What is it?

Information on the identification and numbering of frame, motor belly, transmission and other parts
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Sodbuster
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What is it?

#1

Post by Sodbuster » Tue Aug 21, 2007 7:00 pm

Hello,

I am thinking of getting a bike to rebuild like my dear ole
Dads....only problem is I wasn't born until after he had to
part with it, and all I have is this photo....

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I'd appreciate any info I can find.

Thanks much.
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kevsett
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#2

Post by kevsett » Tue Aug 21, 2007 7:35 pm

It appears to be a 49 or 50 model panhead with all the options. The stripe on the fat bob tanks might help determine the exact year.

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#3

Post by FlatHeadSix » Tue Aug 21, 2007 9:00 pm

Probably a 1950 FL, HydraGlide. I don't think the paint stripe on the tank is a factory paint scheme item. The 3 stainless trim strips (sergeant stripes) on the rear fender were only used in 49 and 50, but the hydraulic fork lowers were painted black in 49 (one year only). Like Kevsett said, its loaded, so it may be a 49 that had the fork sliders polished to match all the other bolt-on accessories.

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#4

Post by FlatHeadSix » Tue Aug 21, 2007 9:05 pm

I just noticed the bike has a "cigar" muffler (1950) instead of the "shark fin" (1949), so its probably a 1950

Sodbuster
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what is it?

#5

Post by Sodbuster » Tue Aug 21, 2007 11:41 pm

You folks are terrific!

I'm pretty set on doing something with a panhead, the only thing
I'm beginning to question (more and more) is whether building
something like this is do-able for me.

I guess that's the other side of the knife of finding out my pa had a
special bike, huh?

Any other things that anyone notices about it I'd appreciate it if you
pass it on.

many thanks,

Farmer.

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#6

Post by john HD » Wed Aug 22, 2007 1:41 am

sod buster,

get yourself over to davenport iowa next weekend and take a look see at all the bikes for sale whole or in parts.

john

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