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Recommendations needed


Post by dasweasel » Wed Sep 13, 2006 1:04 pm

Hello all,

I could use some good advice. The motorcycle gods smiled upon me, and I was able to pick up a '58 panhead rolling chassis for a price I couldn't refuse. The challenge is the engine - I have the crankcase, some timing gears, and the bare cylinder heads - nothing else.
As for my mechanical skills - my greatest accomplishment has been to replace the transmission in my '84 sportster - not that much more difficult than changing the oil.
Like most people, I'm limited on a budget, so running out and buying a brand new engine and tranny is most likely out of the question.
As far as I know, these are my options:

a) send out the cases and heads to a reputable mechanic, and put it in his hands to get done.
b) buy a manual, and hit up J & P, Ebay, ... and attempt to piecemeal it together.

I'm open to listening to everybody's 2 cents. Thanks for your time,


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Re: Recommendations needed


Post by Cotten » Wed Sep 13, 2006 7:19 pm

If you know a competent automotive machine shop that follows specs and instructions per order, then you can build as fine a motor as anyone.
there's always just one more tool you will need.


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Re: Recommendations needed


Post by 57pan » Thu Sep 14, 2006 1:03 pm

Hey, every project is an excuse to buy more tools. "Sure, dear, I can do that for you, but I'll need to buy a...."

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Re: Recommendations needed


Post by Billy » Fri Sep 15, 2006 8:06 am

"Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of more Tools"

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Re: Recommendations needed


Post by Moose » Fri Sep 15, 2006 6:38 pm

the next best thing to owning more tools is having a good friend that does work on old pans and has all the tools. Most passed down from his father who worked on old pans when they were not old.


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