Case cracked ?

Left Panhead case hair line cracks ?

All Panhead related topics
Post Reply
Raytag
Posts: 19
Joined: Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:09 am
Bikes: 1972 FL, 1975FX Bitsa
Location: Germany
Been thanked: 5 times

Case cracked ?

#1

Post by Raytag » Mon Oct 28, 2019 5:59 pm

Hi,

I`m offered a 51 Pan and the owner sent me some pics
Image
Cause I`m paranoid I believe to see some hairline cracks around the inspection-hole, at 5 o` clock of the top case bolt towards the boss of the vin number and underneath of the case bolt below of the rear cylinder. What you think ?

Thanks for your time
Ray



blewcrab
Site sponsor
Site sponsor
Posts: 268
Joined: Mon Jul 09, 2012 11:08 pm
Bikes: 65FL and 2003 heritage
Location: Southern Maryland
Has thanked: 50 times
Been thanked: 21 times

Re: Case cracked ?

#2

Post by blewcrab » Mon Oct 28, 2019 7:21 pm

yeah ...you are paranoid !

Sarre
Posts: 56
Joined: Sun Nov 26, 2017 5:14 pm
Bikes: 1950 HD FL
Location: Netherlands
Has thanked: 18 times
Been thanked: 12 times

Re: Case cracked ?

#3

Post by Sarre » Mon Oct 28, 2019 7:39 pm

Ask him to open it up, just to be sure. :)
But I see what you mean, clean the surface and feel if there are ridges?

Raytag
Posts: 19
Joined: Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:09 am
Bikes: 1972 FL, 1975FX Bitsa
Location: Germany
Been thanked: 5 times

Re: Case cracked ?

#4

Post by Raytag » Tue Oct 29, 2019 2:12 pm

Hope you`re right blewcrab.
Gonna see that bike on Saturday

George Greer
Site sponsor
Site sponsor
Posts: 1494
Joined: Wed Mar 24, 2010 5:48 am
Bikes: 1942 WLA Type III
Hybrid WL/KH bobber project.
58 FL
Location: Markt Einersheim, Bavaria. and soon to be back in the US, Portland Oregon
Has thanked: 371 times
Been thanked: 78 times
Contact:

Re: Case cracked ?

#5

Post by George Greer » Tue Oct 29, 2019 3:18 pm

Good luck!

George

Raytag
Posts: 19
Joined: Sat Oct 05, 2019 8:09 am
Bikes: 1972 FL, 1975FX Bitsa
Location: Germany
Been thanked: 5 times

Re: Case cracked ?

#6

Post by Raytag » Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:31 pm

Right, yesterday I looked at the 51 FL with sidecar.
It was almost exactly a 1000 mls return trip. Back after 19 hrs. Not bad considering driving a 20 yrs old car topping a 75mph otherwise I go deaf. Plus a zillion partially very narrow road works sections and heavy traffic on the way back. Dark chocolate works for me to keep me awake and alert 8)
No cracks in the cases. Apart for the not really working 62-65 speedo , dash, Shovelhead oilpump, AM-Generator, belt-drive I couldn`t find any repop parts. Maybe the primary cover is repop cause it looked too new. He mentioned that the internals of the distributor wern`t oem but the manual advance was still attached & working.
The sidecar hasn`t a tag but a 48 number punched in. Heads casting is 50 but the VIN and the bellynumbers are very low. Number 7 stamp on cases.
I call it a barnfind cause the rims have deep pockets of rust in the shoulder. Frontend very stiff. Engine running with some knocks. A prolonged testride wasn`t possible cause for the lack of a road rego sticker and bad weather. Shifting the 3/R tranny is difficult but it is shifting. She fired up cold/warm pretty good but wouldn`t hold the idle. The rivets for the nipple looking excellent so maybe it was never fumbled with? I believe original cylinder but black painted so I figure some os pistons were installed in the past.
Original harness, no lock, rusty fender with dents, rusty hack, rust and oil everywhere, basically everything you`d expect from a 70 yrs old bike which wasn`t run for ages.
However when standing in front of her ... thinking about spending tons of hard earned money... The owner , actually a nice fella, wouldn`t allow much haggling and the former experience of building up couple of basket-cases causing me to chicken out.
Hopefully she won`t spend the rest of her life in a showroom just to furnish some investment gggrrrr instead of running loud and alive out on the roads where she belongs. Damn. Back to square one.

1950Panhead
Posts: 1842
Joined: Wed Jul 07, 2010 4:28 am
Bikes: 1950Panhead
Location: USA
Been thanked: 175 times

Re: Case cracked ?

#7

Post by 1950Panhead » Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:38 pm

However when standing in front of her ... thinking about spending tons of hard earned money... The owner , actually a nice fella, wouldn`t allow much haggling and the former experience of building up couple of basket-cases causing me to chicken out.
Hopefully she won`t spend the rest of her life in a showroom just to furnish some investment gggrrrr instead of running loud and alive out on the roads where she belongs. Damn. Back to square one.
There is nothing to fear except fear itself.

FL54
Site sponsor
Site sponsor
Posts: 241
Joined: Wed Mar 19, 2014 3:00 pm
Bikes: 1948 FL
1963 BMW R50/2
1967 FLH
1968 FLH
1969 FLH
1972 FLH
2009 FLTRSE3
Location: Central Oregon
Has thanked: 7 times
Been thanked: 9 times

Re: Case cracked ?

#8

Post by FL54 » Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:17 pm

The older I get, the more I've learned to trust what my gut is telling me. I think you made the right call. Like buses, another bike will come along.

RooDog
Site sponsor
Site sponsor
Posts: 954
Joined: Tue Oct 31, 2017 1:00 pm
Bikes: 1950 Panhead, Resto-Mod
1968 90", 5 Speed Shovelhead,
1984 Custom Built Evo 100" Bagger
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
Has thanked: 217 times
Been thanked: 282 times

Re: Case cracked ?

#9

Post by RooDog » Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:16 pm

Other life lessons:
When it's "right" you will know it.
Right things have a knack of just falling into place.
Forcing an issue usually don't turn out too well,
AND, All things come to an end.....
And so too for this comment....
....RooDog....

Post Reply

Return to “Panhead”