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1948

Introduction of the Panhead. The Panhead was a different top end on an existing bottom end. The E and F designations remained. This is the first and last year for chromed Pan covers, as subsequent years would be stainless steel. Panheads were made to improve oil flow and consumption. One of the biggest advances was the hydraulic lifter, which meant less adjusting, and a cooler running engine. The frame would need to be stretched to accomodate the taller engine, and was designated the "wishbone" for it's bowed downtubes.

FL specs: 73.73ci, (1208.19c), 3.44" x 4" bore/stroke, 7:1 compression, 50hp @ 4,800rpm, 33.3mm Schebler carb, chain drives, 59.5" wheelbase, 565lbs, 1 gallon oil, 3.75 gallon fuel, 100mph.

Other changes to the line up include "edge lighted" speedometers by Stewart-Warner, (with an odometer, tripometer, bluish gray center panel, cream white mph numbers and red indicator needle. Original outer casings were chromed. Optional Deluxe Solo Saddle, (returning after the war), a wiring terminal box under the seat, and prefab process of enamel painted surface called "Bonderized". All of the Big Twins received steering head locks, high-temp black painted muffler and exhaust pipes, (late year = Silver painted pipes), and an optional tank mounted oil filter.

Flathead
#
Price
WL Solo, 45ci , 3 speed
2124
$535
 
Servi-Car, 45", 3 speed and reverse
G, tow bar
1050
$755
GA, without tow bar
728
$740
 
Panhead, OHV, 4 speed
EL Special Sport Solo, 61ci, high compression
4321
$635
E Sport Solo, 61ci, medium compresssion
$635
ES Sidecar Twin, 61ci, medium compression
198
$635
FL Special Sport Solo, 74ci, high compression
8071
$650
F Sport Solo, 74ci, med-compression
$650
FS Sidecar Twin, 74ci, med-compression
334
$650
 
Specialty Models
WL-SP 45ci, w/aluminum heads
WLS Sidecar Twin, 45ci
WR Racer, 45ci
292

Sidecar and Chassis:
· LE - right hand sidecar
· M - Package Truck w/cover
· MC - chassis for M

Colors for 1948
Brilliant Black
Flight Red
Azure Blue
Police Silver
 
the Flathead Register for 1948:
the Panhead Register for 1948:
TypeTotal
FL1
G23
Indian 3481
U20
UL19
W1
WL56
WLA6
WLC1
WLDR1
WR14
TypeTotal
custom2
E6
EL115
F5
FL198
FLH2
Unknown3


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