|Subject:||RE: RE: RE: Chipped cylinder||Date:||Tue Jan 29 10:00:01 2013|
Just like most companies these days, bottom line and the almighty dollar is what it's all about. It appears that after the death of Mr. William Harley (bless his soul !!!) The Davidsons decided to start minimizing processes and maxamizing profits. HD had always used MCC (Motor Casting Company) to cast all of their parts. Around 1959, they found a "more economical" casting company, that by using them, it would maxamize their profits. But the|
quality of the castings was less than average to poor. The name of the casting company they went to escapes me at the moment, but many of the Super 10 and later cylinders have fins that are not filled out all the way. I have a NOS one that has 3 of 4 places on it, like the fella posted a picture of. They got even more greedy when in 1961, the lightweight models started using a connecting rod assembly that used a needle bearing that was inferior to the old tried and true roller (rebuildable) model rod. You couldn't rebuild the new rod, you had to go buy a whole new rod assembly. More profit for the Company. That's just the way it was. No more than a .040 or .050 over piston? Just go buy ya a new cylinder. Atleast Hepolite made them some money but offering a .050 and .060 over piston for the lightweight Harleys !!! Honda started making a showing in the 60's, H-D tried to keep up with them using lesser quality parts, went down hill like any greedy business should, got bailed out by a bowling pin company, then got bought out by a bunch of money hungry doctors and lawyers, then sent 75%+ of their manufacturing production overseas, to Germany,India, Tiwan abd Japan. The rest is history. Harley, just like WalMart, used to be proud of their businesses and used the slogans like " American Made" and "Buy American. Now it's "go green" and "global marketplace" !!!!!
I tried to buy 400 new piston assemblies from a company (even some 70 and 80 over size so folks could use the last bit of their cylinders) . They told me 400 piston assemblies wasn't profitable for them !!!???!!! HUH? My response was " when your company was first starting up, you would take any job off any one that walked into the door, but now that you are "in the money" the little guy means nothng to your company". I hope all greedy companies go bankrupt !!!
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I agree with Dean, I have several Super 10 cylinders all with the same notch in them.