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Old 02-10-2018, 10:31:48 PM
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Hello all,
As hard as I tried to outrun it, a 1962 Panhead followed me home today. I'm already into old bikes. I own a 1944 WLA so I know a few people in the old bike world. One of my antique bike buddies (who is a bit of an antique himself) has a couple of Indians also has his dad's '62 Panhead and since I'm also a '62 we've joked over the years about my birth year bike. Our discussions have turned more serious recently and today I went to his house just to look at the bike (which I've not seen in years) and chat a bit about things. He made me an offer which I couldn't refuse so I loaded a pickup load of spare parts and went back home to get my trailer. I had no intention of buying the bike today but the time turned out to be right for both of us. It was a Daytona Beach PD bike that his dad bought sometime in the 60's. At some point Pop converted it from hand shift to foot shift, boosted the compression and converted to 12V so he could add a starter. Fortunately he saved all the parts. It got ridden very little until Pop died and my friend brought it down to NC from MD. It was last on the road in 2013. I intend to convert the hardware back to 1962ish and ride it unrestored. Does anyone have any good advice on repair/maintenance of the Panhead?
Kevin in NC
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I was riding a 58 Duoglide before I was born.Literally in moma's belly.
To this day when my dad cranks it and it sits there idling with the timing retarded a bit,it about lulls me to sleep. At 84 he is having a issue kicking but still can crank it if it doesn't flood.
It to was a police bike until my dad got it in 1964.
The hand-shift is on the opposite side from a a pic when you can.
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I have had my 59 pan since '86 and I am a '62 model myself.
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Old 02-11-2018, 12:45:42 AM
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Old 02-11-2018, 02:56:46 AM
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At 15 dad wouldn't let me have a bike. I later found out that this was based on his first and only ride in 1936 on a friend's new knucklehead. So the story goes he endoed it into a corn field on the west side of Dubuque.

But, nothing was said if a trans case, a wheel, a frame and so on came home based on my meager earnings from after school $1/hour jobs. After a couple years of scrounging, a panhead chopper left the garage under it's own power. I wanted it low and it had a '46 knuckle fame and as a Harley purist knows, a pan won't fit in a knuck frame as the top end is a bit too tall. But putting a jack in between the lower rails and the backbone then heating the seat post joint until the braze joint softens allows you to lift it 1/4 inch to swedge the pan in. Oyeah I was hell on wheels burning off $5 used tires with hair below my shoulders.

It all came to a rationalized halt a couple years later. After riding it all day (prolly a whoppin 200 miles) , one night I was heading home and I actually got off it and walked that torture rack across a set of railroad tracks. A couple weeks later I sold it. edit: Well so much for the KC plant. I know three engineers there that will be out of a job.

I bought a Honda. What a revelation. Starts on one kick, doesn't leak and doesn't leave ya stranded. I never looked back at that primitive junk called Harley. Yeah, Harley has been good to me as I put a couple million dollars of equipment in Milw, York ,and KC.

After 640,000 miles of riding bikes periodically I get nostalgic and ride a Harley. And it quickly hits me. They're still the same primitive crap I once walked across a set of tracks.

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There are motorcycles, and there are "bikes". A big difference!
My dad built his first harley at 14 out of peach baskets and has rode them every since. He is 84 now and when he hit 65 he bought a small Yamaha. he says it is far easier to ride at his age.
But it sounds like a moped with a tater in the tail pipe.
I can't ride a 2 wheeled object,I don't have the balance for it.But if I ever do get to put a trike kit on my dad's 69 Electroglyde I am going to ride the wheels off it.
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