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Jerry Wieland

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Location: Menomonie, Wisconsin, USA

Post Mon Feb 03, 2003 8:47 pm

1940 UA and serial number oddity

Take a good look at the picture of the serial number on this bike. I believe 100% that it is original and I have noticed this on my 1940 OHV engines - I've got 3.

More specifically look at the '0'. The one in the year is different (fatter) than the one in the sequence.

What do you guys think.

Jerry

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Crazy Eddie

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Post Mon Feb 03, 2003 11:28 pm

Jerry,
If anything,I don't like the initial "40". I currently have 5 1940's HD's, and none have a sharply pointed and elongated 4 like this one. It seems logical that someone may have stamped the year numbers to change the VIN. It would be interesting to know the crankcase numbers.
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Fatdog Vintage Salvage

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Post Tue Feb 04, 2003 12:53 am

Jerry,
We dicussed some theories a while ago on this subject, the interesting one being the sequence being stamped at a later date than the year or model, and by different fellows with a different set of stamps. Same theory on the bottom numbers looking totally different that the boss numbers. I think these cases illustrate it well. FatDog
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Jerry Wieland

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Post Tue Feb 04, 2003 2:49 am

CrazyEddie - 1941 is the last full year of that 4. They change in 1942 to an open top 4. I believe it is original as that texture behind the numbers is almost impossible to duplicate.

Jerry

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