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    Quote Originally Posted by c.o. View Post
    It just goes to show that there could be more stuff that has yet to be uncovered.
    No doubt about that! That's what keeps us turning over rocks I guess. I find it hilarious when someone will say "one of only 4 in existence" or whatever. It may be a small world when it comes to antique motorcycles, but not as small as one would think.

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    I dont think the "Comet " motor theory holds any water. For starters if you look at pictures of a comet, the comet engine really looks nothing like a harley engine. the 1823 engine looks exactly like a harley engine in every way, including the location of the 5 VIN numbers and the size and font of those numbers. Over the years I have seen several different makes of engines that were in rebadged chassis, or used for different applications, and all of them had the lettering removed professionally. Either by machining off the lettering or taking off the lettering prior to casting. When Dale brought 1823 back to his space we laid it sideways on the table and got a good look at where the lettering use to be, and you could definatly see evidence of where the lettering had been removed. And it wasn't machined off, it had been removed by hand as there were very small waves in the aluminum. I believe that when harley sold engines they left Harley Davidson on the cases.
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    Quote Originally Posted by c.o. View Post
    Oh, photos would be cool! Hopefully Rob and Lucy made it to Oley!!!
    kind of funny. lucy and i would always leave are things at dales space. she would watch his stuff as he went out looking. well for 2 years i have been working out of town that weekend so no photos sorry.
    did harley make the first motors they used or did they buy them from evenrude?

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    It doesn't seem logical that the factory would start their VIN numbers with 1800, but lets say they did. That means that from VIN number 1800 to the lastest known 8 bolt VIN number, which is 2278, about 478 machines were produced for 1907 and 1908 combined. Does that sound right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwm View Post
    kind of funny. lucy and i would always leave are things at dales space. she would watch his stuff as he went out looking. well for 2 years i have been working out of town that weekend so no photos sorry.
    did harley make the first motors they used or did they buy them from evenrude?
    No problem Rob. I guess you and Lucy get a pass in the photo department. Evinrude engines appear somewhat similar to the early H-D powerplants but I don't think they got their motors from Oley. Didn't Perry Mack have something to do with early design? I'm guessing that it's time to take a spin through Herbs' book again.

    Quote Originally Posted by jurassic View Post
    It doesn't seem logical that the factory would start their VIN numbers with 1800, but lets say they did. That means that from VIN number 1800 to the lastest known 8 bolt VIN number, which is 2278, about 478 machines were produced for 1907 and 1908 combined. Does that sound right?
    I had a look through early reports and it seems that it was closer to 600 machines produced between '07 and '08. It's good to hear you got a good look at this latest piece. The photos don't really show the ground off letters very well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jurassic View Post
    It doesn't seem logical that the factory would start their VIN numbers with 1800, but lets say they did. That means that from VIN number 1800 to the lastest known 8 bolt VIN number, which is 2278, about 478 machines were produced for 1907 and 1908 combined. Does that sound right?
    I don't know what the logical number for vin numbers would be, but this we know. Harley claimed 150 machines for 1907, 450 for 1908 for a totoal of 600 in the two years. I don't think they would have made more than this and not published the number. I would tend to lean that they either produced that amount, but probably less. 600 right on the money? I think that is a conveniant number for publishing.

    Let's assume their numbers of 600 are correct with no gap between 1907 and 1908. With the lowest (1823) and highest(2278) numbers that are known to exist, the lowest possible vin would be 1678 (if 2278 was last straptank), or the highest possible vin would be 2423 (if 1823 was first 1907). None of those number spreads include a conveniant number to start with, say 1000.

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    Quote Originally Posted by c.o. View Post
    No problem Rob. I guess you and Lucy get a pass in the photo department.
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    don't know how but the lovely lucy got photos for you guys
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    plus she rotated them for us
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    Look at that. Photos without even showing up! Awesome!!! You'll have to thank her for us Rob. Man, that's quite the homemade frame!
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    Yes thanks Rob and Lucy!..........now.. Cory, what do you figure they used for pipe thread sealant on that frame?


    Quote Originally Posted by c.o. View Post
    Look at that. Photos without even showing up! Awesome!!! You'll have to thank her for us Rob. Man, that's quite the homemade frame!
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