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    Jerry
    Are you thinking this might be a frame you repaired? Or just a similar alteration?

    P.S.
    Davenport is what got me interested in old bikes about 25 years ago! It’s a good time.

    Thanks
    John

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    John I doubt it because I know where most of the frames I fixed went but years ago I did not know about die numbers and could have cared less. I was just interested in making good frames out of junk ones.

    I was kind of making a joke but at the same time I was serious because I did mismatch frames and I know others that did too.

    Jerry


    Quote Originally Posted by sieber60 View Post
    Jerry
    Are you thinking this might be a frame you repaired? Or just a similar alteration?

    P.S.
    Davenport is what got me interested in old bikes about 25 years ago! It’s a good time.

    Thanks
    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Haynes View Post
    A friend has an original H-D Frame blueprint. It lists dates of frame changes. It says that after frame number 3,000 in 1954 they were all Straight Legs. Remember numbering started at 1,000 so that would be around 4,000 in serial number range.

    Can you post that blueprint because Iím sure a lot of people would like to see it, especially those who own 54s. It could also be placed in the AMCA virtual library for future reference.
    Eric

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    Hello just out of curiosity what "straight legs" are you making reference to on the 54 and later frames? I ask because in my 46 years of HD love affair the only frame with straight legs I ever saw or was talked about was the last year of the rigid frame, 1957, 57 straight leg or 57 straight bar frame, no other Pan frame, just the 57. Curious mind wonders, am I about to learn something new?

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    Tom The frame with straight legs that you are referring to as a 1957 was actually used from late 1954 through 1957.

    Jerry


    Quote Originally Posted by TomL View Post
    Hello just out of curiosity what "straight legs" are you making reference to on the 54 and later frames? I ask because in my 46 years of HD love affair the only frame with straight legs I ever saw or was talked about was the last year of the rigid frame, 1957, 57 straight leg or 57 straight bar frame, no other Pan frame, just the 57. Curious mind wonders, am I about to learn something new?

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    Hello just out of curiosity what "straight legs" are you making reference to on the 54 and later frames? I ask because in my 46 years of HD love affair the only frame with straight legs I ever saw or was talked about was the last year of the rigid frame, 1957, 57 straight leg or 57 straight bar frame, no other Pan frame, just the 57. Curious mind wonders, am I about to learn something new?
    Yes, pay attention
    36 to 47 knuckle came with straight leg frames
    48 to mid 54 pan came with wishbone frame.
    mid 54 to 57 pan came with straight leg frames

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    Ok teach, say can I smoke in your classroom? What, you don't like my attitude, leather jacket, too much pomade. BTW thanks 1950, seems there's a lot to be said for "if you let yourself, the learning won't stop til you drop"!

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    Tom, 1954 model S-L frames were made as early as April 54. And maybe earlier? Also used for 54 were two types of wishbone and Palmer described all three frames in his 37Ė64 SE but the changeover point from the second WB to the S-L is in dispute. Page 952 said the change to S-L happened at approx engine number 3501. But page 54 said per factory drawing 47000-40A the first 3500 1954 BTs have WB frames, meaning the change to S-L occurred around engine number 4500 due to engine numbers beginning at 1000.

    Thereís also a problem with page 54 referring to 47000-40A as a factory drawing because page 52 said 47000-40A was a frame PN, which it is. And this is confirmed on page 71 of my H-D catalog.





    And regardless of whether Palmer meant the change occurred around engine number 3501 or 4500, it seems both are in direct conflict with a Harley blueprint which apparently says the change happened around engine serial number 4000.
    Eric

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    Very informative info Speeding BT. I find it interesting that I can go look up guys who were HD guys in the late 60's all the 70's and 80's still HD diehards and most if asked about the Straight Leg frame will "swear by gawd" 57 was the only year straight leg as well as the last year for the Rigids. The numbers used for identification say for 54/55/56/57 there were at least 12,000 FL/FLH models produced. Where are they or where were they 40 years ago when guys my age were chopping any BT that they wanted and at that time the Holy Grail of frames was the 57 Straight Leg. Wishbone rigid frames were easy to come by and cheap, but rare were they with all brackets intact and un raked necks! Great info and thanks for posting for us old hard heads/hard butts who were ready to fight if someone disagreed about the 57's.

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    TomL; A friend of mine bought and chopped a 1955 Panhead FL in 1971. It is the bike on the right. It had it's original straight leg frame. Straight leg Panhead frames were widely available in St. Louis, as well as the bowleg Panhead frames. $75.00 bought either one.
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    Craig

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