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12-30-2011, 11:12 AM
I am going to start this thread so we can help each other with Corbin speedometer's. I have been working on them for a few years now and still am learning.
I started buying only good one's. Doc Schuster and Peter Heintz helped me alot. Peter gave me all this Corbin parts a few years before he passed.
He told me to send him $350 so I did. Thinking I was going to get a very small box of parts, then five big boxes of Corbin stuff shows up. He new that I would start working on them. Thank you Peter!
So to help all of us, I will try to answer the things you need to know.
I am always look for any Corbin parts. Broken, rusted and junk may be put back on a bike. That is my target.
Terry Marsh marsh1915hd@msn.com https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-7bbqRJQVrwM/Tv3hY9IMhKI/AAAAAAAAAY8/2J1jKGb5d5g/s640/IMG_2551.JPGhttps://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-ymA7aPKOfW0/Tv3hbHSnd_I/AAAAAAAAAZI/cz_KLoMkxHQ/s640/IMG_2555.JPGhttps://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-r1roODgQ2gw/Tv3hcNdhSPI/AAAAAAAAAZM/xfwLPr6yH1I/s640/IMG_2556.JPGhttps://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-YjI3rmbGDfI/Tv3hc5XeKrI/AAAAAAAAAZQ/Az2wyACIUe8/s640/IMG_2557.JPG

12-30-2011, 11:25 AM
These are some Original Corbin Factory tools that I have found. Only seen one of the bezel remover and installer. There are a few head tester around.It has save me many $. The year a bought it I had broken $400 worth of bezels, so at $500 it was a good buy.https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-oA4iKJUi8bw/Tv3lHWTwbFI/AAAAAAAAAZc/OPfgulIsA54/s400/corbin%252520pile%2525203.JPG https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-w-hKSOK9SyU/Tv3lID-YLXI/AAAAAAAAAZg/GjQVKUUz4Do/s800/N.O.jpghttps://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-oA4iKJUi8bw/Tv3lHWTwbFI/AAAAAAAAAZc/OPfgulIsA54/s400/corbin%252520pile%2525203.JPG

12-30-2011, 11:35 AM
Terry, you must live in the most interesting museum in the world. Every picture you post has something amazing in the foreground, and often something just as amazing in the background. On a really wacky side note; I was watching an episode of "Have Gun Will Travel" and noticed in the credits that particular episode was filmed in Klamath Falls, Oregon. That show had one of the best theme songs of all t.v. westerns. Sorry for the hijack.

12-30-2011, 12:29 PM
Eric, just the parts and bikes from the last 30 years. But it's all for sale! Well most of it, I need to keep almost all of it. Have been selling but then I find some more parts so I have to buy them.
I use to watch Mr. P didn't know they filmed here. Tell jackhi.

Rod K
01-24-2012, 10:31 PM
I have a 28 HD J-model with Corbin speedometer. I need a support bracket to keep the speedometer cable up off the tank top. Anyone have a picture of the correct bracket and where it it mounts. Any help appreciated...Rod

01-25-2012, 08:19 PM
Indian Speedometers


01-25-2012, 08:23 PM
They have all been sitting for 50 years, and they all need cleaned up.


01-25-2012, 08:25 PM
This is from an early teens Harley from 1916 through 1924


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01-27-2012, 03:05 PM
Hi Rod, most of the 28 HD I have seen have fiction tape wraped around the cable. I have seen a clip made and put on the seat post bolt to hold the cable up. Would be easy to make one. I don't think there was ever a correct bracket.

Rod K
01-27-2012, 08:18 PM
Hi terry...Thanks for the reply, I think I'll just design my own. Thanks again.....Rod

01-31-2012, 08:22 PM
1915 Harley Davidson Speedometer

01-31-2012, 08:25 PM

01-31-2012, 08:28 PM
Corbin Speedometer Handlebar mount

02-01-2012, 09:41 PM

I have a 28 HD J-model with Corbin speedometer. I need a support bracket to keep the speedometer cable up off the tank top. Anyone have a picture of the correct bracket and where it it mounts. Any help appreciated...Rod

Rod K
02-02-2012, 08:41 PM
sswaney, thats kind of what I had in mind to make....thanks for the example..........Rod

