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Pa's 42WLA Build

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Post Mon Jul 14, 2014 8:06 pm

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Regarding crossing fords with a WL, I would guess that the ignition timer and generator were the limiting factors? Then again, try googling "Jack Pine Enduro" and some if the pictures of riders relying on momentum and bow wave show otherwise, as long as you keep moving..
Shoot, a man could have a good weekend in Dallas with all that stuff...

Post Tue Jul 15, 2014 11:39 am
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Yep....got to keep momentum for certain.

Post Tue Jul 15, 2014 12:24 pm

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Pa wrote:
Yep....got to keep momentum for certain.

Keep motor RPM at least, Pa!

My only noteable fording experience was a flash flood by the East Peoria Caterpillar plant, where I plowed water with my Pan for a half a block with my feet up on the crashbar.

The timer cover works like a diving bell.

Survival of other electricals depends heavily upon a well-warmed machine to expell water by expansion.

Woe be to the machine that dies in the drink, as cooling will soon draw water in.

....Cotten

Post Tue Jul 15, 2014 6:13 pm

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I've never done it on a bike, but I've done it on 4x4 often enough and the important thing is to keep steady rpm. Ease the throttle and the exhaust draws in water, if its is even momentarily covered. Those hand throttles some older Land Rovers had for controlling the engine while using the PTO were ideal for that.
Shoot, a man could have a good weekend in Dallas with all that stuff...

Post Wed Jul 16, 2014 6:43 am
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I never thought of the timer cover as a diving bell but it certainly makes sense. Like trying to force a coffee cup down into water upside down.
I so agree with rpm and heat effects regarding water. It takes forces to oppose the forces of nature.

The WLA throttle grip and spiral are positioned by twist only. They have no provision for a spring loaded self return to idle position. You manually have to place the throttle where you want it.

Post Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:34 am

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Paul, Did you set the third brush on the genny on the bench or is that something you’ll do after the first start up?

Post Wed Jul 16, 2014 12:24 pm
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ohio-rider wrote:
Paul, Did you set the third brush on the genny on the bench or is that something you’ll do after the first start up?


I preset the third brush as the military service manual states but will adjust as needed after start up Steve.

Post Mon Jul 21, 2014 8:41 am
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Went to the Wauseon, Ohio AMCA swapmeet and scored this jewel !! :D

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It isn't pristine. I will need to fill one hole which does not belong in it. I will also need to repaint it. Is is however in really good metal condition with no rot, not bent, and only has one small kinked corner which is an easy fix. Anyone know what the green and white are called for a 1942 Ohio license plate ? Does anyone also know how the paint is applied so perfectly over the raised numbers and lettering on a license plate ?

Post Mon Jul 21, 2014 8:52 am

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http://www.oldlicensefarm.com/

I haven't used them but have spoken to them at swap meets and they do brisk business here and have a good rep.

Post Mon Jul 21, 2014 12:27 pm
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Thanks Woody. I will definitely contact them.

Post Tue Jul 22, 2014 1:05 pm

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Of course you know that as soon as you “restore” that plate, it will lose a couple hundred in value. Hey Paul, bolt that thing to the back of your ride just as it is, and take a photo. It might look better than you first think. I think it would be a nice touch of un- touched history to that great bike you’ve built.

Post Tue Jul 22, 2014 1:19 pm
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ohio-rider wrote:
Of course you know that as soon as you “restore” that plate, it will lose a couple hundred in value. Hey Paul, bolt that thing to the back of your ride just as it is, and take a photo. It might look better than you first think. I think it would be a nice touch of un- touched history to that great bike you’ve built.


Steve...Do you think Ohio BMV will accept it as it is ?

Post Wed Jul 23, 2014 3:22 am

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I would sure think so. They didn't bat an eye at this one, and yours in in a lot better shape.

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Post Wed Jul 23, 2014 7:49 am
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Now that makes me excited Steve !!!

Post Wed Jul 23, 2014 9:06 am

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I don't know about US licence plate law but that's a cracking piece of original finish, and deserves to be kept that way
Shoot, a man could have a good weekend in Dallas with all that stuff...

Post Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:19 pm
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45Brit wrote:
I don't know about US licence plate law but that's a cracking piece of original finish, and deserves to be kept that way


I agree with you and Steve Bro. It should remain as is. I will find out before the Fall season comes along if my local state BMV agrees or not.

Post Wed Jul 23, 2014 5:38 pm

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As far as the hole goes, looks like a perfect place for a period glass reflector jewel!
DD

Post Thu Jul 24, 2014 8:39 am
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Frankenstein wrote:
As far as the hole goes, looks like a perfect place for a period glass reflector jewel!
DD


If it was a period military jewel, that would work. How about a U.S. Army period dress uniform button instead ?

Post Thu Jul 24, 2014 8:42 am
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I recently turned my intention to the windshield parts again. Yeah.... I know... I am bouncing around again. :lol: What I have in windshield parts is shown in pic below. I will have to refinish some of the parts but several are in mint condition already. All are NOS OEM or OEM.

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What I do not have in windshield parts are marked in red asterisks or outlined in red in the windshield parts illustration pic below.

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I have an NOS OEM WLA windshield apron but it turns out it is a #58124-48, not the #11306-41BN apron I need. The one I have was used on 1950-1952 WLA’s. My NOS apron was also used on all Big Twin models 1940-1949, civilian 45 models 1950-1952, and Servi Car springer models 1953-1954. The only thing that makes my NOS apron a WLA apron is the olive drab color. If anyone has the apron I need and is willing to trade up evenly, give me a yell. Condition has to be good though and it must be OEM and olive drab. If I cannot find someone who will trade with me, My Ole Lady will throw it up on Ebay.

Post Tue Jul 29, 2014 4:44 pm

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What’s the plan “B” in case this windshield isn’t out there?

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