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Vics MIRA Enduro RXL 340 restoration project
« on: February 09, 2012, 02:14:59 pm »
 Well I bought this sled 2 years ago from a fellow sled head in Northern Michigan. It had spent its first 2 years as a race sled in the MIRA circuit.  Ran and finished the SOO  500 12th  in 1978 and 13th in 1979. Planned to just clean up and take around to some of the local events . After this sled had sat dormant for over 25 years the steering was rusted and could not steer , the brakes were in serious need of attention and the carbs were seriously corroded. With that , I started the disassembly process to just clean up this vintage racer and get it mobile again. As this process continued , things got out of hand. Now I have this sled completely stripped and rebuilding and repairing everything . I will try to get some pics of the before and during process posted. I just need someone who can post them on this forum for me.
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    Re: My MIRA Enduro RXL 340 restoration project
    « Reply #1 on: February 09, 2012, 02:18:32 pm »
    You can email them to me, if you need my email again just let me know.

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    Re: My MIRA Enduro RXL 340 restoration project
    « Reply #2 on: February 09, 2012, 02:39:10 pm »
    waiting to see this
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    Re: My MIRA Enduro RXL 340 restoration project
    « Reply #3 on: February 10, 2012, 01:06:36 am »
    C'mon Vic .... you can't start a thread like this without pics .............

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    Re: My MIRA Enduro RXL 340 restoration project
    « Reply #4 on: February 10, 2012, 01:57:21 am »
    his is going to be GOOD 
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    Re: My MIRA Enduro RXL 340 restoration project
    « Reply #5 on: February 10, 2012, 02:16:13 pm »
     Now that I have your attention !!!!!!!   LOL , I will post some pics this afternoon.
     I was not aware how flimsy these were but Brad and Jerry and Steve did their job and took care of business.

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    Re: My MIRA Enduro RXL 340 restoration project
    « Reply #6 on: February 10, 2012, 02:36:41 pm »
    Vic, sounds good, cant wait to see pics.
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    Re: My MIRA Enduro RXL 340 restoration project
    « Reply #7 on: February 14, 2012, 12:39:17 am »
    Posting these for Vic ........ he can add the commentary to the pics -

    Hopefully he will chime in shortly.  I know he can explain the pics better than I can.










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    Re: My MIRA Enduro RXL 340 restoration project
    « Reply #8 on: February 14, 2012, 12:45:01 am »
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    Re: My MIRA Enduro RXL 340 restoration project
    « Reply #9 on: February 14, 2012, 12:49:44 am »
    looks like this one will take a while but will look great when finished    ;D ;D ;D
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    Re: My MIRA Enduro RXL 340 restoration project
    « Reply #10 on: February 14, 2012, 02:28:20 am »
     Thanks  G Henry for posting the pics of my project.
     The first picture is a shot of it when I bought it from a individual from Michigan. The sled sat outside in the elements for many years. I originally just wanted to do a clean up and get it running ,leaving  it this way . After the years setting the steering was rusted so bad that the skis could not be turned. I proceeded to work on the steering issue , meaning that I had to remove the motor . As I removed the drive clutch I noticed the it was full of leaves and grass. Well have to disassemble the clutch and clean it right !!!!!!!!!!!. Well carbs were removed to have a look at the pistons , well there was a lot of oxidation in the carbs and boots. Good thing that I did not pull the motor over. Now the motor will be disassembled , freshened up and detailed.
     After seeing this , I realize that I would not be happy with just a cosmetic make over . Now the restoration began.


     In the second picture , the top of the tunnel is damaged from loose tracks , I am going to slice the tunnel and replace the top . There were running board heat exchangers installed and removed leaving mounting holes and coolant hose holes. I am going to  plug tig weld all holes closed. The clutch guard area had seen a lot of weld buildup. This all will be cleaned and rewelded back to factory.

     In the third picture , the rear running boards have had a bracket welded on , These are coming off and cleaned up.

     In the fourth picture , the ski tips had been hammered and damaged. I am going to rebuild these back to like new.

     In the fifth picture , the front of the tunnel had seen many tracks and objects gone through here. I am going to remove the bulkhead from the tunnel and cut out the tunnel front and fab a new replacement.

     I am really glad that I am a component aluminum welder and fabricator to tackle this project. It was just going to be a short quick project , but as some know me , I am a stickler for detail and perfection.

     The tunnel does have the qualifying numbers scribed on the side. I am going to leave those there.


     I did contact Arctic Restorations at Larry Prestons recommendations and had the guys hand lay a new hood just like the original one. I am going to hang the original on the shop wall.

     Will try to keep everyone posted as to the progress.  Shooting to have done before the snow is gone.
       Will see.

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    Re: My MIRA Enduro RXL 340 restoration project
    « Reply #11 on: February 14, 2012, 02:31:06 am »
    Would be very interesting to here what modifications were done to the sled to run the soo-500 and then to finish so well. Thanks for sharing your project with us.

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    Re: My MIRA Enduro RXL 340 restoration project
    « Reply #12 on: February 14, 2012, 03:52:42 am »
    RXL restoration !!!  I can relate to what lies ahead for you. Keep a dedicated camera at the ready.

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    Re: My MIRA Enduro RXL 340 restoration project
    « Reply #13 on: February 14, 2012, 04:08:57 am »
    I got to see this sled before you bought it very nice to see it go to someone thats going to restore it
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    Re: My MIRA Enduro RXL 340 restoration project
    « Reply #14 on: February 14, 2012, 09:50:34 am »
    Vic...I love the fact that you are doing a complete restore...and documenting the condition of the sled after running the MIRA Circuit.  It sounds like it will end up a thing of beauty...with history.

    I am always hoping to locate the '78 RXL 340 fielded by Roger Anderson's Team.  In '79, it was qualified in the top 10 at the TC250, TB250 and even (6th) at the Soo I-500 against much larger engine displacement entries.  In fact, it was the only sled to qualify in the top 10 at all 3 legs of the Triple Crown.  Quite a statement about the "little 340".

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