Painter is FINALLY done!

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Painter is FINALLY done!

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Post by LittleAl » Mon May 18, 2009 12:26 am

well guys, the painter finally finished. Probably hard to tell from the pictures but the paint and the colors came out great, I am one happy guy today!

Hopefully in the next few days I'll have the time to finish her, get her out of the kitchen and fire her up and get my first ride...

she's just about ready for the tins, even turned her around to get her out the kitchen door
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Tanks are the original Harley Daytona Ivory and the fenders are original Harley Glacier Blue. The tanks look white in the picture, but they are a light creamy color in person
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here's a close up of the blue to give you a better idea of the color
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Re: Painter is FINALLY done!

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Post by RUBONE » Mon May 18, 2009 1:32 am

Your paint looks great Al! I suppose you know that none of the sheetmetal is correct for a '54. But for a rider it will look very nice!
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Post by LittleAl » Mon May 18, 2009 1:46 am

it's a rider for sure. The front fender is an original '49, the tanks & rear are repops from V-Twin

at least the colors are right as they can reasonably be. They were matched from samples of the OEM from Antique Cycle Supply. the combo of Daytona Ivory tanks and Glacier Blue fenders was an original offering from HD
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Re: Painter is FINALLY done!

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Post by john HD » Mon May 18, 2009 1:48 am

al,

your paint looks great! can't wait to see it together.

gotta find ya some period spot lamps.

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Post by LittleAl » Mon May 18, 2009 1:50 am

John, if you can't wait, just imagine how I feel, lol actually you probably know!

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Post by john HD » Mon May 18, 2009 1:59 am

al,

oh i know how ya feel. back in my younger days i may have tried to bolt parts on a bike while they were still tacky to the touch!

at least you let the paint dry!

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Post by VT » Mon May 18, 2009 5:14 pm

Hey, my tanks :!: I mean your tanks.
Never looked so good :!: Real nice work on your machine. You kept up a pretty good schedule. Make sure you have oil returning to the tank before you kick it over with the ignition on.

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Post by indianut » Mon May 18, 2009 6:29 pm

Al, it looks Very Nice, but I am sorry to tell you that is not a '49 Front Fender.

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Post by FlatHeadSix » Mon May 18, 2009 6:41 pm

indianut
it could be a '49 fender, maybe all the spot welds broke and somebody riveted the brackets on?

nut's correct Al, original '49s were the first year for the air-flow fender but the brackets were spot welded to the inside, no rivets.

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Post by VT » Mon May 18, 2009 6:45 pm

You're better off with the later fender and brackets that you have. This is a rider. Wedawnwantnostinkingbokenbracketproblems :!:
The (4) OE bracket bolts are 5/16-18 x 7/8 long. You can use hardware bolts that are 3/4 long, with a lock-washer and Loc-tite (blue), instead of cutting off 1/8" from a 5/16 x 1" bolt.
I've never had a lock-washered, Loc-tited fender bracket bolt back out.
I had my machinist/welder inspect the welds before finishing the fender. It's not as though today's roads are gonna put a lot more vibration, wear and tear on a front end. Riding conditions are not even close to what it must have been in the 40s and 50s.
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Post by panz4ever » Mon May 18, 2009 9:19 pm

VT wrote:Your better off with the later fender and brackets that you have. This is a rider. Wedawnwantnostinkingbokenbracketproblems :!:
The (4) OE bracket bolts are 5/16-18 x 7/8 long. You can use hardware bolts that are 3/4 long, with a lock-washer and Loc-tite (blue), instead of cutting off 1/8" from a 5/16 x 1" bolt.
I've never had a lock-washered, Loc-tited fender bracket bolt back out.

We'll see if you are correct. Mine is the 49 with the spot welds. I had my machinist/welder inspect the welds before finishing the fender. It's not as though today's roads are gonna put a lot more vibration, wear and tear on a front end. Riding conditions are not even close to what it must have been in the 40s and 50s.

Al, your painter did a nice finish on your parts. Did you paint the tail light housing and speed cover to match the paint scheme or just go with chrome?

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Re: Painter is FINALLY done!

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Post by LittleAl » Mon May 18, 2009 9:35 pm

I was told my front fender was '49 by the seller. I wasn't aware of the weld/rivet being a marker. I have no doubt is OEM but of course now I question the year but I don't question it that much, it's painted and going on the bike this week and it's a rider I just want to look reasonably correct.

Dash is a repop from V-Twin and I left it chrome, tailight is the original on this bike, slightly pitted here and there but I left it as is, I kinda like it that way, same with my handlebars, headlight bucket & trim, spot lights.

VT. sorry bro, you CAN'T have the tanks back, LOL

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