Harley JD

June 5, 2010

1924 Harley JDCA Police Motorcycle

I feel very fortunate to have found and bought a terrific old classic Harley at a good price. The seller tells me it is an original 1924 Harley JDCA police motorcycle that is complete and in good running condition (or was a couple of years ago when he bought it and had the seller start the bike). The only problem, he told me, was that the previous owner, an older man who had an impressive collection of classic motorcycles, had taken it all apart and painted over the original paint.

1924 Harley JDCA motorcycle as delivered

1924 Harley JDCA motorcycle as delivered

The seller delivered the bike to me at work and I was delighted with the deal. So was he. So, even though More on 1924 Harley JDCA Police Motorcycle

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January 4, 2010

1924 Harley Update. Sidestand & Toolbox After A Long Search

I have owned my 1924 Harley JDCA for almost twenty years, but didn’t get it running until about six or seven years ago (thanks to Dale Walksler at Wheels Through Time museum) and didn’t really ride it much until this last year.

My Original Paint Classic 1924 Harley

My Original Paint Classic 1924 Harley With Repop Side Stand

Over the years I have been looking for the correct and genuine Harley parts to make the bike more accurate. And I have found it is More on 1924 Harley Update. Sidestand & Toolbox After A Long Search

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May 25, 2009

Progress on my 1924 Harley JD Carb & Headlight

OK, recognizing that I simple don’t have enough spare time to do my old Harley justice before the AMA’s 85th anniversary motorcycle event in Ohio I contacted my pal Dave Fusiak or Flat Out Motorcycles in New York State. Besides being a great guy and an impressive wrench with old Harley motorcycles, he is less than an hour away and knows the old Harleys very well – especially early competition and 8-valve Harley racers.

1920s Harley 8-valve racer in Dave Fusiak's house

1920s Harley racer in Dave Fusiak's house

Before bringing the bike over to Dave’s shop I was able to rebend the stock Harley handlebars on my JD so they are a bit higher and wider at the grips.

I trucked the old Harley V-twin motorcycle over to his place with a list of items that needed addressing. Briefly they include: Swap modified VL primary cover for a correct 1924 era JD primary cover I supplied him with and make sure it fits and looks correct, swap the Indian motorcycle Linkert carburetor on the bike for the correct Schebler carburetor I supplied him with. Also weld up correct but leaking 1924-only muffler, replace the cracked and incorrect fluted headlight lens with a plain lens, and a number of other items.

As soon as we got there Dave jumped right in. First he pulled off the Indian-spec Linkert carb and handed it back to me, then he pulled down the Schebler to discover – as expected – the float was shot. Time to order a new float and rebuild the carburetor before putting it back on the old Harley.

Newer but incorrect Indian Linkert carburetor on the Harley, older but correct Schebler carburetor in hand

Newer but incorrect Indian Linkert carburetor on the Harley, older but correct Schebler carburetor in hand

Next Dave looked into the headlight situation. We knew from prior research that the correct lens for the 1924 Harley should be clear flat glass. The lens on my bike was fluted, bowed out in the middle and was cracked. I figure we could simply get a piece of clear glass at any glass store.

Dave removed the outer chrome ring stating he did not think Harley would have used chrome in 1924. I later researched this and Dave was correct. It appears I have the correct bucket, mounting and reflector, but an incorrect headlight lens and mounting ring on the outside. We will either find a correct one to replace the chrome ring or paint it to match the rest of the bike until we can find the original Harley part.

The old lens was taped in place and we carefully pried it off and cleaned up the housing and reflector. We were pleased to find the headlight worked on both high and low settings.

More details to follow as we make more progress on bringing this old Harley back to as correct as possible.

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