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1953 Panhead assistance please

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Post by Pete808 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:54 am

Since I bought my vintage Harleys a few years ago all my friends now want to get into vintage bikes too. I found a bike that my friend and boss really likes, I like it too. Could you guys chime in and let me know what you think of this bike. It has been recently restored and is much cleaner then anything I usually buy since bikes this clean are usually out of my price range. Anytime someone says its all oem it usually ends up being the complete opposite. This bike looks really nice, obviously a lot of the hardware is not oem, but it does look like it has a lot of nice pieces. Since this is for a friend and my boss I want to help him make a good buying decision since this bike is over $20k. I thought the cam cover for 53 was supposed to be different, but I looked in Palmer's and now I'm just confused, lol. I have not seen the bike in person since it is on the Mainland, and I will post more pics as I get them. Thanks for any input.
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Re: 1953 Panhead assistance please

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Post by Pete808 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:36 am

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Re: 1953 Panhead assistance please

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Post by Gotnoclass » Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:39 am

I love it. 100% correct or not. I think it’s a beautiful machine, and whoever restorrd it did it very clean job.

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Re: 1953 Panhead assistance please

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Post by Pete808 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:40 am

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Re: 1953 Panhead assistance please

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Post by Buddhahoodvatoloco » Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:47 am

Pete,
it's clean that's for sure.
1] do the belly/line bore numbers match,
2] got correct heads,
3] oem cylinders,
4] vin unaltered,
5] neck uncut,
6] tranny venting right, opps you can see the vent in the pic,
Just points to ponder.

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Re: 1953 Panhead assistance please

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Post by Pete808 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:53 am

Buddhahoodvatoloco wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:47 am
Pete,
it's clean that's for sure.
1] do the belly/line bore numbers match,
2] got correct heads,
3] oem cylinders,
4] vin unaltered,
5] neck uncut,
6] tranny venting right, opps you can see the vent in the pic,
Just points to ponder.
The belly numbers match. I was going to post a pic of the VIN just wasn't sure if that is cool to do since I don't own the bike.

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Re: 1953 Panhead assistance please

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Post by Pete808 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:54 am

Gotnoclass wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:39 am
I love it. 100% correct or not. I think it’s a beautiful machine, and whoever restorrd it did it very clean job.
I agree, I think the bike is amazing, but since it is not my money I just want to make sure I provide my friend with all the necessary info so that he can make an educated decision. If it were me and I had the money i would buy it since I now know what it costs to restore these things.

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Re: 1953 Panhead assistance please

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Post by Pete808 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:55 am

here is part of the vin. Looks ok, right?
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Re: 1953 Panhead assistance please

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Post by Gotnoclass » Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:11 am

Not to comment on the vin, but the shifter rod looks to be spray painted silver rather than being cad plated. I would inspect all the supposed cad parts on this bike

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Re: 1953 Panhead assistance please

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Post by Pete808 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:15 am

Gotnoclass wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:11 am
Not to comment on the vin, but the shifter rod looks to be spray painted silver rather than being cad plated. I would inspect all the supposed cad parts on this bike
I was thinking the same thing on the kick stand as some other parts.

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Post by Gotnoclass » Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:41 am

Yeah looks like the guy went Willy-nilly with the silver paint. Even parts that are not supposed to be cad

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Re: 1953 Panhead assistance please

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Post by Buddhahoodvatoloco » Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:10 pm

Pete, speedo is off, but most of the bones are there, get him to drop some, good buy..
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Re: 1953 Panhead assistance please

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Post by RUBONE » Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:13 pm

The cases look silver painted as well.
Fender light is repop and is not the type used in '53.
Muffler is wrong, '53 type had longer outlet, that one is a '58 up type.
Rear rack is aftermarket .
D rings are wrong, should have thin type.
Battery top cover is aftermarket.
Brake pedal pad is wrong.
Dash side filler plate is missing.
Repop kicker pedal.
There are a few more repop pieces but the bike appears mostly correct as far as year and appearance. Some finish issues as pointed out. Can't tell about the fork tins and lights from those pictures.

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Re: 1953 Panhead assistance please

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Post by Doc37W » Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:21 pm

Pete, The cam cover is correct for '53-'54. In '55 & up, H-D filled in the upper left corner of the cam cover in order to cover the case that was exposed (like it is on this engine). Depending on the price, I would buy it & replace the repop parts as they came available and as I could afford it. Doc

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Re: 1953 Panhead assistance please

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Post by Pete808 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:08 pm

Doc37W wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:21 pm
Pete, The cam cover is correct for '53-'54. In '55 & up, H-D filled in the upper left corner of the cam cover in order to cover the case that was exposed (like it is on this engine). Depending on the price, I would buy it & replace the repop parts as they came available and as I could afford it. Doc
I am waiting on the price. I know that he paid $21500 for it plus shipping and he put new tires on it so he is probably in it around $23k, and will probably want that plus a $1000 or so.

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