1942 Harley WLA Class C Racer
Thank God There's Harleys... So, let's show them!
Terry from Saint Augustine, Florida, United States sent us these photos of his great looking 1942 Harley WLA Class C Racer motorcycle which has a slightly raked 1942 WLA frame, a rare ELC Knucklehead springer fork and a 59 G Motor borrowed from a Harley Servi-Car.
Terry: "1942 WLA. Old class "C" racer, frame slightly raked for racing, no bondo. XA springer, 21"s front and back, milled heads, open chain primary. Every day rider. Put it together myself from basket and parts. Even laced the wheels. Cruises pretty good at around 60 though it doesn't like hills much. Hates to be washed (smile)... "
Terry: "Started out as a 1942 WLA but at some point in the late 40's it was converted to a C Class (civilian class) racer."
"The neck has been raked very slightly in order to to give the bike more stability at speed. It is by far the best job I've ever seen. No bondo or filler of any kind. I've had a couple old timers tell me they thought it might be factory done but I can't confirm it. The front end is of a rare ELC Knucklehead inline springer off of a Canadian military bike."
Terry: "The bike is a daily rider and is not a trailer queen or a pristine resto. I left as much of the original patina on it as I could."
"It has a 34 tooth drive sprocket so it's a pretty decent cruizer. I ride this thing pretty much every day and had it out on a couple 300+ mile runs it's never let me down. It's old so it leaks oil as all the old bikes do. If anyone ever tells you their old bike doesn't leak it either a) doesn't get ridden or b) doesn't have any oil in it."
59 G Motor of Harley Servi-Car
Terry: "The bike was incomplete and had been sitting for quite a few years when I found it. It now has a 59 G motor with alloy heads that have been milled 120 thou to bring the compression up and give it a bit more oomph. It has an open chain primary, rocker clutch, tank shift and a 34mm Mikuni (the only way to go if you want to ride one of these very often)."
Open chain primary.
Terry: "Motor was cracked and blown, tranny was blown apart as well. Saved the top end for the G bottom. G heads were in better shape so I milled 'em and put them on. Tranny is 3 with reverse that I was given by a friend for helping sell some old parts. The tranny was TOAST and I mean TOAST! I've never seen so many broken gear teeth in my life. I can't for the life of me figure how they did it... Thanks for posting it... Terry"
ELC Knucklehead Springer Fork
Terry's 1942 WLA Racer Bobber is fitted with a Springer fork taken from a Harley Model ELC Knucklehead Canadian Army motorcycle, which is quite rare.
A Peek in the Shop!
For some obscure reason we always love to see pictures of bikes on the work bench...
Terry's Bobber During a Previous Life
In the pictures above you see Terry's WLA Bobber with the heavy rear fender bobbed to suggest that the original hinged rear portion of the fender has been removed (like people actually did in the old days). In a previous stage, Terry's WLA Bobber had a lighter and more slender rear fender like shown on the pictures below.
Actually, this Harley Class C Racer is currently for sale.
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