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Second go around serial number issues 69 sporty's

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Just looked at the second 69 Sporty in two weeks that is registered as a 69 but the engine serial number makes it a 70. Once I understand but twice in two weeks with two different bikes?

Is there some way these can really be 69's somehow? Strikes me as awful strange. This one by the way has had same owner for 20 plus years. so if there were title games played it was a long time ago.

A little help from you guys that are real whiz at this would be appreciated.
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if it is not on the Left Motor Case above the timming hole like this:
69XLCH1234 or 69XLCH12345 (5 digit version) or 69XLH1234,
I'd walk away, 69 numbers were on the left case only
Yeah definately too much confusion between '69 (engine numbers) and '70 (frame numbers) to play games with.
I guess it depends on where you live. Here in Texas, no one would care, much less ever notice. All you have to do is get it inspected, the inspecting dude writes the vin (off of the frame only) on the green sheet, and you go register it. Good stuff. (helps if you know the guy inspecting it, too.)
If it's a '69 or earlier Harley wouldn't they look for the engine number as their would be no frame number on an original machine?
Not around here. They'll just check the neck and be done with it.

The only thing that matters here, is that your neck matches your title.

This is BFE Texas, though.
What about '69 and earlier Harley's, they don't have neck numbers? There is only an engine number and that's what's used for the vin.
Numbers on case are 3A18009HO which makes it a 70 but just like the other one I saw recently it's registered as a 69.

Also neither one had frame numbers as is correct for a 69.

I am REALLY tempted on this one as its so nice and runs very good.
Find yourself a bike that has a vin that matches the year, etc.

There is some funny stuff going on there. I suspect that both of those bikes were '69's because there are no frame numbers. At some point the engine was replaced with a '70 engine.

Does that 3A18009H0 number appear as the vin on the title? If so, then it would seem like I just mentioned, someone used that '70 engine, not sure how in the hell it got titled as a '69 though? There could also be a frame out there with 3A18009H0 as well, something else to think about.
exactly my fear...I buy it and then someday up pops a frame with same serial number.
Starting to really piss me off I'll tell you. both of them I looked at were sweet and I would have bought on the spot but my antenna said don't do it.
Have patience, the right bike is out there!
I already have one a 73 but want an earlier model...just being greedy!:D
One is never enough! :D
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