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    They did get a good match, but they darn well should have considering the sample you gave them
    Eric Smith
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    Quote Originally Posted by exeric View Post
    They did get a good match, but they darn well should have considering the sample you gave them


    Tim, our local automotive Painter's Supply paint man is known in the region for having a good eye and experience matching paint. he is always pretty stoic when you talk to him, but paint is his passion. it was really great when i brought in that can of paint, he knew immediately it was pine based and said, "it can't be good." i told him my dad would never have opened the can, unless he had a use for the paint, which of course he would not have and my Dad, being a depression era working adult, would never "waste" the paint as well as the can was a link to his carefree youth. Tim literally grabbed the can out of my hands, said, "We'll see, i'll shake it up." He came back about 10" later with a "chip" from the can, SMILING BROADLY and said, "Matching this one is on me!"

    enclosed is a pic of back side of can, before i got 27JD11090, over the decades i would look at, hold this can shake the can..... probably 15 years ago, it sprang a leak at the seam, leaking a delightful sticky smelly turpentine smell. VERY CONCERNING because i KNEW SOMEDAY, i would have a JD and would need that paint. So, i like triple wrapped the can in saran wrap and would periodically shake the can to see if i could hear fluid volume moving around, which i could and the sound of the contents when i would shake the can would always sound the same. So i was pretty confident when the day came, i'd have a sample of paint for a match..... And now... you have the rest of the story !

    i also enclose pic of application instructions. What care and attention went in to building these motorcycle in that era.

    One of the great things about this passion we have, who knew an old can of paint could be so much fun !

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    Today, i got to spend some time with the JD.

    First i fit the LH case to the frame. When the case was bolted at rear lug, i had about a .030" gap between front frame/case lugs. A very minimal amount of filing was required to relieve rust pitting on frame lugs and around the circumference of the holes in aluminum case lugs lugs. Front and rear the case lugs seat exactly flat against the frame lugs. 20160119_122103.jpg20160119_115113.jpg20160119_131707.jpg

    Next, installed cylinders. Top mounts are all Competition Distributing parts. The eccentric washers and inside of the forked area of the cylinder brackets were not smooth, the washers would not fit inside the bracket, so i polished them enough to create a slip fit. also the brackets were very slightly too wide to fit cleanly in the channel of the top frame lug, so i polished the edges to get a firm but sliding fit. 20160119_140153.jpg20160119_140211.jpg
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    Really is inspiring to see the engine in the frame...... ! i will appreciate comments if i am missing something or not doing something correctly.
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    Excellent build Steve. I just read the whole thread. Thanks for sharing. I love the paint can story.

    Kevin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaky Jake View Post
    Excellent build Steve. I just read the whole thread. Thanks for sharing. I love the paint can story.

    Kevin

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    Thanks,Kevin. i regularly follow your PP thread, i enjoy it alot.

    Yes, i remember that paint can since i was 6 years old and my Dad telling me about his Harley Davidson. it sat on a shelf in his garage for decades until he died 1991.

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    So, i am fitting together the chassis. all the parts are going together with only a minimum of adjustments.

    however, i do not seem able to mount the horn properly. when i have the left side bolted to it's bracket i have at least 1" of gap on the right. because i cannot seem to fit the horn, i am led to believe:
    1. i am assembling things wrong,
    2. missing parts, or
    3. the reproduction parts are not made to spec.

    i would appreciate your help. thanks in advance.20160122_211102.jpg
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    sometimes i'm too smart, i figured out the "non-issue" why the spacing was off for the horn brackets. i tightened down the 4965-25 headlight mounting brackets/rods and the spacing issue for the horn brackets solved it's self.

    more pics of more progress today. Tomorrow, painting crank cases, trans case, hubs, rims and a few other parts Olive Green.

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    i thought i'd post some pics of a couple relatively unmolested 26's and a what looks to be a nice 27 restoration. i have been using these bikes as examples for guiding my work.

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