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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.....
89" 76 FXE
96" Mongrel Stripped FL

Offline Mark222

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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.


89" 76 FXE
96" Mongrel Stripped FL

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Re: 76 FXE Project
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2019, 08:49:38 AM »
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« Last Edit: November 28, 2019, 09:24:50 AM by Coyote »
89" 76 FXE
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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

« Last Edit: December 02, 2019, 04:34:32 PM by DA71FX »
89" 76 FXE
96" Mongrel Stripped FL

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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.