03-10-2012, 11:32 AM
This is 1946 - 1947 Indian Chief with correct rear drive.https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-hTVvSPNSEwU/T1t_4CENKvI/AAAAAAAABHQ/eVpuBBgy3cs/s640/IMG_2923.JPGhttps://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-sRSAh-oRTcw/T1uAF7NChRI/AAAAAAAABHY/8xDG6AoPTWc/s640/IMG_2924.JPGhttps://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-RBfo_cmM7Gs/T1uAKkKo8OI/AAAAAAAABHg/moHLCGoVgU8/s640/IMG_2925.JPGhttps://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-GvDxUJ0NZh0/T1uAQlUQ5WI/AAAAAAAABHo/QyRRunkjnOw/s640/IMG_2926.JPGhttps://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-CjhwQlGz96s/T1uAwsQ6uSI/AAAAAAAABH4/H-QGw_myhlY/s640/IMG_2928.JPG

03-10-2012, 11:35 AM
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-As4_KVP74sg/T1uAv9t-V8I/AAAAAAAABHw/J0tg1F-HmKc/s640/IMG_2927.JPG I need any Corbin parts you may want to trade or sell.

04-19-2012, 02:50 PM
I build these Corbins last week and they are now being put on motorcyles.https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Zww3qjlMdPQ/T5Bc7mQIxRI/AAAAAAAABO8/_5oT3xqIpR8/s640/IMG_3192.JPGhttps://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-n3rj8bOtjjc/T5Bc-39HS7I/AAAAAAAABPE/bUAGvqIHMKM/s640/IMG_3193.JPGhttps://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-6aDjBHDetZg/T5BdAc1w3cI/AAAAAAAABPM/LxsHrO67IPQ/s144/IMG_3194.JPGhttps://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-6aDjBHDetZg/T5BdAc1w3cI/AAAAAAAABPM/LxsHrO67IPQ/s640/IMG_3194.JPGhttps://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-lB2QzF0AHgA/T5BdYSB7eXI/AAAAAAAABPU/M8gcrMojHsI/s400/IMG_3195.JPGhttps://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-53mhOTbfCZo/T5BdbRLrpTI/AAAAAAAABPc/r5KR2dtKYqA/s640/IMG_3216.JPGhttps://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-LWxCf_kU7_c/T5BddHEAzGI/AAAAAAAABPk/3GZoc6cOua8/s640/IMG_3217.JPG

04-19-2012, 02:59 PM
John Bordas in Denver sold me two old S&W speedometer testershttps://lh3.googleusercontent.com/--ZOc5ehmSMs/T5Bf6W4prZI/AAAAAAAABPw/fKpY78LKT0c/s640/IMG_2997.JPGhttps://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-psqOwU2Xev4/T5Bf8u_CdtI/AAAAAAAABP4/kPusO3XqarI/s640/IMG_2998.JPGhttps://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-VyqrU10G008/T5Bf-WdofHI/AAAAAAAABQA/__Ga6yAUPcY/s640/IMG_3000.JPGhttps://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-lxSQJ9Cytis/T5BgAxwFMGI/AAAAAAAABQI/0DJi-cOo1XU/s640/IMG_3002.JPG the other day. Cool and I needed it.

04-19-2012, 08:05 PM

Rod K
04-20-2012, 09:07 PM
Hi Terry...What year or years would the above Corbin lighted speedometer be correct for...Thanks Rod

06-26-2012, 09:58 PM
Rod they started making 100 MPH in 1928. Here a picture of a couple of speedometers I am working on.8724

07-10-2012, 02:39 PM
Hi Terry

I got this Corbin head witj my 1936 Indian four, what's the best thing to do, change the face or look for an exchange speedometer


also a picture of the original speedometer which came with my 1928 Indian Scout from Mexico


07-17-2012, 10:44 AM
The Corbin you have was used from 1910 to 1923. It has a very rare face on it. You could change the face to make it correct for your year. The needle would have to be changed also. That would be the cheaps way to do it.
The correct speedometer for a 36 Indian 4 would be 160 Klm or 120 mph with Indian on the face. Maximum speed hand on all 36-37. The should have trip meter.
I would look for a correct speedometer.
Nice speedometers

12-26-2012, 03:52 PM
So anyone finding any Corbin speedometer's? I would buy any parts you want to sell or trade for working on them. 1014310144101451014610147I have been busy working on them this winter. So if you need something done, e-mail me at marsh1915hd@msn.com
Terry Marsh

12-27-2012, 09:22 AM
Very interesting thread! Thanks for the photos!

01-13-2013, 12:34 PM
Grease to death!! This is a nice speedometer with good parts in it. BUT someone has grease it to the point that it will not work. The green stuff is where the grease reacted with the brass, not good.
The book said to use VASELINE ONLY!!! And not much!!10279102801028110282

01-14-2013, 08:25 PM
Here a Corbin that had water in it for a while. It cleaned up but I had to replace a few parts10298

01-14-2013, 09:05 PM
I have a gorgeous head... but no cable or gears to put a speedo on my '31 DL. Can you help me with the non-head parts?



