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    It looks like a 1934-36 VL with typical later...

    It looks like a 1934-36 VL with typical later modernising in service. That air intake was last used in 1934, but that year would have the front tool box, flat tail light lens and the long handlebar...
  2. My pal Steve White from Vintage M/C Northwest in...

    My pal Steve White from Vintage M/C Northwest in Seattle is taking some of Johnny Bergin's bike collection to the Mecum auction. Johnny's widow recently died in her nineties and the relatives want...
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    Dear Bob, I'm stepping back from making VL parts...

    Dear Bob, I'm stepping back from making VL parts but someone needs to pick up the ball on this. The five different VL mufflers are very distinctive and you can see them from across the judging field....
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    Yes, I checked with Mark and Colony is still...

    Yes, I checked with Mark and Colony is still independent and based in OH. He said 45 Parts Depot trade as Colony USA sometimes and this causes the confusion.
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    I made a couple of batches of the 1932/3 VL...

    I made a couple of batches of the 1932/3 VL muffler, mostly because I was restoring a few 1933 bikes. The tricky bit is the perforated fishtail, which my sheet metal guy used to make until he died....
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    Dear Steve, 4050-30 is 84 mm between the inside...

    Dear Steve, 4050-30 is 84 mm between the inside of the hooks. This is the weaker spring at the non-pivot end of the rear brake.
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    Dear Paul, nice find! The Motolamp lens is held...

    Dear Paul, nice find! The Motolamp lens is held to the bezel by three clips on the glass. If these were missing, perhaps a previous owner glued the lens to the reflector. Originally there was a...
  8. The early VL oil pump does not have the thin...

    The early VL oil pump does not have the thin shims used on the later pump, and that screw at the back usually has just one thick washer under the head. The hinged plate inside controls the stroke of...
  9. The plugs worked OK but there were several detail...

    The plugs worked OK but there were several detail differences from original that I do not recall. My Dutch friends will know, as the plugs were passed off in the Netherlands as nos. I do remember the...
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    The hand pump in good condition delivers about 50...

    The hand pump in good condition delivers about 50 ml or nearly 2 ounces per stroke. Three strokes into drained engine cases is about right for a VL. Check the leather washers, the strength of the...
  11. The 2288-17 is a hardened thrust washer that...

    The 2288-17 is a hardened thrust washer that presumably stops the main drive bearing scuffing against the aluminium case. It needs to be there. The countershaft sprocket fits with the dished side...
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    Thanks Tom and your pictures make it look like...

    Thanks Tom and your pictures make it look like they put the slot in first and then drilled the idle holes. My sheet metal guy told me you can't cut a slot thinner than the material you're cutting,...
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    Interesting Peter, and typical of Harley to use...

    Interesting Peter, and typical of Harley to use up last years parts on export modals. And how did they put in that idle slot Tom, I've never figured it out?
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    The pot metal DLX 80 was used on later 1930 VLs,...

    The pot metal DLX 80 was used on later 1930 VLs, so I'm guessing the DLX 81 is pot metal too. Indian stuck with them through 1940, while Harley went to the brass Linkert M2, M21, M31 etc starting in...
  15. It's great to see so many pieces of advice so...

    It's great to see so many pieces of advice so that you don't make the same mistakes we all did - usually paying too much money for a hopeless basket case. They say we learn from our mistakes, so I...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  25. 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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