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58 pan book

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Post by 1450 » Fri Jan 16, 2009 7:55 pm

hi all, how come there is not a book on 1958 pan?? 48 to57 59 to 69?? :|



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Re: 58 pan book

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Post by neilw » Sat Jan 17, 2009 10:58 am

No Kidding ?? I never heard of that ,I'm building a 59 pan and have the 59-69 you mentioned..I buy all the books I can and have a service manual by Clymer 1948-1965.It covers the same as HD and is a little easier to understand ,but I noticed a few mistakes .If I were building a 58 I'd use the 59 book along with Clymers ..I have Bruce Palmers greatly detailed book on Harley restoration 640 pages of info .He lists all the changes they made in 59 ..stuff like the tank name plate,dash neutral lite on foot shift models,and neutral switch in transmission cover,14 tooth mainshaft starter gear( thats kick starter),but nothing vital to the bikes running ..Whats Harley say when you ask for one ? I wonder what the dealers used in58 The first year of the swing arm frame ..lots a changes from 57 ..They musta been wild having no serice book ..

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Re: 58 pan book

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Post by steve_wood » Sat Jan 17, 2009 12:31 pm

1450:

Are you perhaps referring to the parts book? The only one I've ever seen is indeed 48 to 57.

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Re: 58 pan book

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Post by RUBONE » Sat Jan 17, 2009 3:36 pm

There is indeed a '58 Harley-Davidson parts book. I have one. What other book might you be referring to?
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Re: 58 pan book

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Post by FlatHeadSix » Sat Jan 17, 2009 4:54 pm

As Robbie said: there is indeed a '58 pan book, both service manual and dealer parts catalog, but you have to find originals because there are not yet any reprints.

You have to remember that most of the service manuals and parts books that are currently available for our vintage iron, and offered by most of the vendors that sell this stuff, are reprints. The folks that spent the money to have them reprinted chose the manuals or parts catalogs that covered the widest spread of years and most models so they would have a broader market to resell the reprints. Antique Cycle Supply has provided a wonderful selection of reprints which cover just about everything from the panhead era (thank you Lonnie!), it just sort of happened that the 2 manuals he chose to reprint for pans left a "gap" for 1958, but all the '58 stuff is in the '59- books, you just have to look for it.

And some more useless trivia; for those of you that don't mind going up to the parts counter at the local H-D stealership, the Motor Company is now selling a pretty good selection of reprinted service manuals and parts catalogs from the 40's, 50's, and 60's. They finally woke up and realized that there is a potential market for retro stuff, there are people out here with money to spend, so they have risen to the occasion. I really don't think they are producing this stuff because of a deep seated desire to help all of us that still ride their old products, its all about the money.

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Re: 58 pan book

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Post by panz4ever » Sat Jan 17, 2009 6:15 pm

My parts book is OEM (99486-68) and goes from 58-68; however my shop manual goes from 59 to 69. It too is OEM (#99482-69). Looked in the Antique Cycle book and they offer the 58 and up for the shop manual. So is there a shop manual for 58 or was it an oversight by MoCo and the fact is like flatheadsix says and that all the info for the 58 bikes is contained in the 59 and up shop manual?

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Re: 58 pan book

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Post by FlatHeadSix » Sat Jan 17, 2009 6:35 pm

Panz,
The Motor Company probably published something each year for distribution to the service departments and parts departments at the dealerships. Some years they did not publish complete manuals and issued only supplements (like the "Shop Dope" issues). When there was a major model change, like the introduction of the Duo-Glide, Electra-Glide, and the dawn of the Shovel Head, they printed and issued the big consolidated maunuals which covered the majority of previous models which could logically be grouped together. You have to remember that the target audience for those factory publications was specifically for the dealers, they weren't printing those for the rider. They weren't doing those for us to have 50 years later as a complete reference library.

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