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    I could use a little help. I am going to look at a 1969 Shovel. I own an Panhead and Flathead and havenít dealt much with the early Shovels. Is there any reference material like Palmers How To Restore Your Harley Davidson for the Shovelhead? Just trying to stay out of trouble.

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    Jeff

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    Jeff,
    I own a proud owner of 1969 FLH shovelhead and there is not anything out there, like a Palmers, that I have found. There is a book that lists changes and part numbers called Donny’S Unauthorized Technical Guide to Harley-Davidson; Volume 5 The Shovelhead, part I and part II.
    One thing that freaks some people out about the 1969 is the front drum brake is on the rh side. I put over 50k wonderful miles on mine and love it!
    Good luck!

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    Hi Jeff,

    I don't know if this will help but here's a few pictures of my 69. You can see a pre electric start Panhead and an Indian Chief in the background, and I must admit that I like riding those bikes better than the Shovel. The Shovel just seems big and clunky in comparison but the electric start is a big plus for me in my advanced age :-).

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    I am having a hard time figuring out the paint. Is this an original color for 69 and what do 69 go for.
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    Last edited by jeffrro1; 04-03-2019 at 10:14 AM. Reason: Picture attachment

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    They are the '58 Buick Roadmaster of the Harley world but I love my 1967 and the 1969 my buddy has that I've rode a bunch and inspired me to get my 1967.
    DrSprocket

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffrro1 View Post
    I am having a hard time figuring out the paint. Is this an original color for 69 and what do 69 go for.
    IMG_4839.jpeg47265C15-D676-4ECA-A0C5-D870FBF3ED30.jpg
    Jeff, I cannot be for sure if that is of is not an original color, but I cannot find a color that matches that color and have never seen that color. The scheme looks correct though. I rode my 69 with that fat body seat for several years and then put on a single and then to a frame mounted seat. I wish I would have went to a frame mounted seat years ago. I know the is not original, but it turned it from a fun bike to a super great bike. Value is all over the place on generator shovels?????


    Chris Haynes posted this list in 2009

    Standard colors were,
    Black with black wrinkle panel and white stripe.
    Jet Fire Orange with black wrinkle panel and white stripe.
    Birch White with black wrinkle panel and white stripe.

    Optional colors were,
    Sparkling Burgundy with black wrinkle panel and white stripe.
    Sparkling Blue with black wrinkle panel and white stripe.
    Sparkling Gold with black wrinkle panel and white stripe.
    Last edited by ryan; 04-03-2019 at 04:55 PM.

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    This is the factory sales info..
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    Robbie,
    Where is the rest of the sales info?

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    On the rest of the pages....
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    Robbie Knight Amca #2736

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    I remember a reddish/pink & black or was that a pre shovelhead 2 tone paint job?

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