'50 FL project

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Re: '50 FL project

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Post by Sarre » Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:00 pm

Thnx Eric for the pages, will come back on the springer.
RUBONE wrote:
Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:06 am
Springer rockers are dead simple to rebuild as there is NO fitting involved, merely replacing pieces. A vice or large C-Clamp is all that is needed.
Yep, but my vice can't go wide enough and I got some heavy c-clamps but they actually start to warp; that much force is needed! So the bushings need to be pressed out, I found a mechanic that has a hydraulic press. I ordered the complete rebuild kit and will be rebuilding them myself.

The springer legs will be straightened by a specialist in straightening frames (specifically for race bikes) but also works on oldtimers and has a lot of experience with these forks. Can provide details if necessary.

Alright did some more teardown, the primary cover is a late style and so is the inner primary cover. Which apparently doesn't really fit because the rear primary sprocket (I assume) has damaged the inner cover. Other than that the primary looks fine to me, see pic below.

I guess I'll have to swap this late style inner primary to an old style (will switch the outer primary anyway). Read up on this, saw some good info on another forum, info from @Bigincher ; http://www.caimag.com/forum/showthread. ... ary+covers need to get my hands on an OEM, and not an AM :roll:

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Re: '50 FL project

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Post by Bigincher » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:12 pm

I hope you can find an original inner primary cover cheaper than this one....!

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1950-HARLEY-FL ... true&rt=nc


I was astonished at how much that one sold for. Just insane! The Paughco cover is actually not bad. If I didn't have an original, that's what I would run.
It lacks the oil shield, but one could be fabricated and installed fairly easily.
The V-Twin *looks* nice, but the fit is horrible.

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Re: '50 FL project

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Post by Sarre » Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:46 pm

Yes, I couldn't believe my eyes either! Others went for less:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1948-HARLEY-FL ... tkn=SesbJO

https://www.ebay.com/itm/OEM-Harley-Knu ... tkn=96GeUb

Good to know that the Paughco is still usable.

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Re: '50 FL project

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Post by Sarre » Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:52 am

Fresh built rockers, they actually move :D :

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Going to bring the springer to the specialist this week, looking forward to the result!!

Now planning ahead; I ordered 5/16" steel ball bearings for the neck cups, but as mentioned previously: I don't have a bottom shim/dustring or bearing race guard (so the bearing race was in contact with the fork) > can't find a partnumber! 48350-39 is for the race with guard. Is the guard the one on the left on the image? Or can I also just use a large shim?

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Re: '50 FL project

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Post by 1950Panhead » Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:08 pm

I don't have a bottom shim/dust ring or bearing race guard (so the bearing race was in contact with the fork) > can't find a part number! 48350-39 is for the race with guard. Is the guard the one on the left on the image? Or can I also just use a large shim?
A knuckle fork does not use a dust shield a race centering ring goes on first (left in photo) then the lower race. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Knucklehead-Sp ... IY&vxp=mtr
Buy both races here - https://www.ebay.com/itm/Fork-Neck-Race ... sB&vxp=mtr

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Re: '50 FL project

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Post by Sarre » Thu Jul 26, 2018 1:57 pm

@1950Panhead I got the race centering ring, however it is a very tight fit, don't know if it is supposed to slip on or pressed on?

Further update, been collecting original parts for the bike.
- OEM inner primary
- OEM outer primary
- OEM linkert SS air cover

The springer has been repaired/straightened.

Have inspected the frame, it was already obvious that it has taken some abuse, sidecar loops removed, horn and tank brackets at downtubes removed, top frame tank mount shaven off, toolbox bracket eliminated. I suspect that the straight frame tube that runs front to back underneath the gastank has been replaced. The castings on the rear axle plate actually correspond to 1950; same as the flat parts in the downtubes for the horn.

So, currently I'm considering to buy a less molested frame, however that's going to be a big investment.There is no way back after the 'driver and vehicle licensing agency' has done a vehicle identification investigation, because they will hammer a VIN number in the frame. I was planning on presenting it to the authority this summer. Keeping you all posted.

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