It is no secret that the
1976 Polaris TX is an all time favorite here at SnoPro USA.
Since it's debut at the local dealership in late 1975 this sled has always been my favorite
consumer race sled. The modified versions of the TX from the Polaris Factory Race Team
were even cooler. Cut up hoods, dual exhaust, the Starfire package and each rider sported their
own type of seat. The next level of Polaris Factory Racing was the RXL, which
made the TX old news for the factory drivers. First the "leafer" version then the
introduction of the RXL with the Indy front end.
There was a period in
Polaris Factory Racing during 1974 to 1976 when the very same
factory drivers were riding various PDC [Professional Drivers Circuit] TX's.
These drivers raced all engine size classes in both two and three cylinder free air
events on every ice oval in Canada and the USA.
These Polaris PDC sleds
featured a very sleek hood with exposed engine heads.
There were alot of mods, too many to name but Polaris was in First Place !
Seeing photographs in magazines from 1975 and 1976 featuring Jim Bernat and Don Omdahl
winning with these Polaris PDC's was a big event when I was nine years old.
click on each photo to enlarge.
ROW # 1:
1974 Polaris Sno Pro Advertisement
1975 Polaris PDC Twin Cylinder
1975 Polaris PDC Twin Cylinder Jim Bernat Slingin' Mud
1975 Polaris PDC Triple Cylinder Jim Bernat Eagle River
1975 Polaris PDC Twin Cylinder Don Omdahl
1975 Polaris PDC Clone to Sno Pro Perfection !
1975 Polaris PDC Triple Jim Bernat World Champion
1974 Polaris PDC Twin Cylinder Jim Bernat
1975 Polaris PDC Promotion with text
The conversation was right
up my ice oval and we spoke back and forth about
how cool it would be to put a PDC hood on this unit along with some other mods.
If you have ever seen
any sleds that Perry Hesteness owns and restores, they
are always quite detailed and complete. Doesn't matter if he does them stock original
or mods them with customization, "Perry's Sleds are Very Sweet Eye Candy".
Since then, I have been tickled Red White and BLUE !
1976 Polaris TX 440 back from the race this January. Perry put's on his thinking cap and begins
planning the process to make a sweet modified / restored rider sled for Sno Pro USA.
Bigger Mikuni Carbs, Clutch Rebuild and Fine Tuning.
Research and Time.
PDC Hood fitted to the original Polaris TX Belly Pan.
After the hood is fitted, Perry decides to shoot the entire hood with fresh white paint
then shoot the Midnight Blue Express painted section around the engine hole.
The TX is disassembled and prepped for paint.
1976 Polaris TX Belly Pan gets the grinder !
The classic 70's "Arctic Cat" Sno Pro bend to the steering shaft.
Fiberglass Dope & Sand, then Fiber Glass Dope & Sand some more.
Chain Case, Disc Break, Caliper, Cog are all scrubbed and freshened up !
Bearings & Fabrication !
The Polaris TX Starfire Shovel Head Skis. Just like the 1974 Polaris Race Promo back in the day.
Add a Starfire H-Bar loop them some Beer Nuts and Hang On !
Primer on the skis, spindals and chassis.
The belly pan is now fresh with PURE POLARIS BLUE !
Scrub up the Snow Flap and then the new decal is applied.
New Bearings and lube with some black paint for the TX Suspension.
The Chassis & Bulkhead First Coat of BLUE !
Looks like a Factory 1976 now !
Skis assembled and fresh Chrome Shocks just like back in the day.
Gary mounts the belly pan.
The back bumper was deleted and the TX Starfire side handles were added.
Fresh steering rods and ends are ready for intallation too.
Chain case, jack shaft, brake caliper installed.
Original 1976 Polaris TX Dash and Fuel Tank back in place.
Fresh front end parts for "ultra" tight steering and control.
Vintage ENDO pipes for Polaris TX 440's sourced and restored !
On the ground for the first time for final adjustments before engine installation.
Steel Braided Brake Line.
The hood with fresh white and midnight blue paint is fitted.
In less than 20 days this unit is now ready for the finals.
Decals, pipes, brakes and throttle and the clutch set up session.
Bracket Fabrication Time !
Next Step Decals and Finish Touches,
Load into Trailer then roadtrip to Pomeroy Washington....
Thank You Willie & Emily Ruchert
Special Thanks to Perry Hesteness
Rubber edge fitted into place.
This Sno Pro USA Unit is custom made from an original 1976 Polaris TX 440.
The original 1976 Starfire
Seat, Chrome Tunnel Grab Handles & the Starfire Handlebar Loop
were added. These items were on the 1976 Polaris TX Starfire 250's & 340's.
In '76 Polaris didn't make the "Starfire" version of a TX in the 440 Class.
Additional Performance parts include:
Bigger Mikini Carbs
Modified Original Polaris Clutch
Endo Twin Pipes
1975 Polaris PDC Twin Hood.
Pre-Midnight Blue Express. . .
PURE Polaris Blue with low-fi metal flake.
Under the Hood !
Original ENDO Pipes from back in the day. [ pre Aaen ]
Clean and Simple !
"Ain't She Sweet"
TX Starfire PDC with the new seat from Conrad Van Batavia
SEATS BY CONRAD
Specializing in Exact Duplicate Restorations for Vintage Snowmobiles
Now the 1976 Starfire has it's seat back.
POLARIS - Red White and BLUE
Polaris TX 440 F/A MOD and Polaris TX404 SLP Liquid MOD
On the Trailer and Ready to Show.
Priest River, IDAHO
Vintage Snowmobiles of the Inland Northwest
1976 TX 340 Starfire - Updated Blue Windshield.
"Quality Gargage Time" Polishing, Lube - Grease, tighten bolts.
Winter Knights 2012
Sno Pro USA sleds all lined up.
1976 Polaris TX PDC 440, 1976 Polaris TX Starfire 340 MOD, 1979 Ski Doo Blizzard 7500 Plus
POLARIS - Red White and Blue !
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