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    Couple of interesring WR's for Auction

    1938 WLDR
    1940 WL (Race Bike)
    1944 WL
    1948WR
    1993 FLHT

    http://1944WL.webs.com

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    Re: Couple of interesring WR's for Auction

    I find the '41 particularly misrepresented.
    '47 up tanks
    Wico mag didn't exist prewar
    Crap pipes
    Alloy rim didn't exist then
    WL cylinders and valve covers
    Wrong oil pump
    Control side bars weren't used on WRs
    Wrong fender
    Wrong kicker
    Wrong primary
    Wrong clutch pedal
    Etc.
    Etc....
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    whats the go with the cam cover on the orange n black bike

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    wrong 3D sorry.

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    Re: Couple of interesring WR's for Auction

    Quote Originally Posted by hairynob24 View Post
    whats the go with the cam cover on the orange n black bike
    That's the later peekaboo cam cover Rob. I think that came out in 50 from memory. Other interesting thing about that one is there's no engine number. I guess they know it's 46 from the belly numbers.

    I agree Robbie, I'd want to have a very very close look before I put up my hand to bid
    1938 WLDR
    1940 WL (Race Bike)
    1944 WL
    1948WR
    1993 FLHT

    http://1944WL.webs.com

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    Re: Couple of interesring WR's for Auction

    The orange bike is set up as a current vintage racer, no claims to restoration. Lots of mixed bits. No reason to use a peek-a-boo cover with a vertical mag. they were designed for fronyt mount with the cover to allow access to the magneto drive gear with vernier adjustment. Fairbanks mags didn't exist until '55. Again later tanks, but at least a functional bike, not a fake like the black one...
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    Re: Couple of interesring WR's for Auction

    I'd want my WR to have correct numbers on it, unless I didn't pay much.

    These cases are interesting but I think its a fake add.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Harley-Davi...ZaTSxu&vxp=mtr
    1938 WLDR
    1940 WL (Race Bike)
    1944 WL
    1948WR
    1993 FLHT

    http://1944WL.webs.com

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    Re: Couple of interesring WR's for Auction

    Quote Originally Posted by Rubone View Post
    The orange bike is set up as a current vintage racer, no claims to restoration. Lots of mixed bits. No reason to use a peek-a-boo cover with a vertical mag. they were designed for fronyt mount with the cover to allow access to the magneto drive gear with vernier adjustment. Fairbanks mags didn't exist until '55. Again later tanks, but at least a functional bike, not a fake like the black one...
    I always appreciate what Robbie has to say about WRs. I know nothing about them, have little interest in them, but I am glad someone out there knows what is right, and wrong and takes the time to keep history right.

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    Re: Couple of interesring WR's for Auction

    Thanks Eric, WR history is very convoluted as all racer history is. But there was a starting point.

    Dave,
    That Ebay WLDR is indeed a suspicious engine, particularly the high number. 45 production of all types was diminished due to war contracts. As to the cases, there are two types of 41WLDR cases, those sold to the general public to appease the AMA as to racing production models in "Class C", and those sold to racers alongside WRs which came on board in '41. The general type (like my own) were basically 45 case with two extra digits stamped in them. The special ones were the same as 40WLDR "special" engines with ball bearings throughout. The Ebay cases are in no way special other than bragging rights to a WLDR number (which I don't believe is original). The street model 41WLDR had a large fin/big port top end with a 4 bolt carb and roller tappets. WRs had angled valves and flat tappet system, as did WLDR "special" engines.. The basic engine was not too unlike the "WR kit" sold for standard WL lower ends in the late '40s.He is joy riding his mind to think those cases are worth his price, and with damage to boot. Real WLDR special cases have provision to be able to run a front mag and a special cam cover. Even though WLDRs are not mentioned in this letter what is written tells volumes about where H-D was in mid '41..


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    When you say Flat Tappet do you mean like a car?

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