Finally a roller

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Derf
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Finally a roller

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Post by Derf » Tue Oct 06, 2009 6:05 am

I have been a member since Oct 2007. That is when I got my first pan. It seems that it should already be built by now, but it is barley a roller. Even though I don't post questions much I do find a lot of my answers from this site. I started a little blog site panhead-fred.com. Not selling anything just keeping myself motivated to get stuff done on the bike. I believe it should really start moving now. Thanks to all the guys out there answering posts. It not only helps out the person posting, but all of us just skimming threw trying to pick up a little knowledge.
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Re: Finally a roller

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Post by TimmyV » Tue Oct 06, 2009 11:42 am

Keep the faith Derf. Good things come to those that wait. Or something like that. Lookin' good

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Re: Finally a roller

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Post by RICOCHET » Tue Oct 06, 2009 8:58 pm

Looking good! But if you're going to be rolling it around the neighborhood like this you better put a seat on or the folks will be wondering why you're smiling so much.

Always nice seeing a Pan motor in it's raw state.

Dick

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Re: Finally a roller

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Post by kevsett » Tue Oct 06, 2009 9:18 pm

Like artwork! Just needs the tanks (and maybe the fenders) and it's ready for an art gallery.

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Re: Finally a roller

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Post by pusher » Wed Oct 07, 2009 12:24 pm

that motor looks real clean. The heads are POLISHED!

What oil pump are you using? Is that an OEM frame?

Derf
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Re: Finally a roller

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Post by Derf » Wed Oct 07, 2009 3:23 pm

The heads are 55 o-ring style just glass beaded. I had an earlier post about the frame identification. It looks to be a 54 frame that was in an accident and had a shovelhead neck and backbone put on it.

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I welded the top mount to look like a pan and drilled out the neck for a lock. At first I was just going to chop it, but I got some original tanks and speedo and decided to go original style. I was never an original fan it's just the more I started looking at them the more I liked them. Plus I'm just going to keep my eyes open and hopefully run across a 53 frame and heads. I'm building the transmission this weekend. Hopefully it will start coming together. I figure as long as I get something done every week eventually it will get done. Plus I have my 10 year old daughter helping me and we are defiantly building some memories.

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Re: Finally a roller

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Post by Speeding Big Twin » Thu Oct 08, 2009 7:25 am

Derf, that bike's looking good. I checked the thread about your frame ID and your VIN boss below looks like the type used for 1970-1980, although it's hard to be sure about its overall length. The 1970-1980 type of boss usually accommodated a nine-character VIN (and maybe a star at one end or both ends). So if you have K1 stamped on the top engine mount then the number 1 would indicate 1971 as the year that upper front section was manufactured, assuming that whole section was from the one frame.

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The VIN boss for 1981-later frames was longer than the 1970-1980 type because it usually accommodated a seventeen-character VIN (and maybe a star at one end or both ends). If yours turned out to be that type of VIN boss then the number 1 on the top mount would indicate 1981 as the year that upper front section was manufactured, again assuming that whole section was from the one frame.

You mentioned: "The heads are 55 o-ring style just glass beaded." And also that you hope to run across a 53 frame and heads. But the front head shown on your blog appears to have the casting number 119 50 which should indicate a 1950-1954 type of head. Is that the front head you have on the engine now? If that head has an O-ring intake then it may have been converted from the original plumber nut intake. What do the casting date code characters indicate? And what about the rear head? Eric

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Re: Finally a roller

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Post by Bosheff » Thu Oct 08, 2009 10:59 pm

Just outta curiosity, did ja leave the # boss, or remove it?....bosheff

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Re: Finally a roller

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Post by Derf » Thu Oct 08, 2009 11:38 pm

I ended up using 1955 heads. I did have the Plummer heads converted over they were just in bad shape. I ended up trading to my friend for some other parts. As far as the boss goes, I shaved it off. I'm not trying to trick someone and sell it for an original. I plan on keeping this bike forever. It is my first bike that I have built ground up and can't see myself ever getting rid of it. To tell you the truth I tell most everybody. I'm proud of the job and think it is good conversation.

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