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41craig
06-15-2017, 04:22 PM
This is a bike that I bought locally ( St. Louis ) Dec. 2013. It's a 1950 EL that's been in the same family since new. I just retired and it's time to get this thing back on the road.

41craig
06-15-2017, 04:40 PM
I bought this bike locally ( St. Louis ) Dec. 2013 from the family who owned it since new. It's a 1950 EL that has 5 #'s on the VIN. So I guess that it's a late '50 model. A family member took it to a local shop in the last 10 years. I'm thinking that is where the non OEM wheels, tank trim, front fork panels, headlight, seat, 12 volt system came from. Someone also " updated " the heads with the junky o'ring inserts. I immediately started breaking it down to restore it to original shape. The next posts will show what I found and what I redoing.

exeric
06-15-2017, 06:34 PM
1950 is a great year for Hydra-Glides, as are all early hydraulic fork H-Ds. It looks like it could be a good rider, but it may be a ways off from correct for 1950. I've always liked the 3 stripes on the rear fender, the tank badge, and the lean look of the early Glides. Keep us posted on your progress, and don't hesitate to ask questions. Welcome to the AMCA.

41craig
06-16-2017, 05:38 PM
My first chore was to pull the upper end and see what I have. Before removing the heads, I figured that it would be easier to take out the inlet nipples first. The first thing that I noticed was that the rear nipple was not installed correctly. It sucked air between the nipple and head, thus removing some threads. It was time to call my old friend Otis to have him weld, machine and rethread the head. He is semi retired from building bikes. Machining what ever you need. Expert welder and one heck of a frame man. 1999119990199891999219993Other than the nipples, these heads are perfect !!! The threads are all good. No broken fins. Exhaust flanges are perfect. Seats look good.

41craig
06-19-2017, 02:38 PM
Thanks Eric. This bike was a daily rider for the original owner ( family member ). I started a post on the Member Bike Builds section, but my second post was not added to the original post. It became it's own post. Not sure what I did wrong ??

exeric
06-19-2017, 04:58 PM
I have a 1951FL, Craig so I love early Hydra-Glides. From '49-'51, each year Hydra-Glide was very unique and each one is profoundly individual; even though most people think they all look the same:)

41craig
12-11-2017, 03:14 PM
Here is the transmission before total rebuild.2124721248212492125021251

41craig
12-11-2017, 03:24 PM
Here is the transmission ready to button back up.2125221253

41craig
12-11-2017, 03:31 PM
Here is the rear head after welding and before tapping.2125421255

BigLakeBob
12-11-2017, 04:20 PM
Trans looks good. To fix the head threads is your friend going to cnc thread mill,re-tap, or other? Tough to weld a section of thread then re-thread in my opinion. Please show the results. Thanks for sharing.

exeric
12-11-2017, 05:21 PM
I have to agree with Bob; that looks like a tough repair. However, the intake nipple seals where the nipple, and head meet. Those surfaces have to be dead on, and that is the challenge. When H-D machined their heads, they made the threading, and facing operation perfect, so when a properly machined nipple was threaded in, it was sure to seat flush to the head. Unfortunately, chopper guys thought rubber band manifolds would cure all their leaking problems so when they removed the plumber style nipple, they only made things worse. Getting back to the what H-D did when they first machined that head is tough, but it can be done.

41craig
12-12-2017, 01:06 PM
Bob and Eric; Yes he used his Bridgeport after welding and I lent him my Harley Davidson Factory intake tap. It came out beautifully. Here are shots of the Carl's intake nipples installed.21263212622126421265

BigLakeBob
12-12-2017, 04:28 PM
All looks good and glad you progressed. Was the fixture capturing the fins in your last picture used to hold the head while finishing the threads? Thanks.

Rubone
12-12-2017, 04:42 PM
Was the fixture capturing the fins in your last picture used to hold the head while finishing the threads?
Looks like a homemade head holder screwed into the plug hole for the pics.

41craig
12-12-2017, 05:01 PM
Bob; No. Robbie; Yes it's an old spark plug that I broke the top off of and welded a piece of square tubing to. I did the same with the 18 mm plug. This is the way that I have done valve jobs for over 35 years.

exeric
12-12-2017, 05:09 PM
Looks like a great repair, Craig. I guess it really helps to have a genuine H-D intake tap:)

BigLakeBob
12-13-2017, 11:21 AM
Looks like a homemade head holder screwed into the plug hole for the pics.

Looks like I need my eyes checked!

41craig
04-07-2018, 06:05 PM
I have to admit. I've never seen a home made tail light lens like the one that came on this bike. (See pics) I think that it started out as a '60's Chevy truck tail light lens. I thought that I might replace it.
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pan620
04-08-2018, 09:48 AM
I have to admit. I've never seen a home made tail light lens like the one that came on this bike. (See pics) I think that it started out as a '60's Chevy truck tail light lens. I thought that I might replace it.
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Very crafty! I like it

41craig
05-11-2019, 04:16 PM
I'm back on this project, trying to button it up. I rebuilt 2 good hubs and dug out 2 good rims. Then I pulled out a couple of bin boxes of OEM spokes and could not find 40 ( much less 80 ) good looking spokes. All needed to be replated. So for now is plan B. Use the 2 aftermarket wheels that came on the bike 'til I can build a couple of correct wheels. First I washed the tires and dug out the Tire Black to cover the hideous white walls. Next step, install the drums. Included is a couple of pics of what I found. The lug bolts won't go through the holes in the hub. You have to try to get your hand through the spokes with a lug bolt between 2 fingers and use your other hand to put the lug wrench through the hole and start the lug bolt. These aftermarket hubs stick out like a sore eye, the way they are made. Not like the OEM 3 piece hub.2459524594245962459724598
Craig

41craig
05-11-2019, 04:22 PM
Another thing that I just found is the valve stem holes on the rims are on different sides. The rear rim was laced backwards, with the valve stem on the brake side and the front one is correct with the stem on the star side. These look like Ted's wheels.
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41craig
05-13-2019, 01:12 PM
I forgot to mention how much fun it was to install the fat Maxxis MT-90 16 on this machine. It probably took me a couple of hours trying different ways to install it. First with the backing plate attached to the frame. Then wrestling the whole brake assy. mounted to the wheel and so on. I knew that it had to go on, because it's what came off this bike. I NEVER had this problem with the good old 500x16 or even the later 510x16 tires.
Craig