I am only posting this to shine some light on the matter at hand, not rain on anyones parade.
I'd like to see a color pic of a Replica in one of the Barrett Auctions flyers they send us. That'll be the
day and it will be one day. Do they let you have an up close look at the motorcycles before they go on the block?
Having a 1948 Replica at auction is good news
. And someone actually bid $9,500 for it
For a motor and transmission that was built by an unknown mechanic
That's historic. Did you get to hear it run
Was it a relay/timer
Thanks for bringing this gem of info back with you. It's good news.
..a repop '48 finally made it to auction. It won't be the last one, I reckon. I can foresee somebody building a name
from building people rolling stock kits. Then when one rolls out at auction with this builders signature motor and transmission, you'll see prices start to rise. Barrett auction is where it's at for kit-built exposure
They'll be Stett-bilt for customers and owner-auctioned, (or whose another name motor builder
..Berry Wardlaw from Accurate kit-creations)... because it's happening now. Some people want bobbers- built to spec. Ours will run and and have an MSO, but will not
be California legal or registered. Buyer takes it home and special titles it. Motor and transmission are guaranteed
which is an auction extra
. Why is the AMCA teaming up with V-Twin and advertising in the back of the '08 catalog
What does the AMCA have in common with V-Twin
Parts? How many parts? One part, two parts, or 1200 parts. At what point is too many parts too much?
Dr. Dick is going to Rhinebeck with a camera
and visit the V-Twin exhibit
. That should be a good meet, if they fire a Bantam Weight Knuckle
up and ride it. We're getting closer to a replica industry. IMO, the AMCA would be better off having a classification for Replica, than try to ignore them, because Replica is here to stay
and it's only going to get better.
There's a finite amount
of OEM parts still available, and much time spent
procuring the parts to build. That's fine for many.
But others want to buy the parts from a catalog/online
without an ebay-auction (angst & drain) on the daily mental ram allotment
. Real gas tanks are $1,700.00 to 2,500.00 +
if you can find them or win them
Replica gas tanks will only cost a third or more
of that. Replication
will make the hobby affordable. Restoration
seems to have more onlookers
than people actually involved in building something to ride
, imo. General interest in early OHV motorcycles can be kept alive if more people are actually building them. Replica.
I'd like to locate (email works!) the person that owns that Red 1948 and ask him some questions.
Houston - 1957 - W.D. Schoenfeldt - Age 13 - Replicator
of Mustang Motorcycles.
Later on, he was an X class flat-tracker and rode a K Model for Harley-Davidson® before changing to ride for Triumph®.
I saw a pic of a yellow and white WL he restored in Colorado in 2000 that was later featured in one of the first Barrett auctions. Dennis was a friend of Branch. He gave me an original Harley-Davidson KH
intake manifold blueprint, which I gave to Anders Nygren, who was going to manufacturer them. The story ends there.