'49 VIN to verify

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SouthBayJay
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'49 VIN to verify

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Post by SouthBayJay » Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:44 am

Hello all, long time listener, first time caller. { Sorry.. cliché } ... Anyhow, had my 49 for a year now, bought through internet, seller was awesome, straightforward, provided me with VIN pics, belly# pics, which looked fine to me (with my limited knowledge ) belly#'s match. Received perfectly good title, all numbers matching. Fast forward to now. Had a guy come buy my place to buy some unrelated items, and he saw my panhead, and we looked it over and talked about it for a good while. ( Heck, he might even be on this forum ) ... Anyways, another great guy, way more knowledgeable about old Harleys than I, good chat with him. He bent down, looked at my VIN, and said "its bad/ fake" ... said the 49F looks good, but the numbers do not. Sooo, I really would like a 2nd, 3rd , 4th opinion... this would be kinda crap news to me. For what its worth, the boss looks "ok", I see no evidence of grinding down or building up. Thanks for your time! love the site. will def be participating more from now on.

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Re: '49 VIN to verify

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Post by 1950Panhead » Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:58 am

That is a very nice factory stamp.
Pay no attention to this guy, he doesn't know anything about Harleys
Jerry

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Re: '49 VIN to verify

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Post by kehughes » Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:06 am

They look good to me too. Now, not to take over the thread, but was '50 the last year of just an "E" or "F" stamp and model?

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Re: '49 VIN to verify

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Post by Cotten » Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:34 am

SouthBayJay!

I shall always defer to Eric,
but it looks good to me, when compared to this:
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Any differences are what I would attribute to either a different force upon the hammer, or as shown in previous decades, differences in each motorman's stamps.

...Cotten

SouthBayJay
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Re: '49 VIN to verify

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Post by SouthBayJay » Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:55 am

Thank you gentlemen ... a bit of relief. Inspired me to donate to the site. Cotten; are you implying that your picture yo just showed is ~also~ a legit #, just showing the possible variations?
Jamie

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Re: '49 VIN to verify

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Post by Cotten » Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:35 am

Yes, Jamie!

I have full confidence in its legitmacy as a factory VIN.

....Cotten

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Re: '49 VIN to verify

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Post by RUBONE » Fri Mar 28, 2014 4:33 am

Jaime,
Here is a '48 of my own. Note the similarities. Your number is fine.
Robbie

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Re: '49 VIN to verify

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Post by caschnd1 » Fri Mar 28, 2014 5:02 am

I also see no issue with your numbers. Another example of '49 numbers...

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Re: '49 VIN to verify

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Post by VPH-D » Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:29 pm

I have a 49EL and a 49FL. Your numbers look great to me. Notice how the 49 numbers seem to favor the lower area of the number pad.
VPH-D

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Re: '49 VIN to verify

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Post by hplhd » Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:50 pm

jay, what a dam shame the guy put doubts in your head. now you got your 2nd,3rd and 4th opinion to the good. he didn't offer to buy it did he? :)

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Re: '49 VIN to verify

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Post by Cotten » Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:26 pm

Jamie!

I went to snag your photo to save in my library of VINs,
and found I already had a photo of it from 11/24/11.

....Cotten

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Re: '49 VIN to verify

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Post by SouthBayJay » Sat Mar 29, 2014 1:58 am

Cotten wrote:Jamie!

I went to snag your photo to save in my library of VINs,
and found I already had a photo of it from 11/24/11.

....Cotten
Interesting ... I knew the bike had been for sale/ listed a few times before I got my grubby hands on it. Wouldn't doubt if someone posted it here in past with question...
hplhd wrote:jay, what a dam shame the guy put doubts in your head. now you got your 2nd,3rd and 4th opinion to the good. he didn't offer to buy it did he? :)
Ha Ha, well he is in fact a little bit of a wheeler-dealer he was buying a non-Harley m/c from me at the time... but I don't want to assume any malice was intended. Especially if he is a forum member. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. Very pleased with my 4+ positive opinions from y'all. Thanks again.

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