|I had the three
points of junction covered, then I decided to fabricate
this nifty bracket to make it a four point deal. This
tank was on there solid.
|Here's a shot of my
cheap-ass 1 inch exhaust / frame clamp hanging from the
frame cross member and bolted to the back of the hex
tan's built in battery box.
|Seriously, I don't
have a lot of room to work in and it doesn't help that
I'm a slob by nature. This is the fabulous Warren Fuller
workshop - maybe 3 feet by 4 feet of actual working
surface nailed to the wall in the corner of the garage.
So I really started this project
by buying a transmission case for $95. That's a pretty smoking
deal even for an aftermarket 5 speed softail case. Next I
acquired the roller you saw on the first page - so here was my
problem: I had the makings of a 94-99 drivetrain with my new
trans case, but I had a 77 FX frame (normally a four speed rig).
Now I know you can do a five-speed in a four-speed case, but
those things cost some fair coin (and they're probably worth it)
but I had recently heard about a buddy of mine who had stuffed a
six speed softail trans in an old-style swingarm by hacking (er,
"machining") a half moon out of the trans case.
By digging deep into the Midwest catalog - I came up with a
trans adapter plate that mated a 5 speed softail trans to a four
speed frame. It said it could be used for "four speed or paughco
rigid" - so someone, somewhere had made this work before.
A trip to a local swap meet turned up a complete 2003 Road King
gear set (including trap door, all pawls, I mean, everything
except the case) for a mere $265. I knew that this gearset would
slide right into my aftermarket case. The die were cast - it was
going to be a 77 FX with some sort of modified 94-99 style