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  1. Dear Gene, I've slogged through the Internet and...

    Dear Gene, I've slogged through the Internet and existing motorcycle sources to find 1929-40 US motorcycle and car production. Both markets were sourced from essentially all domestic manufacture....
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    On the VL I would say 150-200 ml of oil in the...

    On the VL I would say 150-200 ml of oil in the cases. More than this and it comes out of the motor. You can hold the mechanical oil pump swash plate more vertical with a longer screw at the rear,...
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    Many bars were bobbed in their lifetime so the...

    Many bars were bobbed in their lifetime so the shape is not always an accurate guide. The left horn button came out in 1926 and the right dip switch in 1929 which helps identify JD bars. The shorter...
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    Dear Peter, yes it would be a Mesinger part given...

    Dear Peter, yes it would be a Mesinger part given a Harley number. Same as 3207-18, the four rear pan stud nuts, which are 9/16" AF and 5/16 UNC thread. I've stopped making these, and it's irritating...
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    Please help identify this nos nut

    I've had a small bagful of these for a while. They are flat nickel plated, 11/16" a,f, 3/8" thick, washer faced on one side and 3/8 x 24 tpi thread. I reckon 3195-18, the Mesinger seat front pommel...
  6. Please help identify this thrust washer

    This washer is one of several found in a drawer. It is 13/16" i.d, 1 13/16" o.d and 0.080" and 0.084" thick. It looks close to 2308-36H according to Palmer, but not quite there. Any ideas please?
  7. We usually deduct a quarter point per wheel for...

    We usually deduct a quarter point per wheel for bikes missing the Schrader valve cheaters. Tyres with a tread pattern that is close to original don't usually get a deduction. This used to be only...
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    Be careful when assembling a box from loose...

    Be careful when assembling a box from loose parts, as the earlier 2251-15 plungers do not have the vent hole in them. Also check the vent holes in the top cover are not blocked by rust or paint.
  9. Dear Mark, many of these you can identify from...

    Dear Mark, many of these you can identify from the 1932 Dealer Accessory manual, with part numbers. I can see a chain breaker, piston pin extractor, tappet guide puller, pinion gear remover, later...
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    I've used a two component tank sealer here in the...

    I've used a two component tank sealer here in the UK on maybe four sets of tanks, but one of them was lifting a year later. The tanks have to be completely clean and dry, you need to warm the tanks...
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    The expensive tank sealant remover I bought...

    The expensive tank sealant remover I bought turned out to be carbon tetrachloride rather than acetone. Having an economical streak, I later used the contents of old Pyrene fire extinguishers, which...
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    I've also got some compact stop/tail lamps with...

    I've also got some compact stop/tail lamps with straight pins which fit under the early Harley flat glass lens if retrofitting pre-1935 bikes with a stop light. Part number on the box is 770385. I...
  13. Dear Fletcher, thanks for the photo and I may...

    Dear Fletcher, thanks for the photo and I may have judged with your Dad at Davenport. That was back when we did the judging in a closed room and the owners had to stay outside. We've come a long way...
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    I would be more circumspect, as at a couple of...

    I would be more circumspect, as at a couple of the recent Las Vegas auctions some 45s were fetching more than VLs, perhaps because of their scarcity. Likewise you see occasional Indian Scouts going...
  15. It's worth understanding the judging system and...

    It's worth understanding the judging system and you really need to address these questions to Don Dzurick, and preferably gain personal experience through judging. A lot of background material is...
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    I agree with Robbie that USMC did not buy...

    I agree with Robbie that USMC did not buy motorcycles before 1941, and the S was very rarely stamped in the engine number. Check your engine and belly numbers. A U or US model would have the engine...
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    As far as I know export green was the same as the...

    As far as I know export green was the same as the old Olive Green. I've matched this to an old Rover car colour Seaweed. I have the UK paint code or can mail you a sample on a piece of tinplate for...
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    Dear Jim, it's not the bracket brazed to the...

    Dear Jim, it's not the bracket brazed to the frame that needs to be moved, but the bracket on the rear of the tool box. Maybe that's what you meant, in which case sorry.
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    You'll also have to move the rear mounting...

    You'll also have to move the rear mounting bracket nearer the edge of the tool box to make it fit a VL.
  20. Yes, keep it up Mike, but why does a 10,000...

    Yes, keep it up Mike, but why does a 10,000 member Club with 30,000 Facebook members not have 30,000 Club members?
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    We must have members more expert than me on...

    We must have members more expert than me on magnetos. Over here we had a 50 degree motor fitted with a 45 degree mag which had rear cylinder problems too. A 45 degree mag on a 42 degree motor would...
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    A wrong degree magneto would take a lot of...

    A wrong degree magneto would take a lot of diagnosing...
  23. Dear Dan, going back to torque, you'll be lucky...

    Dear Dan, going back to torque, you'll be lucky to find any factory figures. The VL with a 1" crank pin has the nuts done up 'very tight'. I take this as 100-150 pound feet, enough to get the side...
  24. Dear Dan, I think choice of balance factor is the...

    Dear Dan, I think choice of balance factor is the key issue. Most of the early literature implies a 50% balance factor because it talks about halving the weight of components in the calculations. But...
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    It would be hard to weld the pre-1936 Harley...

    It would be hard to weld the pre-1936 Harley tanks, particularly the left ones. You have a front oil compartment and a rear fuel compartment, separated by a double skinned wall with witness holes for...
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