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LittleAl
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My 1954 FL as purchased

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Post by LittleAl » Wed Jan 14, 2009 5:54 am

And just for a laugh, this is my 1954 FL on the day I bought it. This picture is from the eBay from which I bought it. First thing I did when I got it home was strip it down to parts. Tossed out in the shed just about everything except the motor and trans. I considered that the best start I could make. Since then the only big thing I've bought was an unmolested 1951 frame. the frame only needs a minor motor mount repair, the toolbox mount welded back on and I'm having a bit a trouble with the fork lock, but I'll leave that for another thread.
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Re: My 1954 FL as purchased

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Post by FlatHeadSix » Wed Jan 14, 2009 6:42 am

Al,
It looks like the stereotype or "poster bike" for the typical shade tree chopper of the era. We were all guilty. I'm convinced that Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper influenced the untimely death of more perfectly good pans than they will ever realize.

glad you're trying to bring it back, don't give up on it!

mike

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Re: My 1954 FL as purchased

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Post by john HD » Wed Jan 14, 2009 12:34 pm

hi al,

looks about the same as my '55 did when i got it. minus the candy apple red paint.

i wish hacksaws had never been invented!

john

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Re: My 1954 FL as purchased

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Post by Cotten » Wed Jan 14, 2009 2:12 pm

Most states would consider the frame a felony, unless the VIN somehow remains untouched.

....Cotten

LittleAl
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Re: My 1954 FL as purchased

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Post by LittleAl » Wed Jan 14, 2009 6:21 pm

Cotton,

Actually, the paperwork trail on this bike is sorta crazy.
I bought it from the original owner in Alabama. He bought the bike new in Georgia in 1954. He had a registration from 1954 with the motor number as the VIN (54FLXXXX). In the late 70's he moved to Alabama and apparently swapped out the frame and got a title and registration from Alabama using the VIN numbers off the '71 frame, but still as a 1954 on both the title and registration (amazing!). He kept it that way and when I bought it 18 months ago I got Alabama title and registration as a 1954 Harley (but using the 1971 frame VIN) along with a bill of sale from him for the same bike and VIN. He gave me a pile of registrations for consecutive years of registration from 1954 through 2007 when I bought it first from Georgia then continuing onto Alabama. he rode the bike until the day I bought it.

Here in New York they do NOT issue titles for vehicles older then 1970 (I think that's the cut off year anyway) so I showed NY DMV only the original title from Georgia and his last registration slip from Georgia with the correct VIN (54FLXXXX) along with the sales slip he hand wrote. I also had to supply DMV with two close-up pictures of the motor numbers AND a pencil tracing of the entire VIN boss. On pre-title years in NY they use a transferable registration as proof of ownership and to sell with. They gave me a NON-TRANSFERABLE registration while they checked the National Database (their term not mine) which took about 30 days then they mailed me my permanent, transferable registration.

I don't know what might happen if I ever try to sell this bike outside of New York but I have a valid NY proof of ownership, have already renewed the yearly registration once and will again this April and have it insured. I'm not concerned in any event, I know I will NEVER sell this bike so my grandkids can worry about it, lol. I'm also 100% sure that the motor I have is an original 1954 FL motor

LittleAl
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Bikes: 1954 FL Panhead
1976 Sporty
1983 FXRT Shovelhead
2000 FLHT TC
2008 Anniversary Ultra
Location: New York City

Re: My 1954 FL as purchased

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Post by LittleAl » Wed Jan 14, 2009 7:14 pm

Well, I have to admit, i did a few hack jobs myself back in the day.. lol

I will though, bring her back to her former glory and she will be ridden. of the bikes I have although I put the most miles on my 2 dressers because of long trips, my '83 Shovel is my daily ride. once the '54 is done I might make her my Monday and Friday ride, lol

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