PS Amazing pictures. Nice to see someone with the 'guts' to get into the guts of these thing.

01-14-2013, 09:28 PM
Yes, I can help you with getting non-head parts. I make the cables, $200, ready to put on. Length is 30 1/2". It take a 92 tooth road gear, $200. Then you need the rear gear bracket and a right angle drive with fiber gear. $350. You may also need the head bracket. I am not sure which fits a DL.
Even gorgeous head have been setting for 50 years, they can be rusty inside, they can have no grease.

01-14-2013, 11:20 PM
Hello Terry super job on the speedo cable for my early servi car.Also the 1 knuckle-pan key switches. again thank you

01-15-2013, 04:33 PM
Take a look at these DL speedometer parts. 1029910300103011030210303

02-03-2013, 11:25 AM
New Corbin tool. This is the best way I have found to take a hard to take off a stuck adaptor. 10448104491045010451

02-03-2013, 05:08 PM
I have on of those Ford monkey wrenches that I use quite frequently. Some tools just never get old.

03-24-2013, 02:13 PM
This wrench is the one that is used on train air line connectors.
These are pictures of the tool that I made to repair the dial plate. Works good for me. 1070610707107081070910710

06-17-2013, 12:04 PM
Hi, I am looking for a cable for my 1913-1919 Corbin speedometer thats on my 1920 Indian power plus. Do you know where I can find one ?
Thanks, Dave Helton amc # 21413

06-18-2013, 10:26 AM
Hi Dave,
I make that cable. $200 for black 113021130311304or a nickel plated one for $275. marsh1915hd@msn.com

06-18-2013, 11:14 AM
Hi Marsh, I would like to order a nickel plated cable. How do I send payment, and what types of payment do you take. I can do paypal if that will work for you. Thanks, Dave

06-18-2013, 12:27 PM
I will need to know the length you want? You have the head mound? You have the rear road gear on? You have the right angle drive and mount put on? The book said 31" but you need to check as there are many mounts and diffrent lengths. 11305

06-18-2013, 01:38 PM
Marsh, I have the 1913-1919 Corbin speedo mounted on the bike using the correct mount. I also have the Corbin angle drive with a new fiber drive gear and the Corbin rear road gear is mounted on the rear wheel. I measured the distance between the two and it is 31.5 inches from the ends of the speedo and drive where it screws on. Thanks , Dave

09-07-2013, 09:02 PM
Terry, Do you have a speedo for sale that would work on a 1940 Indian Sport Scout?

10-27-2013, 06:33 PM

You cleaned and repaired the Corbin speedometer for my 1935 Harley VLD and also made a drive cable for it. That was back in 2005. It still works great. Thanks again!


10-28-2013, 10:00 AM
Hi Mark,
That is what I like to hear. Thank you Mark,

10-28-2013, 11:14 AM
Just finished this one and it too is back on the road.11909119101191111912

01-12-2014, 12:12 AM
I am looking for a speedo and cable and mount for a 1941 Scout 741.

I think I have the drive head and just picked up the fiber gear.

01-15-2014, 03:51 PM
Buy it from Jerry Greer's Engineering. They good parts and good people.

01-15-2014, 04:06 PM
Thanks so you don't have any?

02-15-2014, 12:13 PM
I only work with the Corbin speedometer's. The 741 speedometer and parts are not Corbin's. They are S&W. Buy it from Greer's, I don't have that stuff.

02-15-2014, 12:47 PM
do you have much data on fitment to bikes, ie cable lengths etc?
i have a 1916 Emblem Big Twin and would have all bits but the cables so keen on seeing what it should be.

Peter Cooke
02-25-2014, 03:16 AM
Hi Terry,
Are you able to post a picture of the correct head for a HD 31V please? I found 3 at a swap meet on the weekend and took photos but managed to delete them before I got them off the camera. By going back over this thread I believe 1 may have been a late teens HD head.


02-25-2014, 09:28 AM
HI Peter,
There are pictures on page 3 of the correct speedo. That would be a 100 mph in the USA or a 160K speedometer with or with out light and maximum hand.

Peter Cooke
02-26-2014, 03:16 AM
Thanks Terry, much appreciated.

