Old oil tank

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by taw1776, Dec 4, 2015.

  1. taw1776

    taw1776 New Member

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    Does anyone know what years the Harley oil tank looks like the gas tank ?
     
  2. tourbox

    tourbox Senior Member

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    Welcome from So. Texas. Are you talking where 1/2 the gas tank was used for oil? If so the the early 1900's were that way. A friend is building a 1913 replica and has an original 1912-1913 tank and it's that way. I don't know of any others.
    tourbox
     
  3. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    Tourbox is right, Indians were the same, I have seen custom choppers with fat bob tanks using the left side tank for oil
    I do believe the Harley Knuclehead had this tank also
     
  4. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

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    My Harley Davidson Data book shows the 1936 Knucklehead as the first year with the "U" shaped oil tank under the seat. 1936 was also the first year the engines had a recirculating oil system. Previous were total loss. Talk about "marking your spot". :D
     
  5. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    My bad, Pete is right The Knuck and Pans were the first with a recirculating oil system and horse shoe oil tank Prior years had a partition in the gas tank with a drip(total loss ) oil system
     
  6. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    In the uk tv series a bike is born Harley Davidson Mark Evans did a restoration of a 1942 wlc 45 I am sure that half the right side tank was for oil the left side tank had a bulbous extension that sat in a recess in the right side tank for the larger capacity of fuel
    It has been a wee while since I watched it so I could be wrong but that is how I remember it

    Brian
     
  7. fin_676

    fin_676 Experienced Member Staff Member Moderator Contributor

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    Did a wee bit of poking about the net on this flathead tanks had the 2 piece tank with oil in the right side and a recession for the left side fuel tank bulbous extension to fit into
    Servi-car up to 1973 seems to be the last of this style

    Brian
     
  8. BUBBIE

    BUBBIE Well-Known Member

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    Call me OLD..... :small3d015:

    I remembered a Hand pump you pulled Up to get oil and down to deliver it every now and then when the motor Rattled some...

    Am I Old ? or AM I OLD.!!!

    signed....BUBBIE
     
  9. geezer

    geezer Senior Member Contributor

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    You're old!! :lero
     
  10. Jeff Klarich

    Jeff Klarich Well-Known Member Contributor

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    I'm not saying you're old BUBBIE but rumor has it you got the 1st Harley off the assembly line.:bigsmiley20: