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Mechanics & Owners Guide to 1941-1959 Harley-Davidson O.H.V. Big Twins Vol. 1 Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0967274409
ISBN-10: 0967274400
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"Step-by-step..extremely detailed..Spiral binding makes it easy to fold over while you're working.." -- Motorbooks International

"The author knows old Harleys and he knows how to convey that information to the rest of us". --Whitehorse Press

From the Publisher

Creating this book was a mountain of work for me, with most of the mechanical facts provided by Mark Stettler. I "brained" the Panhead cover-gasket procedure and some other tips, but the push rod adjustment, motor fit and clearances are all from Stettley.

Mark "Stett" Stettler has worked on motorcycles for forty years (and not all of them on Harleys). An M.M.I. graduate, (Phoenix, AZ.) he was Top Student in his first (7) clinics (scoring Perfect, in both 2 and 4 Stroke Performance). He was Top Graduate in the Early Model Class, scoring the highest score in the history of M.M.I., on the Early Model Final (i.e.; top 99%-tile); and top Graduate in his class in Late Model Electives #410, Stett was hired three weeks before graduation by San Diego H-D. He stayed with the dealership for four years as an engine builder and machinist; during which time he completed all (per full week) required Update Classes, in Milwaukee and Phoenix (i.e. Engine 1 & 2, Chassis & Suspension and Electrical Systems). I list his levels of technical knowledge because, in my opinion, mechanical discipline is a developed skill.

Mark opened "Stetts Iron Horse Ranch" in El Cajon, California, in 1997, as a factory certified H-D Master Technician. Over the past two years, Stett’s crewed with well-known "Bonnie" Truett (of Truett & Osborn fame) and built motors for the AHDRA Race Team entry "Nasty Habit," for rider and owner Kinzie Bolson. All mechanical facts in this owner’s guide have withstood scrutiny and we welcome any suggestions. (A government engineer/enthusiast uses our book in his lecture circuit, and took the time to review the information and questioned us, as to whether or not there was an "applied force" not calculated [in our zero correction] for a torque wrench "foot adapter". The engineer was going to contact us if his own textbooks proved an error, but all facts remain unchallenged to this date).

Our clearances for valve stem to guide bores are tighter than OEM clearances, because modern valve machining is capable of creating a more exact fit. Earlier valve operations relied on loose valve stem to guide tolerances, as the in-line boring equipment of the 1940's and '50's was not as precise, and the valve needed to "find" its' seat. The end result of yesteryear did not produce as accurate an in-line assembly, once the procedure was completed.

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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Twin Publications; Vol. 1 edition (July 10, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967274400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967274409
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 9 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #664,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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On the Author Page, there's 5 (silent) short YouTube clips (found on bottom right) that illustrate the forward to back shift pattern, using the '75-E79 FX shifter cam. What the videos lack to show, because of the rigid camera platform, is the front fork raising, which would cause the camera to lift at every gear shift.

The rubber primary belt-drive is a far smoother "pull" between gears than a chain.

The clip named "1957 Jockey-Shift Panhead" was edited from a unedited mess of celluloid tape, then transferred to disc when Ricardo Campos was in the 6th (now 9th and 12th) grades respectively.

July 22, 2012 ~ "KING of the HIGHWAY" (a Ricardo Campos/ Celina C. collaboration)

It seems to me, that if I talk fast and we create a jillion jump-cuts to illustrate what we're explaining, that we can compress Vol. 1 & 2 into 70 minutes. Since my head-shot won't be included, we can use the Sony PCM-M10 to record an on-site overdub and the viewer won't need to read any lips.
It's undetermined at this point, whether we'll produce the entire video in-studio, or only a rough-edit, and the finish-editing of our supplied material, and also labeled packaging, contracted by GrooveHouse or Ms. Salazar's publishing company from Texas. She's been sending me information about dvd production. There'll be a point when our master-disc will be jobbed for production and packaging.

