off the brake, and got to work. What you see is four and a half months of work.

I did take a little artistic with this bike, the ’05 FLSTC disc-brake I wanted the bike to stop, and the drum just wasn’t to cut it. But the rest of it is real close to It’s going to be hard to let one go, but some lucky owner is to love this bike as as I do.

Most importantly, I got my piece of

Harley-Davidson FLH 1200 Electra Glide
Harley-Davidson FLH 1200 Electra Glide

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