Harley-Davidson 3703-36 and 3703-39 Front Fenders from Replicant Metals

New from Replicant Metals are the 3703-36 and 3703-39 front fenders used on early Flatheads and Knuckleheads which have been painstakingly recreated just as Harley-Davidson originally designed and engineered them previous to WWII. These fenders incorporate the features of the Art Deco 1934-36 VL airflow style mudguard, plus the necessary simplifications that Harley-Davidson used to meet growing transportation demands and establish the hallmark HD look.

Building a 1933 Harley-Davidson VL: Front Brake Cable and Hand Lever Installation

Connecting the front brake is relatively straight forward and requires only a few tools to complete.  To get started, you'll first run the control cable through the control coil.  Spraying a little cable lube into the control coil will help the cable slide through and it is one less thing for you to remember to do later.  On one end of your control cable there should be a crimped metal slug.  This slug fits into a slot on your brake lever and is held in place with a small set screw.

Building a 1933 Harley-Davidson VL: Front Brake Hub Rebuilld

Like the rear brake hub, the front brake hub also contains two sets of bearings.  Assembly is similar to that of the rear, although there are a few more parts that make up the completed hub.  Again, you'll first want to clean all your parts, making sure to clean out the grease passages on the bearing sleeve.

Building a 1933 Harley-Davidson VL: Rear Brake Hub Rebuild

If you've worked on any modern (as in post 1937) wheel/brake set ups, you know that all the bearings are mounted inside the wheel hub.  This is not the case with the earlier style wheels/brakes used on Harley's V-series (1930-1936).  Instead, the V-series uses bearings mounted in both the wheel hub and inside the brake hub.  Spreading the load between two sets of bearings in the wheel and brake hubs may sound like a good idea, but in reality it leads to more maintenance and more chances for failure.  Still, I've decided to keep the bike as original as possible and will be running it with the original set up.

Building a 1933 Harley-Davidson VL: Handlebars

If you've never put together a set of vintage Harley-Davidson handlebars before, you'll be surprised by just how many parts are needed to complete the job.  The control coil system which operates the throttle and spark advance are an ingenious set up, but have far more pieces than you would find in your typical modern throttle cable.  Luckily, assembly is very straightforward and only takes a couple hand tools to complete.