Please Help Identify Panhead in Photo

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Please Help Identify Panhead in Photo

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Post by 44RIMFIRE » Thu Dec 16, 2010 3:49 am

Hello everyone. I currently have a 52FL that I and restoring. My question is about the photo that is attached. This is an old pic of my Dad and his buds when he was in the Army. I am trying to identify the year model of the Harley. I know it's either a 49 or 50 but I would like to know which it is. I was hoping that one of you guys could pick up on some small detail on the bike and maybe come up with the answer. Thanks!
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Re: Please Help Identify Panhead in Photo

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Post by Cotten » Thu Dec 16, 2010 4:06 am

44Rimfire!

Great photo!

What the hell are they going to do with that hammer and hacksaw?

The Hydra-Glide script on the front fork panel would place it as later than '49, but considering the Roadmaster emblems, anything is possible.

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PS: I see a leaky manifold.

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Re: Please Help Identify Panhead in Photo

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Post by UPSROD » Thu Dec 16, 2010 4:09 am

44RIMFIRE, The black fork slider would make it a 1949. Rod

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Re: Please Help Identify Panhead in Photo

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Post by Bigincher » Thu Dec 16, 2010 4:11 am

The '49 didn't have the 'Hydra Glide' script on the top of the fok tin. Is that just a reflection I am seeing?

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Re: Please Help Identify Panhead in Photo

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Post by Bigincher » Thu Dec 16, 2010 4:13 am

Cotten wrote:What the hell are they going to do with that hammer and hacksaw?
The guy with the hammer is going to break some fins so the heads look like a lot of them we see today..... :D

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Post by 44RIMFIRE » Thu Dec 16, 2010 4:18 am

I can't believe they didn't set it on fire with all the sigs and chemical cans layin around!

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Post by 44RIMFIRE » Thu Dec 16, 2010 4:29 am

I just figured out what he's doin with the hammer. He's altering the VIN!

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Re: Please Help Identify Panhead in Photo

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Post by FlatHeadSix » Thu Dec 16, 2010 4:43 am

As Cotten mentioned the fork tin with the Hydra-Glide script on the top is newer than '49, along with some of the other accessories like the ROADMASTER script and the bombsight ornament, but I can NOT see any rivets on the front fender braces which makes it a one-year-only 1949 fender. The black paint on the fork sliders also suggests 1949, the only year that all of them were painted black, but you could get painted sliders in later years also, so that's not conclusive. The last year for those tank badges was 1950. My guess is that its a '49 with period modifications, or a '50 with some '49 front end parts.

And, as Cotten also said, GREAT PHOTO!

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Re: Please Help Identify Panhead in Photo

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Post by old1955 » Thu Dec 16, 2010 4:57 am

G'day,

Mike or Cotten, can you tell me about the Roadmaster script, I haven't seen that before, I know zip
about it?

That speedo cable is coming across the gas line.

thanks
Pete

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Post by DuoGlide62 » Thu Dec 16, 2010 2:18 pm

What a great photo. Can I use it at pan-clan.com ?

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Post by socalrider » Thu Dec 16, 2010 6:50 pm

pete,
the roadmaster emblem along with the bombsight fender ornament most likely came off of a 50'sera buick roadmaster car.
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Post by DuoGlide62 » Thu Dec 16, 2010 7:36 pm

Which one is your dad ?
BTW, http.//pan-clan.com and scroll down.

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Post by kevsett » Thu Dec 16, 2010 7:50 pm

Everything about that photo is cool. Besides the bike and the guys I like the clothes, hats, and gloves. Does anyone make leather jackets like that today? Reminds me of photos and stuff my grandpa and dad had when I was little.

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Re: Please Help Identify Panhead in Photo

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Post by Cotten » Thu Dec 16, 2010 9:08 pm

I pulled a frumpy ladies leather jacket of similar vintage out of garbage after an auction last summer. Real film noire stuff.

It was just my wife's style!
But far too tight where it counts most.

Moth-eaten lining and dirty, it brought $30 to my associate's table at D-port, from a fellow who wished only to make a pattern from it.

That is what I call taking the struggle to preserve vintage motorcycle history right to the front lines: boutique by boutique!

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Post by 44RIMFIRE » Thu Dec 16, 2010 11:41 pm

Thanks for all the interest guys. My dad has the aviator cap and googles. I wish I knew who the other three were, but I haven't identified them yet. My Dad passed away years ago. It's funny you should say that about the leather jacket. I actually had that jacket for years when I was a teenager, and at some point in time, it got away from me and now i can't find it. After reading all the posts, I think I am leaning towards the bike being a 49 but I guess will never know for sure. Anyway, I am really loving this forum and looking forward to future use.

Regards;

44Rimfire

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