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Technical: Nameplates and Transfers
Scott Lange, Mike Walker, Roger Meinke, Stan Diener, Dave Hennessey

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Harley calls metal or plastic things that screw on “Nameplates”, but they are more commonly called “Emblems”. Likewise, what Harley calls “Transfers” are commonly called “Decals” (short for Decalcomania). We may lapse into the more common names.

The Spare Parts Catalogs are really, really bad in this area, particularly in the 1960s.

1952 to 1956 K-models
Year Gas Tank Left Gas Tank Right Oil Tank
1952 K 61775-51 (*) 61773-51 (*) Patent
1953 K, KK 61775-51 (*) 61773-51 (*) Patent
1954 KH, KHK 61775-51 61773-51 Patent
1955 KH 61775-55 61773-55 Patent.
1955 KHK 61775-55 61773-55

Patent +
KHK

1956 KH 61775-55 61773-55 not used
1956 KHK 61775-55 61773-55 KHK

* plus the 61799-52 Gas tank name plate front strip and 61800-52 rear strip
** Neither the Patent nor KHK decals had part number.

1957-1969   XL and XLH
Year Gas Tank Left Gas Tank Right Oil Tank
1957 XL 61773-57 61773-57 None
1958 XL 61773-58 61773-58 None
1958 XLH 61773-58 61773-58 61777-58
1959 XL 61773-59 61774-59 None
1959 XLH 61773-59 61774-59 61777-58
1960 XLH 61773-59 61774-59 61777-58
1961 XLH 61773-61 61773-61 62535-61
1962 XLH 61773-62 61773-62 62535-61
1963 XLH 61775-63 61774-63 62535-61
1964 XLH 61775-63 61774-63 62535-61A
1965 XLH 61775-63 61774-63 62535-65
1966 XLH 61771-66 61771-66 62535-65
1967 XLH 61771-66 61771-66 62535-65
1968 XLH 61771-66 61771-66 62535-65
1969 XLH 61771-66 61771-66 62535-65
1958-1969   XLC and XLCH
Year Gas-Left Gas-Right Oil Tank
1958 XLC 61780-58 61781-58 None
1958 XLCH 61780-58 61781-58 61777-58
1959 XCLH 61780-58 61781-58 61777-58
1960 XLCH 61780-58 61781-58 61777-58
1961 XLCH 61780-61 61780-61 62535-61
1962 XLCH 61780-62 61780-62 62535-61
1963 XLCH 61771-63 61772-63 62535-61
1964 XLCH 61771-63 61772-63 62535-61A
1965 XLCH 61771-63 61772-63 62535-61A
1966 XLCH 61770-66 61770-66 None
1967 XLCH 61770-66 61770-66 None
1968 XLCH 61770-66 61770-66 None
1969 XLCH 61776-69 61776-69 None
1961 and 1962 are a bit of a problem. In 1963, Harley replaced both the 61780-61 and 61780-62 decals with the 61780-61P. The P suffix indicates this was made in Italy for the Aermacchi-Harleys such as the Sprint. You'll notice that the -61P is quite different from the -61 and -62. Unfortunately, at this time, the -61 and -62 decals are not available.
Oil Tanks - 1952-1969
The 1952 through 1955 K, KK, KH, and KHK had a patent decal on the rear face of the oil tank. The decal says “Hydra Glide”, which is probably why it was discontinued. The illustration in the 1956 Spare Parts Catalog shows the decal, but it was not used on 1956 models.
The KHK Special Speed Kit was available as an option in 1955 and 1956. Besides motor parts, a KHK decal was affixed to both the oil tank and the toolbox . We have not found a part number for the decal, as it may not have been available as a spare part.

Also, a few KHKs were produced in late-1954. These were not documented, and it is thought that they did not include the KHK decal.

The extra money spent on a XLH or XLCH bought you not only high-compression, but also a snazzy “H” decal. The low-compression 57 XL, 58 XL, 59 XL, and 58 XLC didn't get them.
In 1961, the FLH gained a “H” decal. Harley changed the “Model” and “Sportster” to a checkered pattern so they could use the same decal on Big Twins and Sportsters.
In 1964, the 62535-61A replaced the -61, and was used on the 1964 XLH and XLCH, and the 1965 XLH. This is a “peel-and-stick” decal. The previous ones were water-slide.
The shape of the newly electric-start FLH oil tank required a smaller decal, so a new multi-model “H” decal graced both the FLH and the XLH in 1965. The 1965-1969 XLCH did not have a decal.

The "H" is on the left, and the checkered flag is on the right. I have seen restored bikes where this decal was put on upside-down!

The 1966-1969 XLCH lunch box oil tank had no place for a decal.