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Old 11-14-2010, 09:38 AM   #31
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Rockin'. We don't get near enough Harley builds in here. All those BMW snobs are always going on about their airheads.

True dat!
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Old 11-14-2010, 03:11 PM   #32
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I got her up and running earlier than I thought. I was asked to be a judge for a local panhead, sovelhead show. I couldn't ride a twin cam there now could I? On the way up she backfired and wouldn't go over 45mph, so I took it slow on back roads. She was running better with each mile.
The show was great, over a hundred old bikes showed up. Pans, shovels, nucks and flatheads, even a 36 Indian.
On the way home she ran better and better, so we took the long way home. She was doing 60 plus by the time I got home. I guess after sleeping for 7 years the 78 wanted to walk before running. What a great day.
Any body else trying to wake a sleeping old Harley?
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Old 11-14-2010, 03:15 PM   #33
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Holy shit! Seems like it must have lost 100 pounds!! Nice work





I think she lost almost 200 lbs. 15 in wire alone. Thanks for posting the pictures, some day I'll have to learn how to do that.
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Old 11-14-2010, 06:04 PM   #34
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That's looking really good now without that humongous fairing. Very balanced look. (And I'm not even a Harley fan, but it looks good). You have done very well.
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Old 11-15-2010, 09:44 AM   #35
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Very nice! Take care of it and your kids will be riding it. I had a 78 FXE and ran it for years. Other than normal maint(easy) it was ultra reliable. Not the fastest bike on the road but still great. I'm older now and would like to have one more dedicated long haul pavement tourer. A shovel FLH would be my first choice.
Don't sell off the bat wing fairing. You'll appreciate it in the winter.
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Old 11-15-2010, 01:23 PM   #36
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Looking great.

Reminds me of the 71 FLH I had some years ago. Once I redid the rocker boxes and rocker arms, the bike was solid. Needed to make sure fasteners were tightened periodically though... I always said the bike had a continuous oil changing system. Put oil in the top and it would seep out to mark its spot. I'd like to have another one at some point.
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Old 11-15-2010, 04:42 PM   #37
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One thing about a HD i like is the fact some things dont change, back in 03 i had a batwing faring off a old shovel, it fit right on my 2001 road king and it looked good on the road king, worked well for winter too.
Here is what my 01 HD looked like with the faring on it, btw thats my GF there.

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Old 11-15-2010, 05:51 PM   #38
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[quote=usgser]Very nice! Take care of it and your kids will be riding it. I had a 78 FXE and ran it for years. Other than normal maint(easy) it was ultra reliable. Not the fastest bike on the road but still great. I'm older now and would like to have one more dedicated long haul pavement tourer. A shovel FLH would be my first choice.
Don't sell off the bat wing fairing. You'll appreciate it in the winter.
Have fun![/quote

Right now every time I fix a leak another one pops up. The prior owner repalaced the oil lines with braded lines. As I looked under the bike I found splices in the lines he pieced it together. I guess my next step is to replace them and remove the remote oil filter. I also need to replace the O rings in the rocker boxes. Having said that every time I ride her she runs better.
I plan on a windshield but when its painted I'll paint the fairing to match, you never know when I may want it back on.
As for the look when ever Harley changes somthing the loyal HD folks reject it.
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Old 11-15-2010, 07:28 PM   #39
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Holy shit! Seems like it must have lost 100 pounds!! Nice work





Sweet baby jesus that turned out nice

... I do not need a third bike ,repeat ,I do not need a third bike ...
... who am I kidding ... shit that is nice






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Old 02-21-2011, 05:15 PM   #40
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street rider has been busy...new pics and the old FLH is coming along nicely!


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Old 02-21-2011, 05:21 PM   #41
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Those harsh Florida winters are a bitch.

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Old 02-21-2011, 05:28 PM   #42
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The new saddle is a nice improvement.
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Old 02-21-2011, 05:58 PM   #43
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Those harsh Florida winters are a bitch.

Now THAT"S what a Harley should look like!
almost makes me miss my 58 Pan.........nahhh, nevermind.
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:14 PM   #44
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That bike is so nice, it makes my heart hurt.
If you touch that paint with anything but a can of wax- you are just plain nuts.
Allow me to repeat that;

N U T S
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Old 02-22-2011, 12:23 PM   #45
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The CV carb took a while to get right but it warms up quick, runs great and the leaks have all been stopped, for now anyway. As for the paint I had it matched at a local paint shop and used an air brush to fix the years of use. I still plan to rebuild the saddle bags. I want to enter the field meet held at the antique swap meet in Eustice during bike week. But yes she is a keep'er.
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