1916 motor case wanted.

1916 J

My friend Patrik from Kristinehamn in Sweden has hit a problem on his ’16J build and is looking for a right hand engine / motor case. Preferably in good condition but able to work if some welding is required but no cracks around the bushings please. We can find repro parts but would like to stay original if possible.

And is anyone else out there doing a build on a ’16, maybe with some other spare parts? Please let me or Patrik know. Thanks.




Clutch parts needed.

Rune from Norway has been in contact and needs some clutch parts for his 1916. If anyone can help contact him direct or mail me. Thanks Ian
“I am restoring a 1916 Harley F and missing a few parts. My gearbox is converted to the pre 1919 main shaft with clutch rolling directly on the main shaft. I can easily find a pre 1919 shaft, but the clutch with internal roller caging is a difficult part to find. Maybe someone viewing your site might be able to help. Thank you.”
With regards, Rune

Remy 250 wanted

Nils from Norway has a running 1916 J but is using a Bosch ZEV magneto instead of the original Remy mag-dyno.  He wants to convert back to original so if anyone knows of a unit; working or not, please get in contact.  He will do a trade with his ZEV. Thanks.

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1916 cam cover

Rob, who bought the 16J has really got stuck into the project.  However, he has since found out that the cam cover has been repaired on the oil pump section and he’s not confidant it will seal or work correctly. If anyone happens to have one or have any leads, please let me know or contact Rob direct.  You can get him at;

Harley 1916 J – NOW SOLD


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This is a very rare 1916 Model J; the first year with the three speed transmission and step starter.  It was only the second year with the electric lighting system.

As listed on eBay;


This project is virtually complete with the non present parts either on order or easily available.  Most parts are original, some are repop, some could be either. There are new repop gas tanks AND the original tanks as well, one with original paint and fittings. The full electrics package is included with Remy Mag-dyno (worth $3k alone), headlight, rear light, horn, and Weston ammeter.

Work done.  The wheels have been built up (loosely), the hubs and bearings sorted, and NOS tyres fitted.  The rear brake drum skimmed and new brake shoes fitted.  All the hardware for the rolling chassis is in place.  Seat bar and post fitted. Forks assembled, handlebars complete with new spirals, internals, cables. Correct footboards, mounts, etc fitted.

Parts needed. Battery box (on order) electric switch cover, rear stand catch, a brake linkage, drive chains, some fasteners.

Work needed. Wheels will need to be un-built for paint, plating or patina work. Motor and trans need going through. Bottom end of motor has been done preciously and feels very good.

Extra parts included. Spare clutch, carb, manifold, gas tanks, floorboard mounts, several ‘wrong year’ parts. Loads of fasteners, rubber parts.

Also included is a correct year sidecar project.  The tub is rusted through but a great pattern.  Frame, springs, hub, stub cones, rim, fender, new matching white Tyre.

There will be some parts I have missed but please ask. This is a great project with high potential value.  I have only seen one other 1916 Electric, that was in the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, but the lighting had been stripped and gas lights fitted!

Any inspection welcome and help given if required.  The bike is fully UK registered.

Bikes for sale – BOTH SOLD


The 1916J and the Hippy Indian Chief are both up for sale now.

Hopefully they will free up some space for something from the EJ Cole Collection being auctioned in March.  It is also the day of the Pioneer Run in the UK so something will have to give!

The 348 Chief is a complete running machine, registered in the UK and with some good miles under its belt.

The J has nearly all the parts in place to start a build.  It takes up so much space with all the extras and the side-car but it is a great chance to get stuck into a straight forward restoration. It is also UK registered.

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August posts from the old blog

Friday, 29 August 2014


CK253 Rear stand only for Harley 1912 – 1916 singles and twins.
Listed new in 1912 as a spare part at $2.00 but by October 1923 was $2.50.
I just paid $400 plus shipping for this repop stand.  I have compared it to an original I have on a ’15 and I have another on a ’13.  The form it’s made out of is quite difficult to copy and the alignment angles need some work.  The sides need to be filled with shaped bar but it has been made well and isn’t covered in MIG or TIG welds like so many parts are these days.  Nice part.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014


Rarer than hen’s teeth.  Magneto-dynamo for 1915 and 1916 Electric models.
Will fit some later versions as well.  Has 45 mm shaft height like the Bosch ZEV.
It’s a very interesting part but didn’t last for long.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Wiring tidy up.

