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  1. Re: Look what followed me home from Opotiki!

    The short double head Schrader gauge with US Property ordnance stamp markings on it is the correct issued one!
    The longer ones are for jeeps, trucks and aircraft.
    If you have the TM9-879 Harley technical manual October 18 1943 there is a picture of it in the manual.
    Good luck on a tool roll project, I known guys working on the large late war rolls for years as some of them tools are very hard to find. The early 42wla rolls are a little easier to assemble as not as many tools in them early kits but the original pouch is tough to find also the late as well.
    I know a guy that might be selling a partial late war set 1943.
    I have both the early and late original tool roll kits complete in my collection with the tire pumps and clamps as well.

    Craig
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    Re: Look what followed me home from Opotiki!

    Thanks for that, can you tell me how long the correct gauge is?

    As an aside, I noted this one on Ebay.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/223536580508

    Someone cut it down to look like the correct one for a WLA. I imagine that removed all the Jeep and other military vehicle owners from the purchaser pool.

    Cheers

    Murray

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    Re: Look what followed me home from Opotiki!

    There is an annual Armistice (military) show near my city and I set the goal when I purchased this WLA to ride it to the show this year.

    Well, I made it, just, with a fair bit of help from Excalibur. The ride was about 30 miles each way and trouble free.

    She is still a work in progress and yes I know I have mixed things up a bit (Soviet Star and Thompson in the scabbard) but fun just the same.

    That's Excalibur's very cool 741 to keep me company.


    The BMW was the only other bike there.

    Of course there was lots of Military vehicles and this is my favourite......


    Murray

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    Re: Look what followed me home from Opotiki!

    Looking good!
    The Red Army received trucks, jeeps, motorcycles, (Army) clothing and uniforms, food and weapons under Lend Lease.
    Who said they didn't receiver some Thompsons?
    The Kalashnikov is post-war..
    Red Star is nice, only thing missing really is the blue S on the dashcover side.
    Not all russian WLA's were maited with the M72 rig.
    Nice job!
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    Re: Look what followed me home from Opotiki!

    Thanks Lib45, I appreciate it.

    Actually, Russia received thousands of Thompson's but for a variety of reasons never issued them. That is part of the reason why they turned up in Vietnam in the wrong hands.

    I am aware of the requirement for the blue sign writing, perhaps in the near future.

    My WLA was once fitted with a sidecar. Some of the hardware was still fitted when I purchased it.

    I have since been in touch with the man who got this bike out of Azerbaijan and to NewZealand. He still has the sidecar if I want it but I'm not keen at this stage. It appears to be an M72 and is badly damaged.

    Cheers
    Murray

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    Re: Look what followed me home from Opotiki!

    Hi Murray.
    My type VII from february 1945 is ex-Red Army too.
    And was also once fitted with a sidecar, hence the somewhat warped frame.
    I had to grind off and reweld the front lower casting where the front floorboard-shaft fits, cos straightening the frame would be too hard to do.
    Mine still has its 19" Ural rims, and it will not haul a rig ever again.
    Have fun with it; they're lovely to ride.

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    The biggest problem I have identified is the rear cog is not concentric on the drum. It appears to be out by about 1.5mm-2mm. Playing havoc with the chain. Also the dust cover is grinding on the side of the speedo cable assembly. So I have that to sort out why as well. But you are right, great fun to ride. WLA's are not common here, not like the scene in the US or Europe so lots of interest.

    I found this site the other day. Very cool old HD art work. Worth a look.

    http://www.3d-files.co.il/newGallery_01/

    Cheers

    Murray
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    Re: Look what followed me home from Opotiki!

    Americans were never really that interested in the 45".
    Considered too small and too slow, it only gained some popularity in WR form on racetracks.
    Even the worldfamous WLA has only climbed the ranks lately, because of providing cheap entry into classic Harley-scene.
    And fair is fair; most WLA's were left overseas..
    In those ereas the WLA was the only Harley known or buyable; Knuckles were simply too costly for WW2-recovering europeans.
    That is why the little but loyal WL is so loved in Europe.

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    Re: Look what followed me home from Opotiki!

    I disagree,many 45s were sold in USA & we left most WLAs in europe for you to enjoy! Also it would have killed HD motor co & dealers if we brought them back & let them out to the public.

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    Re: Look what followed me home from Opotiki!

    I disagree as well in another sense. Restoring my 42 wla early type III military model cost me an easy Knucklehead or two. And mine did return from Europe. It was one of the very few lucky ones to do so.

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