Hey everyone!

Discussion in 'New Member Introduction' started by TimTheMachinist, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. TimTheMachinist

    TimTheMachinist Member

    Hey guys, my name's Tim and I come from a family of Harley lovers. I currently work as a machinist in St. Louis and within the last week started work on rebuilding the 1988 Harley Sportster 883 Standard that my Dad gave me.

    Let me just preface this by saying the bike is a complete pile. My Dad got it around 1990 or 1991 when I was about 2 years old and rode it for a short time before putting it in the shed behind out house in north county where it sat for over about 20 years. The bike hasn't been licensed or started since 1992, extensive corrosion, shot wiring, everything either needs re-chromed or powder coated. The only thing driving me to take up this project is the sentimental value of the bike, my urge to learn to ride, and the vision I have for what I want it to look like.

    Currently my Dad and I have it completely stripped down other than the motor/tranny which won't take very long. Once it's popped out the frame is getting sent for powder coating and well start ordering parts.

    Hopefully I haven't bored you all too much with my situation but this seems like a friendly community so I decided to come here for my bike talk. If anyone is interested I can try to get some photos of the progression of the job, but I'm sure I'd get some laughs at wanting to rebuild a bike in the condition it's in!

    Thanks for reading everyone. Have a good day!
  2. Trek

    Trek Junior Member

    Welcome Tim. This is a great community. Absolutely post pics of your progression. I just live across the river in Illinois so maybe I will get to see the finished project in person. If you have any questions be sure to ask. There is a lot of knowledge here among our members.
  3. mat 60

    mat 60 Senior Member

    Welcome from Maine...
  4. dbmg

    dbmg Guest

    Welcome to the "BEST on the NET" and Howdy from Pa.

    It is not a bore, when discussing a rebuild with Dad and the history of the bike. It can bring back some great memories...:s Thanks
  5. Mainah

    Mainah Junior Member

    Welcome Tim. My first Harley was a Sportster, an old Ironhead from the AMF days. I picked it up cheap and put a lot of time and a little money in to get it running. I still have fond memories of that bike. Sportsters are a great way to be inducted into the HD family. Enjoy it.
  6. HDDon

    HDDon Experienced Member Contributor Retired Moderators

    Welcome to the forum Tim. We might laugh with you but rebuilding something with your dad is a special opportunity. Send pix as you go along with the build and if you have questions we have some real Sporster fans here that I'm sure will help out.
  7. doctor727

    doctor727 Active Member

    Hi Tim, welcome. Keep us informed on the rebuild. :newsmile073:
  8. Jeff Klarich

    Jeff Klarich Well-Known Member Contributor

    Welcome to the forum from Colorado, good luck and have fun with the build.
  9. tourbox

    tourbox Senior Member

    Welcome to the forum from So. Texas. I'm sure it will be a lot of fun with time well spent with your Father. Good luck with it and the forum is here to help you if needed. 10-4 on the pics.
  10. lorne

    lorne Senior Member


    welcome to the forum and good luck with the rebuild... we all like to see photos :D