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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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    Dear Dan, you're really getting into it now. How...

    Dear Dan, you're really getting into it now. How about cleaning off those faint circles and squares, because they look like they might have manufacturers logos inside them, such as for AmForge or...
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    The Harley black book shows 1582 C models made...

    The Harley black book shows 1582 C models made that year, so good sales in the first year as for the D model small twin. I restored two 1930C models and found Johnny Sells' book on the 1929-36 45s a...
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    My supplier is out of stock of new ones at the...

    My supplier is out of stock of new ones at the moment, so they are hard to find right now. You can consider reworking an old one. I'm told the early 6 volt Honda coil fits inside the can if you are...
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    Dear Dan, do your later style rockers carry die...

    Dear Dan, do your later style rockers carry die numbers? These were hardly used on the VLs but are important for dating later bikes when several outside forging companies were used. With 44,000 VLs...
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    Harley and Indian both used the Motolamp 1931-34....

    Harley and Indian both used the Motolamp 1931-34. For 1931/2 it had the flat lens and a bezel with a lozenge at the top. The Indian version had Indian stamped in the lozenge while the Harley version...
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    Dear Dan, the bosses were put into the rockers...

    Dear Dan, the bosses were put into the rockers around 1941 so there are a lot of earlier ones. For 1930 they are one year only with forging numbers SC-3 and SC-4. After that they are SC-3A and SC-4A....
  8. The 1935 factory blueprint of the VL motor shows...

    The 1935 factory blueprint of the VL motor shows a list of subassemblies on the left hand side not using conventional part numbers. Most of these are two letters followed by a dash and a few numbers....
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    Poll: Thanks JoJo for the VL pictures. The stunt riding...

    Thanks JoJo for the VL pictures. The stunt riding Policeman had lashed out the extra 50 cents per wheel for cadmium plated rims, and always nice to see women riding VLs. And Mike, check your last...
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    I've got a used 24 tooth cushion sprocket off a...

    I've got a used 24 tooth cushion sprocket off a 1930 C model. Not great but maybe worth a try for the cost of the postage, which is now high by the way.
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    I've got the second generation thinner vinyl...

    I've got the second generation thinner vinyl stickers unless you have to have water slide. Be careful, as there are two colours for the 'bird' and two colours for the lettering, and Harley mixed them...
  12. 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...
  17. 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?
  18. 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.
  20. 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...
  24. 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...
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