'57 Panhead project.

Just picked up a '57 Pan. I have many questions.

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WillPhelps52
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'57 Panhead project.

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Post by WillPhelps52 » Sun Feb 09, 2020 3:22 am

I've had a few Panheads before, but they've all been bobbers and choppers. My last was a '57 FLH chopper I built. Story may be on here somewhere.

Today I picked up a mostly stock '57 FLH. I live in Concord, NC and would like to chat with someone local who has "restoration" experience. I'd like to have the bike 100% stock and as original as possible, but if the parts I have have already been painted, I'd like to know if I could leave the bike the way it is (dirty) with fresh paint on the tins. Is that acceptable or would a complete restoration be a better (more valuable) way to go?

Thanks.

Will



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Re: '57 Panhead project.

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Post by panhead_kicker » Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:22 pm

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Re: '57 Panhead project.

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Post by WillPhelps52 » Sun Feb 09, 2020 11:01 pm

Here's a few. The bike and a front fender that's supposed to be a 1957. I don't know if it's original paint or not. I doubt it.

Yes, I know the gas tanks are wrong. They are '56. The shift gate holes were covered with bondo. He put the hand shift / foot clutch on there, even though the trans is still ratchet top. I have '57 tanks which I'm also unsure about the paint.
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