1949 Harley WL Flathead Bobber

Source – www.flathead-bobbers.com

Willy from Carson City, Nevada, United States made available these photos of his great classic
1949 Harley WL Flathead Bobber.

Willy: “I seen yer page on the net today and thought I’d share a couple of pics of my 1949 WL. I bought this thing back in December 2007 as a runnin’ basket case and tore it all apart and started over. She may not be the hottest thing on two wheels but I’m furly proud of my work.”

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Well, Willy, you sure can be proud. She’s just beautiful. I don’t know many guys who wouldn’t like to take your Bobber for a ride up and down the strip!

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The WL Flathead engine has 45 cubic inch capacity and roughly 30hp. While not exactly a racing engine, the Flathead is quite reliable and represents one of Harley Davidson’s most successful engine designs, if only for the fact that production of the several variations of the 45ci Flathead stretched over forty four years: from 1929 until 1973!

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One of the trademarks of the 45 cubic inch WL engine is the secondary chain on the right side of the bike, just like the later K Sports and XL Sportsters had! All other Harley Flatheads have the secondary chain on the left hand side of the bike, like all big twins.

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Close up of Willy’s 45 cubic inch capacity Harley Flathead engine. Note the clutch lever!

(October 2008)

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Willy’s 1949 Harley WL Bobber – Pt. 2

We thank Willy from Carson City, Nevada, United States for sending us more photos of his great classic
Willy: “You requested some shots of the left side so’s I figured I’d send a couple along with a frontal shot and a couple close-ups.”

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Photo of Willy on his 1949 WL Harley Flathead Old school Bobber.

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(November 2008)

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Willy’s 1949 Harley WL Bobber Details

We thank Willy from Carson City, Nevada, United States for sending us more photos of his great classic
1949 Harley WL Flathead Bobber.
On this third page of Willy’s WL we present you some nice pictures showing details of the WL Flathead engine,
and how Willy mounted the apehanger without using dogbones.

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Willy’s Apes Without Dogbones

Willy: “I have two shots here in particular that the viewers might be interested in…
the close-ups of the adapter plate I designed for the risers and apes. The details are as follows:

  • I tapped the rear fork tubes with a 3/4-16 tap, in which prior drilling wasn’t needed.
  • I purchased a couple 3/4-16 grade 5 bolts, center-drilled them full-length with a 1/2 drill, and welded a 1/2-20 stud into them.
  • I then cut a plate from 3/8 thick 4130 steel,
    centered it and drilled holes for studs and centered and drilled at 3 inches for the risers and, well, there ya go!

I figured anyone that was planning on adding apes without using dogbones would be interested in this method.”

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Harley WL Flathead Engine Details

 

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(January 2009)