Panhead rebuild project...

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Re: Panhead rebuild project...

Post by Harold_V » Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:07 am

Looking good, patio.
Did you ever discover the source of the noise in the engine (the squeal)?

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Re: Panhead rebuild project...

Post by JackF » Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:43 am

Good job Pat. :D When you pulled back into the yard after the run around the block I heard sirens, then noticed you pull into the shop right away. :? :wink: Tell me that wasn't Barney chasing after you. :shock: :wink: :lol:


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Re: Panhead rebuild project...

Post by Patio » Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:20 pm

Halorld, I believe the noise was a bronze bearing in the cam chest that had not gotten oil yet. I have not heard any squeals or other worrisome noises, since that initial starting of the motor.

Jack, the sirens are from a business located near by. They were going off for quite some time. They would reset every so often and then start all over again. I call the police and they may have done something, because they did not last much longer. I may ride bikes, but I do try to keep my nose clean. :)

Thanks for all the nice comments.
I am now eagerly waiting for clear days so I can get some break-in miles on the bike. :)
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Re: Panhead rebuild project...

Post by neanderman » Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:15 am

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Re: Panhead rebuild project...

Post by Patio » Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:21 am

A little update on the Panhead.
I have found the cause of the squeal I experienced when starting the bike for the first time. The front rocker arm support was galled. I have also discovered that the heads had some issues with galled valves and cracked valve guides. Both heads are in the shop getting rebuilt. I should get them back soon. In the mean time I have been building prototyping a set of foot controls, that fit me and function better than the original set up. I have acquired a used speedometer, from a swap meet this past weekend and will try to graft it onto the bike in the future. I have been using an app on my smart phone for speed and distance. I will get some pictures together of the process soon, too. I have about 40 miles on it at this moment. Only another 460 more to break it in.
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