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    Hi Guys

    I'm restoring this to the 'Deluxe' spec., but I prefer the predominantly black image on the enclosed to the more chromed parts on the 'proper' Deluxe spec on the 1948 order form, which are broadly what the other images are, though none seem to be officially correct to Palmers definition.

    On the painting

    In 1948, could you order different parts to be chromed than the 'Deluxe' spec, to achieve what I want?
    If the answer to the above is 'no', and I paint this predominantly black which is a lower spec, would points be deducted in the judging?

    Thanks for your support

    Greg

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    There were three groups in 48, utility solo group, sport solo group, deluxe solo group.
    Deluxe solo group has more chrome then other groups.
    Order form has a back side, all chrome items are included in deluxe group.

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    If you're going for AMCA points, stay with a standard equipment group. I also have a 1948FL and I have looked at a lot of vintage pictures to see what the 'average' '48FL looked like in the day; but there were no 'average' '48s. People instantly made their bikes fit their vision. I have to think H-D was way too busy in 1948 to do any custom combinations (except for police, and fleet orders). Orders that didn't comply with standard equipment groups were referred to the dealer, who was more than happy to sell whatever a customer wanted. The pictures above are as genuine and correct as a '48 H-D could be; but I'll bet those bikes didn't stay that way for long. I think you should please yourself first, and not build your bike for AMCA judges.
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    Quote Originally Posted by exeric View Post
    If you're going for AMCA points,.... .. you should please yourself first, and not build your bike for AMCA judges.
    Judges want it "as it came from the factory", right, Folks?

    Who's reproducing crates?

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    A "popular" thing these days are painted rims, something that was very rare as stock. Most customers wanted flash and other than police and commercial uses virtually all new bikes had Sport or Deluxe packages and one of the first items in those packages were chrome rims. The blacked out look is a modern thing and not seen when new. So if that is what you want by all means do it. But it will never represent a new bike from the era.
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    Quote Originally Posted by T. Cotten View Post
    Judges want it "as it came from the factory", right, Folks?

    Who's reproducing crates?

    ....Cotten
    I think it is the same bloke who is selling period correct air for the tires.
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    This is the only picture I have seen of a new, utility group motorcycle sold for private use. I'm sure there were other people like good old Alex that liked the look of a utility type motorcycle, but again, this is the only picture I have seen. I found this in a 1952 'Motorcyclist magazine and it was a picture taken by a dealer of Alex on his new 1952 Harley. As Robbie said, most everyone wanted chrome, and flash after the deprivation, and misery of WW2.
    Eric Smith
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    Many Thanks Guys - advice always much appreciated

    Greg

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