1941 WLA Restoration
Harley Davidson Re-Build. .
Ok so I needed a new challenge.
Well I have spent many years looking for a complete bike that was priced reasonably, and after about 5 years of looking I realised that I needed to just get into building one for myself.
All of the bikes on the market were either way too expensive for something that is really not a practical every day bike, and by the time I restored the Bike to as new condition the cost was prohibitive.
I wanted to use the thing for weekend club riding and fun, and I didn't want it to let me down. Upon close inspection of the components I had, everything needed doing.
In the End I also had to
start from scratch, as many parts were missing and or just too far gone. I was
lucky, and did manage to get a complete motor and gearbox, as well as a
complete frame that had not been hacked up, a OEM
front end was a bonus. Most of the Military parts came from various sources
including a Harley expert in
Frame and Parts Generator Spotlight
Mock Up Frame Springer Test Fit Springs
Front Guard WLA frame ready for paint
Rebuilding the Tanks They were in very poor condion so we needed to cut then open and completely rebuild them propery.
Mockup of the parts on the frame
Rear Carrier Test Fit after paint Front Hub rebuild
Front Wheel Painted Drying Front Fender Test Fit
Engine and Transmission in the new frame
Sorting the Primary Drive
Oil Lines and Exhaust Fitting
Horn and Headlight fitting this was Fun..!
Ammo Box is on
Bars and Dash coming together
Rear Wheel setting up the right spacers
Tool Box is on
Air Box and Carburettor
Seat on for a test of the bushing
Generator and Carb snout
Clutch fitting and adjustment
Starting the wiring
Connecting the Spotlight and horn button
Starting to look like an ARMY bike J
Ready for Fluids
Dash on waiting for Military Cats Eyes
Tail Light wiring and Generator connection
And Finally the finished product. I have learned a lot about early military Harleys and the process of this rebuild has given me many insights to what re good parts and what is rubbish as far as available components for these bikes. I spent a lot of time and effort to get all original OEM metal on this bike and it took far longer doing it that way. The difference is I believe it ended up as a better product. Replica components just are not of the same quality as the original parts.