Here is a 42 motor that got dropped off at the shop for the next batch of motor rebuilding. The owner was riding the bike home and heard a strange noise, he thought he dropped a valve and decided to try driving the remaining three miles home. Check out the 41 to 44 fl cylinder. these things are soooo rare and hard to find. the date code was put on the cylinder wall, and most of it was machined off when hd cut the relief for the cylinder base nut.
This is the first time that I have seen a motor brought in with a tie down strap holding the cylinder in place.
here is a pic of the removed front cylinder, notice the base is still on the cases.
here are the four pieces of the base
the cause of this blow up was a sleeved fl cylinder that was punched out .040. Original fl cylinders do not sleeve well, this one grenaded. Luckily the cases were not harmed and the motor can be fixed. On another note, the bike is 42f 19xx and it has flat top lifter blocks. The 42 el that we did last year was 42el22xx and it had countersunk lifter blocks, so I guess hd switched sometime in those three hundred bikes.