How to Rebuild and Restore Classic Harley-Davidson Big Twins 1936-1964

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Motorbooks, Oct 21, 2012 - Transportation - 272 pages
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DIVWhen it comes to collector motorcycles, none hold the allure of the classic Harley-Davidson Big Twins built from 1936 to 1964. But owning and maintaining these tempermental machines provides endless challenges. Even the most pristine, restored example needs a tremendous amount of care, maintenance, and repair. The rebuilding and restoring of these machines is not so much a defined task as a never-ending process. This book serves to guide owners through that process./div 

Beginning with a practical section on understanding, choosing, and purchasing a classic Harley, this book focuses on the nuts and bolts of classic Harley ownership. Through step-by-step photography and thoughtful, informative instruction, the reader will learn how to disassemble a chassis, rebuild a fork, lace a wheel, and paint the major parts for any restoration. It also provides thorough instruction on repairing, overhauling, and restoring all major components, such as the engine, transmission, and electrical system.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
4
Preface
5
Introduction
6
CHAPTER 1 A Brief History and Some Basics
8
CHAPTER 2 Preparation
18
CHAPTER 3 Chassis Wheels Brakes Front Ends Handlebars Controls and Stands
35
CHAPTER 4 Engine Rebuild
73
CHAPTER 5 Transmission and Clutch
154
CHAPTER 6 Gas and Oil Tanks Lines Carburetors and Exhaust Systems
194
CHAPTER 7 Electrical Systems Dash Speedometer Lights and Horns
212
CHAPTER 8 Paint and Bodywork
233
CHAPTER 9 Get It Running Keep It Running
245
CHAPTER 10 Stock Machines Road Warriors and Customs
249
Appendix
268
Index
270
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Rick Schunk is an antique bike enthusiast and mechanic. In addition to his wrenching skills, he was the long-time editor for the Antique Motorcycle Club of America s magazine.

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