Is this a 1948 panhead? the heads are shovel heads?

Information on the identification and numbering of frame, motor belly, transmission and other parts
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Is this a 1948 panhead? the heads are shovel heads?

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Post by 1948panhead » Thu Nov 25, 2010 4:28 pm

I recently got this harley and the previous owner stated it was a 1948 panhead.
the heads are shovelheads? i think Is it possible to run shovel's? the bike starts but the previous owner change the tanks and the shifting mech. and the vin#48FL184* could some one help me out? Thanks see pics.
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Re: Is this a 1948 panhead? the heads are shovel heads?

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Post by tattoo mark » Thu Nov 25, 2010 4:36 pm

yes those are shovelheads on your top end alot of people ran that set up on there pan lower ends, as far as motor numbers not sure there are alot better qualified people here to give you that answer

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Re: Is this a 1948 panhead? the heads are shovel heads?

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Post by old52pan » Thu Nov 25, 2010 10:31 pm

The frame looks aftermarket also, check the knowledge base at the top of the page and search for additional information. post a pic of the vin on the left case if possible so we can verify it has not been molested as well.And that lawnmower throttle adapted to advance the timer is priceless :lol: tim

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Re: Is this a 1948 panhead? the heads are shovel heads?

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Post by Bigincher » Thu Nov 25, 2010 11:14 pm

I see it has a shovelhead-style oil pump on it, too. The tank emblems are 1961-62. The timing cover appears correct for '48, also. If you can get a shot of the belly numbers, please post them as well.

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Post by Bosheff » Fri Nov 26, 2010 2:25 am

Oil tank is not stock H-D. Kicker arm and shaft are post 53 items that may or may not be genuine H-D....bosheff

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Re: Is this a 1948 panhead? the heads are shovel heads?

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Post by 1948panhead » Fri Nov 26, 2010 3:35 am

old52pan wrote:The frame looks aftermarket also, check the knowledge base at the top of the page and search for additional information. post a pic of the vin on the left case if possible so we can verify it has not been molested as well.And that lawnmower throttle adapted to advance the timer is priceless :lol: tim


The lawnmower part was the first to go. how do i check to see if the frame isn't the original? and i will post a pic of the vin as well. Thanks

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Post by jdpan » Fri Nov 26, 2010 3:45 am

The gussets on the neck would be one indication of an aftermarket frame.

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Post by Dave_R » Fri Nov 26, 2010 4:35 am

That frame looks identical to mine, which is a Jammer frame from the late 60's to 70's vintage. The telltale signs are the way the neck has two plates as gussets on each side of the fork tube, and similar plates welded under the seat area.
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Re: Is this a 1948 panhead? the heads are shovel heads?

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Post by Panhead Ed » Fri Nov 26, 2010 2:28 pm

NO , doesnt look like much of it is "48".. But welcome to the site and the wonderfull world of HD where everyone is an expert and evry bike seems to be "all original" yea right... youll drive yourself crazy trying to "re-build" an all original scoot of any year.... make it run make it safe and enjoy riding the hell outta it !

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