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May 23, 2017

Rare Factory Correct Tankshift 1965 Panhead Electra Glide

OK, here is a photo of my next project bike in basic “as bought” condition. I plan to use this rare ex-police 1965 Harley Panhead – rare because it came from the factory with 3 1/2 gallon tanks and handshifter set up.

Rare 1965 Harley Panhead Tank-Shifter

This was the last year for actual tankshifters, as the 1966 Shovelhead came with the handshifter mounted on the down tubes. This one has been repainted a few times and has had some parts swapped out since it came off service as a police motorcycle.

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Filed under Buzz Kanter Classic Motorcycle Blog, Classic Harley History by Buzz_Kanter

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May 11, 2017

Classic Harley Panhead Art

Nothing special, but I like this photo of the left side gas tank and handshifter of my 1948 Harley Panhead.

I had just ridden to the local gas station to fill up and the sun was going down, so I pulled over to take this photo with my cellphone camera.

1948 Harley Panhead in late day sun

Looks artsy, so thought we’d share it here. – Buzz Kanter

Filed under Buzz Kanter Classic Motorcycle Blog, Motorcycles by Buzz_Kanter

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November 7, 2016

Classic Harley Davidson Star hub rebuild with new type quality ball bearing

This time I will show you how to update some worn out old Harley Davidson star hub, in early wheels Harley were using some loose rollers in cage that were running into the case-hardened housing bore, to rebuild them to like new condition, they should be lap and the use of oversize rollers were need, quite a job for a regular guy to save those hubs.
I decide to modify the inner guts only to accept usual ball bearing, meaning that I will not use loose rollers anymore, all internal will be update but external look will stay exactly the same which is quite important when doing update like this.First, here is some pictures of hub and mandrel use during the process
Here you can see a real worn inner hub, inner surface should be really smooth usually when loose rollers were riding into housingSmall sleeve need to be out before the machining, you can see it against the shoulder

Star hub mount on an custom-made aluminum machining mandrel, press in place with live center from lathe tailstock. Just a light interference of .001 should do it.

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Filed under Other, Random Ideas, Resources, Saddlebagrail's blog, Tech by saddlebagrail

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