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Offline DA71FX

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76 FXE Project
« on: November 27, 2019, 06:42:43 AM »
Well after 3 moves, and multiple 6 month deployments, I am finally able to start on the 76 FXE that replaced my 71....I have yet to really tear into it and determine what is lurking in the cases. It does sound ok and does not leak so there is that ..It is very filthy and there is a fair amount of surface rust as the previous owner let it sit and mostly neglected it. Over the next few weeks I will be going through he and I hope to get one or two good rides in before New Years.....
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Re: 76 FXE Project
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2019, 07:31:00 AM »
Nice project, keep us posted

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Re: 76 FXE Project
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2019, 08:27:59 AM »
Indeed! The "before" pics don't look so bad. What is your plan? Just clean it up and ride it?

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Re: 76 FXE Project
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2019, 12:29:21 PM »
Indeed! The "before" pics don't look so bad. What is your plan? Just clean it up and ride it?

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i agree mr jw.. pictures are not the best though

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Re: 76 FXE Project
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2019, 06:36:34 PM »
I will get some better pictures up after Thanksgiving. Inside the cases are a set of S&S 4 3/4" Flywheels. The Bike has S&S jugs and heads along with a Super E carb. I swapped out the pitted and rusted triple trees for a set of clean FXWG/FXST trees.
The list of needs:
Tires
Brake Lines
Oil Lines
Cables
Tune up
Bushings for forward controls....(will probably replace the controls with some 1981 FXWG)
Also on the list is a set of tins and paint.


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Re: 76 FXE Project
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2019, 08:49:38 AM »
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Re: 76 FXE Project
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2019, 01:10:27 PM »
Looks like some nice innards in that motor, very cool. For those chrome bits, try some very fine steel wool and coca-cola, followed up with Blue Magic chrome polish, and then wax. Quite often the rust stains on chrome originate from a tiny pin hole through the outer chrome layer, allowing all that rust stuff come bleeding out. The red/white paint scheme looks nice, you plan to retain that?

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Re: 76 FXE Project
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2019, 05:38:21 PM »
Looks like a fun project. I suspect your list of what's needed is going to grow depending on what's needed once you really get into it. As said, looks like you got some nice parts with the deal which should make for a nice result. One piece of advice I would give you when doing this project is to try to order parts when you are ready to install them as I have found so many parts that didn't quite fit right or just didn't work at all and with 6 months from when I bought the parts there not taking them back. OEM parts are THEEE WAY TO GO if you can find e'm
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Re: 76 FXE Project
« Reply #8 on: December 02, 2019, 04:22:56 PM »
Looks like some nice innards in that motor, very cool. For those chrome bits, try some very fine steel wool and coca-cola, followed up with Blue Magic chrome polish, and then wax. Quite often the rust stains on chrome originate from a tiny pin hole through the outer chrome layer, allowing all that rust stuff come bleeding out. The red/white paint scheme looks nice, you plan to retain that?

 :up:

-JW

That is the plan regarding cleaning up the chrome for now....I'll send a set of rocker boxes out as these are peeling in a few spots....As far as the paint...the red and whie are going away...I was a paint and body tech for for about 20 years in a previous life....so I will give it something special yet subtle....

@ Reddog74usa thanks for the ideas.....I have a pretty extensive parts stash, this is shovel number 4 for me and I have have been collecting H-D parts since 1990.

I am sure you are correct about the parts list growing (and after market parts not wanting to fit)...I have all ready replaced the triple trees and bearings and I know I will at a minimum inspect and repack the wheel bearings as well...As far as parts not on the list....I pulled a set of new chrome (NOS HD) hand controlls from the pile along with a set of biltwell thunder risers and 16 inch apes. I forgot to mention that i replaced the Le Pera bare bones with a Mustang Fastback seat, and may pull a set of progressive shocks and fork springs from the stash...I will probably move the ignition switch to the dash and use a FL style dash and a set of 68-73ish 5 gal fat bobs as I have a few sets with the emblem strips..(though I do have a nice set of 72 3.5 gal tanks with the strips....) Obviously a new petcock and a rebuild of the S&S E. That is if I do not replace it with a B or my personal favorite SU....and if I think i need more leg room on the right side I can keep the Super E.

