1978 Flh

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by street rider, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. street rider

    street rider Grow old not up

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    I just picked up a 1978 FLH. A friend has owned it for 26 years. He parked it 7 years ago when he got a new twin cam. He had plans but never did anything to it, he has not started it in 7 years. Ths bike has every chrome cover and every light ever made along with some home made stuff, plus lots of grease and dirt. I took all the junk off along with a ton of extra wires. I have it running now. I'll put it on the road for a month or so to work out any issues I find. My hope is to tear her down paint and polish befor bike week.
    I never did learn how to post pictures, maybe my son can put some up for me.
    In the owners manuel I found a receipt from a local shop. I seems it was rebuilt in 97 and only 7,000 miles have been put on the bike since that rebuild. It has 60K showing on the clock at this time.:beer
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  2. Mista Vern

    Mista Vern Knows all - tells some.

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    Cool - sounds like a really fun bike to play with!
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  3. Kamakura Kid

    Kamakura Kid Been here awhile

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    AWESOME!

    I still dream of owning a mid 70's FLH with a "King of the Road" package (pogostick seat/panniers/fancy trim).
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  4. DLdeano

    DLdeano Ridin' all I can

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    Here she is...lotsa blue, lights and shiny stuff :huh.

    Looks like a nice way to spend those unbearable Florida winter evenings...

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  5. anotherguy

    anotherguy Long timer

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    Better buy one soon. They're aren't as many left as you think. Harley was only making 5K or so a year of the FLH then. And most of them are chopped up now.
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  6. Bloodweiser

    Bloodweiser honestly

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    goodness :choppa,
    there's a lot of shit on that bike.

    I thought you said you took all the junk off? At any rate, nice score!
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  7. plugeye

    plugeye mc caregiver

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    well you lost me with this.
    good luck with your bike week
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  8. DLdeano

    DLdeano Ridin' all I can

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    Don't misunderstand the man- the OP is my dad and is about as far from a "took my trailer to bike week" kind of rider as you can get. :deal

    Ride safe and lets keep this thread on topic; pieces of old iron and the men that love them.
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  9. street rider

    street rider Grow old not up

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    The pictures were taken when I first rolled her into the garage. FYI, Daytona Bike Week is the first full week in March.
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  10. plugeye

    plugeye mc caregiver

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    what pictures?
    couldnt find it
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  11. dr650dave

    dr650dave Adventurer

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    I like it. It will turn out great.
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  12. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    I like it so much I'd personally leave it alone except for the detailing! Super nice old Harley! I'd love to find something like that some day!
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  13. street rider

    street rider Grow old not up

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    The pictures, above, posted by my son dldeano.
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  14. groop

    groop So much to ponder

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    Did you get the original carb and oval cover as well or just the Mikuni? Have fun with that bike!
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  15. plugeye

    plugeye mc caregiver

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    i missed it, its gone now
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  16. drhach

    drhach gorillamanufacturing.com

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    I love those old garbage wagons. I mean that in the nicest possible way. I have a 70's era Sportster and I think it would be cool to have an example of the other side of the HD spectrum. I've been told that when treated well, a shovelhead will live as long as any modern evo. If I had to ride a giant touring bike, I'd ride something like that.

    I too would leave it as is, but that's me. Have fun with your new bike.
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  17. street rider

    street rider Grow old not up

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    It has a CV carb off an EVO and it needs to be cleaned. It looks good from 10 yards but it has lived in Daytona for the last 26 years, salt air. The aftermarket chrome is pealing, factory chrome has surface rust. I have found and repaired the shorts. I'll gunk it tomorrow put it back together and try to take it out for a ride this Sunday.
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  18. drhach

    drhach gorillamanufacturing.com

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    You will love that CV
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  19. fishkens

    fishkens Long timer

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    Hooray for Sunday rides on new bikes.:clap :clap :clap
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  20. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Black is the new chrome nowadays anyways. :D
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