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  1. I don't see anything obvious and don't know of...

    I don't see anything obvious and don't know of any front/rear sprocket alignment spec from Harley. 80 thou is 2 mm so maybe the primary chain can take this much misalignment, perhaps other forum...
  2. Two cents worth of opinion coming up, so no hate...

    Two cents worth of opinion coming up, so no hate mail please. Well, you said an American bike at the start so are turning your back on any number of inexpensive Japanese bikes that could be everyday...
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    To answer Jim's question, yes that's the way VL...

    To answer Jim's question, yes that's the way VL engine numbers run, with the different models interleaved in the Big Twin number series. The small twins would have a separate series, so 35VLD1234 and...
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    You're pretty close. The original bowls are about...

    You're pretty close. The original bowls are about 49 mm deep, but the early repros needed a couple of mm skimmed off to fit. The original top bowl gasket was thin paper, while the post-1936 ones are...
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    Nice piece Tom, thanks for the picture. And I was...

    Nice piece Tom, thanks for the picture. And I was backwards - four lines of script on the left side is pre-1940 and three lines after, so 53 on the right is unlikely to be a casting date. On the...
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    Four lines of casting on the left side makes the...

    Four lines of casting on the left side makes the Linkert M9 body after 1940, and I've always taken the numbers on the right side to be casting or design dates, so 52 will be really late.

    Thanks...
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    Those pot metal Scheblers are fragile and...

    Those pot metal Scheblers are fragile and expensive compared to the later Linkerts. If you're not putting the bike in for judging, I'd stay with what you've got. I have the same problem with my '29...
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    Dear Johnny, nice to hear from you again and hope...

    Dear Johnny, nice to hear from you again and hope you are still having fun with old bikes. Our judging system does not require a title on the bike, and for pre-1970 Harleys we spend a lot of time...
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    The VLs do run hotter than the later bikes, and...

    The VLs do run hotter than the later bikes, and you need to be careful to watch out for low fuel levels on a hot day, overfilled tank and clear tank cap vents. In 1932 the left tank fuel line runs...
  10. That's a high engine number, so maybe among the...

    That's a high engine number, so maybe among the last of the 6800 Big Twin U flatheads made that year. Do you have a title? Does it have the one-year cylinders? If you have other priorities, leave it...
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    With the bulbs popping I'd also check the ground...

    With the bulbs popping I'd also check the ground connections. I've just spent more time than I wanted on a VL circuit breaker, where the whole system relies on a piece of cardboard to insulate the...
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    Dear Artur, Krys Pedryc is our Polish AMCA...

    Dear Artur, Krys Pedryc is our Polish AMCA Ambassador and a member of the Indian Club also, so he should be able to help you. Nice bike!
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    I'm sorry to hear of Kevin's passing. I worked...

    I'm sorry to hear of Kevin's passing. I worked with him numerous times on the judging field and the Board, and he worked hard for our Club over many years.
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    And don't forget to check the length of both high...

    And don't forget to check the length of both high and low speed needles, as various types are out there and small differences have a big effect.
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    I think 1941 was the first year for the ally...

    I think 1941 was the first year for the ally heads, so at least you won't have young kids pointing at you and shaking their heads as you drive down the street. I've got 8.2 ally heads on my 35VLDD...
  16. Nice looking gearbox. It looks like the main gear...

    Nice looking gearbox. It looks like the main gear will go back in with oversize rollers, but many are putting in sealed bearings. The bearing collar does not always come easily off the main gear, and...
  17. The 4 speed/reverse VL gearbox book is full of...

    The 4 speed/reverse VL gearbox book is full of pictures, and still available on eBay or through the VL Heaven Website, but not Amazon. It's $25 including worldwide postage, so not a big profit item,...
  18. Yes, and you need my book 'Exotic Harley-Davidson...

    Yes, and you need my book 'Exotic Harley-Davidson VL Gearboxes', (yes, really), available on eBay or through VL Heaven.
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    An old tip from Harley is to deal with the mastic...

    An old tip from Harley is to deal with the mastic inside the coil slumping down to cover the contacts. Find a piece of copper tubing the same diameter as the plug wires, cut saw teeth in one end, and...
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    The early VLs took the four 'towel rail'...

    The early VLs took the four 'towel rail' saddlebag hangers, and I've seen these on a 36VL so I think they were used throughout for the utility bags. The half moon saddlebag hangers seem to have come...
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    I never thought I'd get on my high horse about...

    I never thought I'd get on my high horse about originality, but the Harley black book says just 420 1941 ULH bikes were built, so there are probably under 40 left in the world today. I'm available to...
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    The compression ratio of a 41ULH with the high...

    The compression ratio of a 41ULH with the high compression (8.2) heads is the same as a 36VLH at 5.8 to one, so not so scary. The flatheads don't kick back on starting like the overhead valve models...
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    You'd need 12 volt electrics as well. The Big...

    You'd need 12 volt electrics as well. The Big Twin flatheads are usually easy and reliable starters, and the 41ULH is a desirable model, so I'd practice on something else first.
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    Back to the topic, and who is going to start...

    Back to the topic, and who is going to start compiling a knucklehead register? I understand the 1936 knuck register ran into problems after duplicate engine numbers started appearing.
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    The VL Register has been running 20 years, and...

    The VL Register has been running 20 years, and lists about 3% of the 43,500 Big Twin flathead bikes built 1930-36, including many that are just motors or crankcases. Some owners are reluctant to...
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