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What do I have here??? (HG FE)

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Post by RexEstes » Wed Aug 18, 2010 4:19 am

I've got a glide front that was my dads and I have no intention of using it, although it is pretty cool, I like my springers. There is a set of NOS rear tins. Looks to be complete and in good condition (patina looks like denting in photo but everything is mint except the headlight bezel which has a quarter size dent) and the lower forks look to be casted but I can't find any markings... I need help putting a year and a value to them.
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Re: What do I have here??? (HG FE)

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Post by Panshovevo » Wed Aug 18, 2010 5:27 am

Off the top of my head, I'd say between '54 and '59, but I'm not certain, and I can't get to my books tonight.
As far as value, I'd say about $35, and I'll put a check in the mail in the morning (just kidding).
I don't really need the triple trees, tubes or sliders, but could use the hub, brake assembly, risers, and tins. Or,I would buy the assembly if the price was right.

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Post by 4pans1man » Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:22 am

Rex,

Looks like a '50-'54. Any handlebars for sale? A price for all with shipping to Ohio, 44805?

Thanks, Tony.

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Post by Panshovevo » Wed Aug 18, 2010 5:20 pm

I had a brain fart last night, it appears to be the earlier '50-53(?) rather than the later as I stated above.

Edited to change '49 to '50, as I seem to remember that '50 was the first year for stainless. I may change this again after I research this.

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Re: What do I have here??? (HG FE)

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Post by FlatHeadSix » Wed Aug 18, 2010 5:48 pm

you're getting close. Based on the horizontal stripes on the front tin its a 50-53, if it does not have Hydra-Glide embossed on the top its a '49. The sliders on the '49s were sand cast and painted black, and a lot of '49s also had adjustable fork legs for sidecar use so this is probably a 50-53 front end.

a little hard to tell exactly without picking it up and looking at it.

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Post by RexEstes » Wed Aug 18, 2010 7:23 pm

Well it DOES have the Hydra Glide embossed in the front tin. So I guess it is a 50-53 front end. Thanks for nailing that one down for me. Now to the big question... what would you value this at???

**Edit**
This may very well end up on ebay if:
1) Someone local doesnt offer me a good price first.
2) I can figure out how to best ship it.

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Post by Panshovevo » Wed Aug 18, 2010 7:49 pm

Unfortunately, I'm about as non-local as I could be, and still be in the lower 48. I honestly don't know how to put a value on it, other than to search ended auctions on Ebay.
Another possibility for a starting point is to see what Taiwan Tedd gets for replica parts. If you don't have a catalog and price list, let me know.
You may very well get your best price on Ebay, if past auctions of other original parts that I have seen are any indication, but that will probably put it out of my price range.

How are the bushings in the sliders?

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Post by RexEstes » Wed Aug 18, 2010 7:54 pm

Panshovevo wrote: How are the bushings in the sliders?
I have no idea

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Post by 4pans1man » Wed Aug 18, 2010 9:08 pm

Rex,

I'll start the offers, $550.00 plus shipping. Thats buying it "as-is"!

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Post by old52pan » Thu Aug 19, 2010 2:16 am

I will up that offer to $750 tim

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Post by RexEstes » Thu Aug 19, 2010 3:29 am

hold on guys, this isnt an auction site!!!

I think I have an idea of a ball park value for it. Im going to figure out the shipping issue and list it on Ebay. Expect to see a link in the next week, I'll keep y'all in the loop ;)

Thanks again,
Rex

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Re: What do I have here??? (HG FE)

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Post by partshunt » Sun Aug 22, 2010 9:12 am

Tony has it right ID wise, 1950 to 54. 1954 was the last year for horizontal stripes and 1950 was the first year with "Hydra Glide" on the fork tin. I cant see the Hydra Glide logo on top of the tin fork cover, or is it my eyes?.that piece may be 49 only, the whole assy could be 49 only if untouched. Tins should also be stainless steel. not chromed, but I think 49 front fork cover was plain steel. chromed, correct me if wrong on that one please.........Joe

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Post by Bigincher » Sun Aug 22, 2010 10:22 pm

The fork sliders were painted black in 1949 only.

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Post by 4pans1man » Mon Aug 23, 2010 12:54 am

Bigincher,

I think that for general sales, the '49 sliders were black. But for police they could be bought in black well through the '50's. But, if they are true '49's, they'll have the tell tale sand cast gate marks on the sliders. I have a set out in the garage, I'll try to post a picture of the casting gates. Bigincher, I always enjoy reading your posts.

See everyone in D'Port!!!!!
By the way, are these forks going to be listed anytime soon? I don't want to be away when the auction is going on.

Thanks, Tony.

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Re: What do I have here??? (HG FE)

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Post by RUBONE » Mon Aug 23, 2010 3:10 am

Bigincher would have been correct to say that sliders ONLY came in black finish for the '49 model year. From '50 on polished sliders were part of the standard and deluxe equipment groups and black were standard on police and utility groups. I believe that is what he intended, just trying to say it couldn't be '49 with polished sliders. But all the other parts were black as well for police or utility groups, the tins, cowbells, risers, even the handlebars.
Robbie

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