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1981 FXE Tribute Build

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by Donson, Oct 17, 2020 at 11:20 AM.

  1. Donson

    Donson Been here awhile

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    In 2018 I bought my second Shovelhead.
    I had an 82, and gave it to a Buddy, then regretted it when he left it to sit and rot while he gambled.
    He passed, and my ex-wife (his cousin) ended up with it.
    She offered it back to me for twice what I had paid for it, before I gave it to my friend. I passed.

    I decided to build a mild custom "Club Bike" as a tribute to my dear friend, the late Birney Jarvis.
    Birney was the model for the character Jim Bronson, of THEN CAME BRONSON Tv and Movie fame.
    The bike that Birney rode on his "Bronson trips' was a 50's Panhead, built by Boozefighter Dugan. It was a bored and stroked Panhead and had floorboards and saddlebags, unlike the Bronson Sportster that Stunt Advisor Bud Ekins built and rode in the show.

    I had started a Panhead replica of Birney's original bike around 2005, and have it in partially finished mock up.
    I got off on other projects, and that bike is still sitting unfinished.
    When I bought the 81 Shovel, my thought was to bui;ld a mild Club style bike, and then it occurred to me that I could add some "Birney" touches to it, just as a nod to my friend.
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    Donson Been here awhile

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    Birney at the wheel of SUNDOWNER somewhere off the west coast of Panama- They don't make Men like this any more.
    Note the "Bronson" cap.
    This was years before Then Came Bronson.

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    Donson Been here awhile

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    Here is the 81 FXE I started with.
    Wrong tins, so much wrong here.

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    The bike has sat since 06, but, fired up and ran well, everything worked.

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    I removed the seat and installed the original seat, which looks like it was made by the Michelin man. Removed hiway pegs, they must have weighed 30 pounds. Removed front turn signals, will remove rear turn signal when I remove the 40 pound sissy bar.
    I have decided that I like this bike pretty much as -is, so I'm not going to do anything radical.
    I will replace the tank with the correct tank, and install a speedo on the bars.
    This bike is not supposed to have a dash, it will go away with the two piece tank.
    The correct tank is one piece, and sits higher.
    I will rebuild the forks and polish the sliders to match the enclosed chrome rear shocks.
    I may go to some mini-apes for the bars, like have on my 03 Super-Glide, they are very comfortable for my back issues. I once rode a 750 mile day with those bars and arrived in great shape.
    I still plan to paint it blue, with Kokopellis in honor of Birney.
    I won't be able to get into it very far until snow flies.
    I will add to this thread as I progress.
    Here is what the correct tank looks like on this bike.

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    Donson Been here awhile

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    The correct "Turtle tank" is on it's way from my friend in Florida. I will box up the twin tanks and send them back to him, as he buys and sells ots of H-D parts.
    Yesterday, decided to finish removing the turn signal ( We don't need no steenking turn signals on this bike) as I had already removed the front signals.
    Easier said than done.
    In order to remove the rear signals I had to remove the seat, then the sissy bar.
    In order to remove the sissy bar, I had to remove the rear fender.
    In order to remove the rear fender, I had to remove both struts.
    In order to remove the struts, I had to remove the shocks.
    So, this is where it sits.
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    One from my recent travels

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    The Po left me some goodies under the seat.
    About ten wire nuts connected to speaker wire, and a BRAND NEW KOBALT 3/8 ratchet........

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    While I have all of that stuff off, I can have good access to the numerous wire nuts that are on speaker wire and disappearing into the rear fender.

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    The rear fender is in pretty rough shape, so, I may find a good one, or, I may go to a different rear fender, not sure at this point.

    The wire nuts and speaker wire are gone, now. I soldered and heat shrinked those connections, but it is only a temporary repair.
    The fender is pretty rough as in, All of the mounting holes are wallowed out and rusty. No big surprise there.
    Somebody put used tins on this bike at some point. I knew the tank was not original, but , not the fenders, although the front fender is 95%.
    I am pleased with the bike, overall, it is very clean.
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    My friend Shovithead in Cocoa Beach sent me the correct tank for this bike.
    I need to order the "mounting kit" for the tank @ $75......
    I've seen a picture of the "kit" and it is some flat washers, a spring and a small angle bracket.
    I'm pretty sure I can bodge together a "mounting kit" of my own for a dollar or two.

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    Both of these fenders are going away, as is the sissy bar, the handlebars and the seat.
    Then, we will start removing stuff.....[​IMG]
    I will shave the front legs to get rid of the reflectors and their mounting perch, and do a full rebuild on the forks, with Progressive components.
    Rebuild all the brakes, replace hoses, etc.
    I have a whine in the primary that I will address over the winter.
    The bike runs great, and I really like it, but I need to address the issues that come from sitting for 15 years.
    I haven't had time to touch it in a few weeks, hope to get back on it shortly.
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    11-27-18

    I'm starting to gather parts for the Shovel.
    Today, I found the bars I want at Southern Cycle. Mini-apes, 14 inch rise, chrome, to be PC black.
    Ordering new grips, rider and passenger footpegs, kicker cover, correct rear fender, seat, new Dunlops, braided brake hoses, Progresssive fork kit, etc. To start with.
    When I get a lift open, I'll address the whine in the primary. Also, while the tins are off, I'll inspect and repair wiring.
    Pay the postage and I will send you the chrome and rubber footpegs ( and that God-awful tassled studded seat) and kicker arm. Also a pile of LIVE TO RIDE, RIDE TO LIVE chrome signage. I'll even throw in a Do-rag.[​IMG][​IMG]
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    Just picked up a bunch of parts.
    Still need to order tires and tubes, seat and some other misc.
    Paint will come last.
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    $1000 doesn't go very far these days.

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