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  • 1940 Chief 340 - Front Fender Light Location

    What is the correct location for the front fender light on a skirted chief, Note this is the 1940 Chief which I think is different from the 1946 and later front fender light positions?

    I know the 46 and later have a first hole located approximately 9.5" from the tip.
    I suspect the 1940 first hole is located 11.5" from the tip but would like confirmation.

    Bob
    Bob Beatty
    AMCA 19209

  • #2
    On my 40 Chief the front hole is 10 1/4" from the tip.
    20scout

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    • #3
      Originally posted by 20scout View Post
      On my 40 Chief the front hole is 10 1/4" from the tip.
      I do not think my 42 chief even had a fender light out of the factory, Didn't they originally come out later than 1942?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by ryan View Post
        I do not think my 42 chief even had a fender light out of the factory, Didn't they originally come out later than 1942?
        They had them in '42 Here's a pic of my 42 Chief.

        AMCA # 3233

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        • #5
          I am not 100% certain BUT I think the 1940 front fender changed in 41 slightly, I think it was made a little smaller or shorter.
          Bob Beatty
          AMCA 19209

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          • #6
            Originally posted by NiteOwl View Post
            I am not 100% certain BUT I think the 1940 front fender changed in 41 slightly, I think it was made a little smaller or shorter.
            ....and the fender skirts in 1940 were flatter, later fenders had the skirt bulge out at the seam. Good question about 1940 fender lamp! I wonder myself!

            The CAV's didn't have fender lamps, but you see them on the civilian ones....restored civilian ones.
            Last edited by pisten-bully; 04-30-2017, 10:27 AM.
            Pisten Bulley is Harry Roberts in Vermont.

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            • #7
              Hi Bob, so what measurement did you come up with? I need to drill holes in my 1940 front fender. Thanks Matt

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              • #8
                Hi
                I finally put it 9 1/4 tip to first hole center. Like the look fender light is aligned nicely at this position. I also found a technical drawing (see attached) that told me approx 9 1/2. The wording on the drawing was "first hole approximatly 9 1/2 from fender edge."
                as well as most fenders on others bikes I found were this ~9 1/4 measurement.

                Http://www.theironhorsecorral.com/co...lightholes.gif fenderlightholes.gif
                Last edited by NiteOwl; 09-06-2021, 04:27 PM.
                Bob Beatty
                AMCA 19209

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                • #9
                  Hatfield's book lists the front fender light as standard for all models except the 30.50 starting in 1940. Indian's literature shows the fender light starting in 1940. Regardless, I think they look great, and I'm putting one on my '41 SS.
                  Eric Smith
                  AMCA #886

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