1 1934 Harley Davidson VLD Diablo Motorcycle Co. In October 2008 we found a 1934Harley Davidson VLD which requiredComplete restoration. The photo onthe left is a 1934 VLD not ours butMore of what we are hoping it to bewhen we are completed.
2 Diablo Motorcycle Co.My 1934 VLD is production # 2628 of 4400 VLD motorcycle produced in 1934 and currently is 1 of only 725 Harley VLD motorcycles with current registrations worldwide. In 1934 Harley Davidson produced 3 different models of 74 ci Flathead V-Twin models * 34 VD – 74 ci low compression * 34 VL – 74 ci mid compression * 34 VLD – 74CI High compression The VLD was Harley’s new special sport model in 1933 and in 1934 they introduced the new TNT engine with 36 massive Horsepower with the one year only upswept exhaust system and newly skirted fenders. For those long rides the saddle was now further enhance with the new sponge rubber cushion for greater enjoyment1933 Harley V
3 The find, Oct 27, 2008 Diablo Motorcycle Co. We found our project at 45 Performance in Port Dover who was selling it for a Rick Barger. The Harley Davidson ‘34 VLD had sat in a barn for the past 20 years and was only in the past few years had the last owner start to gather parts for the restoration which resulted in the red gas tanks and battery box. As one can see the wheels are from anything but a 1934 Harley
4 Diablo Motorcycle Co.Jan 2009 we placed the 1934 VLD in the Vintage class at the International Motorcycle Super Show and won 3 place in the heavy bike class, with its faded paint and rusted glory
5 Diablo Motorcycle Co.Jan 19th , 2009 saw the start of the slow and painful restoration program, which meant what we already had, had to come apart, be verified, cataloged, clean, repaired, replaced or still had to be found
7 Diablo Motorcycle Co.One of the first things we discovered was 75 years of grease jammed in every little spot. The second thing was that the motor had never been apart and was in remarkable conditionNote the oil pumpThe amount of oil flowWas controlled bythe throttle.
8 Diablo Motorcycle Co.Jan 2009 basically had us come to the realization that we now had a ton of unassembled parts, which need almost as many replacement items as we had started out with.
9 Diablo Motorcycle Co.It doesn’t take very long to completely take something apart.The challenge is remembering how it goes back together.
10 Diablo Motorcycle Co.The search was on. We now had somewhat of an assembled list of parts which were needed to complete the restoration, so swap meets were the first choice to go to and see what we could find. What we found were umpteen piles of crap being sold to many people who really didn’t know what they were looking for which made it very easy for vendors to sell the wrong parts, for the wrong bikes for the wrong year. It was easy to learn very quickly that it is essential to know what you are looking for not just an idea of what it was suppose to be. The use of the internet proved to be the best source for parts and that any given time there are approximately 120 plus items available for sale that fit 1930 – 1936 Harley V series motorcycles. From these contact we were able to find other sources all over the world for the much needed parts
11 Diablo Motorcycle Co.It quickly was becoming apparent that some parts were easy to obtainwhereas other proved to be a little more difficult. The new obsession torestore vintage motorcycle or to build a bobber was now adding to theProblem. The old Harley Flathead side valves motorcycles were not theMost popular motorcycle to restore even 5 years ago, but with theSaying of “What was once Old is new Again” saw these old machinesand their parts become of extreme interest. It took us 6 months just to findthe clutch assembly which was located in Lititz PA
12 Diablo Motorcycle Co.Other items of extreme difficulty were the proper axles and wheel hubs.The 1930 – 1936 V series motorcycle use star wheel hubs, but the onesused in these years are different than the ones Harley used on the 1936Knucklehead to 1966, which of course there are several NOS andreproduction parts available of.Our search for these parts has taken us from Toronto to Kingston’Buffalo to California’ England to Poland & Discussion with people in Australia1935 HarleyVL
13 Diablo Motorcycle Co.By July of 2009 we had started to see some light in the tunnel, where partsHad been refinished several other s had been located and the tanks and fendersWere at the body shop getting a new look on life. We could start to put some of theseback together again before we completely forgot where they went
14 A long summer of searching was rewarding with the proper Star wheels Diablo Motorcycle Co.Diablo Motorcycle Co.A long summer of searching was rewarding with the proper Star wheelsHubs being found and rebuilt. New spokes from VL Heaven in EnglandAllowed for original rims to be re-laced and new ” tires to be installed
15 Diablo Motorcycle Co.It’s now Dec 17, 2009 and our 1934 Harley Davidson VLD isstarting to look like a real motorcycle and once again resemblewhat it was in 1934.
16 Dec 24, Our lower drive line is now complete with the clutch, primary system complete and the rear drive chain in place. We were able to locate the proper floor pad rivets this week as well as the original inspection covers for outer primary cover. The front And rear brakes are also now finished with new brake lining and seals