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Panhead Books


Post by J.O. » Tue Apr 11, 2006 9:02 pm

Hi Guys.

What books would you suggest for someone who would like to buy a Panhead.

Something that describes the features of the different models through the years would be helpful in deciding what to buy.

Also interested in learning some of the mechanicals of the bikes.

Any ideas?

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Post by Jack_Hester » Tue Apr 11, 2006 10:27 pm

Bruce Palmer's restoration book. Of course, it covers almost all twins. It will tell you all you can stand about stock Panheads. and will have them. Just search for Bruce Palmer.


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Post by panz4ever » Wed Apr 12, 2006 5:53 pm

Palmers book is a definite must have. Two others that have been a significant help for me are Greg Field's book"Harley Davidson Panheads" and one very good book of basics by Kirk Perry titled "Mechanics and Owners Guide 1941-1959, Harley Davidson OHV Big Twins.

Fileds book has a short histroy of each year of pans with very good photos of the various years. It has helped me while restoring an almost stock 49 EL. Perrys book was very beneficial setting up my timing on my 50 chopper that I had taken up to 80 and was a bitch to cold start...its now two cold kicks and starts first kick with ignition on.

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Post by J.O. » Wed Apr 12, 2006 8:36 pm

Thanks Guys!
That looks like a great start.

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Post by john HD » Thu Apr 13, 2006 11:10 am

reprints of the factory service and parts manuals are essential.

they can be had on ebay for a resonable amount.

bruce palmer's book is the best in my opinion for showing the different models. he does an excellent job of showing the minor variations in parts that can save you time and money when shopping for parts.


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