Originally Posted by Shovel_It
I have a 79' FXS and I'm thinking of restoring it to "nearly" stock and was curious where I could find pics, info, etc on this bike when it was new.... I say "nearly" because I'm not interested in a showroom stock looking bike, just the paint codes and some other things.... can you still send tin back to the MoCo and have it painted ? I was told years ago that a guy could do that... course, I guess if I could find the paint codes anybody could paint it.... anywhoo, lurked here for a long time and thought I'd finally post... hope you guys don't mind questions... the bike is in pieces on my garage floor so it should be a real adventure puttin' it back together....
Welcome to the Forum.
The best thing you could possibly do for restoring your bike would be to purchase the OEM service manual and parts catalog. In the service manual, there are lots of pictures of the bikes as they were originally outfitted.
The paint codes can be gotten from the dealer, believe it or not. Also, most all of the parts that you would need are available from independent dealers through catalog orders.
This may sound silly but I'm high in favor of running the shovelhead engines in stock form with only minor changes. Since they have hemispherical combustion chambers, they do not lend themselves to extreme high compression. It all depends on your desires, I know, but you can spend an awful lot of money making engine changes that mainly result in poor low speed performance and loss of longevity. Good luck on your restoration work.
I will now put on my flame suit and sit back and wait.