|1932 Harley Davidson 32C (30.1 cubic inch single)
The bike was all original except the paint, though it had been done prior to 1945 (the last year the bike was registered before being parked) so it seemed appropriate to leave it as it tells so much of the bikes days as a farm vehicle in the once rural town of Wainscott, NY.
The Harley Singles were re introduced to the Harley line in 1926 (previous single being available until 1918). The new, beefier one-lungs were available in both 350 and 500cc as well as a small run of overhead valve machines, designed for competition. The production runs were small as most of the market wanted the larger V-twin models and the singles were ultimately discontinued in 1934. The ohv did do pretty well on the racing circuit though, as they were much lighter than the twins.
After a year of fiddling with the bike (which suffered from a bent valve) Randy decided it was time to pass it along to someone who could appreciate the bikes history - and hopefully finance the rebuild of one of Randy's several British post-war production race-bikes. It sold for around the price which Randy paid, which he was fine with. "I liked the bike and it had a great story to go along with it" Randy mused " but I really didn't have time or money to put into it, with all my other bike projects going on. It needed to find a new home, one where it would receive the proper care". And that home was found, as a friend of the Wheels through Time Museum purchased the bike on the spot. Hopefully it will get a valve job and also be on display for all to enjoy. For now, here are some great detailed photos of the long forgotten farm-machine from Long island:
|Original paint is listed as Olive Drab, though the over spray indicates this was touched up.
|Faint but there: the Harley Davidson insignia.
|Rusty but complete.
|The single pipe splits in the rear with two balance pipes.
|The add-on speedo was driven by this gear attached to the spokes!
|Left side Jockey shift
|Couldn't resist - better than a boardwalk "vaudeville photo"