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    Re: long time listener, first time caller

    I think you guys are nickle dicks for poluting this thread so badly...! Might as well just change the title so I don't have to open it...!
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    Re: long time listener, first time caller

    Knotright, I've re-worked a few of those reproduction fenders for friends of mine. The reproduction braces are not the correct width so you have to get some 3/16", (or 5/32", can't remember) x 7/8" cold roll steel. You can also correct any fitting problems by making new braces. The tail piece does not fit properly either. I recall it was too wide, and the sides hung down too far, so it had to be sectioned, and re-welded to conform to the front fender. I always use lead to blend the parting area of the tail piece and fender because it will hold up to actual use, and that hinged fender is very usefull for bikes that are going to be riden. Of course the hinge is not correct so you have to re-work it to make 2 wide pin bearings on one half of the hinge, and 3 narrower bearings on the other half. Lastly, all of the rivets are wrong, but you have to knock them out anyways so you can put in new braces, and the re-worked hinge. I make my own rivets because I have not found a source for H-D size rivets.

    I know this sounds like a lot of work, but I have genuine fenders on my '48, and '51 and they were equal, or more work than the reproductions. On both fenders, I had to do everything mentioned above, except the hinges. I re-worked the original braces, but I probably would have been further ahead to make new ones. Also, the fender skins were full of superfluous holes, dents, and twists.

    If you want a genuine fender, I would look at swap meets so you can see how much work you'll have to do. Ebay pictures are not going to show you if the fender is twisted, or how much Bondo was used. It's been my experience with ancient sheet metal that there is no cheap ride.

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    Re: long time listener, first time caller

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigincher View Post
    I think you guys are nickle dicks for poluting this thread so badly...! Might as well just change the title so I don't have to open it...!
    Sorry Tom, you're absolutly right.
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    Re: long time listener, first time caller

    Quote Originally Posted by bob42wlc View Post
    Sorry Tom, you're absolutly right.
    Notice the little smiley-face thingy at the end of my post, Bob --- I was just poking fun.......!
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    Re: long time listener, first time caller

    Quote Originally Posted by bob42wlc View Post
    I'd love to know what nickle dick is!!!???? I have an idea but would love to have the real meaning of it!!
    I thinkhe made it up.
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