Eventually much of the chrome will be replaced with powder coat, paint and polished aluminum as I prefer a low key ride....like my old 71FX

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Re: 76 FXE Project
« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2019, 08:05:26 AM »
 :chop: the motor sounds wicked ,4 3/4 stroke is my favourite and work the best the other parts should be easy to find and you be flying soon,Good Luck

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Re: 76 FXE Project
« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2019, 09:38:47 AM »
They had a Liberty Edition that year, pretty cool

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Re: 76 FXE Project
« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2019, 11:51:54 AM »
  One of my customers has a whole collection of the Liberty Editions from XL's to FX's right to FLH's . I think he has one for ever day of the week or close to it. They are petty nice looking bikes.

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Re: 76 FXE Project
« Reply #12 on: December 28, 2019, 06:36:21 AM »
..yes your '76 model is a beauty. Probably among the best looking superglides of that era.  I have a basicly stock  '75 fx. I have added an electric start, went to the fxe battery and housing. No HD emblems on the tank...and amazing how many mellenials have no idea what type of bike it is. I think these bikes will become classics if they are not already.

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Re: 76 FXE Project
« Reply #13 on: December 28, 2019, 09:33:18 AM »
Heck yes they are classics. A 40-ish year old Shovelhead today is what Panheads were in the EVO 90's. Best hold on to what you have, and gather up more while they're still relatively cheap!

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Re: 76 FXE Project
« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2019, 05:23:42 AM »
I agree 100% we should gather all the shovels we can....I have said to my friends on more than one occasion that shovels are today what pans and knuckles  were when I started riding.... in a case of "holiday luck" I just required my old 71FX that I sold 5 years ago. This now means two running shovels. The only changes being the bars and rear wheel to the 71 from how I had it. Right now it is sitting at a friends house out of state and I will go pick it up next weekend.

I have made some small progress with 76, though now that I have the 71 back the 76 will change direction. The wide glide will come off and I will do a set of stock FXE tins for it, and I will fit a narrow glide of of an 84 FXE and a set of 9 spoke mags until I can get around to properly rebuilding the 76 front end and brake I have in the corner. I plan to detail the engine and transmission. Pictures to resume after the new year.
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Re: 76 FXE Project
« Reply #15 on: December 30, 2019, 10:56:06 AM »
   I have to check but I think I have a NOS front end Assembly around for a 76 FXE still in the box.

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Re: 76 FXE Project
« Reply #16 on: January 20, 2020, 05:27:19 PM »
That's pretty cool....I am trying to get this bike a bit more correct but not 100% just a clean 80s maybe early 90s bike....the same stuff that was around when I was starting to ride and these things were not scarce as they are today.
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Re: 76 FXE Project
« Reply #17 on: January 21, 2020, 04:34:36 AM »
Looking back thru the pics and noticed that's a very unique nose cone :scratch:
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Re: 76 FXE Project
« Reply #18 on: January 21, 2020, 08:14:37 AM »
Looking back thru the pics and noticed that's a very unique nose cone :scratch:
Unique to S&S

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Re: 76 FXE Project
« Reply #19 on: March 30, 2020, 06:46:53 PM »
Just a few updates, work has managed to get in the way but thanks to COVID 19 I have some time to work on the shovel. The carb is on the bench for a rebuild and needed cleaning. I have rebuilt the front end and calipers. The bike has had a few cleanings and will be getting more.


I have bobbed an old dresser fender and am fitting a fxlrc tank to it. I think the lines are good . Here is a pic of the mock-up. More to follow.
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Re: 76 FXE Project
« Reply #20 on: April 23, 2020, 10:19:14 AM »
Just a few pics..... starting the paint work. Step one
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Re: 76 FXE Project
« Reply #21 on: April 23, 2020, 10:29:54 AM »
Love that color.. My 73 was a candy apple red lacquer.
where's the points and condenser ?
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Re: 76 FXE Project
« Reply #22 on: April 23, 2020, 11:32:23 AM »
Sweet!

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Re: 76 FXE Project
« Reply #23 on: April 23, 2020, 11:50:33 AM »
Thanks,
I'm trying to get this wrapped up over the next week or so....I have a few projects that are geared towards the Ironhead board and an Evo rigid ..... build I have been putting off for years....

There is just something about candy apple red over silver or gold that just looks so nice
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Re: 76 FXE Project
« Reply #24 on: April 28, 2020, 03:54:30 PM »
One of my favorites, even if black is faster!
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