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Engine Step 3 - Cam Gears and Cover

Life's a bitch...   Thank God there's Harleys...

After cleaning and inspecting all four Harley cam gears and tappets, and after checking the tolerance on the bearings, we found that the original HD parts could simply be reused. To offset the classic blue-grey colour of the Ironhead Cam Cover, we replaced all nuts and bolts with the more pronounced chrome cap style nuts by Colony Machine (Stock no. 8502 - for Sportsters 1971-1973).

Photo of Harley cam gears for 1000cc Ironhead engine - by Harley Oldschool Bobber. Harley Davidson Ironhead Sportster cam gears, ready for test fitting.


Photo of Harley 1000cc Ironhead engine with cam gears test-fitted in place - by Harley Oldschool Bobber. Here you see the cam gears in place during test fitting. Luckily we could re-use the original HD parts.


Photo of L having a beer cam after test fitting the cam gears - by Harley Oldschool Bobber. Take five, time for a beer!


Photo of Harley 1000cc Ironhead engine with cam gears test-fitted in place - by Harley Oldschool Bobber. Harley cam gears and tappets in place, everything lined up correctly, ready to install the cam cover.


Photo of mounting of Cam Cover on 1973 Harley 1000cc Ironhead engine - by Harley Oldschool Bobber. We mounted the Cam Cover using new chrome bolts by Colony, which are a joy to work with!


Photo of Harley 1000cc Ironhead engine with cam gears test-fitted in place - by Harley Oldschool Bobber. Here's the Cam Cover mounted. To offset that classic blue-grey colour (although we think it's beautiful, we realize it remains seriously old school), we decided to replace all visible nuts and bolts of our Ironhead engine with the chrome cap style nuts by Colony Machine (Stock no. 8502 - for Sportsters 1971-1973). The cap-style nuts of this aftermarket kit have got more body than the original Allen style knurled type nuts, making them more pronounced.