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  1. 36EL Top fork stem nut finish?

    Can someone tell what the correct finish is for the 36EL top fork stem nut . This is the top nut that holds the handlebars and cover down. Thanks for your help!

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    Re: 36EL Top fork stem nut finish?

    Cadmium. Also the lower cone nut is Cad.
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    Thank you, Chris!

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    Note. I have looked at many original '36 E's. At first glance the nuts appear to be Parkerized. However close inspection with a flashlight shows it is Cadmium plating that has darkened with age and weather.
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    I wonder why all the early cone nuts I find are Nickel plated and not cad???

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    Nickel Wash and Cadmium plating look similar. Looking at an eighty year old weathered part it is often hard to tell. Nickel plating is a totally different process that I have never seen on a cone nut.
    I have a list of Nickel Washed parts Kenny Presson and I have found on various '36 ELs. Mostly hardware. I did find a timer with a Nickel Washed base with a Cadmium plated top.
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    Its pretty easy to tell the difference between nickel and cad if it was done 80 years ago or yesterday. I don't care what finish you do yours in I'm just saying all of the original finish early cone nuts I have had were nickel plated. I took pictures of the one on my 36EL, its 5 different pictures of the same nut but all have different lighting. You can easily see that the neck cups and the stem nut are not the same finish, thats because the cups are cad and the nut is nickel. I have looked at a few original unrestored 36EL's and there was a lot of nickel plating, some of the stuff I remember is the oil and gas lines, carb and intake, petcocks, timer base, dash base, relay bracket, fuel filter, cone nut and possibly the neck cups even though mine are cad (I built the bike out of parts and used what I could find that had an old look). I am sure there are a few other parts but thats all I could think of quickly.










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    It's easy to confirm if something is nickel or cad. Take a Q-tip soaked in muriatic acid and touch it to the plating. If it is cad it will fizzle. If it is nickel it will do nothing.

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    Can anyone guess as to why Harley would go to the extra cost and trouble to nickel some parts but cad plate others? Why not just cad plate all the parts if the platings look similar?

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    They look similar after 80 years.They wanted bling

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