This is the engine that you might have seen in an earlier post, on our run stand. Here it is in the finished bike.
Has anyone ever run across this ‘oiling’ modification? To me it looks like the centrifugal force of the wheels is supposed to be collecting oil and spraying it out of the little holes on the edge of the flywheel.
But why would anyone ever want more oil in the cylinders? At this time in Harley’s history they were installing baffle plates to *reduce* the amount of oil getting into the cylinders.
So if anyone has a theory I’d love to hear it.
Here are 3 old frames that needed welding, straightening, and normal 100-year-old things done to them. Here they are ready for pickup:
And here’s a shot that shows the 26 ‘B’ frame, where brass has been used to replace missing pieces of casting. Reshaped and textured, and ready for paint.
We’re doing a concourse restore on Steve’s 42 EL
Notice the white lifter stools and lifter pump, due to the war silver was not available.
In an attempt to strip the chrome, the steel baffle plate and breather tube were dissolved. It was necessary to replace both.
Checking the fit on the baffle plate, and breather tube installed, before welding the plate.
Plate welded in place, and ready for bushings.
Steve’s generator, before and after restoration.
Here are two more shots of the engine on final assembly
Proper flywheel thrust washer selected to achieve .012 end play:
One knuckle, and one flathead, both coming in for complete rebuild.
We’ll make another post as the work on these comes along and we eventually get them on the run stand.
Here are two photos of Dave’s engine on final assembly:
And here is a video of the unrestored original paint chassis, remanufactured transmission and engine:
And as a bonus, here are some other amazing bikes that Dave owns. On the 56 we also remanufactured the engine and transmission.
This is a rare 1920 JT – getting ready to head off for chemical stripping before body work and paint. The engine right now is in the process of being built, and we’ll post some photos of it soon.