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1942 Harley WLA Flathead Bobber

Thank God There's Harleys...   So, let's show them!

Norbert from Buford, Georgia, United States of America sent us these photos of his custom 1942 Harley WLA Flathead Bobber which has a gas tank borrowed from a 2002 Harley Sportster.

Norbert: "I got this bike about two years ago from a noted vintage bike builder that completely rebuilt the motor, cases were split and the bottom end trued and balanced with new bearings and seals. The cylinders were bored ten-over, new pistons, rings and instahled new valve guides. Valves and valve seats were refaced, new valve springs. All engine surfaces bead-blasted clean."

Photo of 1942 Harley Flathead WLA Custom Bobber with Sportster Tank by Norbert.

Norbert turned a 1942 Harley WLA Flathead basket case into a Custom Bobber.

Norbert: "When I got the bike it had no transmission, no seat, no gastank, no oil tank. I had that same builder machine brass valve covers and he cleaned up the top end and put in new rings. He also machined an oxygen tank that I had and made it the oil tank with battery mount."

Image of 1942 WLA Harley Flathead Bobber motorcycle with 2002 Harley Sportster gas tank. Norbert: "The gas tank is from a 2002 Sportster. The front springer with was shortend to fit the original 1942 frame that came with the 1942 Motor. I purchased the three speed tranny off eBay and had it completely rebuilt with new bearings, seals and some gears. Leather solo seat has 3" springs. Foot clutch with jockey shift."

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You can check out the sound of this classic Harley Flathead engine by playing this little video clip:

Norbert riding his 1942 WLA Custom Bobber.

1942 WLA Harley Flathead Engine


Picture of 1942 Flathead Harley WLA motorcycle engine.

Photo of 1942 Harley Flathead WLA engine.

Image of 1942 WLA Harley Flathead engine. Those valve covers are machined brass, Norbert had them custom made.

Photograph of machined brass valve covers on 1942 Harley WLA Flathead motor.

Picture of 1942 Flathead Harley WLA engine and carb.

1942 WLA Harley Flathead Engine - Primary Chain


Photo of primary chain of 1942 Harley Flathead WLA engine.

Image of 1942 WLA Harley Flathead motor primary chain.

1942 WLA Harley Flathead Engine - Clutch


Photograph of clutch of 1942 Harley WLA Flathead motor.

Picture of clutch of 1942 Harley WLA motorcycle engine.

Photo of clutch unit of 1942 Harley Flathead WLA motor.

1942 Harley Flathead Engine - Tranny and Kick Starter


Image of 3 speed transmission and kick starter of 1942 WLA Harley Flathead engine. When Norbert got the bike it had no transmission. He purchased this three speed tranny off eBay and had it completely rebuilt with new bearings, seals and some gears.

1942 WLA Harley Flathead Bobber - Generator


Photograph of generator mounted on 1942 Harley WLA Flathead Custom Bobber.

1942 Harley Flathead Bobber - Custom Oil Tank


Picture of custom oil tank on 1942 Flathead Harley WLA Bobber motorcycle engine. Norbert: "I had the same builder who supplied the bike machine an oxygen tank that I had, and made it the oil tank with battery mount."

Photo of custom oil tank on 1942 Harley Flathead WLA Bobber engine.

1942 WLA Harley Flathead Bobber - Front End


Photograph of springer fork and risers on 1942 Harley WLA Flathead Bobber. Norbert shortened the front springer to fit the original 1942 frame that came with the 1942 Motor.

Picture of springer fork and risers on 1942 Flathead Bobber made of a Harley WLA motorcycle.

Photo of springer fork on 1942 Harley Flathead WLA Custom Bobber.

Image of custom risers on 1942 WLA Harley Flathead Bobber motorcycle.

1942 WLA Harley Flathead Bobber - Rear End


Photograph of rear end of 1942 Harley WLA Flathead Custom Bobber with Sportster Tank by Norbert.

Picture of rear fender and saddle of 1942 Flathead Bobber made of a Harley WLA motorcycle with 2002 Harley Sportster gas tank.

Actually, this Harley WLA Custom Bobber is currently for sale.

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