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Orangewood
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Empi Sportster Roll Call Reply with quote

1965 Empi Sportster. Empi assembled no 65-272. PO found it stored in the back of a VW repair shop in Blythe Cal. in 2004. He bought it and moved it to his garage in Lake Havasu AZ. It sat untouched until he moved and listed it for sale on Samba in 2014. I bought it and moved to my garage in Phoenix AZ. It again sat untouched until I got it out and started working on it last month. It looks to be all original except for mods probably made in the late 1970s.
1600 DP , converted to 12 volt, gas tank changed to gauge type, speedometer changed to 72 with gas gauge, oil pressure gauge added, seats changed,original red paint sprayed yellow. It is rust free and is exactly like it was when the PO found it in 2004.
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Orangewood
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Empi Sportster Roll Call Reply with quote

1965 Empi Sportster. Empi assembled no 65-272. PO found it stored in the back of a VW repair shop in Blythe Cal. in 2004. He bought it and moved it to his garage in Lake Havasu AZ. It sat untouched until he moved and listed it for sale on Samba in 2014. I bought it and moved to my garage in Phoenix AZ. It again sat untouched until I got it out and started working on it last month. It looks to be all original except for mods probably made in the late 1970s.
1600 DP , converted to 12 volt, gas tank changed to gauge type, speedometer changed to 72 with gas gauge, oil pressure gauge added, seats changed,original red paint sprayed yellow. It is rust free and is exactly like it was when the PO found it in 2004.
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yankee1919
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Empi Sportster Roll Call Reply with quote

Hello Orangewood,

That ride is MINT! Glad you got it back on the road again. Keep us updated with any new images.


Tony
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:41 am    Post subject: Re: Empi Sportster Roll Call Reply with quote

Nice ride good to see another coming around, Keep us posted . Its funny to see another with the back wall of the bed notched out for the exhaust pipes mine has the same thing and the other one I had was the same way.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:36 pm    Post subject: Re: Empi Sportster Roll Call Reply with quote

Hey Orangewood; What are your plans?
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PostPosted: Yesterday 1:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Empi Sportster Roll Call Reply with quote

Today I decided to move the side bars back a little to make it getting in and out easier . I moved it back just the length of the flange so I only had to drill one new hole. But let me tell you I had to pull those bars all the way out and clean them with some steel wool I then put some grease (lightly) on them and worked them back on. It like to have worked me to death they had been on a WHILE.

But it did make a difference in getting in and out and the arm rest on the seats still have room to fold forward if needed. Im glad its tight that could be a source of a rattle if not tight. I used some more of some anti-skid tape I had to cover the hole that was left and the yellow paint that was showing from the old paint job. It measures about 18 inchs at the bottom and 22 at the top were the bar starts its curve.
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