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1966 Panhead points to check

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Post by matt45 » Mon Mar 10, 2008 3:33 pm

Hi,
I am on the way to buy a 'modern' bike 1966 Panhead compared to my 1941 WLA, I know well flathead (and pre flathead) but not much Pan, but I like the hydra model and I have the possibility to buy one, and need a everyday bike for getting me to work at 'reasonnable' price. What are the main points to check before buying the bike, is 1966 model (which is the last year of Pan production) a good model...

Thanks for your expertise,

Matt



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Post by panhead » Mon Mar 10, 2008 3:38 pm

Matt,

1965 was the last Panhead year.

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Post by matt45 » Mon Mar 10, 2008 4:10 pm

I belived also but Its seems that Panhead have been produced till beginning 1966
http://www.panheadparts.com/panhead_har ... son_1.html
http://www.khulsey.com/motorcycles/vint ... idson.html

Or its an error from info site, or the offical papers of the bike I am going to buy are fake...

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Post by panhead » Mon Mar 10, 2008 4:18 pm

What is the VIN of the bike?

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Post by matt45 » Mon Mar 10, 2008 4:32 pm

66FLH4721 (from US Police)

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Post by fourthgear » Mon Mar 10, 2008 10:25 pm

Since I have a 47 and a 65 Panhead , its possible they titled Pans into 66 . What are the belly numbers.

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Post by Cotten » Tue Mar 11, 2008 1:06 am

A regular attendee at the Davenport Meet is an apparently perfect '65 Shovelhead.

Anything is possible:
VLs were often put together by dealers during WW2, although they usually carried the VIN of an earlier 'open title'. Such "late issues" are no longer entirely legal, but they persist into modern times.

Export machines of American marques were notorious for many variations from domestic production, and rarely if ever were they improvements.

A careful inspection of the VIN stampings and belly numbers would be the first step. Note that 4721 is not very early in the production.

I am curious if it has '66 gastanks.
And where the overhead oil line is tapped into the right motorcase.

....Cotten

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Post by Guest » Fri Mar 14, 2008 4:50 am

I don't like descriptions of years of manufacture using the word "to" (i.e. 1936 "to" 1966. It's much clearer to say 1936 "through" 1965. Unfortunately, both of Matt's links use the words "to 1966", which really means "through 1965", or I think that's what they mean. :?

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Post by Revette » Fri Mar 14, 2008 11:50 am

Cotten wrote:A regular attendee at the Davenport Meet is an apparently perfect '65 Shovelhead.
I've known more than a few Pan/Shovels where a shovel top end was put on a set of pan cases, and I even remember a guy putting a pan top end on early shovel cases (wanted a pan and couldn't find one). Its possible that this is someone's backyard hybrid.

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Post by Cotten » Fri Mar 14, 2008 1:28 pm

Revette!

The '65 Chubble mentioned has its overhead oil line drilled in the proper '66 position.
The machine is not a custom, but a fine un-restored piece.

It would have had to have swapped a '66 right case and cam cover as well as the top end.
That is possible, such as if the motor had been Dealer warranteed for catastrophic failure early in its life.

Shovelhead castings from '66 machines show '65 casting dates.
It has been said that the only reason that '65 had Pans was to use them up.

....Cotten

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