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    Correct Vin number of 1916 Twin?

    Hi people,

    I saw this J-model engine for sale at Ebay. Can anyone say if this Vin-number is the real deal?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/160780960159...#ht_500wt_1202

    I thought the numbers must start with "L16" but I'm not sure. Tried to find pictures of 1916 Vinnumbers but no result. The 1916 model is not at http://vintageamericanmotorcycles.com/v/Numbers/ so I'm not sure what it must look like.

    Thanks

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    Re: Correct Vin number of 1916 Twin?

    '17 is the first year that would start with L17 -this one looked right for an electric model

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    Re: Correct Vin number of 1916 Twin?

    Quote Originally Posted by duffeycycles View Post
    '17 is the first year that would start with L17 -this one looked right for an electric model
    Thanks for your reply. Does anyone have a picture of a similar style '16 vinnumber.

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    Re: Correct Vin number of 1916 Twin?

    The M at the end is the key for '16

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    Re: Correct Vin number of 1916 Twin?

    Quote Originally Posted by duffeycycles View Post
    The M at the end is the key for '16
    Learned something again. Thanks.

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    Re: Correct Vin number of 1916 Twin?

    It's a good VIN and duffy is right, it's an electric model.
    Mark Masa

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    Re: Correct Vin number of 1916 Twin?

    mud fish wont steer you wrong.

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    Re: Correct Vin number of 1916 Twin?

    Thanks for the replies guys. Great to have a backup for the more difficult questions.

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    Re: Correct Vin number of 1916 Twin?

    One more question; the engine has a magneto on it. If I understand correctly it should have a generator (because the Vin starts with an "L") . Is there a difference in the timinggear case/cover? What parts are needed to make it all correct?

    By the way, some time ago there was a topic about different cylindertypes of the J-model (I think Mark started it). I used the search function but can't find this topic anymore. Anybody has a link for me?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Correct Vin number of 1916 Twin?

    Quote Originally Posted by Speeedy_J View Post
    One more question; Is there a difference in the timinggear case/cover?

    Thanks.
    yes the cam chest is different. and so are the gears inside the cam chest

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