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Thread: 1950 Panhead

  1. #11
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    I have to agree with Bob; that looks like a tough repair. However, the intake nipple seals where the nipple, and head meet. Those surfaces have to be dead on, and that is the challenge. When H-D machined their heads, they made the threading, and facing operation perfect, so when a properly machined nipple was threaded in, it was sure to seat flush to the head. Unfortunately, chopper guys thought rubber band manifolds would cure all their leaking problems so when they removed the plumber style nipple, they only made things worse. Getting back to the what H-D did when they first machined that head is tough, but it can be done.
    Eric Smith
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    Bob and Eric; Yes he used his Bridgeport after welding and I lent him my Harley Davidson Factory intake tap. It came out beautifully. Here are shots of the Carl's intake nipples installed.100_1072.jpg100_1071.jpg100_1073.jpg100_1074.jpg

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    All looks good and glad you progressed. Was the fixture capturing the fins in your last picture used to hold the head while finishing the threads? Thanks.
    Bob Rice #6738

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    Was the fixture capturing the fins in your last picture used to hold the head while finishing the threads?
    Looks like a homemade head holder screwed into the plug hole for the pics.
    Robbie Knight Amca #2736

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    Bob; No. Robbie; Yes it's an old spark plug that I broke the top off of and welded a piece of square tubing to. I did the same with the 18 mm plug. This is the way that I have done valve jobs for over 35 years.

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    Looks like a great repair, Craig. I guess it really helps to have a genuine H-D intake tap
    Eric Smith
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubone View Post
    Looks like a homemade head holder screwed into the plug hole for the pics.
    Looks like I need my eyes checked!
    Bob Rice #6738

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    I have to admit. I've never seen a home made tail light lens like the one that came on this bike. (See pics) I think that it started out as a '60's Chevy truck tail light lens. I thought that I might replace it.
    Craig CIMG0636.jpgCIMG0635.JPGCIMG0633.JPG

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    Quote Originally Posted by 41craig View Post
    I have to admit. I've never seen a home made tail light lens like the one that came on this bike. (See pics) I think that it started out as a '60's Chevy truck tail light lens. I thought that I might replace it.
    Craig CIMG0636.jpgCIMG0635.JPGCIMG0633.JPG
    Very crafty! I like it

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    I'm back on this project, trying to button it up. I rebuilt 2 good hubs and dug out 2 good rims. Then I pulled out a couple of bin boxes of OEM spokes and could not find 40 ( much less 80 ) good looking spokes. All needed to be replated. So for now is plan B. Use the 2 aftermarket wheels that came on the bike 'til I can build a couple of correct wheels. First I washed the tires and dug out the Tire Black to cover the hideous white walls. Next step, install the drums. Included is a couple of pics of what I found. The lug bolts won't go through the holes in the hub. You have to try to get your hand through the spokes with a lug bolt between 2 fingers and use your other hand to put the lug wrench through the hole and start the lug bolt. These aftermarket hubs stick out like a sore eye, the way they are made. Not like the OEM 3 piece hub.CIMG1213.jpgCIMG1212.jpgCIMG1216.jpgCIMG1222.JPGCIMG1223.JPG
    Craig

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