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WLA frame required

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Post by claxby » Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:33 pm

Any UK member know of a Wla frame for sale ??



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Re: WLA frame required

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Post by liberator » Wed Feb 12, 2020 5:34 pm

Not a UK member, nor do I know of a frame for sale over there, but on my side of the North Sea;

Harley wla wl wlc flathead liberator 45 military ww2 ul vl
€ 55,00
http://link.marktplaats.nl/m1487811686? ... ialbuttons

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Post by liberator » Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:17 pm

Sorry....sold already..

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Re: WLA frame required

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Post by RooDog » Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:02 pm

liberator wrote:
Wed Feb 12, 2020 5:34 pm
Not a UK member, nor do I know of a frame for sale over there, but on my side of the North Sea;

Harley wla wl wlc flathead liberator 45 military ww2 ul vl
€ 55,00

Is the comma above in the right place?
Or should that read € 5,500? which would convert to $5,962.36, which is completely unworldly to me.
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Re: WLA frame required

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Post by panhead » Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:26 pm

Only the oil cap was € 55

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Post by George Greer » Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:50 am

Panhead,

Several years back when I was redoing my WLA, I was needing a oil cap.

Veterama was coming up so I decided to go on the last day..........well .... got there a bit later than I wanted and people were packing up to leave, so I wandered around a bit thinking the trip was wasted.......

Rounded the last corner stand on the way to the exit gate,,,,,,older fella was packing up, and sold me one for 5 euros....NOS, still in the box.

George

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Post by George Greer » Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:53 am

How much, on average... would a good frame go for?

Wondering if the 47 frame I got was a good deal

Curious George.

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Post by liberator » Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:47 pm

Most replica frames for the '41-'45 WLA/C sell for around $2k..
Original frames do 3-3.5k

As yours is a '47, so with the tabs for the coil, I'd say the latter.

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Post by RooDog » Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:35 pm

I had no idea that anyone would make a replica/repop frame for the "mini twin"

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Re: WLA frame required

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Post by RUBONE » Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:05 pm

RooDog wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:35 pm
I had no idea that anyone would make a replica/repop frame for the "mini twin"
Whenever something is in demand there is someone hoping to cash in on that. 45 engines are plentiful, primarily due to the army contracts and the use of the 45 until '73 in the Serv-Car. The popularity of things such as TROG and the hipster "Bobber" scene has driven 45 parts prices through the roof. So along with the scarcity of OEM frames the aftermarket came to the rescue. Once the tipping point was passed price wise it became viable.

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Post by RooDog » Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:38 pm

My first Harley was in fact a two wheeled 45. Sold it, and immediately bought a 61" Panny for the same money, this all happened in the late 1960s, and never looked back....
I sold off my unassembled, but mostly complete, Servicar as a package deal, didn't want to fool with it about 10 years ago.

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Post by liberator » Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:07 pm

For americans, it seems the Knuckle is the Holy Grail...
On my side of the Atlantic, that role is filled by the bike you call 'mini twin'; the humble 45"..
As I explained before, there was no money in post-WW2 Europe.
Ex-army BSA M20's and WLA's/ WLC's played an important role in transporting Joe Average well into the 1970's..
Although later, bigger bikes such as Pan's and Shovels came into reach of Joe's wallet...the little 45"s popularity never really deminished in Europe.

They say only 10% of anything ever made survives..if that's so then there should still be some 7000 WLA's alive today.
About a fourth of that still rumbles around in Holland.

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Post by 1950Panhead » Sat Feb 15, 2020 1:43 am

For americans, it seems the Knuckle is the Holy Grail...
It is
On my side of the Atlantic, that role is filled by the bike you call 'mini twin'; the humble 45"..
As I explained before, there was no money in post-WW2 Europe.
The us economy took off like fire in 46, looks of marriages, babies, new houses and motorcycles.
WL's were not considered "real" motorcycles post war and sat abandoned everywhere.

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Re: WLA frame required

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Post by RUBONE » Sat Feb 15, 2020 2:26 am

Actually thousands of war surplus 45s were used in every kind of competition there was post war. They met the AMA requirements for racers and many were home hotrodded for club use, not everyone could afford or had the connections to get a WR. The factory even sold a "WR" kit to use on a stock WL to give it a boost. They just were not used as road cruisers since they had limitations that held them back on the wide open highways of America, engine size, carrying capacity, and most importantly, passenger accommodations, all of which the big twins had. Dealers sales dropped off every year, and the British onslaught was killing them! They were never the "Liberator" here, so no nostalgia kept them alive.

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