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Saddlebag Restoration

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48moon
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Joined: Sat Feb 12, 2005 11:03 pm
Bikes: 1948 EL
Location: Central PA

Saddlebag Restoration

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Post by 48moon » Mon Feb 14, 2005 12:32 pm

Here are before and after pictures of one of my Buco saddlebags.

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It's a lot of work but it's amazing what can be done to 55 year old leather.

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I used a kit from Leatherique to strip and dye the lether.
I can't say enough about this product, it was like magic (with a lot of ebow grease).
Keeping it off the white cording was fun...
After redying I used a lot of conditioners but I found Leather Therapy to work the best.
A company in Massachusetts (Standard Rivet) still makes nickel plated spots made of brass just like original.
They don't make the large flat ones. I had to have them replated.
I used Chicago rivets (ones with threads) in place of originaly peened ones to hold the straps.
The orginal holes had been opened up years ago.
WWL Hardware also had great hardware for this restoration.

The bike is still in progress...
Last edited by 48moon on Sun Feb 22, 2009 4:57 pm, edited 2 times in total.



Cotten
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Location: Central Illinois

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Post by Cotten » Mon Feb 14, 2005 1:59 pm

Admirable!

You must have a hundred hours in them.

Thanks for the Leatherique and Leather Therapy tip; I am having a dusty white mildew problem with Lexol.

....Cotten

VT

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Post by VT » Mon Feb 14, 2005 2:58 pm

Harley people are direct descendents of the frontier. A whole lot'sa cowboy. More cowboy than "horse" cowboy, you can roll your horse into the house and work on it. 8)

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