03-04-2014, 01:20 PM
Do you have everything needed to put a corbin on a 1918 excelsior
Ron # 21975

03-05-2014, 10:01 AM
HI Ron,
Yes, I have all the parts.
The are many way to make a set look? New or old ? Nickel or black.
Text me at marsh1915hd@msn.com or call 541 882 2613 or cell 541 591 5509

03-05-2014, 11:57 AM
http://i534.photobucket.com/albums/ee341/cdo340/carbd_zpsc11e1e7b.jpg (http://s534.photobucket.com/user/cdo340/media/carbd_zpsc11e1e7b.jpg.html)

Sorry for the detour but I was hoping to get Terry's qualified opinion of this Jones speedo head. Was the Jones ever used on motorcycles? And, do you have the cables and mounts for such a head? I got this many years ago at Davenport for next to nothing and it's looked good my old glass cabinet. Thanks.

03-06-2014, 10:09 AM
HI Eric,
Yes they used Jones speedometer's on bikes. They were front wheel drives and only in business for a few years. Mostly for 1908 to 1912. Corbin put them out of business.I have owned a few but there are NO parts for them. No cables, no mounts, no drives. I have made adapters to use Corbin cables with them. Yours has 187 miles on it, like new. The front wheel drive set up didn't work very good. Corbin stopped using it early on. With the wheel going up and down it was hard to get it to work.
There was a reason you bought it cheap and it has a good home in the cabinet leave it there. Or put in on a bike that i not going to be used. LOL

03-06-2014, 11:38 AM
Thank you Terry. Great information, and I knew you were the person who would know.

03-20-2014, 08:59 PM
This is my work table for the Corbin dial plates.12942129431294412945

03-20-2014, 09:53 PM
you must have a huge grin on when you work on these,,,,im grinning looking at the pictures in this thread,,,,,just the way things were made back in those days was just pure class................

Dale McCleary
07-28-2014, 10:44 PM
Do you restore for the public? Great photos Dale

07-29-2014, 01:17 AM
Yes i do work on them for others. use this marsh1915hd@msn.com

10-10-2014, 02:15 AM
I know this thread is a little old but hopefully someone out there can help. I just bought an 80mph Corbin for my 1915 Indian.

I have pulled apart the cable cleaned and regreased the cable but the tiny ball bearing cage back that goes in one end. Im not sure it is sitting properly. Is there only 1 ball bearing race on the cable and is it at the small end where it screws onto the right angle bevel gear unit.



11-12-2015, 02:21 AM
Just joined ACMA to help me on my 47 Chief project bike. I currently have an aluminum ashtray covering the hole where a red (silver) bar Corbin should be.
Do you know of anybody with restored 47 Corbin speedo that willing to part with it?

11-13-2015, 02:46 AM
Hi Terry,
I hope all is well in your neck of the woods. I've got a question for you, as you've probably seen every Corbin under the sun by now, have you ever seen a Corbin speedo face (the early teens type) that has brown numbers? If such a beast existed - what finish would the needle have had?
Regards, Rob

12-26-2015, 02:52 PM
I have a restored 47 Corbin for sale ? $1,200163531635416355 I also have a 47 Chief, I do have a nice rear fender for one. Original Red. 60%

01-21-2016, 09:21 PM
I am not sure , but maybe the paint has changed in 100 years? I have seen some with brown looking numbers. Nickel needle.

57 Pan
03-24-2016, 12:45 AM

The attached photos show a tool I made to remove/install the drive end nut of a Panhead speedometer. I used an old 1" socket and cut out a wedge that could be slipped around the cable and would slide down in to the recessed area where the drive end goes in to the case. I welded on a couple of 7" by 3/8" rebar stems that you can put a vice grip on to loosen or tighten the nut. Works great and doesn't scar up the nut trying to get some weird pliers down in to that tiny space. 57 Pan.

Robert Luland
03-24-2016, 05:53 AM
Crows foot socket. Nice job on thinking outside of the hat. Bob L

57 Pan
04-03-2016, 09:35 PM
Thanks. Crude but effective. No doubt HD makes an actual tool for that job, but I was not going to stumble upon it any time soon! Garrett.

07-02-2016, 06:47 PM
Hi Terry

I tried to send you a PM but I may have screwed it up.

I have been gifted the attached 80 mph Corbin to use on my H-D 21F restoration. The speedo is reputedly in good order; the fibre sprocket is in reasonable shape; the angle drive works smoothly.

Assuming that the fibre sprocket is the right size for my machine, I think I need three more parts to complete the set up: the cable, the toothed driving wheel to attach to the spokes of the 28 x 3 rear wheel of the bike; and a bracket for attaching the sprocket and angle drive to the rear frame tubes. (I can make up a bracket to attach the speedo to the top of the tank once I know the thread size of the two fixing holes in the rear of the speedo shell.)

