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    Hi, I am new to this forum and new to the restoration of pre 36 harely in general I have a few bikes I am trying to restore at this time and am have a hard time finding any info or parts to do so first I have a 1915 k Mostly complete I have completely gone though the engine and replaced a few things and it looks like it's ready to run but I am missing the coil lead out towers to.come off the mag I have done some looking around and all I can find are the Bosch style but the don't look right to fit my mag? They have 2 screw holes where mine just has a spring clip
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    Judging by the brush holder clips, you have a Berling magneto. To my knowledge, those brush holders are not available. I had a Berling on my 1920J and I didn't like it. I would bite the bullet and look for a Bosch which is the magneto H-D used in 1915. The Bosch is a much better mag but I don't know why as Berlings are beautifully made, and high quality.
    Eric Smith
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    Dose anyone maybe have these brushes available to take measurements/ pictures of maybe I can remake new ones or find ones that will work I hate to just ditch s working mag for no reason as far as we can tell it's original to the bike my family has owned the bike since new it was wreaked in the late teens and hhas been sitting in my grandfather's house since I still have paper work on it from the oringal purchase

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    I've got some NOS Berling pick-up holders if you're interested.
    e-mail me p.j.thomson@actrix.co.nz
    It also looks like you're missing the tin cover that goes over the magnet.
    I can help you with a used one of those if you're interested.
    Last edited by Tommo; 06-29-2015 at 03:58 PM. Reason: e-mail address incorrect
    Peter Thomson, a.k.a. Tommo
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    Some better picture of what I have
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    Peter is your man. I'm glad you're going to save the Berling, I didn't want to discourage you, but Berlings are hard to piece together, and the Bosch has an excellent survival rate. The only reason I bad mouthed the Berling is from my experience here in humid Florida. It just seemed to be very sensitive to moisture and made my '20J hard to start. The Bosch just seems to be more reliable, and rugged.
    Eric Smith
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    Dose anyone know where I can get any information or documents on this bike I really have nothing for it I am missing a lot of parts and I am by no means a expert. I can make just about anything if I have to. I have a full machine shop but when you have no clue what your making you kind of get a little lost. I can't even find good detailed pictures. When I do find parts I have no way of knowing I'm finding the right ones.

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    I guess my biggest issue is right now I purchased a orginal front end (just the rear fork section) how do I know I have the right one? They all look very close all I could find looking around is the stem should measure 8" mine dose but it looks like a lot of years did

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    http://www.caimag.com/forum/forumdis...ey-Motorcycles

    This should keep you busy for awhile.
    Eric Smith
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    Anthony- where do you live?
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