Harley Davidson Panheads used three types of ignition timers from 1948 to 1965
1948 -1960 used a single contact point manual advance ignition timer.
Fly wheel timing marks1948-1960 single point dual fire ignition manual advance
these flywheels should have one timing mark for the front cylinder
mark should be in center of timing hole for advanced position. slightly before center for retard position.
factory ignition timing instructions for 48-60 can be found here ” https://justpanhead.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/1948-57-EL_FL-service-manual.pdf’ ” page number 208
1961-1964 used a dual breaker point manual advance ignition timer
Early 1961 fly wheels have only one mark for front cylinder and require use of a gauge to determine position of piston in rear cylinder.
Late 1961-1964 have two marks one for front cylinder advance position one for rear cylinder advance position
factory ignition timing instructions for 61-64 can be found here ” https://justpanhead.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Factory-HD59-69-Pan-Shovel-Service-Manual.pdf ” page 197.
1965 models used single point automatic advance ignition timer
factory ignition timing instructions for 1965 single point contact breaker automatic advance ignition timer can be found here ” https://justpanhead.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Factory-HD59-69-Pan-Shovel-Service-Manual.pdf ” page 197.
Electronic ignition upgrades for your panhead
mallory unilite distributor
for Harley Davidson big twins 1936-1969.
requires a 12 volt electrical system. links to more info
For stock Harley Davidson distributors for 6 volt or 12 volt systems
QuickStart 2000 for stock Harley Davidson distributors, models 1948-1969 + 1970 EXCEPT 1965 (order 1965 below) Sportsters
QuickStart 2000 for stock Harley Davidson distributors, model 1965 ONLY Panhead
QuickStart 2000 1961-1964 Dual Point Distributors, Patent Pending #13/197,943