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    This is a bike that I bought locally ( St. Louis ) Dec. 2013. It's a 1950 EL that's been in the same family since new. I just retired and it's time to get this thing back on the road.
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    I bought this bike locally ( St. Louis ) Dec. 2013 from the family who owned it since new. It's a 1950 EL that has 5 #'s on the VIN. So I guess that it's a late '50 model. A family member took it to a local shop in the last 10 years. I'm thinking that is where the non OEM wheels, tank trim, front fork panels, headlight, seat, 12 volt system came from. Someone also " updated " the heads with the junky o'ring inserts. I immediately started breaking it down to restore it to original shape. The next posts will show what I found and what I redoing.
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    1950 is a great year for Hydra-Glides, as are all early hydraulic fork H-Ds. It looks like it could be a good rider, but it may be a ways off from correct for 1950. I've always liked the 3 stripes on the rear fender, the tank badge, and the lean look of the early Glides. Keep us posted on your progress, and don't hesitate to ask questions. Welcome to the AMCA.
    Eric Smith
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    My first chore was to pull the upper end and see what I have. Before removing the heads, I figured that it would be easier to take out the inlet nipples first. The first thing that I noticed was that the rear nipple was not installed correctly. It sucked air between the nipple and head, thus removing some threads. It was time to call my old friend Otis to have him weld, machine and rethread the head. He is semi retired from building bikes. Machining what ever you need. Expert welder and one heck of a frame man. 100_0408.jpg100_0407.jpg100_0385.jpg100_0405.jpg100_0406.jpgOther than the nipples, these heads are perfect !!! The threads are all good. No broken fins. Exhaust flanges are perfect. Seats look good.

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    Thanks Eric. This bike was a daily rider for the original owner ( family member ). I started a post on the Member Bike Builds section, but my second post was not added to the original post. It became it's own post. Not sure what I did wrong ??

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    I have a 1951FL, Craig so I love early Hydra-Glides. From '49-'51, each year Hydra-Glide was very unique and each one is profoundly individual; even though most people think they all look the same
    Eric Smith
    AMCA #886

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