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March 12, 2018, 07:03:05 PM
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Given to my wife and I last year by father in law who bought it new.  He put FL style tank and fenders on it years ago.  I started tearing it down this weekend for frame powder coating and general freshen up.  Going back to FX fenders.  Cheers

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March 12, 2018, 07:10:10 PM
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Beautiful motorcycle!

March 13, 2018, 05:20:44 AM
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Thanks!  I've had dirt bikes and street bikes and jeeps and trucks and cars, wrenched on all of them but this is my first HD.  Very cool.  We brought the bike back on a trailer from WV last spring, blew a tire on the trailer, spent the night in th ewalmart parking lot with the RV, new tires on, proceeded to get our 32' RV stuck under a train bridge trying to find our way out of Hagerstown, MD.......anyway, we made it home wiht the bike in one piece.  My FIL hasn't been able to ride it for the last few years so he all of the sudden said, whay don't you guys take Thumper home with you.  Wow.

So we've had it about a year now.  I'm 6'6" so a set of forward controls is needed, I found a cool classic looking set from custom chrome.  It's been in the 30s here so with a wood fire going in the garage is comfortable to start working on that project.  I got the right side on and have started pulling the primary.  After sitting for a few nights and a few cigars waiting for parts starring at the bike I thought, well, if I'm ever going to clean up the frame and engine, this is probably the time to do it.  So new foot pegs and controls has turned into a full take down!  Again, I've never done this before but I've turned wrenches for quite awhile so I think tis doable.  Looks pretty straight forward.  I plan to post lots of photos of the process, there isn't a lot of info on the web about these older bikes so I'll try and do my part to help.  I'll also have some questions so whatever help I can get will be appreciated. 

For instance, I have the wiring removed from the frame and zip ties to one of the forks with the hopes that I can just remove the entire front end without pulling the tire and fork tubes etc.  Is that possible?  Just remove the top tree and slide everything out the bottom of the frame?

Cheers all

March 13, 2018, 05:35:50 AM
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March 13, 2018, 06:21:47 AM
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Parts and tools coming in.  New 5 stud clutch hub and long bearings.  Sockets and chain stop.

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March 13, 2018, 09:33:59 AM
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 I'll also have some questions so whatever help I can get will be appreciated. 

For instance, I have the wiring removed from the frame and zip ties to one of the forks with the hopes that I can just remove the entire front end without pulling the tire and fork tubes etc.  Is that possible?  Just remove the top tree and slide everything out the bottom of the frame?

Cheers all
I think you will be OK with doing what you are proposing.

Just to be sure let’s get the attention of @maniacmac

He has taken many motorcycles down to the frame and he might have some wisdom.

March 13, 2018, 09:53:36 AM
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Thanks for sharing your pictures @biggum
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March 13, 2018, 04:59:47 PM
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Glad too - if anyone is looking for a particular shot just let me know.

What do folks think about powder coating the frame vs just a coat of fluid film to keep the rust at bay?  It’s original paint and mostly in good condition.  Thinking maybe I should just leave it and return to stock fenders.  Hmmm.


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March 13, 2018, 05:17:20 PM
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Glad too - if anyone is looking for a particular shot just let me know.

What do folks think about powder coating the frame vs just a coat of fluid film to keep the rust at bay?  It’s original paint and mostly in good condition.  Thinking maybe I should just leave it and return to stock fenders.  Hmmm.


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  I think if the paint is in good, original condition then I'd keep it original. Like they say, it's only original once. JMHO  8) 
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March 13, 2018, 05:23:48 PM
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No doubt, the only spot that’s in rough shape is really the swing arm

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March 13, 2018, 05:33:01 PM
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I think you will be OK with doing what you are proposing.

Just to be sure let’s get the attention of @maniacmac

He has taken many motorcycles down to the frame and he might have some wisdom.
Yes it's possible to remove the front end the way you propose, those super glides put a lot of wiring in the headlight bucket. As for your question on powder coating vs paint: powder coat is paint just very hard paint. Pros- very hard wont scratch as easy. Cons- because it is very hard if it chips you can't do a spot repair. I prefer a high quality 2 stage paint with urethane clear.
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March 13, 2018, 06:22:05 PM
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Great Bike to get as a  Gift, I think The Super Glide is one of the best looking Bikes made, I think you returning it to OE Fenders and Tank is the right way to go.
post as many pic's as you go along with the build we wont get tired of pic's
 

March 13, 2018, 06:44:47 PM
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I think I have an original super-glide tank console. If you need it let me know, my stuff is packed away for my move so I'm sure if I still have it I do a lot of trading and just giving away parts so I lose track of what I have.
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March 13, 2018, 07:38:34 PM
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No doubt, the only spot that’s in rough shape is really the swing arm

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   Your going to have to pull that swing arm out anyways, to replace the bushings, so you can give it some paint after you replace those bushings.
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March 14, 2018, 04:48:27 AM
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Welcome to the forum - and great bike! I enjoyed your pictures.

You can remove the entire front end as a unit, but it's relatively easy to just remove the tire and fork legs, and a lot easier to deal with for one person in my opinion.

Love the nickname - Thumper.  :^)

best

mqqn


 



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