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1954 Panhead ???

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Post Sun Feb 24, 2008 7:03 am

Posts: 975
Location: Markt Einersheim, Germany

1954

The year of my birth.... But as much as I can search, I can not find a engine to build a bike around, muchless a complete motorcycle..

Is there any special reason that I can not find a engine....or set of cases?

Was this year a "one year only" for Harley?

George

Post Sun Feb 24, 2008 8:19 am

Posts: 607
Location: Menomonie, Wisconsin, USA
54 and 55 are some of the lowest production of the panheads. 48 to 50 are by far the commonest. I've owned a couple but not recently. I'll keep a look out for one if you are interested.

Jerry

Post Sun Feb 24, 2008 9:45 pm

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Location: Markt Einersheim, Germany

Jerry,

You have a PM here from me.

George

Post Sun Feb 24, 2008 10:26 pm

Posts: 45
Location: Midwest
I know of a real nice '55 motor if you're interested. You could be one year younger.

:)

Post Mon Feb 25, 2008 11:42 am

Posts: 646
Location: Detroit
I doubt you will notice the difference what year you have when you ride it. I, too wanted one that matched my birth year. It happened that what I got was a couple of years off. It doesn't matter. I don't think I had less fun over the years because of it.
New Knuckleheads? Thank, you, Jesus!!

Post Mon Feb 25, 2008 11:46 am

Posts: 71
Location: Northern IL, USA
54 is my birth year also. I was after an original 54 police for a number of years, and was promised first dibs, but it never happened and the bike got away. I still wouldn't kick a 54 (or any other year)out of bed for eating mashed potatoes but I think the 56 FLH is the way to go. Nicer paint scheme and it's got the Timken bottom end. That's the one I want.

Post Mon Feb 25, 2008 5:42 pm

Posts: 377
Location: madison wisconsin usa
i'm pretty happy with my '55. both '54 and '55 bikes are odd balls as they both had many one year only features.

i can say i have only seen one '54 in stock configuration over the years.

can anyone name the two items that late '54 and '55's share?

john

Post Mon Feb 25, 2008 5:55 pm

Posts: 607
Location: Menomonie, Wisconsin, USA
Straight leg frames and valve tins and D rings with half the holes.

Jerry

Post Mon Feb 25, 2008 6:33 pm

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Location: madison wisconsin usa
jerry nailed it!

john :D

Post Mon Feb 25, 2008 10:26 pm

Posts: 65
Location: Aberdeen, SD

George,
I know where there are two 54's that are available. Both restorations, one better than the other. Give me a call at 605-225-5702 and I can give you some #s.
Carl

Post Tue Feb 26, 2008 8:35 pm

Posts: 2684
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Lemme see now. I was born in August 1945 so a 1945 model should be right for me. But wait a minute. In August 1945 they were building the 1946 models. Oh woe is me. Whatever should I do? :mrgreen:
Last edited by Chris Haynes on Tue Feb 26, 2008 10:50 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Post Tue Feb 26, 2008 8:49 pm

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Location: Hill City, Ks. USA

It seems to me that your only choice is to buy a 45 and a 46......... or maybe a 1946 45?
Curt!

Post Wed Feb 27, 2008 6:46 am

Posts: 303
Location: Ohio
Chris.. Get yourself a 45 and put a 46 front end on it.
Man, I had no idea you where that old. I'll need to start showing you more respect now. :)
-Steve

Post Wed Feb 27, 2008 10:28 am

Posts: 975
Location: Markt Einersheim, Germany

Carl...

Thanks...

Not in a position at the present time to purchase a complete bike...as much as I would love to.

Just kinda looking at the reason for not being able to find cases or bikes at the present..

Low production runs makes sense to me, and I am trying to learn more about these engines, and bikes.........

Thanks for the offer!!

How about one of the shortie trannie plugs for the 45??

Sent you and Matt a email about them, got any???

George

Post Thu Feb 28, 2008 9:35 pm

Posts: 975
Location: Markt Einersheim, Germany

OK folks........

Seems like I am either living right....Or some luck may be on me...

I was at work chatting with a fella about looking for a pan engine or cases for the year that I was born...........

After not being able to find any leads for a while.....now I have two leads here in Germany for engines thrown at me.....

Now.......my questions..

One of these is just a set of cases.......the other lead is a complete engine...

Any insite on what to look for, to make sure I ain't getting the shaft??

Any tips.......

What would be a good/decent/fair price for: Engine cases?? Complete Engine.

Thanks.......

George

Post Wed Sep 09, 2015 7:45 pm

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ohio-rider wrote:
Chris.. Get yourself a 45 and put a 46 front end on it.
Man, I had no idea you where that old. I'll need to start showing you more respect now. :)
-Steve

Chris isn't that old... He just turned only 70 last month :mrgreen:

Post Fri Sep 11, 2015 2:14 pm

Posts: 2684
Location: Los Angeles, CA
If you were born after July in 1954 you are a 1955 model. :-)


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