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Old 10-30-2013, 02:58 PM   #121
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No marks at all inside these covers. But I'm 99.9% sure I got them from AEE sometime plus or minus around 1970. My company back then was Motorcycle Engineering Maui, or MEMCO, but it didn't last long. Business of this sort was very, very slow on Maui. Most guys preferred to do their own wrenching. I sold some parts, did a few bikes, but not much really, so went out and found a "real job".....

Things have sure changed over the last 50 years....
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Old 10-30-2013, 04:06 PM   #122
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No marks at all inside these covers. But I'm 99.9% sure I got them from AEE sometime plus or minus around 1970. My company back then was Motorcycle Engineering Maui, or MEMCO, but it didn't last long. Business of this sort was very, very slow on Maui. Most guys preferred to do their own wrenching. I sold some parts, did a few bikes, but not much really, so went out and found a "real job".....

Things have sure changed over the last 50 years....
SOunds like most of us. Do what you can to keep your hand in but tough to make a buck at it.
I went and checked and those for sure are AEE covers.
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:41 AM   #123
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Yup, my pan covers have those same four "dimples" on the inside. I can't remember if I bought them chromed or had it done here. In 1970 there were 3 chrome shops in Honolulu, they all shut down due to pollution concerns.
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Actually AEE got sued way in the very beginning as infringing on some other guys design (can't remember his name). In the end he got nothing and AEE modified the design enough to make it their own. This goes way back to 67-68 when AEE just was beginning to build parts and most of their stuff was sourced. Not sure where the sourced the covers in the beginning but once they had them made for themselves the design was changed.
the story i heard was that tom got a pair of randy smiths covers and made copys and started selling them. well randy sued so tom then machined the flat spot going thru the center of the covers. that changed them just enough to not being sued anymore.
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Old 10-31-2013, 01:03 PM   #125
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there you go, sounds about right to me as I remember it. SOmewhere I have an ad from the first catalog showing those panhead covers and clearly they were being sourced from someone else that was making them.

Eventually we had them cast and polished by our own vendor.
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I just found this on that auction site. Part of the discription says " finch aee tracy fiberglass body " I have no idea who made it but thought the pic was cool enough to put up if it turned out to be aee....

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Old 02-27-2014, 09:58 AM   #127
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It's a Tracy body for a triumph, even told the guy it was and the model it is. Think he wanted something crazy like $1300 for it
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Thanks for the good info Scavenger, interesting stuff...
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Old 03-01-2014, 02:04 PM   #129
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tons of stuff with AEE slapped in the ad to draw you there. Most days on Ebay there will be 50 plus items listed as AEE and usually there is one or two. I have some up now but I can prove what they are....

Clearly that is a Tracy body and no where near worth what the guy is asking...at least in today's marketplace. Over on some of the Honda 750 sites they pop up now and then for much less.
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My AEE bits (or at least parts I attribute to AEE). The backing plate on the carb cover is stamped. I can only afford to buy AEE when someone doesn't know what they are...

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This is the springer I'm using on my Sportster build. I didn't get a stem with it. How did the stem attach at the bottom? Could I possibly find an AEE stem or is there any other stems that would work?
I'm guessing they have been shortened. Any info you could tell me about the forks would be appreciated.







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Old 03-10-2014, 01:46 PM   #132
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My AEE bits (or at least parts I attribute to AEE). The backing plate on the carb cover is stamped. I can only afford to buy AEE when someone doesn't know what they are...

Look slike some good stuff there. We bought those mirrors but you can tell ours, the stem screws in to the back, it does not use set screws.
I have a bunch of AEE stuff I'm going to be selling here in a while, probably Ebay. Taking a bath on most of it since I tend to get AEE fever when I find a part!
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Look slike some good stuff there. We bought those mirrors but you can tell ours, the stem screws in to the back, it does not use set screws.
I have a bunch of AEE stuff I'm going to be selling here in a while, probably Ebay. Taking a bath on most of it since I tend to get AEE fever when I find a part!
Thanks for confirming that detail, I think I'd heard that before. Below are the backs. I'm not sure I've ever seen these knocked off by anyone. I don't have a pic of them on a bike, other than the 7-Up bikes (pic stolen from your blog ).

I seem to recall them on a big twin that had the 3 point carb cover, but can't find that image anymore.


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Old 03-11-2014, 06:21 PM   #134
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Thanks for confirming that detail, I think I'd heard that before. Below are the backs. I'm not sure I've ever seen these knocked off by anyone. I don't have a pic of them on a bike, other than the 7-Up bikes (pic stolen from your blog ).

I seem to recall them on a big twin that had the 3 point carb cover, but can't find that image anymore.


Frankly you could have seen any mirror on any of our bikes at any time. Our bikes were built to sell parts pretty much. We spent a lot of time swapping mirrors, handlebars, springers, etc. Our bikes other than the day they got finished never looked the same way twice...they were all parts mules.
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This is the springer I'm using on my Sportster build. I didn't get a stem with it. How did the stem attach at the bottom? Could I possibly find an AEE stem or is there any other stems that would work?
I'm guessing they have been shortened. Any info you could tell me about the forks would be appreciated.







You might want to know that someone has brazed in different mounts on the lower legs and used non-AEE rockers on that springer. Stem is easy for any machine shop to make. Make sure to use a tang washer when you put it in.
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Old 03-31-2014, 12:52 PM   #137
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wow thats interesting, ugly as hell but nice wing tank for sure.
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Is this AEE Exhaust ? Found a bunch of exhaust with ripples in it

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We never did any ripple pipe that I am aware of.
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Old 08-04-2014, 05:46 PM   #140
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Picked up this sissy bar, trying to figure out what it is just because im curious. At the end of the day I think its pretty rad that's why I scooped it up haven't seen one or been able to find one like it. Guy I got it from said he pulled it off a pan chopper that was built in the 70's. I haven't gotten it yet so I don't know if theres any stamps on it im just excited on getting it.
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