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1976 Polaris TX I-500 sled
« on: May 03, 2021, 10:04:01 pm »
In the process of bringing home a 76 tx that was raced at the Soo I-500  not sure what all I'll end up with as its in pieces now.
Today I brought home the motor, track and suspension, along with the ski's and heat exchangers. have not seen anymore of the sled but says he has the chassis, belly pan and seat. Don't know what else he has. Will post some pictures as I get more home.

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    Re: 1976 Polaris TX I-500 sled
    « Reply #1 on: May 04, 2021, 11:00:12 am »

    Look for numbers scribed in the tunnel on the right rear, lots of them also got a circle around the number.  These marks would be from a mechanical pencil. I've also seen them on the mag housing of some engines.

    Sounds like a cool find!

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    Re: 1976 Polaris TX I-500 sled
    « Reply #2 on: May 04, 2021, 02:33:43 pm »
    Must have the liquid kit if it has heat exchangers.

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    Re: 1976 Polaris TX I-500 sled
    « Reply #3 on: May 04, 2021, 08:07:07 pm »
    Haven't seen tunnel yet hopefully have that belly pan seat and hood in a couple of days, seat or some other part of the sled may have some bicentennial colors. Turns out I worked with owner or team member so will try to contact him would be nice if he had some pictures.
    Motor does have liquid kit just looked at lower end marked Ec44Pt  06   Don't know much about Polaris motors would this be a 440X bottom, I need to start getting some pictures
    « Last Edit: May 04, 2021, 08:08:47 pm by kbeck »

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    Re: 1976 Polaris TX I-500 sled
    « Reply #4 on: May 05, 2021, 09:45:56 pm »
    Cool project.  Looking forward to pic's and history.  thanks.

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    Re: 1976 Polaris TX I-500 sled
    « Reply #5 on: May 05, 2021, 11:57:08 pm »
    Haven't brought sled home yet but did get it down from the barn loft and got it outside needs a bath so rain won't hurt it.
    here's the sled as it sits now, both hood and seat are red white and blue
    « Last Edit: May 06, 2021, 12:06:31 am by kbeck »

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    Re: 1976 Polaris TX I-500 sled
    « Reply #6 on: May 06, 2021, 12:33:30 am »
    Almost looks like stars on the hood but not its bird poop
    « Last Edit: May 06, 2021, 12:35:24 am by kbeck »

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    Re: 1976 Polaris TX I-500 sled
    « Reply #7 on: May 06, 2021, 11:15:03 am »
    I'm guessing it was from a team that had previously raced the 1973 Starfire.  Notice the fuel tank pad and the fuel tank quick release.  Looks like a modification to the steering hoop also. They may have transplanted the steering hoop and bars from a 1973 Starfire.

    It was not uncommon to add a liquid motor to a teams existing F/A chassis back in the day.

    Very cool find! No doubt there is some history there!

    Congrats!
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    Re: 1976 Polaris TX I-500 sled
    « Reply #8 on: May 06, 2021, 02:04:43 pm »
    Hopefully once I talk to the guy I worked with who was part of the race team that raced sled can add some light, but you could be right with your assessment it does have the small metal tank wasn't aware it was a quick releases have to look at it closer.  Not sure how long it will last but will be fun bringing it back

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    Re: 1976 Polaris TX I-500 sled
    « Reply #9 on: May 06, 2021, 11:45:48 pm »
    Put it on the saw horse and gave it a quick bath looking better already
    « Last Edit: May 06, 2021, 11:51:30 pm by kbeck »

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    Re: 1976 Polaris TX I-500 sled
    « Reply #10 on: May 07, 2021, 02:22:59 am »
    cool find!   8) 8)

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    a bunch of Polaris's   PETT # 85

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    Re: 1976 Polaris TX I-500 sled
    « Reply #11 on: May 07, 2021, 03:41:28 am »
    cool find!   8) 8)

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    Thanks I got it from a friend who rescued it from a local scrap yard back in the 80's been in his barn since
    still missing some parts from when it sat in the scrap yard but still pretty complete considering

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    Re: 1976 Polaris TX I-500 sled
    « Reply #12 on: May 07, 2021, 11:13:40 am »
    Looks like a 1976 Starfire chassis. The front axle is not factory but very cool and makes the sled easier to identify!

    Great find and a great save!

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    Re: 1976 Polaris TX I-500 sled
    « Reply #13 on: May 07, 2021, 12:23:09 pm »
    Yeah going to leave the front axle  just going to try to keep it as raced, the colors set it apart too i wonder if any other of the race field that day wore some sort of bicentenial colors
    « Last Edit: May 07, 2021, 12:32:48 pm by kbeck »

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    Re: 1976 Polaris TX I-500 sled
    « Reply #14 on: May 08, 2021, 12:31:48 am »
    So Cool. Keep digging for history. Ask Steve Landon maybe.

    I never got any help from the actual Soo track for history on my sled.
    I wish I could.

    I'll be watching this thread, very neat!!!!!
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