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Old 07-09-2009, 02:52 AM   #1
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1944 UL Restoration

Well, it has taken 10 years to find my soulmate, and she was almost in my backyard ! Once I found her, it took 3 years of romance to convince her to come with me.

She won't let me ride her yet, but promised that one day, if I kicked her just right....

I could ride her !

1944 UL (74ci flathead) Harley Davidson

According to my research so far, which may not be 100% correct, due to WWII military needs, very few civilian bikes were made 1942-1945.

I don't plan on an AMCA type "perfect restoration", but a nicely done, correct rider.

I'll post more later, got to get ready for work !









Original sheetmetal, which was, according to the owner, bobbed in the 50's ! A big plus !

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Old 07-09-2009, 03:35 AM   #2
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She's a beauty, good find! Can we see bigger, more detailed photos? Nothng that would make her blush, of course.
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Old 07-09-2009, 04:27 AM   #3
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I got two but they are both wimmen --------.
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Old 07-09-2009, 04:59 AM   #4
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I assume that is why you were trying to call me while I was in Florida. That's awesome, I can't wait to ride it.
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Old 07-09-2009, 05:04 AM   #5
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I assume that is why you were trying to call me while I was in Florida. That's awesome, I can't wait to ride it.
Well, I was trying to call you to let you know I have 3 bikes for sale. The new girlfriend is a damn gold digger !

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Old 07-09-2009, 05:08 AM   #6
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She's a beauty, good find! Can we see bigger, more detailed photos? Nothng that would make her blush, of course.
The guy I bought it from has 18 bikes, most of them semi-buried, and this one is in the back of the basement. So while he is clearing the way to get it out, I am clearing space for it.
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Old 07-09-2009, 05:27 AM   #7
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are you going to change that awful color? (both of them actually)

don't shoot me man, they're both really quite awful... bad enough to belong on a harley... er, wait a minute... um..





Oh, one more thing. Knobbies.
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Old 07-09-2009, 05:29 AM   #8
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tickle her til she cries, then kick her in the guts.

nice find, enjoy.
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Old 07-09-2009, 05:56 AM   #9
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are you going to change that awful color? (both of them actually)

don't shoot me man, they're both really quite awful... bad enough to belong on a harley... er, wait a minute... um..





Oh, one more thing. Knobbies.
I plan NO change in color ! The bobbed original sheetmetal is going back on. I might BRUSH on a fresh coat of the ugly red.

The nasty blue sheetmetal is reproduction, so I may paint it gray, the only color available in 1944.

Period "knobbys" are still being produced by a couple of manufacturers, and it will have a set. When I finish it, the plan is to ride the Trans-American Trail (TAT) from Jellico to the Ozarks !

Just look at this 50's era welding ! I can visualize some young guy with a torch, and clothes hanger as a welding rod, making his bike the coolest in the neighborhood. That's what it's all about !

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Old 07-09-2009, 06:07 AM   #10
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*snip* gray or green, the only colors available in 1944.
I think I woulda liked 1944

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Period "knobbys" are still being produced by a couple of manufacturers, and it will have a set. When I finish it, the plan is to ride the Trans-American Trail (TAT) from Jellico to the Ozarks !
two thumbs up for that
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Old 07-09-2009, 09:20 AM   #11
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Fantastic, just a dream for me over here, and doing the TAT, man I dream of that too.

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Old 07-09-2009, 11:31 AM   #12
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Oh man, color me jealous! That's a beauty of a bike. Only harley's I'd even consider riding!
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Old 07-09-2009, 11:46 AM   #13
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Old 07-09-2009, 12:23 PM   #14
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Fantastic, just a dream for me over here, and doing the TAT, man I dream of that too.

Hey Kev

Did you get the info I sent you ? Just do your research, and let me know what you want.
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Old 07-09-2009, 01:35 PM   #15
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aww man! nice find! I have been looking for a VL for years! I want to build a 60's chop out of one. you are going to love that big ol' flatty
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