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K frame value

Post Sun Apr 10, 2011 1:34 pm

Posts: 52
Location: felton,Ca.USA
Any of you guy's care to give an opinion as to what the value is of an un-molested K model frame?
Thanks
Mike

Post Sun Apr 10, 2011 5:03 pm

Posts: 391
What year, some are worth more than others!
Robbie

Post Sun Apr 10, 2011 11:33 pm

Posts: 52
Location: felton,Ca.USA
RUBONE wrote:
What year, some are worth more than others!
Robbie

52-55 by the Frenchfowl picture id. post on this forum. All casting #'s are 52.

Post Mon Apr 11, 2011 12:26 pm

Posts: 591
Location: Crewe, Great Britain

Hi, mike100m...

I'm not sure all the 52/55 K/KH frames are the same. I've got 2 but they're early, that's all I can say.

Hit the tubes lightly with a small steel hammer.

If it goes "ping", high pitch, bell type, it's thin wall chrome-moly tubes like mines, I was told only the 52 and 53 are like that but haven't had any real confirmation from anybody...

If it goes "pong", low pitch thud, it's std run of the mill thick wall tubes...

The 56 and later Sporty ones are definitively the "pong" variety!!!

Patrick

Post Tue Apr 12, 2011 1:04 pm

Posts: 391
Does it have the factory seat mount still on it? If so look at the right side and see what number and letter combination is stamped there. That will date it!
Also, how are the front tubes attached to the headstock? Small diameter directly attached, or sleeved on top?
Robbie

Post Wed Apr 13, 2011 12:11 am

Posts: 591
Location: Crewe, Great Britain

Hi, RUBONE,

That's another way to know one's got an early K frame, they are not code dated... Both my frames are devoid of coding as was my 53KK...

Post 56 are for sure, I've seen some. Need someone with 54 and 55 bikes or frames to look at them and tell us...

Patrick

Post Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:38 am

Posts: 217
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Hi Mike, Patrick, and all I hope you are well. It's been a while since I last posted, since which we've had a few shakes over here!

You can check this thread - amongst others - for discussions and pics on this previously:

http://www.sscycle.com/tech/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=9719

Having owned a few of these frames, my estimates are as follows:

-52 head casting, no date code = 1952-early 1953
-52A head casting, has date code = late 1953-probably early 1955
-56 head casting (with the top stearing head bearing cup raised above the backbone as per later sportsters), has date code = I believe late 1955 (ie the start of the 1956 model run)

The earlier frames have the hollow foot peg mounts.

Post Wed Apr 13, 2011 6:18 pm

Posts: 391
Date codes on a couple of my K frames, another one up in the rafters but didn't climb up to check it.
The 4H is from my original '55, the 3J is a '54 frame dated in '53.
Robbie
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Post Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:21 pm

Posts: 976
Location: Markt Einersheim, Germany

Robbie...

Frames in the rafters....hummmm.

Ya got a 58 pan frame up there hidden away?

George

Post Thu Apr 14, 2011 4:02 am
jib

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Location: devon,england
and basketfulls of triumph rocker box,s :)
Dude, check out that jibhead, he's crazy. Hasn't been sober for 40 years

Post Thu Apr 14, 2011 1:21 pm

Posts: 391
Ya got a 58 pan frame up there hidden away?

Sorry George,
Duo-Glides are a little too modern for me. Good luck though, hope you find one. If I hear of one I'll let you know!
Robbie
Need any Triumph rocker boxes? :mrgreen:

Post Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:11 pm

Posts: 976
Location: Markt Einersheim, Germany

Mike, sorry for the intrusion on your thread...

Robbie, thanks..........thanks to the wonderful time difference, I just and I mean just missed out on a cherry 58 frame in Seattle, and I am going to Portland in May to visit family...........damn that would have been Perfect!

Still looking though.

George


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