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    Can someone tell me in what year did Harley-Davidson start using 5 gallon tanks?

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    1965 on the last Panhead and the only ones with a pull up reserve assembly on them. There were some 5 gallon race tanks for WRs in the '40s and '50s (Daytona), and some dealers made extra large tanks out of standard ones before H-D ever did.
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    Wasn't '66 a one year only as well with petcock changing sides for '67?

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    Yes, the 66 tanks are one year only.
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    Thanks, I picked up a 1970 FLH, mostly original, the tanks are not original. I wanted to make sure that using 5 gallon tanks was correct for that year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawghd1 View Post
    Thanks, I picked up a 1970 FLH, mostly original, the tanks are not original. I wanted to make sure that using 5 gallon tanks was correct for that year.
    Please be aware that the 3.5 gallon tanks were also available that year, and even later in the shovelhead years. A good friend owned a '76 FLH that had the 3.5's, original to that bike.
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    I have a original 1970 FLH that I bought from my father. It is almost all original other than it has been painted a few times. It has 5 gallon tank on it. I am looking for someone to help me find original paint code or paint chip in Sparkling Blue and Birch White. Trying to restore back to as original as possible.

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    Birch White was still available from the factory a few years back, it might still be.
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