Nightmare wiring in the Hippy Indian.
Nice little wiring loom from Moen at IPE in Denmark.
You can also see the left hand shifter installed now.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

1948 Hippy Indian

I’ve got the Indian in the workshop now.  Bought as a runner a month ago but you know the story.
She won’t need much though, a re-wire, new sealed beam and some bulbs, swap the gas and timing controls over and then fit a left hand shifter.
Indian Chiefs – I love em.

1913 all blinged up.

All blinged up but it’s not easy finding era correct parts like these.
Can’t fault the finish on the headlamp, great Handphone horn and fully connected Prestolite gas cylinder for the lights.
A better view of the Prestolite and the brass head Corbin speedometer.
Rack is correct for 16 and later but not 13.  The length needed to be altered to make it fit.
Very useful for rain gear and spare fuel; the tank only holds one gallon (UK).
Very rare Fidelity rear gas light but I need to do a better job with the number plate.
Super rare A-K front wheel lock.  Era correct, I’ve never seen another one.
Perfect matching tax disc holder came of a 1914 Triumph.

JD rear band brake

I keep seeing this JD band brake on US eBay.  Its a nice part and they don’t come up often but at $250 all in, it might just sit on the shelf forever.  I’ve seen better for less money and it needs relining and some repair.
But it is a nice part……..

Thor rear hub

This is the rear hub on my 1913 Harley.
Its by Thor, has a coaster brake inside the hub and a clutch by Freewheel.
All the parts on the far side are the Corbin speedometer ring gear and fittings.
And this is a pattern copy of the same part.  It will go on my 12 twin.  It’s almost a complete unit.  I just need to make a couple of spacers and sort out a cover for the oiler.

What the finished 16J might look like

If I put a Remy mag-dyno on the 16 then she will end up like this.  Battery under the seat, electrics box on the Remy, plus the electric options.
That’s a tool box on the gas tank.  Very nice job by someone.
A better view of the electric horn and front light. Nice correct tool box as well.

1916 Harley Davidson 16F

This is the 16F; the magneto version of the 16J.  Its exactly the same bike as the J but without the Remy mag-dyno and the electric lights and horn.

This is a very ride-able bike, three speed (second year) and a proper kick starter (first year).
It’s also got a ‘proper’ brake rather than the earlier coaster type.
This particular machine was restored by Antique Bike in Sweden.

1916 Harley Davidson 16J

This is an interesting project that has just come in;  Fresh from California via Felixstowe.
Its a 1916 Harley Davidson model J.  This (J) is the electric model with electric lighting via a generator and an electric horn.  The F came with just a magneto for ignition, the J had a mag-dyno to do the ignition and lighting jobs.  This was the second year of the electric model.This is a great project with loads of extra parts including spare carbs, clutches, tanks (including one with original paint) AND a year correct side car (16L).
I’ve started ordering up all the missing parts and will either complete the project and sell as a running bike or find the missing parts and sell it as a complete project.I just need to decide whether to go with the original Remy mag-dyno; very rare but somewhat unreliable or to fit a ZEV magneto; not so rare and can’t run the electric options but much more reliable.Fitting the mag only is what they did back in the days when the Remy used to fail.

Vincent for sale.

Vincent for sale


Monday, 18 August 2014

Assorted knuckleheads

Can you have too much of a good thing?
From the left, stocker, bobber, chopper.

The Indians are coming (and going).

I restored this 348 a couple of years ago now.  A lovely bike from Holland.  She was hand painted blue when I got her but I matched the original paint, lovely Indian Red, on the underside of the fenders and it came out really well.  I also had to swap the throttle and ignition hand spirals (throttle was originally on the left side) and convert the hand shift from the right side of the tank to the left.
She went to a really nice bloke call Scott and as far a I know he still has her.
This black and red basket came in last year from an old friend in Tacoma, Washington and was a quick turn around – sold as a non running project. All there, lovely Flanders bars and Beck grips.
This one is a recent arrival and in the workshop now.  Sold as a runner but guess what?
I’ll keep the hippy chic finish and get her running right before she leaves.


1908 Excelsior

This was an interesting project but it was never finished.  I bought it from old friend Zeke Rhodes in Colorado.  The top two picture come from Steve Wrights book, they show what the model was originally like.  The next two show the actual bike, but an offer made ‘mid project’ meant that she was sold uncompleted.
I never found out how she finished up.

1910 Thor

I bought this as someone else’s unfinished project.  She was mainly all there baring the very hard to find Hedstrom carb and manifold (plus the usual small bits).
We fitted a very early, pre-tickler, Schebler carb and there is a film on YouTube of her starting up for the first time in donkey’s years.  Loads of smoke, Kevin pedalling like a lunatic and almost having a seizure,
me laughing my head off.  So much for health and Safety!