Thursday, April 19, 2012
Making a Little Progress
I have been trying to get the primary wrapped up on my Sportster and have a had a ratchet gear bushing on back order for about 3 weeks. I finally got tired of waiting and called the local Harley Davidson dealership and low and behold they referred me to Mestminster Harley Davidson. I didn't expect much as I have been this route before with old bikes, to my surprise they had the bushing so I drove over to pick it up as I need to get this bike running. When I got there the parts guys were extremely helpful and had the part ready. I should have known this, but the bushing has to be reamed to fit and they didn't have anyone who could do it for me. After being told that " everyone who works on these old bikes is dead", even though I assured them that we are not dead but very alive. These guys were about the best I have seen in a long while, they asked if I had tried Sporty Specialties which was about 10 miles from their shop. They called over there and the owner had what I needed and after a bit more effort I had everything I needed (almost ). It turns out that the later one piece ratchet gear and bushing do not work on a '69 XLCH so I had my son Nick take the bushing I bought from Harley to school and he is going to take care of it. When he graduates from machinist school I would like to buy him a shop sized mill and lathe. For both of us.
Bottom line is that customer service pays off, if I ever buy a new Harley I know exactly where I am going. Westminster Harley Davidson, thanks guys !