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1948 Harley-Davidson EL Panhead Pre War

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Country: USA
Region: VA
Make: Harley-Davidson
City: Richmond
Zip: 23222
Model: EL Panhead
Year: 1948
Mileage: 35892 Miles
Color: Blue
Condition: Used
Engine: 983 cc
1948 Harley Davidson EL Panhead
This motorcycle was purchased by my father in 1950 before entering the Army for the Korean war. He rode it to his basic training outside of Washington DC. After the war he rode it back to Indiana where he crashed during his journey home. He left the broken parts in the ditch and drove it home. It was his main source of transportation until he ran it low on oil and seized the engine. At that point he removed the engine and started the rebuilding process and lost interest. He coated all of the parts in cosmoline and placed them in a barrel.
The bike was kept in one of the sheds on the farm until it was placed in the barn loft where it stayed for many years until October of 2017. To start the project of putting it back together we gathered all of the parts we could find and started the journey to get it back on the road. The pipes, kick pedal, interior primary case, one gas cap and one grip were missing. The tires, spokes, clutch, primary chain, drive chain and the wiring had to be replaced. The generator, engine and transmission were rebuilt. The EL runs great and we took great care to not alter the look that we saw when it came out of the barn loft. The front fender light is not correct. I have the original base but no light. The case numbers match each other.

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