Casting mark

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03Roadking
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Casting mark

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Post by 03Roadking » Sun Mar 05, 2006 2:51 am

This picture is not too clear but I am working on a deal for a bike and I was wondering if anyone has seen or knows what this casting mark means
Thanks

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Billy
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Re: Casting mark

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Post by Billy » Sun Mar 05, 2006 6:38 am

Yep-
They are the 'oem' foundry casting markings,
& date codes (in the middle)
20- = 20th week of year.
9 = year of cylinder produced.

Example= Pan could be '49, or '59 (but differences narrow this down. (here's 2 quik diffs)
'49 had a 'plumbers intake nipple(stock)
'59 had 0-ring nipple

There are more differences, but you get the idea.

Same for flat, knuck, & shovel.

03Roadking
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Re: Casting mark

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Post by 03Roadking » Sun Mar 05, 2006 5:15 pm

Thanks again Billy
I don't know if there is an answer to this question but I found a bike, it has been setting for many years no title or paper work other than a bill of sale. I was told it was a panhead when I went to look the guy said I had to wait till next week because it is stuck in the corner with piles of stuff around it and the owner won't be back till the end of the week. I tried to talk the guy into letting me get closer to it but all I could get was the crappy picture I posted. The guy said it has been setting since the late 70's but from what I could see of the engine number it says 39ELXXXX So it's a knuck lower with pan upper and the front end is an inline springer so my question is what is it worth? would it be better to turn it back into a knuckle or leave it the way it is and ride it. I will get more information the end of next week but when I do see this guy I wanted to have a idea of what it's worth.

03Roadking
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Re: Casting mark

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Post by 03Roadking » Tue Mar 07, 2006 3:00 am

So I was doing some research and someone told me you can't put a panhead in a knuckle frame without modifying it if this is true then it can't be a knuckle frame
right?

Billy
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Re: Casting mark

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Post by Billy » Tue Mar 07, 2006 8:13 am

Right, unless the frame was molested.
But U can put a knuck in a Pan frame.

"so my question is what is it worth?"

Too hard to tell from only a few lines of description.
Some pics would help.... Might be a # job ???

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