1962 Duo VIN

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jgm854
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1962 Duo VIN

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Post by jgm854 » Fri Aug 26, 2005 9:09 am

Anyone know of a website or someone I can get the background on my VIN# on my bike?...Thanks..Jim..please send response to jgm8806@comcast.net.



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Re: 1962 Duo VIN

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Post by panache » Fri Aug 26, 2005 2:04 pm

Well, here's something I got from a search on this BBoard... I myself haven't contacted HD to confirm authenticity of the major parts of my old Panhead yet.
You might want to try calling Harley Davidson customer service at 414-343-4056. In my case (for a 63 FL), I provided them with my VIN and they gave me a "birth" date. Then he told me where to look for the Trans #, Fork stem bracket #, Frame stamp #, and Crankcase Production # and they were able to look through the hand written ledger (that I understand only goes back to 1962) and determine that all components on my bike were original to the bike as it was assembled (made me ONE HAPPY GUY). They WON'T tell YOU the numbers, only verify the numbers YOU provide to them. He also sent me a certification letter attesting that the numbers were original component as manufactured with the VIN.

My numbers ran like this:
Fork: BXXXX
Trans: AXXXX
Frame: BXXXX

I delt with a gentleman named Peter Simet at HD who was VERY helpfull, although you need to be PATIENT, as the ledger is hand written and neither chronologically nor numerically arranged and therefore does take some time for him to look things up.

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Re: 1962 Duo VIN

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Post by Cotten » Sat Aug 27, 2005 9:12 am

Panache! Where did you find the forkstem bracket number?

....Cotten

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Re: 1962 Duo VIN

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Post by jgm854 » Sat Aug 27, 2005 2:56 pm

Thank You very much!!! I appreciate the reply....I will try to call him on Monday....I appreciate it......Jim

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Re: 1962 Duo VIN

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Post by panache » Sat Aug 27, 2005 9:07 pm

Cotton,

I clipped and re-posted the message segment as it was -- I myself never have looked for frame numbers or forkstem numbers. I do remember getting a 60wt HD oil "pomade" while sticking my head under my '64 FLH getting the engine belly numbers. They matched and were of the correct vintage for a '64. I did take apart the bullneck to check on the wiring, but I don't remember seeing any numbers on the triple-tree parts. Maybe Jim will get some instructions from Harley as to where to look for a number.

...David

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Re: 1962 Duo VIN

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Post by Cotten » Sun Aug 28, 2005 10:12 am

David!

I think the forkstem bracket numbers started in '70.

....Cotten

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Re: 1962 Duo VIN

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Post by 63 KCPD » Tue Aug 30, 2005 4:16 pm

jgm854 / Cotten - I was the one who originally posted that reply. I was told by Peter Simet at HD where to look for the numbers. They are STAMPED, not cast. He said they started the numbers in 1961. The fork bracket # is on the lower right hand side and the frame # is on the left side of the neck. They are only about 1/8 inch and very fine line, so they may be covered up if you have multiple paint layers. I had to shine offset light in order to see them. As I said before, they both begin with a capital letter followed by 4 didgits, similar to a trans number.

...Dale

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Re: 1962 Duo VIN

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Post by FlatHeadSix » Tue Aug 30, 2005 7:17 pm

The numbering system that Cotten is referring to is the 9 digit VIN that AMF used from 1970 to 1980. All the bikes produced during that period (except a few weird ones in 1979) left the factory with the same identical number stamped on the engine and the frame.
The first 2 digits are a model code, like 5A (a servi), the next five are the production number (always over 10000), and the last 2 are the year code usually beginning with H and followed by the single digit representing the last digit of the year (H1 = 1971).
On my 71 the numbers are stamped into a boss on the right side of the neck just behind the fork tube. The numbers 3 and 5 are really strange looking, kind of italic and slanted back wards, but the frame number and engine number match exactly and have the same style letters and numbers.
Can't help you much with the 61 thru 69 numbers, I never had one.

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Re: 1962 Duo VIN

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Post by Cotten » Wed Aug 31, 2005 9:44 am

For clarity:
The numbers on '62(?) and later tranny cases, and on the left side of ~'62(?)-'69 headstocks, and on post-'70 forktabs, are not VINs, but production numbers, just like belly numbers.
(Its still a felony to deface them.)
Through '69 there was only a VIN on the left motorcase.
I didn't find time today to inspect my '65s for forkbracket numbers.

...Cotten

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Re: 1962 Duo VIN

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Post by 52WLCnFL » Wed Aug 31, 2005 2:01 pm

Is this the frame number?. Its on my '63 FL.

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Re: 1962 Duo VIN

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Post by panheadbob » Wed Aug 31, 2005 11:04 pm

Thanks for the info!! I checked my own '63 FL frame and found that same type number that I never knew was there before.

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