June 20, 2014

1936 Harley VLH Rebuilt For Motorcycle Cannonball

Working with the great folks at RetroCycle in Boonton, NJ we have finished rebuilding my 1936 Harley VLH in preparation for the up-coming Motorcycle Cannonball in September.

Motorcycle Cannonball 1936 Harley VLH from Adventure Power’s Team American Iron

Here is a teaser photo of the bike pretty much ready to go. This is my spare engine, which is pretty much broken in now. So I will swap out to my competition engine and keep this one in the support truck “just in case…”

You can read all about it in the pages of American Iron Magazine, as we have been following the build for several months.

Every single nut and bolt has been off this bike for inspection, redoing or replacing. Every single one. It is mostly original stock spec with modern Continental tires and an upgraded 12-volt ignition system. For more info on this amazing 12-volt, solid state generator system please contact Robb at Retrocycle.

Filed under Cannonball Motorcycle Diaries, Classic Motorcycle Maintenance, Random Ideas, Restoration by Buzz Kanter

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June 5, 2014

How To Recondition Classic Harley FLH Hydra Glide Forks

Hi Everyone

I will show you how I take care of old FL tube inner bushing repair, most of those early set are all worn out and need to be redone to be run again, most would just buy new aftermarket cheaper one than try to recondition the old one you have, the purpose of this thread is to show you that it is feasible with some tooling. I am going to demonstrate how to take those old bushings out first then, make complete new bushing from raw material, then press them in, and machine the new bushings to fit new inner tube.

Most would either junk them or rebuild them with aftermarket thin bushings and a Sunnen hone here is another approach to the problem.

I will try to post as many pics as I could so you could clearly see how it is done,here is a bunch of them I had ,decide to rebuild all but only finish 2 of them, due to inner tube size difference,(one was 1.623 and the other was 1.624 inch not as big difference but still my old one was 1.626 inch) so better wait until you have the inner tube, so could have perfect clearance for your new bushings.

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First you will need to take the old bushings out…my custom puller to take the bottom and top bushing out.

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More on How To Recondition Classic Harley FLH Hydra Glide Forks

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April 24, 2014

Building a Harley-Davidson VL: Transmission Rebuild


For my ’33, I decided to go with the standard 3-speed transmission.  There was also a 3-speed with reverse available that same year for sidecar use, but I think the standard 3-speed will suit my needs just fine and from talking with those that do run sidecars, the rig is light enough that you can manage it without reverse.  I started out with a ’32-’35 case, which is easily distinguished from the previous and later models by a large mounting boss located behind the main sprocket which is used for attaching the primary.  The case was in excellent condition and only needed surface cleaning to prep it for building.

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Filed under Engine & Transmission, Panhead Jim's Blog, Restoration by PanheadJim

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