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    Dear Mark, I'd like to know as well. They are...

    Dear Mark, I'd like to know as well. They are being sold on eBay and I'm being contacted because these 13 tooth versions don't fit the VL.
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    A slog through the Internet shows 140 US cars...

    A slog through the Internet shows 140 US cars built for each motorcycle 1929-1940, with both markets sourced from essentially 100% domestic production. By 1920 the cost of a Model T Ford was down to...
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    Sticky: The bike in the 31 Oct photo looks like a 36 VL...

    The bike in the 31 Oct photo looks like a 36 VL with those one year horn brackets and rear stand.
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    Sticky: Yes it looks like a Militor, without the spoked...

    Yes it looks like a Militor, without the spoked wheels - maybe hidden by the discs - or the hub steering. I don't have much sympathy for the Militaire/Militor idea. It was launched as a car on two...
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    I had a memory of Harley saying 3 thou wear on...

    I had a memory of Harley saying 3 thou wear on the throttle shaft was OK before replacing it, but now I can't find the reference. TM9-1879 military maintenance manual for the WLA just says on page 94...
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    Sticky: The Coke delivery vehicle is a 1930 VL, probably...

    The Coke delivery vehicle is a 1930 VL, probably a VC commercial outfit with a variant of the package truck body. These were used for delivery work until the Servicar came out in 1932. The VC had...
  7. The UL used the VL tappet guides in 1937 and...

    The UL used the VL tappet guides in 1937 and 1938. The valve covers are as the VL, but with the top one 1/4" taller to compensate for the longer stroke motor. I think Colony are also reproducing...
  8. I'm struggling with the later UL valve covers,...

    I'm struggling with the later UL valve covers, all repro and with a repro spring tool. Any tips out there?
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    Sticky: Looks like the Milwaukee fire engine has SEAGRAVE...

    Looks like the Milwaukee fire engine has SEAGRAVE on the left hand door. And the white Servicar has 1934 Ohio plates, so an early one.
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    And he shared his knowledge through our judging...

    And he shared his knowledge through our judging system. He will be much missed.
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    Yes the front brake is always nice, though pretty...

    Yes the front brake is always nice, though pretty weedy like the Harley ones introduced in 1928. Henderson may have got a small jump on them by introducing the front brake a little earlier. Henderson...
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    And mine. This is the 'before' picture.

    And mine. This is the 'before' picture.
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    Sticky: The European Chapter has an Italian member with a...

    The European Chapter has an Italian member with a Harley taxi similar to the picture. Let me have a rummage through my old pictures. It took 'most unique' at a meet a few years ago.
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    Dear Pete, welcome to our great club. I have a 29...

    Dear Pete, welcome to our great club. I have a 29 KJ solo and like tall gearing, so running an 18 tooth sprocket and with 17 and 16 tooth sprockets left over. With a sidecar you might want 14 or 15...
  15. Yup, that's the flat one you need. The early VL...

    Yup, that's the flat one you need. The early VL carbs sit higher so you need that throttle lever to fit under the head steady bolt nut.
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    And don't forget the seriously engineered 1930-32...

    And don't forget the seriously engineered 1930-32 VL passenger seat assembly, now being reproduced.
  17. Dear Buster, check the throttle splitter under...

    Dear Buster, check the throttle splitter under the tank, where the carburetor control rod and oiler control wire join with a travelling block. If you shift that block you should find a sweet spot...
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    There is also the Harley WLC passenger seat which...

    There is also the Harley WLC passenger seat which could be encouraged to fit, although without the intimacy of the buddy seat.
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    W&W Cycles are advertising new ones for serious...

    W&W Cycles are advertising new ones for serious money. You need to be careful because Harley kept the same 2818-17 part number as late ones fit earlier bikes, even though earlier ones don't fit later...
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    Dear Larry, I've got three fronts and a rear of...

    Dear Larry, I've got three fronts and a rear of the later UL style if you can't find them in the US. I prefer the VL/WL screw down style as I'm struggling with getting the repro UL valve covers to...
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    Sticky: The chariot racing bikes are 1935/6 VLs. They...

    The chariot racing bikes are 1935/6 VLs. They removed the headlights but not the Corbin speedos...
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    Dear Walt, late JD gearboxes are seen fairly...

    Dear Walt, late JD gearboxes are seen fairly often on VL project bikes, perhaps because there were more of them around. After about 1927 the gearboxes were not stamped as yours, so are even harder to...
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    Sticky: The Old Man and the Harley is another great cross...

    The Old Man and the Harley is another great cross country story, ISBN 9781595551801 by John Newkirk. His dad John aged 19 wanted to visit both the NY World Fair in 1939 and the San Francisco Golden...
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    Restorers who have owned both makes tell me the...

    Restorers who have owned both makes tell me the Harleys are better made, with thicker engine and gearbox castings and better quality materials. I see VL/UL engine cases at the shows but rarely Indian...
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    Yes George was an old school enthusiast with...

    Yes George was an old school enthusiast with great practical skills. He also knew a lot about Harley VLs and had some interesting ideas for them. We yarned at Davenport and Dixon and spoke on the...
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