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    Quote Originally Posted by FCJ View Post
    Very cool. Quintessential Streamline Moderne. I didn't initially notice the third lens in the profile photo, but the LaSalle tail light kind of combines elements similar to those of the H-D sidecar fender lamp and the H-D 39-46 tail light. I don't know what the LaSalle tail light was actually called ("streamlined bullet tail light"?), but it looks like the love child of a stingray and an evil Cylon robot from Battlestar Galactica.Photo 1:
    I have a friend that got 'stung' by a stingray in St. Pete years ago. He said the only relief was to keep his foot in a bucket of ice water; but then his foot would get too cold and he would have to take it out. As soon as he took his foot out of the ice water, his foot would explode with pain. I think that is the same pain people feel today when they have to buy a genuine Beehive, or Streamline tail-light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by exeric View Post
    I have a friend that got 'stung' by a stingray in St. Pete years ago. He said the only relief was to keep his foot in a bucket of ice water; but then his foot would get too cold and he would have to take it out. As soon as he took his foot out of the ice water, his foot would explode with pain. I think that is the same pain people feel today when they have to buy a genuine Beehive, or Streamline tail-light.
    Yeah right.

    Axeric gets extra credit for twisting things extraordinarily to get back close to topic.

    If you buy it, its self-inflicted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T. Cotten View Post
    Any confusion, Ironwood,..Is Tedd's fault.....Cotten
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    Axeric gets extra credit for twisting things extraordinarily to get back close to topic.
    Apologies and thanks for the reminders about confusion and staying on topic. I have learned from this thread and need to remember that others may look to this thread for answers in the future. I don't know much and have questions of my own, but, to the extent I have learned anything, I can try to address unanswered questions and highlight issues that may be unresolved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bellbigdawg View Post
    by the side radius shot looks to be a non-servicar tailamp housing. also the high bulb mount plate you have should be correct for 39-41. in the new product literature from harley they state the new bulb position was changed then.
    As to the base, I have not seen the referenced new product literature. So, I could be wrong. But, to my knowledge, the low position base was used for 1939 through at least 1942 and possibly through 1946. According to Palmer, the high position base was not used until sometime after 1942 and has never been referenced in any new product announcement bulletin.

    As to the housing, I understand that Ron may now have other reason to believe that the housing is a Solo type. I don't know if any 1939-1941 housing has a "G" stamp. And, it's difficult to gauge depth based on the photos provided. However, based on the apparent absence of trim slits that may otherwise be visible and the top deck/lip area, I would guess that the housing is a Solo type for mid-1940-1941 or possibly an earlier (but not the earliest) subtype.
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    Further to above, I believe that low and high position bases (and short and tall bulbs) were used for 42-46-type tail lights, but only low position bases (and only short bulbs) were used for 39-41-type tail lights. To my knowledge:

    39-41-type tail lights used (a) a 39-41-type housing, (b) a 39-[46]-type base (aka low position base), and (c) a 39-46-type bulb no. 5058-34 (aka short bulb).

    The tail light pictured below is a 42-46-type Solo tail light that used (a) a 42-46-type housing, (b) a low position base, and (c) a 42-[46]-type bulb no. 5058-42 (aka tall bulb).

    The tail light pictured below is less common than a 42-46-type Solo tail light that used (a) a 42-46-type housing, (b) a [43]-46-type base (aka high position base), and (c) a short bulb.

    A short bulb may work with either base, but a tall bulb may only work with a low position base. There are subtypes of one or more of the parts.

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