With hydraulic lifters – the FL Panhead is the bike that launched Harley-Davison as a leader in post-war America. Their first post-World War II bike got the nickname Panhead from its two roasting pan shaped rocker covers. Aluminum cylinder heads were yet one more innovative design improvement made on the Panhead. In addition to being less expensive than iron, aluminum also retains less heat and reduces the overall weight of the bike. Engine life was extended with improvements to the oil circulation system. A record 31,163 Panheads were sold in 1948 – a testament to Harley-Davidson’s foresight, innovative design and superior manufacturing.
Fully restored by Adolph Ogar, this beautiful black 1948 Harley-Davidson FL Panhead has only 2,100 miles on the restored engine and transmission (restored by Steve Schackman of Antique Motorcycle Supply, St. Louis, MO). All belly numbers on the engine matched and the bike has correct 1948 heads and linkert carburetor (restored by Mike Millay). There are several OEM parts, including, but not limited to: speedometer; front and rear fender tips; 32E 6 Volt generator; and wheel hubs. Reproduction parts include: Guide head and tail lights; Delco Remy horn; handlebars; rear crash bar; tool box; luggage rack and air cleaner (stamped HD). With an upgraded Primo belt system on the primary drive, this amazing find starts and runs perfectly.