Although the Harley-Davidson reputation under ownership of AMF got tarnished during the period 1969-1981 (bikes were of so low quality that Harleys were mocked as “Hardly Ableson”, “Hardly Driveable,” and “Hogly Ferguson”), all models of this era are good donors for custom projects. It’s what Freddie Arnold did, using a 1978 FXS Lowrider to turn it in a cool rigid Hot Rod mixing 60’s HD parts. Chevy accessories and some of today’s most reliable after-market parts.
Mods include shaving and cutting 3″ off the 35 mm front end, installing a modified 1962 Harley Hummer gas tank to which a top ridge was added to match the one of the rear fender, massaging a Panhead oil tank to fit correctly in the FX frame just under the seat. Freddy kept the factory engine, but added some special effects: grooves on rocker boxes, powder coating and “tumbling” of components. Tranny is also the original 78 piece but behind the Panhead tin now resides a BDL primary. Custom exhaust and fender support was fabricated by Georgia fellow builder Hank Young. To complete the Hot Rod look, all wiring is done using 30’s style cloth insulation. Freddie Arnold Designs. (photography copyright Onno Wieringaby for AMD World Championship, courtesy Cyril Huze )