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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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    I heard there were 1800 1936 knuckleheads built,...

    I heard there were 1800 1936 knuckleheads built, of which 2000 survive...
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    Thanks for the nice words guys. That bike is on...

    Thanks for the nice words guys. That bike is on the back cover of Volume 1 of The VL Years, and also featured in the Antique Motorcycle article '100 mph on a VL' from a while back. That stock 1930...
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    Here's a picture of a repro set on my 1930 VL a...

    Here's a picture of a repro set on my 1930 VL a few years ago, with repro bags from the Carolinas I think.25488

    They still appear in the 1941 accessory catalog as the Utility Saddle Bags, priced...
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    Dear John, going into judging mode, the kicker...

    Dear John, going into judging mode, the kicker pedal rubbers were tapered until about 1934.
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    The 7 bolt VL heads take the 0228 washer with the...

    The 7 bolt VL heads take the 0228 washer with the 1936 9 bolt heads taking the 0232. It looks like you're trying the later washers for the aluminium heads.
  13. You can disassemble the forks, carefully of...

    You can disassemble the forks, carefully of course, by lying them flat on the floor and slowly loosening the top nuts. The nuts and springs will fly across the floor, so have something like a blanket...
  14. Yup, my first Harley was a 1934 VLD too. It's a...

    Yup, my first Harley was a 1934 VLD too. It's a milestone bike with the 36 horsepower engine and the full-on Art Deco styling, plus easy to restore and a blast to ride. Keep having fun with old bikes!
  15. Yes, why turn a nice rider into a showroom bike...

    Yes, why turn a nice rider into a showroom bike and lose all that history? Keep having fun, and if this means a partial repaint to your taste, just do it.
  16. Thanks Robbie, nice piece, and I didn't know they...

    Thanks Robbie, nice piece, and I didn't know they weren't sided/handed. I see the 1941 Accessory Catalog says they 'Can be mounted anywhere to suit'. My speculation is that these are the same Guide...
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    I can't believe the notch is factory. I've seen a...

    I can't believe the notch is factory. I've seen a few inlet manifolds altered to take a feed from the engine breather pipe, maybe for racing or just to reduce the oil on the garage floor.
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    At the risk of digging in deeper, 'the new...

    At the risk of digging in deeper, 'the new beehive tail light lens' in the 1935 Police bike description could be read as referring to the lens for the new beehive tail light. The knucklehead was...
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    Ouch! At least that is a brass body, so you...

    Ouch! At least that is a brass body, so you should be able to make a sleeve for it. If the threads are still OK maybe you can fill the cracks with silver solder and re-machine. We must have forum...
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    We seem today to call the 1934-38 taillight the...

    We seem today to call the 1934-38 taillight the beehive style, but nearly all the guys who were alive then are not now, so to some extent it is moot. Harley airbrushed their history relentlessly, so...
  21. It looks like Harley have used the same picture...

    It looks like Harley have used the same picture as the parking light accessory, but made the lens red. The 1935 catalog shows the parking lights at $3.25 a pair with red lenses, and by 1941 the rear...
  22. Those parking lights are not often seen on bikes,...

    Those parking lights are not often seen on bikes, and also appear in the 1935 Accessory Catalog but not the 1934, 1936 0r 1937 copies I have. In the 1941 catalog they are the rear facing ones mounted...
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    The Harley advertising literature suggests there...

    The Harley advertising literature suggests there may have been two intake manifolds in 1930, one for speed work. Maybe the V and VL models were different for a while. Check the casting numbers on the...
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    Dear Erik, I've tried electronic ignition on my...

    Dear Erik, I've tried electronic ignition on my bobber/racer but saw no improvement and went back to good old points.
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    Dear John, your hand oil pump cap is 3583-15 and...

    Dear John, your hand oil pump cap is 3583-15 and available from Colony for a few dollars. Good idea to keep at least one in the tool box.
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