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    I don't doubt it, Duffey. "He sold..." is different from "specifically ordered from the Milwaukee factory as..." and the admonishment not to exceed 60 mph with a sidecar and standard Hydra-Glide sounds like something the factory might have put out to dealers who sold sidecars to attach to standard Hydra-Glides until the raked trees became available. But the P is documented as the engine marker of those springer-equipped '49 Panheads.
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    Copied off the internet somewhere.


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    Re: Deciphering Harley's VIN Numbers 1936 - 1964

    There it is. I knew someone would have it. Thanks Jerry.

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    The 1949 springer with "P" stamped boss featured in Greg Field's book "Original Harley Davidson Panhead", is owned by a member of this forum.
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    There is also a "P" on the frame that can't be seen when the bike is together.
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    Please! DON'T spill the beans, Chris! We don't want to know where the secret "P" resides on factory sidecar-equipped 49 Panhead frames! The responsibility that comes with possessing that confidential knowledge would be truly crushing. I'm certain that I couldn't handle it and sleep at night! 8^O
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarge View Post
    Please! DON'T spill the beans, Chris! We don't want to know where the secret "P" resides on factory sidecar-equipped 49 Panhead frames! The responsibility that comes with possessing that confidential knowledge would be truly crushing. I'm certain that I couldn't handle it and sleep at night! 8^O
    I haven't seen one myself I have only been told about it. Rumor has it that it is stamped on either the foot brake tab or kickstand tab of the frame. If you know someone who has an original try to talk them into exposing their frame to check it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Wieland View Post
    Copied off the internet somewhere.


    Added that to the article. This makes perfect sense if you think about how the motorcycles were produced. The engines would already be completed, sitting on a rack most likely and then pulled off to put in the bikes. When they assembled "P" model, the assembler would probably just add the "P" at that time.
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