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    Re: 1949 Harley-Davidson Hydra-Glide - what is correct and what is not?

    Palmer's book is much more than just a restoration guide but a detailed explanation of all the models HD produced from 1936 to 1964. It is our bible and the best reference available.

    This bike is worth far more as it sits than any restoration that could be accomplished and I would do just a few things if it were mine. I would add correct original bags, replace the gas caps and find the front fender tip and trim. I like a windshield but that's just me. The fact that it has a documented history is gold. I will also move this to the members project area and look forward to watching your progress.

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    Re: 1949 Harley-Davidson Hydra-Glide - what is correct and what is not?

    Great, thanks!

    I will get Palmer's book.

    I know only a few things I have read in the books I have, like the fact that red was not offered in 1949 but in 1950, and this particular bike was metallic congo green from the start. That is perhaps the only reason I would think of redoing it, but you are absolutely right that it is better to leave it alone, which is in fact the intention from the beginning at least for a number of years. Don't forget I don't even know how to ride a bike! Sad thing that I will learn in this one.

    Thanks for your help,
    victor

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    Re: 1949 Harley-Davidson Hydra-Glide - what is correct and what is not?

    I advise to try finding the missing pieces including the aftermarket accessories while educating yourself and getting fully aquainted with what little is not correct. Then other than adding the missing parts, i'd ride, repair and preserve it only.
    You'll find varying opinion and it is yours to do as you wish, but there are bikes/ parts out there far more needing of that type of attention than that one. Try to milk every happy mile that she'll share with you out of it and then decide what kinda lovin' she's deserved. Repair / restore... it's not a decision to be taken lightly.

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    Re: 1949 Harley-Davidson Hydra-Glide - what is correct and what is not?

    That is just what I intend to do, don't worry. Find the missing parts and enjoy the bike...

    But in the meantime find out what is correct and what is not... or get aquainted with the bike as you say.

    Here is a small video of it the first day we started it (after carefully, cleaning, lubricating, etc).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvlMRdMmm7A

    You will get an idea of how it's engine sounds. My mechanic was here today, by the way, and my intention was to take the bike out tomorrow for it's first spin inside a big parking lot I have here where I work and get aquainted with it, but unfortunately, the charging system is not working so we will have to look into that prior to taking it out. Oh, well... next week, perhaps... as he only comes once a week.

    Thanks for all the kind comments,
    victor

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    Re: 1949 Harley-Davidson Hydra-Glide - what is correct and what is not?

    1947 EL
    1948 FL Project
    1947WL Project
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    And soon it will render
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    Re: Victor's 1949 Hydra Glide Project

    Ah, great minds think alike tomcat. I was just fixin' to go find that link. Victor, the Panhead Manual is available at the link above in PDF format and you can download and save to your PC.

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    Re: Victor's 1949 Hydra Glide Project

    Fabulous information! It will be very useful. Thanks!!!

    I just got a copy of " How to Rebuild & Restore Classic Harley-Davidson Big Twins". I will be looking for Mr. Palmer's book, but the prices I have seen so far are incredibly high. Does anybody have an idea of when his new revision will be published? Since I am in no hurrry, it seems that it makes sense to wait and get the newest edition at probably a more attractive price.
    Last edited by 42 Chief; 04-26-2013 at 11:11 PM.

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    Re: 1949 Harley-Davidson Hydra-Glide - what is correct and what is not?

    Quote Originally Posted by 42 Chief View Post
    Great, thanks!

    I will get Palmer's book.
    You may be able to get his new book with much more detail around Christmas time.
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    Re: 1949 Harley-Davidson Hydra-Glide - what is correct and what is not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Haynes View Post
    You may be able to get his new book with much more detail around Christmas time.
    A subtle tidbit of info from Mr Haynes.......... Thanks, Chris..!
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    Re: 1949 Harley-Davidson Hydra-Glide - what is correct and what is not?

    victor, great bikes you picked up. remember, everyone had to learn how to ride at one time.

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