- Feb 18, 2022
Thank you! We do not know the complete history of our 169. We got it in trade for pulling a tree out of a pond in 2003 The spec's are:Hey Rene - technically the red original lens (cap as you call it) for the 169 is REFLECT-O-LITE 378 SAE-P1-A-70. These lenses were made in the era when those last 2 digits indicated the year they were certified and since the Model 169 was only built in 1974 the lenses would end in 70. Here is a pic where you can see the REFLECT-O-LITE name.
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And here's a pic where you can see the number:
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The Quiet Line series produced after the Model 169 may have had this lens during part of the production but later on would have had the REFLECT-O-LITE 378 SAE-P2-A-75.
I don't recall when Bargman took over or bought out Reflect-O-Lite but at some point the replacement lenses started to appear with the number you identified as BARGMAN 378-SAE-P2-A-75.
Just wanted to clarify this for collector purposes. It's really really hard to find any lenses with REFLECT-O-LITE 378-SAE-P1-A-70. The pictures I posted are the ones on Thurmond Swafford's Model 169, which happens to be the very first 169 production unit
Manufactured October 1974 and sold for $1799.
Model 169 Kohler K341A, Spec No. 71154, S/N 528912, Engine S/N 6341845
Chassis serial number 2050048U528912
I just went out (in the rain) and both taillights, one busted, are/were Bargman...