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Hi Everyone, I'm new to the site. I thought it would be interesting to tell you about my purchase and restoration (not from the ground up) of my 1986 Harley FLHTP Police bike. I plan to put together some information regarding my journey. Hope you enjoy.

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Searching Outside North America

Entry January 25, 2019 So in my search for parts, I came across Jan Willem Boom 7963 RV Ruinen The Netherlands. jw@jwboon.nl. Lots of items for me but the only thing was that he didn't ship outside of Europe any longer. However, on his comments section of the site, I came across a request from someone in the US for information on parts for his Harley. There had been no response, so I decided reach out to let him know that they didn't ship to the States or Canada. Well thanks to this gentleman, Dusty Booker of Meridian Mississippi, I found another contact. As I said earlier, Dusty is a Harley owner and the owner of Booker Electric HVAC, LLC. Dusty suggested that I contact Tom's NOS Parts in Columbia Station Ohio. Apparently Tom has an agreement with Jan in the Netherlands. The deal was that Jan would only ship parts to Tom. So, I took Dusty's advise and reached out to Tom. He responded and told m to let him know what I needed off of Jan's site in the Netherlands. All I had to give him was descriptions and the part numbers and he would get them for me. I ordered a couple of switches, another flasher and some other wiring harnesses. Tom said that when they came in he would email me and let me know the price. Sure enough the parts arrived and Tom emailed me. I paid him through PayPal and the rest is history.  The parts arrived by mail as promised. As most of you would likely know, searching for parts can be challenging and costly, but it's also satisfying when the parts arrive and you get them in your hands. Dusty and I exchange the odd message on Facebook from time-to-time and while we aren't obviously close friends, and we have never met, I consider him a friend. Ok, the next search for a part was not necessary but was something I thought would be neat. I found two Harley Davidson Police decals in Erlanger Kentucky in the US. $17.76 US dollars later, including shipping they arrive via mail.           What I have to say about my journey so far is that everyone I have met or contacted during my quest for information and or parts has been genuinely interested in helping me with this project. I'm sure all of you have had similar experiences.   Don't have a lot more to say at this time except that my bike is in my mechanic's shop ready for spring. Stay tuned for my first look at my bike on delivery day. Thanks for reading everyone....Mike

Mike Aziz

Mike Aziz

 

Next Steps

Update January 18, 2019. So now I have the Bike, it's with my mechanic and the waiting begins. After a few weeks, I get a call from my mechanic and he says that overall things look pretty good. But there is a but! He tells me that the frame is a bit worse that he thought. He said he will need some time to think about it. He also said that the has a friend who is an expert when it comes to welding and frames. He tells me that it may take a while to get it checked out but if anyone can fix it, his friend can.  After the call, I have to tell you all that I was extremely disappointed. I'm thinking to myself, I have waited all these years to find something and now I may be the proud owner of a 900 plus pound piece of junk. I immediately start searching for a "new" frame. As you can imagine, it's not an easy task. After a while I gave up.  One day I started thinking that I should send an email to Thunder Road Harley and tell them about the frame. Then I say to myself, why would they care? As a reminder, I bought it as is, where is and uncertified. Although I had asked some questions, I didn't think about the frame. So after further thought, I composed an email to the salesperson I had purchases it from. I told him what my mechanic had told me about the frame and that it would either cost a lot to repair, if at all possible, or I would have to source a frame at substantial cost. I told him that I realized how I had purchased it, but thought he should have mentioned the frame issue. I requested what I thought was a reasonable resolution to the issue. I asked him to refund me $500,00.  A few weeks went by and I did not get a response. I ended up calling the GM of the dealership. I got him on the first try. I told him who I was and started to tell him about the issue. He immediately stopped me and said, yes, the salesperson had talked to him about my email. He further stated that he was making arrangements to send me a cheque for $500.00. I thanked him and ended the call. When I hung up the phone, I was surprised and extremely happy. About a week later, the cheque arrived. I have to say that Thunder Road Harley proved how they have maintained a great reputation!   About another month or two goes by and my mechanic calls with good news. He says they have prepared the frame. He said it's not going to be "showroom pretty" underneath, but it's now solid again. After that call, I was so thrilled. Now that the major issue was resolved, I was excited again. I had put my search for parts on hold just in case the frame was toast. However, now that al was good again, the search was on again. Shout out to Bill at Motor City Custom in Oshawa - Helped me out with some hard to find parts and a manual. I think I spent just over $200.00 there. Bill mailed me a couple of things in March 2017 , including an original Flasher. I also dropped in in early April 2017 to pick up a few things. Great service. I got one of the original replacement red police switches I was looking for from Poole's Cycle in Hamilton. As many of you might know, they have been in business since 1945. Once again, great service. Motorcycle enthusiasts helping others. Next on my list was Duke's Harley in Blenheim Ontario. I contacted them and was able to get an original Siren and Lights switch kit.  I have to say that when listing these it seems like a simple task, but I have to tell you all that I searched many, many dealers for these few parts. I'm not special and know that it's likely that many of you have done the same thing. I have to say that it's satisfying, and somewhat expensive to source parts. Next update, my search continues. This time it's outside Canada.   Thanks for reading.  Mike     

Mike Aziz

Mike Aziz

 

A bit of history

Growing up I had an interest in motorcycles.  My first bike was a Honda trail bike. It was street legal and I rode it to and from the trails near my cousin's house off of Islington avenue near Woodbridge. The odd time we use to get chased by the police because I think some of it was private property. Lots of people went there but it seemed they were after the bikes. I next moved up to a Honda CB 750. Too much power for me I think but when you are 17 or 18 you don't care. Then life happened. Sold the bike and got married, had kids and grew up. LOL. However, I always told myself that one day I would get a police bike. Move forward 40 years and here we are. I have included a picture as it looked when I got it. I bought it sight unseen a couple of years ago from a Windsor dealership. Not the wisest thing to do but that's another story.

Mike Aziz

Mike Aziz

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