Can you supply the components I am missing or perhaps point me to someone who can?




Robert Luland
07-02-2016, 08:51 PM
Wrong tread!

07-03-2016, 05:26 AM
My apologies Bob. Judging by the posts on the previous pages I think I'm in the right thread, but I should have hit the reply button to one of Terry Marsh's earlier posts rather than the last one - which happened to be yours!

Robert Luland
07-03-2016, 06:52 AM
You are right!

08-02-2016, 10:22 AM
Hello Terry,
I need your help / advise on a speedometer problem.
I am a new owner of a 1947 Indian Chief, on a recent trip the rear cable came loose & flopped around
And took out the valve stem, and had a flat. What I lost was the rear drive adaptor , when it came loose .
I ordered P/N 396003 end drive for the cable from Starklite .
The problem is : the cable side has a “square” male end on it .
The P/N 396003 has a “ round” female .
My question is , do you have a end drive adaptor that will fit the square cable end?
Or has some time in the past things been modified & need to be but back to normal?
Also , will you be at Davenport? I understand you are the best and highly praised on the Corbin units.
I think I should remove the speedometer and have you go through it this winter for preventive maintenance . it works , but not very stable , and top speed needle does not always reset.
Thanks for your input .
Kerry Patchett

08-02-2016, 10:34 AM

kerry patchett

08-02-2016, 10:34 PM
I think I have it fixed for the time being .
I reamed / drilled out the adaptor , ground down the square end of cable some until they would fit in each other.
Then pinched the adaptor to make it a little square .
hopefully it will hold and drive ok .
Kerry Patchett

08-19-2016, 08:19 PM
Good luck ,Kerry, You would have to use Starklight parts.

08-19-2016, 08:23 PM
HI Mike, I can help you with all of the parts you need. And will be glad to help get another Corbin back on the road. Terry Marsh

08-21-2016, 09:35 PM
Thank you for the reply Terry. I am sending you a PM to sort out the arrangements.

09-24-2016, 11:53 AM
Hello Terry

I've got a 40" corbin cable what kind of wehicle dos it fit?


Steve Slocombe
09-25-2016, 06:10 AM
Dear Tom, the 1940 Harley parts book shows a 38.5" cable for the 1932-36 VL so you might have one of these. The same book shows 34.5" for the 1930/31 VL, 30.5" for the 1930-34 RL/DL small twins, 36.125" for the 1935/6 RL/WL and 43.5" for the 1932-36 Servicar. If your cable is definitely not one of these, then it would be Indian or a more exotic US make.

11-23-2017, 11:31 PM
Just say your post on Corbin speedos. I have a 46 Chief and the inner drive cable twisted apart. (Orginal cable) Bought a modern replacemennt. ( no where as staunch) Speedo dial now jumps going up and down. Tried sanding bering surfaces with 600 grit, light oil, graphite. No luck it will not run smooth as before. Any suggestions? ?

01-15-2018, 07:07 PM
HI Tom, I don't know what a 40" cable would fit.

01-15-2018, 07:11 PM
I would start by taking the rear drive off and cleaning and lubing it. Make sure it is happy. Look at the new cable? Turn it with a drill ? Then it could be the Corbin ? I do clean up and service work on them.
Terry Marsh marsh1915hd@msn.com

08-04-2018, 10:58 PM
what's the key to identifying original fibre gears folks?

Steve Slocombe
08-05-2018, 05:36 AM
I'm no expert but have a nos 26 tooth fiber gear which is stamped 26. It is a plain pinky red colour, not as dark as the new ones, and does not have the tiny cross-hatched pattern like the new ones that may be made of circuit board material. I would be happy to use either, but so far have found they are not easy to find, nor inexpensive.

08-05-2018, 06:36 PM
there've been repops for several decades now so some of these have aged themselves, wondering whether the stampings on the original ones are a different font or something too?

04-29-2019, 11:46 PM

Steve Slocombe
04-30-2019, 04:55 AM
Dear Terry, nice to see you again at Oley and I was judging there so now ready to go into rivet counting mode. Your pictures show a black nut on the Corbin cable, and I like to see the flat nickel or cad nuts on the VLs. Are the nut finishes different between Harley and Indian, or early and late cables, or don't we know?

Shaky Jake
07-26-2019, 09:16 AM
Just came across this thread. Very interesting. My 1941 Chief is missing the little trip meter button that is shown in this picture, which I copied from one of your earlier posts. Can this part be replaced from the outside, or does it require the speedo to be disassembled? The speedo is working well, so I donít really want to take it apart if I donít have to.