12-27-2013 NEW! 1936-1947 OEM style 4-piece exhaust from V-Twin Mfg.,Inc.and they fit as a complete assembly.
The poor fitment of aftermarket parts for the original style 4-piece exhaust system was a reason that discouraged people from building replicas.
2-7-14 * We have:
Two Sony fluid-head tripods for more footage from different angles, means more stock-pile footage available to edit from.
Moving forward daily with.
1. (2)Sony Digital HD Camcorder HDR-PJ260V (w/ internal projector, now obsolete).
2. (2) Sony (handle controls) fluid-head 60" tripods (obsolete).
3. Sony linear PCM, M10 Recorder w/ fur wind-screen & multi-position head, 10 (extended) tripod
4. ShuttleXpress multimedia controller
5. Sony DVDirect Express writer.
6. MacBookPro 10.9.1, w/Aug.015 extended warranty
7. iMovie editor and free technical (phone) help
8. (2) 24' x 24" Light Boxes with diffuser screens.
9. (1) 7-bulb, 4-gang switch, 85W as 425W background spot.
9. 32", Tripod dolly w/ 3" wheels
10. 9-ft. white background "night-shade"roll-up, hung from 10" above.
11. Various stands & white/silver reflectors & boom.
12. (7) 5-lb. shot-bags (loaded w/ 8.5-lbs. of small, black, beach rocks
13. (2) 10-lb. shot-bags (loaded w/ 16-lbs of the same small rock. All for ballast.
4-14-14 OF NOTE: ALL of the V-Twin Mfg. Inc. - Taiwan made 1936-57 rigid frames and 1958-64 swing-arm frames, now available and in-stock, have fixtures welded or brazed for the immediate fastening of OEM or Replica V-Twin® parts to the frame.

7-30-14 And, 3/4 of the video Shooting-Schedule is written....
and by the end of 2014, family-needs had taken over, and our small film operation being fragile as a kite, collapsed.
Ricardo is continuing with his film directing career, and Celina is attending first year communication and arts at community college, which are liken to become a 4-yr. degree colleges in California. So basically, we're all doing exactly what we want to do at this particular time.

1-1-15 * When I pick-up where I left-off building the '46 knuckle-glide, it will be here, wiring the 2-lite dash base:

We can't lower the price of the books without losing money. Amazon takes some, postage some more, the hour-1/2 it takes me to wrap and log a book sale, travel to ship the book at the post office on the same day it's ordered, and keep some $ back for Stett, leaves me with about $70. for the bound paper and written labor. Won't work for less. I'm glad we have the inventory and it's all shrink-wrapped; the book couldn't be re-produced at the same price today.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 22, 2001
Format: Spiral-bound
This book is lacking in some important areas. No carburetors, no transmissions, no brakes. Need to know how to adjust your mousetrap, change springs on a springer, or fix a leak on your hydraulic front end? You won't find it in this book. The topics it does cover are great, easy to understand, and well detailed. The bottom line is I do use this book and it has become a permanent part of my shop library.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas C.Toomey on March 6, 2001
Format: Spiral-bound
It has taken me close to a year to write this,cause the proof is in the pudding.I know I have done everything short of capital crimes, to get the information this fellow is GIVING you for a mere fifty dollars.From A to Z Kirk gives you ALL. I have restored pans for 20 years,Kirk my hats off to you an all who helped AAAAA+++. This is the book. I have had my nose in an out of it since it arrived.I have found everything to be right on the money. I know that`s the stuff that makes it best. The Truth. this is what it`s all about.Kirt THANK-YOU
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Spalding on January 14, 2005
Format: Spiral-bound
I'll keep this short and to the point. As the title says, this is the best "tool" I have in my tool chest. The information in this book has helped me more times then I can recollect. The book is written from a practical perspective and isn't full of theoretical "how to". It even includes descriptions of how to make some of the special tools you'll need from items you probably have laying around your shop. I can't wait for Vol. 2!
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