Thanks everybody. The bike was originally bought in the '60's by a friend of the family. To his knowledge he was the 2nd, maybe 3rd owner. In the 70's, he gave the bike to his brother. His brother parked it in a barn in '75 until I picked it up in December. I probably could have put oil and gas in it, and rode it. But to be safe, I went ahead and stripped it clean. The bike is 100% apart, and I've broken the motor down - minus needing some cleaning, it's in excellent shape.
The motor is in the process of being bead blasted / cleaned. Then it's new gaskets and rings and reassemble. The motor is stamped 41FL3565. My goal is to restore it as close as possible to '41. If it's a little bit hybrid, I'm OK with it - but I really want the springer front end back, as well as the jockey shifter.
Sarge, I have the book you mentioned which has really turned out to be a "bible". What I'd love to find at this point, is an OEM front end - I've seen there are several versions out there - any suggestions on which length will work best? I'm going to be making the trip from Northern VA to the Cycle Den in PA - Rick says he has the jockey shift assembly that I need. If any of you know of a good source to find a front end, please share. I'm ready to get this beauty re-painted, assembled, and take her for a ride on the backroads of VA!
Would love your opinion on this too - Paint the frame, or Powder coat - Pros / Cons - what do you think?
You can zoom in and see the motor stamp. Here's a better pic of the frame stripped (almost 100% - since this pic - the frame is naked and ready to be cleaned, and painted / maybe powder coated.