late 1957 frame anomaly

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Re: late 1957 frame anomaly

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Post by dontsink » Thu Mar 19, 2015 12:21 pm

I won´t - don´t want to weaken the frame in this area. Safety first.



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Re: late 1957 frame anomaly

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Post by Tattoo » Thu Mar 19, 2015 8:36 pm

dontsink wrote:I won´t - don´t want to weaken the frame in this area. Safety first.
Weaken the frame??? LOL It didn't come from mother Harley with that flat bar there........

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Re: late 1957 frame anomaly

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Post by dontsink » Thu Mar 19, 2015 9:27 pm

It did, but a year later. But the bar was not that thick.
It´s not the weakening from removing the bar i fear , i don´t want to hurt the tubes.

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Re: late 1957 frame anomaly

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Post by USDP65 » Thu Mar 19, 2015 10:12 pm

Here is a pic. of my 58
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Re: late 1957 frame anomaly

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Post by dontsink » Thu Mar 19, 2015 10:22 pm

Great, thank you USDP65. The bar is a bit shorter but as thick as mine. And the welds are compareable. After all it could be that the bar on my frame was there when the motorcycle left Milwaukee.
Once more, thank you all for your replies.

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Re: late 1957 frame anomaly

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Post by RUBONE » Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:05 pm

In my opinion that picture of that '58 isn't stock either. H-D never ground those welds or put it together that way....

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Re: late 1957 frame anomaly

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Post by Tattoo » Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:18 pm

RUBONE wrote:In my opinion that picture of that '58 isn't stock either. H-D never ground those welds or put it together that way....

Yep it shouldn't have it and they didn't welded like that from Harley.... But if you keep saying (There is no place like home and click your heels) You might end up in Kansas.......

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Re: late 1957 frame anomaly

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Post by hydra74 » Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:56 pm

here's a picture of a '58 frame and as you can see the front strap is the same gauge as the tank mount

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Re: late 1957 frame anomaly

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Post by RUBONE » Fri Mar 20, 2015 12:57 am

Thanks Hydra!

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Re: late 1957 frame anomaly

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Post by George Greer » Fri Mar 20, 2015 4:56 am

Hydra, Robbie...

That is what mine looks like.

I will see if I can find the photos of the frame when I first got it, If I can .. I will post it.

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Re: late 1957 frame anomaly

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Post by Bosheff » Sun Mar 22, 2015 3:28 am

More than likely, the reason all these straight leg frames have this modification is that it was/is considerably easier to find a 58-78 front crashbar than it is/was to find a knuckle or late 54-57 front crashbar. Even when these crashbars were readily available 40 years ago, most were bent/tweaked beyond the effort it took to repair them. And ya gotta remember, when a crashbar does its job, it usually takes a pretty good hit or scrape. It was easier/cheaper to just remove it. The motorcycle will still go down the road without this part....bosheff

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Re: late 1957 frame anomaly

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Post by dontsink » Sat Apr 04, 2015 5:34 pm

Cut the bar off, i think after finishing it will look as it should be.
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Re: late 1957 frame anomaly

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Post by Bigincher » Sat Apr 04, 2015 6:26 pm

A little buffing, and you'll never know...!

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Re: late 1957 frame anomaly

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Post by dontsink » Fri Apr 17, 2015 4:12 pm

Better now?
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Re: late 1957 frame anomaly

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Post by Bigincher » Fri Apr 17, 2015 4:20 pm

Yup. Looks good..!

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