As I'm new here, I'll start by introducing myself. My name is Danny Calderone and I'm looking into picking up my first panhead. I've wanted one for quite some time and I'm finally in the position to pick one up. I have looked at several mismatched piles lately but have now come across exactly what I'm looking for, but not without concern. I found a 55 rigid a couple hours from home and went to see it tonight. It looked pretty good with the exception of what I'm hoping is a little minor confusion on my part. The belly numbers were matching and in the proper orientation on the cases, but they indicated a 74 ci 1956 build (156xxx) whereas the number on the left case beneath the jugs was 55FLxxx indicating a 1955 model year. Does this make sense to anyone here?
On another note, the owner told me that when he bought the bike and took it to be titled here in Indiana he was given the run around because the frame wasn't stamped with a VIN. He claims they made him designate a VIN to that frame and it was then forced to be registered with a 2007 custom manufactured motor vehicle title.
I'd hate to miss out on this over some confusion, so does anyone have any input on this DMV fiasco? I would like to have the title reissued as a 1955 Harley Davidson if possible and this may be enough to keep me from buying it. If there is any funny business with the VIN I'd be willing to bet it was before this guy got it, he seems to be an honest, straight shooting guy. Any info or direction would be greatly appreciated.