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100incscoot

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Post Sat Oct 14, 2006 11:14 pm

trans #s

ok what was the first bt hd trans case yr to have a vent on the case
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Pa

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Post Sun Oct 15, 2006 6:19 pm

Just my guess... 1936 ? Pa
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Chris Haynes

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Post Sun Oct 15, 2006 8:57 pm

The vent moved from the kicker cover to the case with the 1940 models.
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Pa

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Post Mon Oct 16, 2006 8:40 am

Oops ! :oops: I was thinking kicker cover and I am still probably wrong. :lol: Between 1939 and 1940, didn't the trannys have both a case vent and a kicker cover vent ? Pa
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100incscoot

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Post Mon Oct 16, 2006 9:44 am

although palmers book states 40
i have had 3 39 tanny's and have confirmed with 2 others that had 2 and 1 39 tranny's
all 6 tranny's had the vent on the case and all but 1 were 39 only geared tranny's the last was a 3&r trans
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Jerry Wieland

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Post Mon Oct 16, 2006 12:05 pm

I am with scoot - I think late 1939 and it was announced in the 1940 Literature. I have seen a couple myself.

A few years back I restored an original 1939 EL that was very high serial numbered and still owned by the original purchasers family - although it had received a California paint job sometime in the 60's - candy apple. At the time I thought it was possibly made on the last day of 1939 production. I have since forgotten the serial number but this bike had the vent and 2 other pecularities. One of the hubs was a step hub and the other hub was what is commonly referred to as a 1940 to 1944 hub and the oil tank was of the 1940 and newer style and I could not prove that it had ever been any other way.

The motor was standard bore and the speedo read less than 20,000 miles.

Jerry

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