you bring home that barn find or basket case. Whats next? where to start the project?
A good place to start is with reference materials. Anything that will help you Identify parts, determine what fits what, how to properly repair or replace factory or replacement parts. Here’s a list of useful reference materials.
Factory Service manual
Harley Davidson manuals generally cover more than one model year and often more than one model That can be very useful when working with older models. During the 60’s 70’s there was a general belief that Harley parts, especially Panhead and knucklehead engine parts were interchangeable from year to year though some are many are not. Also engine numbers were stamped on replacement cases by dealers (and others). Not always using correct model year case.
What fits what
Harley-Davidson parts interchange information for V-Twins 1936 through 1983. ‘What fits what’ Also has high performance upgrade information and tips on customizing.
Spare parts books
Reprints of the original factory spare parts books. they provides OEM numbers to help identify parts required for a specific application and range of fitment. Books are available for most early years and models.
factory service bulletins ( shop dope)
Factory Service Bulletins (Shop Dope) is a compilation of tips from the factory to the dealers and is great for trouble shooting.
Manufacturers reference material
Manufacturers of parts for Harley Davidson’s such as S&S, Baker and Andrews often provide reference materials specific to their products that include specifications and installation-set up guides for specific application. Such as
Cycle electric provides technical information, installation instruction and trouble shooting for generators, alternators, voltage regulators and more.
Parts identification and general reference
How to Restore Your Harley Davidson by Bruce Palmer II. Originally published in 1991 with an updated edition in 2014. This book covers 1931-1947 knucklehead,1948-1964 Panhead, side valve 1937-1952 and 1937-1963 Servi-Car. A complete guide with photos and descriptions that will help you identify any part in the covered years. A must have if you buy and sell Harley parts.
Paint and Number Reference Book
Shop dope paint and number reference book includes cross reference of new numbers to old and old to new. Also included is the paint reference 1903- 1976.
You can never know too much about your Harley.