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We have a 1946 Chief frame, tranny and engine and are wondering about using Harley parts to get it on the road. Found a 48 Chief with a FLH front end pictured from the 70's but not to sure where to go from here. Any info would be appreciated if anyone knows if any certain year HD would be a close fit for wheels, brakes etc. Are not able to restore completely account monetary restrictions, no disrespect to true Indian riders.
 

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Be aware that Harley and Indian are opposite in many ways. Indian - fine threads, axle left hand threads. Clutch, gears, and of course left hand throttle. Even the spark advance twists differently.

I hope that gives you an idea. I have most, if not all manuals and parts diagrams.

That said, our guru put a Franken bike together one winter, just because.

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Thanks for the input. Where did you find the manuals. Most of the ones I've seen don't give a description as to the contents. Parts diagrams on Greer and Kiwi are what I've been going by. Guess I'm looking to pick someone's brain without becoming a nuisance. It's difficult with people who do this for a living account their time is valuable.
 

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I have a shovelhead with Indian girder front end.
All big twins have a 1 inch neck post.
Sportsters,early triumphs Norton's have 7/8.
Nostalgia cycle parts has cross over numbers.
Old wheel cylinder brake parts were actually Willie's Jeep.(one example)
 

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Thanks for the input. Where did you find the manuals. Most of the ones I've seen don't give a description as to the contents. Parts diagrams on Greer and Kiwi are what I've been going by. Guess I'm looking to pick someone's brain without becoming a nuisance. It's difficult with people who do this for a living account their time is valuable.
Sorry for such a delay.

Said Guru's father was an Indian dealer for decades so we have access to them, and have made personal copies for us. As for the Harley's, I have collected them since 1980's. Sturgis in 1990, Daytona 1991, 90th HD birthday in Milwaukee and many other locations I have gained access to them. Add to the fact I worked in the digital printing and copier industry, I was able to make dup's all over the country.

Get a parts diagram and most importantly, a reference between part #s and bolt specifics (thread count, grade, etc.)

Happy wrenching...


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I have a shovelhead with Indian girder front end.
All big twins have a 1 inch neck post.
Sportsters,early triumphs Norton's have 7/8.
Nostalgia cycle parts has cross over numbers.
Old wheel cylinder brake parts were actually Willie's Jeep.(one example)
Care to provide a link to that cross over list? AFAIK Nostalgia Cycle has been out of business since sometime in the mid 90s. And good riddance to them, I might add. We used to call them Nasty Olga. :rolleyes:
 

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no part # but from American Bearings, the sizes are top race 2" OD, bottom race 2 3/8" OD, check your frame, mine was for a 1947 Chief. for 1" stem. Also try Greer lower #6206EE, Upper 6205EE, 1 piece needle bearings sealed.
don't remember what front end I got E-bay good deal, about 90 to 95 like a FX front end and wheel for tubeless tire.
 
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