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Offline RotarDad

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Oldest black ABS 500 shell?
« on: January 04, 2014, 10:30:11 PM »
I just found a Jan '65 ABS (hard plastic) shell on a black 500. I've never found an older one.  Anyone have input here?  Perhaps Paul F. can give me the answer.  I did find a black Tenite (soft plastic) '64 a while back, but didn't note the month. I know Tenite continued on black 500s after the colors went to ABS in '59, but I've not seen any black Tenite after '64, or any black ABS before '65.



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Re: Oldest black ABS 500 shell?
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2014, 10:46:40 PM »
I can say that the earliest one reported was 1959. 
 
(Although I haven't seen it personally,  ;)  it was reported by a usually reliable source.)
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Re: Oldest black ABS 500 shell?
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2014, 11:43:18 PM »
Thanks Paul for the input.  That does seem like a very long phase-in period for new production parts, even for that era. Were there multiple plants making these that might explain it?
Paul