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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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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    Dear All, for US customers not wanting to pay...

    Dear All, for US customers not wanting to pay eBay prices, I have one complete set left of the VL Years at $300 including post, one copy of Volume 2 covering 1932/3 models at $75 and one copy of the...
  14. I think Schwinn was a businessman while William...

    I think Schwinn was a businessman while William S. Harley and Paul Du Pont, the new owner of Indian, were engineers. Cleveland had gone out of business in 1929 leaving just three remaining US...
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    Harley airbrushed out their history in the parts...

    Harley airbrushed out their history in the parts books to remove the early 1930s Scheblers, explaining why later books assign the Linkerts back to 1930. We see the same with the 1935 domed taillight...
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    Remember the four line writing on the side of the...

    Remember the four line writing on the side of the body is pre-1940 and the three line later. The M31 was used quite a bit, starting with the 1935 VL with the early style you have. The machined flat...
  17. The VL rear brake assembly is pulled together...

    The VL rear brake assembly is pulled together over the 4053-30 thrust washer on the inside, which bears on the 3979-30 felt washer in its carrier. We often see used thrust washers with deep grooves...
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    I have a 1938 frame here with a UL motor in it....

    I have a 1938 frame here with a UL motor in it. Bruce Palmer's book was most useful in dating it. It has the closed end axle clips, no dent under the frame to clear the later 74 cubic inch cylinder...
  19. I would change your VL rods back to the factory...

    I would change your VL rods back to the factory position with the forked rod at the front. Shop Dope 218 of 04 April 1941 describes the 1940 changes, with 45, 74 and 80 side valves, plus 61 inch...
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    Dear Bill, do you still have the title for it?...

    Dear Bill, do you still have the title for it? Our registration authorities count choppers with altered frames as new bikes, and that means a whole lot of emission tests that you're not going to pass.
  21. Thread: 1934 vl

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    Sorry I missed your call yesterday. My frame guys...

    Sorry I missed your call yesterday. My frame guys like to see the frame with the forks and wheels on as a rolling chassis. Inside front fork rockers is about 7.5" and inside rear frame is about 8.5"...
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    This piston was found on 30VL4899. The casting...

    This piston was found on 30VL4899. The casting number inside is 317-30D, suggesting the JD ones are different. It has three compression rings and no oil control ring, which might explain why we have...
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    Dear Brett, the 1930s Harley VLs weigh 240 kg/540...

    Dear Brett, the 1930s Harley VLs weigh 240 kg/540 pounds, which is 100 kg/220 pounds lighter than a heritage soft tail classic. The Indian Chiefs will be about the same, and the 1920s bikes maybe...
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    I go along with the wait 50 years plan. It could...

    I go along with the wait 50 years plan. It could still be the hand oil pump check valve, which is worth stripping and checking. And swap meet mechanical pumps are still around for less than the cost...
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    I tend to agree with Eric, and have not had to...

    I tend to agree with Eric, and have not had to try the hard chrome method yet. The 1934-36 VL oil pumps are more prone to leaking, as the diecast body was not a great choice to take a hardened steel...
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