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    Default Good~looking 1932 vl.

    Greeting's, spotted this 1932 VL on Tuscan, Arizona Craigslist. Haven't seen the UL Lower with a VL top in awhile.
    He's asking $25,000-- The UL bottom is a 1937, & has a 4 speed also.
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    Nice bike, but how would you get it titled in the US today? On the 1937 engine number, or on some bogus 1932 frame number? Would it vary by State?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Slocombe View Post
    Nice bike, but how would you get it titled in the US today? On the 1937 engine number, or on some bogus 1932 frame number? Would it vary by State?
    Yes Steve, most States have an individual criteria for title's. I imagine this M/C went under an Assemblers/Rebuilder's title? For what it's worth, the owner listed they racked-up 850 miles for a break-in on the rebuild. Looks like the plate just expired (Sept.2018) on the VL Bitsa.
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    https://tucson.craigslist.org/mcy/6716579195.html
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    I've never seen this done, a VL top on a UL bottom. Can someone explain to me why one would do this other than "this is what I had on hand?"

    Serious question, not being a turd.

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    Circulating oil.

    Quote Originally Posted by govmule84 View Post
    I've never seen this done, a VL top on a UL bottom. Can someone explain to me why one would do this other than "this is what I had on hand?"

    Serious question, not being a turd.

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    Wisconsin and most places I know would title it off the engine number so..... 1937 it is.


    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Slocombe View Post
    Nice bike, but how would you get it titled in the US today? On the 1937 engine number, or on some bogus 1932 frame number? Would it vary by State?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Wieland View Post
    Circulating oil.
    Um... don't Us have circulating oil?

    Wouldn't it be easier to just... you know, leave the U tops on the U bottom?

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    Quote Originally Posted by govmule84 View Post
    Um... don't Us have circulating oil?

    Wouldn't it be easier to just... you know, leave the U tops on the U bottom?
    The UL lower unit was used for the circulating oil, since VL's were total loss. I guess..."Necessity is the Mother of invention", or is it, 'Mothers of Invention'? haha. The VL top end, mated to the UL bottom was utilized because of clearance issues. The VL frames were single down tube, while UL's were double down tubes. It was all because of the front exhaust pipe. Also, the VL bottom would mate with a UL top end. Many moons ago, i bought the Easyriders book on, 'What Fits What'. Interesting to read, even if you didn't apply the switches. That book is still available. Just like this UL/VL--VL/UL mismatch was listed in Bruce Palmer's book on..."How to Restore Your H.D., on page 194.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoJo357 View Post
    The UL lower unit was used for the circulating oil, since VL's were total loss. I guess..."Necessity is the Mother of invention", or is it, 'Mothers of Invention'? haha. The VL top end, mated to the UL bottom was utilized because of clearance issues. The VL frames were single down tube, while UL's were double down tubes. It was all because of the front exhaust pipe. Also, the VL bottom would mate with a UL top end. Many moons ago, i bought the Easyriders book on, 'What Fits What'. Interesting to read, even if you didn't apply the switches. That book is still available. Just like this UL/VL--VL/UL mismatch was listed in Bruce Palmer's book on..."How to Restore Your H.D., on page 194.
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    Ah, the fit of the pipe, that makes sense. Thank you for solving that puzzle for me.

    I have that "what fits what" book. I thought I remembered them mentioning something about this only working with late VL stuff or something? I'll have to go back and reread that. That was a fun book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by govmule84 View Post
    Ah, the fit of the pipe, that makes sense. Thank you for solving that puzzle for me...
    Which also includes one-year-only 1936 VLD cylinders with 9 bolts for the new 9-bolt heads that served ULs to the end.
    As part of this conversion, the engine, trans and brake drum sprockets have to be aligned via some work on the VL frame. It's a sharp-looking hot rod bike, but the seller calls it "restored." It's a restoration of nothing. A fantasy bike. And worth nothing like $25K.

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