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c/o Gerry and Lisa Lyons, 160 So. Highland Ave.,
Winter Garden, Florida, 34787-3408 407 654-6415 (FAX)
In the Spring of 1936 the Harley-Davidson Motor Company took a big gamble and introduced their new all-overhead-valve 61 c.i. "EL" motorcycle. It was their first bike to use a closed, recirculating oil lubrication system. The gamble turned out to be an enormous winner: a classic motorcycle had been created. By the time 1936 model production ended about two-thousand had been built.
That first year's Knucklehead was the forerunner, the prototype for the 11-year production run of Knuckles and the thousands of OHV Harleys produced since. The 36EL had many features unique to itself, like the frame, gear shifter, and 3-piece crash bar. Because of improvements put into place as production continued, different examples sport two and even three versions of parts that serve the same purpose, like the cam case covers. 5th tranny support brackets and oil tanks.
Now, almost 60 years along, we want to gather together this knowledge of what made 36ELs special, and help the owners and restorers of these bikes do whatever they must to rebuild them as accurately as possible. We also want to document the changes made during the production run; changes which distinguish "early," "middle," and "late" 36ELs from each other.
We are asking 36EL owners to help in this undertaking. In return, we will put you in touch with other owners and with sources of information and the special parts needed to make your 36EL "perfect." We are asking for your active participation, by letter writing and telephoning with information, comments and suggestions which will be the grist for this mill. We will provide the forum, but without input the mill will soon grind to a halt.
Our FAX number is 407 654-6415. It has a 24-hour answering machine in case we're not home. Leave us your comments, or send us a letter.