76 LTD Restoration

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76 LTD Restoration

Post #1 by JohnnyNumbers » Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:00 pm

I just got back from Colorado today after picking up my new to me 76 LTD. The month of October just seemed to drag on and on! I figured I start the thread with a few pictures of the bike at it's new home. I'll post pictures as things progress.

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Re: 76 LTD Restoration

Post #2 by desertrefugee » Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:25 pm

Man, I wish I hadn't seen that sidestand down. Normally, it's not a good idea to transport with a stand down. There's no cushion/suspension working for you. In extreme cases, the frame can be damaged. Hope the roads back from Colorado were nice and smooth!

With that said, I will add that your specimen is as nice an LTD as I've seen. Looks like you got everything...except maybe the leather keyfob? Nice score, John. Shouldn't take much to get that one ship shape!
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Re: 76 LTD Restoration

Post #3 by flyin900 » Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:33 pm

Very nice score there and not much of a restoration required from the pics. More of a refresh around your mechanical to do stuff if it has sat for awhile. Never find them that nice up here, other than one about 5 years ago in number #1 condition and at a selling price to match.
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Re: 76 LTD Restoration

Post #4 by JohnnyNumbers » Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:14 am

[quote="desertrefugee"]Man, I wish I hadn't seen that sidestand down. Normally, it's not a good idea to transport with a stand down. There's no cushion/suspension working for you. In extreme cases, the frame can be damaged. Hope the roads back from Colorado were nice and smooth!

I'm not sure why I strapped it down with the kickstand down, I haven't in the past. Anyway the roads were pretty decent, no serious potholes, so I think the bike is fine.
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Post #5 by Track T 2411 » Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:28 pm

Sure is pretty!
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Post #6 by chewy999 » Tue Oct 30, 2018 3:44 pm

Looks pretty much A1 to me, very nice indeed. Is there much to do or is it as good as it looks.

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Re: 76 LTD Restoration

Post #7 by rcmatt007 » Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:05 pm

curious who you got the LYD from, I know of two people in CO who had LTD's. Nice looking bike

as long as we are talking about how to tie down. I always tie off the swing arm near the rear axle for the rear tie down. The rear will always bounce up and down off the shocks and you cannot tighten out that spring, but the swing arm is stable compared to the deck as all you have with any springiness is the tire.
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Re: 76 LTD Restoration

Post #8 by JohnnyNumbers » Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:29 am

chewy999 wrote:Looks pretty much A1 to me, very nice indeed. Is there much to do or is it as good as it looks.

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I think restoration is a little strong, as mentioned previously it's more of a refresh. I'm going to replace the timing belts and just about any other item made of rubber. Go through the brake systems, change all the fluids, clean the carbs and tank. Other than that I plan on riding it just the way it is.

I bought the bike from my cousin Charlie in Denver. I've been working him over for about 4 years. My persistence finally paid off! :-D
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Re: 76 LTD Restoration

Post #9 by tomk1960 » Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:35 am

That is a VERY nice bike and will be an easy refresh. Keep us posted and make sure to include some updated pictures.
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Post #10 by Jetdr » Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:02 pm

Hey Johnny... I am in Gilbert, I just finished my LTD full restoration.
LTD Side view.jpg
PM me, lets get these two LTD's together!
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Post #11 by desertrefugee » Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:18 pm

Wow! And I've had the pleasure of meeting both you rascals! If you'll tolerate a non-LTD GL1000 in the mix, I'd love to join!
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Post #12 by rudolphwolven » Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:36 pm

Both LTD's are very, very fine........congratulations!
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Re: 76 LTD Restoration

Post #13 by Jetdr » Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:27 am

desertrefugee wrote:Wow! And I've had the pleasure of meeting both you rascals! If you'll tolerate a non-LTD GL1000 in the mix, I'd love to join!


Of course it's ok with me!

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Re: 76 LTD Restoration

Post #14 by JohnnyNumbers » Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:55 pm

Jetdr wrote:Hey Johnny... I am in Gilbert, I just finished my LTD full restoration. LTD Side view.jpgPM me, lets get these two LTD's together!

Hi Jetdr. Desertrefugee and I have been on a couple of turn around rides to Tortilla Flats. It's always a pleasure to me another Wing rider. I must say your LTD is incredible!
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Re: 76 LTD Restoration

Post #15 by Easter » Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:08 pm

Is your cousin still alive? Hard to imagine he would willingly let that bike go. Lucky you.
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