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joebiker
12-08-2016, 05:46 PM
this is my next project. came from somewhere in new mexico.world war one paint maybe.

Robert Luland
12-08-2016, 06:21 PM
Absolutely beautiful. Any thing I can do to help, drop a line. Bob Luland

exeric
12-08-2016, 06:40 PM
I remember that bike. It was in a bike shop in Georgia for quite awhile according to the ad on ebay. It is a beauty and has many of the hard to find, and correct parts for an electric model . . . Except for the super rare Remy unit.

Chris Haynes
12-08-2016, 07:14 PM
Absolutely positively do not restore that machine.

govmule84
12-09-2016, 07:52 AM
Whoa, cool!

duffeycycles
12-09-2016, 09:32 AM
I think all WW1 had USA stamped in parts all over the bike

joebiker
12-09-2016, 10:47 AM
hoping to ride in the next cannonball. i probably will need a little help

joebiker
12-09-2016, 10:49 AM
mechanically only. got to ride this bad boy

TechNoir
12-09-2016, 12:01 PM
Thats a beauty.

John

Ric Bolduc
12-09-2016, 12:06 PM
I also remember that one for sale a few years ago... It had a sidecar for sale along with it.

joebiker
12-09-2016, 06:37 PM
I remember that bike. It was in a bike shop in Georgia for quite awhile according to the ad on ebay. It is a beauty and has many of the hard to find, and correct parts for an electric model . . . Except for the super rare Remy unit.

anybody remember what the bids were then

Steve Little
12-09-2016, 09:57 PM
mechanically only. got to ride this bad boy

Its yours to do what you want, and you probably paid a kings ransom, but thankfully you've allowed most of us to breath a sigh of relief.
Your a lucky man to be care taker of that old darling.

joebiker
12-14-2016, 01:50 PM
do not find "usa" stamped anywhere.i'm thinking this was a recommissioned government issue bike. The inside of the headlight bucket has the same paint as the tanks and such so probably done after the remy generator was removed. or is this just an "older restoration".
anyway this paint job couldn't be cooler

Chris Haynes
12-14-2016, 02:17 PM
What makes you think it was a military bike? Olive Green was the color of all 1918 H-D models.

1950Panhead
12-14-2016, 02:29 PM
Anybody remember what the bids were then
This bike was listed on ebay November 4, 2012, sold for $29k.


What makes you think it was a military bike? Olive Green was the color of all 1918 H-D models.
The bike was listed as a military bike when it appeared in Nov 2012

Ric Bolduc
12-14-2016, 02:56 PM
If I remember correctly, it sold for $18K but this was 5-6 years ago.

joebiker
12-14-2016, 03:23 PM
if you look closer you can see the faded olive green. or i guess it was olive green. one book i found had 3 color options, olive green,pea green and another shade of green . the bike was painted without any dissassemby. the bottom and inside of tank still have a lot of paint on them.

duffeycycles
12-15-2016, 12:43 PM
WW1 military had more Indians than HD,I doubt if your bike is USA military,as stated Olive G was standard civilian color.Beautifull bike.I do see they are going up to '29 for next Cannonball,hope to see this in the mix.They stopped using the USA stamping on parts after WW1

exeric
12-15-2016, 01:14 PM
if you look closer you can see the faded olive green. or i guess it was olive green. one book i found had 3 color options, olive green,pea green and another shade of green . the bike was painted without any dissassemby. the bottom and inside of tank still have a lot of paint on them.

Olive Green was the only standard color offered to the public. Coach Green was the broad stripe, Pea Green was the border stripe, and black was the center stripe. I have no doubt one could order a special color through a dealer in 1918, but I have never seen that in writing from H-D. As for USA stamped on all military H-D parts; I have heard that was done, but I have never seen a part with USA stamped on it; but then there are many things I have never seen:) Mark Masa can enlighten us on that.

Chris Haynes
12-15-2016, 01:47 PM
1918 Military models had flat fenders.

exeric
12-15-2016, 05:05 PM
I don't think the flat fender is a hard fast rule for Military bikes of 1918. The flat fender was an option for civilian '18s and I think it was something that just came about because of muddy roads, and not necessarily a military specification. Again, I could be wrong.

http://i534.photobucket.com/albums/ee341/cdo340/0A820gooch-allen-lee_zpsgclhavvt.jpg (http://s534.photobucket.com/user/cdo340/media/0A820gooch-allen-lee_zpsgclhavvt.jpg.html)

I can't say if these bikes are 1918s, but they are at least '17s, and could very well be 18s. America went into WW1 in April of 1917, and we were done in Nov. of '18 so we were in it for about a year and one half.

http://i534.photobucket.com/albums/ee341/cdo340/Harley-Davidson_zpsyyshvjbt.jpg (http://s534.photobucket.com/user/cdo340/media/Harley-Davidson_zpsyyshvjbt.jpg.html)

http://i534.photobucket.com/albums/ee341/cdo340/_575PZ11HOH_zpszqrlghsc.jpg (http://s534.photobucket.com/user/cdo340/media/_575PZ11HOH_zpszqrlghsc.jpg.html)

gsottl
12-15-2016, 05:10 PM
I think what joe means is the olive green overpaint of the original paint?

I would suggest to very carefully clean off the olive green overpaint to get the original paint out.

An original paint like this will be is very fagile and will maybe suffer a lot from doing the Cannonball and from modifications like most participants of the run do on their bikes. That hurts if a bike is that good from the beginning. I think it is better to use a bike not that good as a start for a CB bike (but this is my very personal thought)