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    Default 1930 V engine disassembly

    Hello,
    New member here. Glad to find this forum! I recently purchased a 1930 V engine (my first old harley engine) that's complete minus the front head and carb and I'm now in the process of disassembling it to see what I can reuse. It's in pretty rough shape externally so I've been slowly working through removing all the rusted, stripped and/or stuck bolts and nuts using every trick I know including soaking in Kroil, heat and welding nuts to the ends. I've made really good progress there but I notice for example the cam cover doesn't want to move much after removing all the bolts.

    What's the trick to removing the cam cover? Do I need to use a puller?



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    Welcome, Eric! The most important thing to remember is everyone here loves to see pictures.
    Lots of knowledgeable folks on here. I'm sure they will chime in soon.
    Dale

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    Thanks Dale!

    Here's a photo

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    Update: just got the manifold off but still confused on this timing cover! More pics here on the Instagram I created dedicated to this motor... https://instagram.com/snychop

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    Eric,
    Welcome to the forum and nice looking motor. Look up VLHeaven.com (in the UK) and order Steve's VL book. This is great investment and a huge wealth of knowledge. I attached a photo of my '35 cases. Note the three locating pins in the case. Yours should have the same pins and these are probably whats holding you cam cover. You might try using a putty knife between the cover/case working around the case. Be careful with the cast aluminum. It took we a while to get my cover off.
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    A hammer handle thru the generator hole will help get it moving. I see lots of screws still in it?
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    Thanks for the tips guys! The good news is I got the cover off and the gears and cams look pretty good! The other news is the cover broke but I'm not crying since it was in pretty sad shape with a few swiss cheese edges anyway.

    Now the next step how do I get the valves out so I can take the cylinders off?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wideglide38 View Post
    Eric,
    Welcome to the forum and nice looking motor. Look up VLHeaven.com (in the UK) and order Steve's VL book. This is great investment and a huge wealth of knowledge. I attached a photo of my '35 cases. Note the three locating pins in the case. Yours should have the same pins and these are probably whats holding you cam cover. You might try using a putty knife between the cover/case working around the case. Be careful with the cast aluminum. It took we a while to get my cover off.
    Best of luck,
    William
    Thanks I bought Steve's book before the engine even arrived! Its great and I'm learning a lot from it. For some reason a few of the pins were mushroomed into my cover like maybe a previous owner beat on them. I notice yours are in the case. Are they supposed to be press fit into the case and just act as guides for the cover?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sny View Post
    Now the next step how do I get the valves out so I can take the cylinders off?

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    I think it is time for you to take it to someone who knows what they are doing before you destroy anything else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Haynes View Post
    I think it is time for you to take it to someone who knows what they are doing before you destroy anything else.
    You're right! I'm mourning the loss a little today but here's another pic of the cover showing why I was considering a replacement anyway. I bought the engine to learn and I'm still learning. fullsizeoutput_e75.jpg

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