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[ Articles ] 1955 Panhead Period Modified

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Article name: 1955 Panhead Period Modified
Author: slowsled
Description: Time to start my build thread.
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Re: 1955 Panhead Period Modified

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Very nice start....
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Re: 1955 Panhead Period Modified

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Great start...!
I don't know why, but I really like working on star hubs. Yours look nice, but why no finish on the star cover? Is it bare metal, or a trick of the camera?
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Re: 1955 Panhead Period Modified

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Bigincher wrote:Great start...!
I don't know why, but I really like working on star hubs. Yours look nice, but why no finish on the star cover? Is it bare metal, or a trick of the camera?
It is bare metal.
The cover should be parkerized but I am having a hard time
finding them. Still looking and will replace when I find them.
Hubs are wrong too, 4th version with machined flange for
hydraulics, should be third according to Palmer. Had to move so
I could begin on the disc brake. After the brake I can look at
rebuilding the forks.

Also finding it difficult to not scratch things. Damn hub has
three marks already and I have scratched my frame too. Frame is
only primed, but I need to learn better habits before I paint it.
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Re: 1955 Panhead Period Modified

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Scratches happen, yeah you have to use 'deliberate care'.
Earlier hubs are a little harder to find, and personally I don't have a problem with the later hubs; they are an upgrade with the grease zerk added to the small side. But as you say, not correct. But so what, disk brake isn't either....
Your best bet it to Parkerize the covers yourself, or make friends with someone who does it regularly and already has the setup.
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Re: 1955 Panhead Period Modified

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Nice project!

Have fun with it.

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Re: 1955 Panhead Period Modified

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Great stuff!--About scratches/use blankets under everything,When you start lacing Take your time if your rims are painted,& just get a hand for a min. from somebody if you have to hold & mark something!-(no-doubt you will).Shes looking great & The disc is a good move!--Im putting a front disc on mine soon.Its nice to STOP for a change.Cant wait to see the final scoot.----Respectfully---Richie
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Re: 1955 Panhead Period Modified

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Thanks for the encouragement. Disk brake has been tough.
Working hard to keep the stock forks and hubs. Spent about 5
hours with a machinist before I gave up, for the day, realized
without a wheel I was gambling on it working out. I tried truing
a bicycle wheel once and it was a joke, so I am jobbing out the
lacing. Stainless spokes from Buchanan, Taiwan steel chrome rims
and my hubs are with the wheel guy now. When I get it back I
need to make a good drawing before going to the machinist for
another try. It is starting to look like it may end up a stock
drum.

I tried painting and find I suck at it. Three people have
admonished me to build it before I paint. So I am trying to
acquire the rest of the tins so I can take it all to the painter
at the same time. Still looking for 5 gallon tanks, smooth
sides, no badging.

Have the primed frame up on the lift ready to start putting stuff
on.

It seems like all I have done is spend money with out much to
show off.
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Re: 1955 Panhead Period Modified

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/131595941854?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT

Will these fit a 55? What will or will not fit?
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Re: 1955 Panhead Period Modified

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They will fit but are too fat in the rear. If you park next to a bike with the correct tanks you can spot them a mile away.

Buy them if you need a set to get running and keep shopping for a OEM set.

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Re: 1955 Panhead Period Modified

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Those are 5-gallon tanks, stock tanks are 3-1/2 gallon. Huge difference in appearance.
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Re: 1955 Panhead Period Modified

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Will these fit a 55? What will or will not fit?
Any OHV tanks from '48 to the end of the Shovel series will fit your frame, mounting tab positions are the same, engine clearance is the same. Stock 5 gallon tanks should be even cheaper than those repop POS tanks. Stock Panhead tanks will be a bit more! '55 and '56 use the same tanks as far as emblem mounting and location on the tank. All other years are different.
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Re: 1955 Panhead Period Modified

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If using 16-inch wheel up front /When you get your hardware for a disc, & take the drum out --(YOU will need to have a 1/2-inch spacer made so you can use all the rest of your oem parts!).Theres a good PIC. in the K-BASE of it!---Respectfully---Richie
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Re: 1955 Panhead Period Modified

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Post by PanPal »

Looks like a fun project! I noticed you are running a Andrews A cam but you didn't mention your lifters. Are you running hydraulics or a solid lifter set up?
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Re: 1955 Panhead Period Modified

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55 p Modified!---I to run 100% star-hubs./I pull them apart every Winter!--As in 8 or 9-months I can easily put 18 to 22K on the odometer!.You will no doubt be checking them ,Maybe not as often as I do -But you will need a Dial indicater & a MANUAL!!!-(to much to type here)-Also its in the K-BASE!.About your cover-stars./ A simple soak in White Viniger overnite Will make them NEW again.Vinigar is slightly acidic & works on a number of rusted parts!.After they come out nice just buff by hand & handle with gloves as you want no oil getting on them.Then apply a coat of CLEAR from a RATTLECAN.It will keep them nice until your ready for cad, or parkerizing.As far as the other pics. LOOKING NICE!/-JUST have fun.!---Respectfully----Richie 8)
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