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Steve, Motorcycle Mechanic
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Experience:  30+ yrs. experience, MMI, HD technician, HD early, engine rebuild/performance, bike builder, kit bike program manager, CCI 2001-2004
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Harley-Davidson 1948 panhead engine for sale

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I met a man with a Harley-Davidson 1948 panhead engine for sale.It has no title or paper.He said an old man gave it to him for work performed .I did get the motor numbers,which is what is used for title.How can i find out if this is titleable .
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Motorcycle
Expert:  Steve replied 5 years ago.

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you need to contact the DMV for a replacement title.

you should contact the State Police to ensure it was not stolen. in 1948, the engine number was the vehicle VIN for Harleys.

let me know if you need more help.


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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Steve,i think im asking questions about legality of vin numbers seller should have done to promote sale.It doesn't seem legit.What are your thoughts on this.
Expert:  Steve replied 5 years ago.

there is no way to know without checking it yourself. the fact it didn't come with a title is a red flag.

just because he should have ensured it was a legal motor, doesn't mean he did.

it may be stolen and he may not even know.

better for you to check it out yourself.

when you apply for a replacement title, they will likely run the number.

you can call the state police and save yourself a wait at the DMV.

it's not likely you would be cited for possession of stole property, but you would lose the motor.