1936 VLH Basket Project

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hdterry2000
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1936 VLH Basket Project

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Post by hdterry2000 » Tue Mar 24, 2009 3:38 am

Well, I broke down and bought a flathead project bike, and I have a ton of work to do. So, I figured I would share my pain and suffering with all of you. I am trying to take pictures as I go, but I forget a lot. So, I will try to share what I can and when I remember. This is not going to be a 100pt restoration, but a rider. Hope some of you can help out as questions and part needs arise. This is how it looked when I got it home!
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Home sweet home.....
Home sweet home.....
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hdterry2000
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Re: 1936 VLH Basket Project

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Post by hdterry2000 » Tue Mar 24, 2009 3:45 am

I got the frame back from being blasted and had to fix some busted off bolts that were in the frame. Including the last guys 2 busted of taps still in the holes, and 1 broken drill bit still stuck. Not fun.
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Re: 1936 VLH Basket Project

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Post by hdterry2000 » Tue Mar 24, 2009 3:47 am

First coat of primer after all the threads were chased and all holes fixed. No cracks, dents, etc so it was good to go.
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Re: 1936 VLH Basket Project

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Post by hdterry2000 » Tue Mar 24, 2009 3:50 am

Rocker clutch and the wheel bearing sets. The Felt washers seem to do an excellent job of keeping out 70+ years of dirt. All bearings look great. Keep in mind I am learning as I go so if anyone sees anything I am doing is stupid or wrong, let me know before I get too far!!!
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Re: 1936 VLH Basket Project

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Post by FlatHeadSix » Tue Mar 24, 2009 3:58 am

HDTerry,
It looks like you have a little work ahead of you. The battery box looks pretty nice, how does the rest of the stuff look?

If you don't have Steve Slocombe's book that should be the first thing on your list:
http://www.vlheaven.com/

The '36 was the end of the line for the total-loss oil systems and was a transitional year for the motor company, there is a LOT of one-year-only stuff on your VLH.

I have 2 VL's a '31 and a '34 (the '34 is a VD actually, but I don't like telling folks I have VD), The V series only ran from 1930 to 1936 but it seems like they made running changes during just about every year of production so you have to be very careful about buying parts from people who advertise them as "VL" because a lot of them will not interchange.

Welcome to the forum, don't be afraid to ask questions, post lots of pictures, and keep us posted on your progress.

mike

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Re: 1936 VLH Basket Project

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Post by hdterry2000 » Tue Mar 24, 2009 4:05 am

Thanks for the input. I just got Steve's book late last week, that is a huge help. First thing I did was check to see if I really had all the 36 parts and I do to the best I can tell. The guy I bought it from was honest about that so happy so far. All the parts are in pretty good shape and with some cleaning up actually look really nice. I am missing most of the kicker parts, shifter linkage parts, and clutch parts, but the rest is pretty much there. I will be doing a lot of searching I am sure.

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Re: 1936 VLH Basket Project

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Post by PanPal » Tue Mar 24, 2009 4:12 pm

Do either of you guys have the ride control parts for the I beam springer? I just put an extended VL springer on one of my Pans. I have only the sliders. I want to make some of the parts. I am looking for dimensions of the lower brackets and the w shaped bracket for the top. Any dimensions would be greatly appreciated. Are any parts offered aftermarket that you know of?

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Re: 1936 VLH Basket Project

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Post by hdterry2000 » Wed Mar 25, 2009 3:19 am

Sorry, I don't have one.

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Re: 1936 VLH Basket Project

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Post by hdterry2000 » Sun Mar 29, 2009 1:03 am

I got a little more time to work on the ol" girl today and got a couple things done. Took the oil pump apart and all looks good just needs a good cleaning. Painted the frame and smome misc parts. Gonna have to start on the generator soon as well.
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Re: 1936 VLH Basket Project

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Post by hdterry2000 » Fri May 08, 2009 3:10 am

I know it's been a long time since I updated this, so I figured I should fill ya all in. Have gotten a lot done, but a lot left to do. I added pictures before of the post blasting, boring, honing, and painting of the cylinders. All threads have been chased and cleaned up so those are about ready. Valves, seats, and guides also checked out and corrected as needed.

Engine is sitting in the frame just to make me feel like I am accomplishing something. It is about ready to bolt in so that feels good. Other parts have been blasted and painted. I found a nice paint that looks identical to the cadium finish as original. Couple pictures attached below of those parts too. Tranny is pretty much assembled and ready to put clutch together. That is coming along nicely. Hope you like it.
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Re: 1936 VLH Basket Project

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Post by preacher » Wed May 27, 2009 5:39 am

just thought Id say hey.Im gona watch your project,as I am starting a 47 or 48 project.and who knows,mabie both.I got a basket case with 2 motors and 3 bikes worth of sheet metal,a few seats one frame.I think the 1947 is a G and I dont have a title for it.but Im pumped!

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Re: 1936 VLH Basket Project

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Post by hdterry2000 » Sat Mar 27, 2010 3:02 pm

Ok, I realize I have not updated this nearly as much as I should have. But, I have been taking pictures along the way, just never seem to take the time to upload anything. I will still do it sometime. But to give a quick update, see the picture now. Still need a few things, but it is coming along. SLOWLY..........
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