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  • Propper headlight for my 441

    I am fairly certain the headlight that is on the bike came on it but it is banged up and has no writing on it, I have one that came with it in better shape and is marked Dietz 809 made in USA, I have a NOS one marked Dietz 809 made in USA safety light. I have seen a varity of information but I think I could use a bit more.
    “People who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those who are doing it” ― Bernard Shaw

  • #2
    Howdy sir,

    The one to have has Indian (in script) 809, a long time obsessive search turned up one for my M441. If you are fortunate enough to locate one you need to be adamant your plater tapes off this script when building the copper layer and then carefully feathers the resulting edges down. This logo is very shallow and easily obscured.

    http://www.patwilliamsracing.com/1941indianfour/
    Cheerio,
    Peter #6510
    The Ozarks
    1950 Vincent Red Touring Rapide - A Red Rapide Experience -

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    • #3
      Howdy sir,

      Here’s my bucket prior to plating. The shear size of these compared to a Motolamp makes them much more prone to damage in which a dent or other deformation is accompanied by metal stretching, therefore you want someone who has done dentless fuel tank work to have a go first before sending to a plater. This will reduce temptation for the plater to do high copper build out of expediency (who can blame them) to achieve a smooth surface via buffing which puts your script at risk of being obscured. At my 441 site is a plating shop recommendation I had good luck with 13 years ago during this build.

      Cheerio,
      Peter #6510
      The Ozarks
      1950 Vincent Red Touring Rapide - A Red Rapide Experience -

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      • #4
        Very nice, thank you!
        “People who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those who are doing it” ― Bernard Shaw

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