1948 models

1948 sales brochure

1948 sales brochure

1948 is the first year of Harley Davidson’s new engine design that would be dubbed the “panhead” referring to the pan shaped valve covers. Innovations of the new engine design included internal oiling to reduce oil leaks.Hydraulic valve lifters reduced valve train noise and maintained push rod adjustment. Aluminum cylinder heads for more efficient engine cooling.

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1948 speedometer

 

1948-1952 speedo

1948-1952 speedo

this speedometer is used from 1948-1952

1948 gas tank emblems

1947-1950 emblems

1947-1950 emblems

Here are some great sources for detailed information about Harley Davidson’s 1948 Panhead

How to restore your Harley-Davidson by Bruce Palmer 111

Riding vintage website

the Jocky Journal web forum

hydra-glide.com The panhead and flathead site

The Harley Davidson Panhead service manual 48-57 rigid

1948 models
model engine type actual displacement compression factory options
E  sport solo 61 c.i. low compression 60.32 c.i. 6.5:1 __
EL special sport solo 61 c.i.high compression 60.32 c.i. 7.0:1 __
ES sidecar twin 61 c.i. low compression 60.32 c.i. 6.5:1 S = sidecar gearing
F sport solo 74c.i. low compression 73.66 c.i. 6.6:1 __
FL special sport solo 74 c.i.high compression 73.66 c.i. 7.0:1 __
FS sidecar twin 74c.i. low compression 73.66c.i. 6.6:1 S = sidecar gearing

NOTE: the ” S denoting sidecar gearing will not be stamped in serial number.

paint stripes speedometer
brilliant black _____ bluish gray center. cream white mph numbers. red indicator
flight red _____ _____
Azure blue _____ _____
police silver _____ _____
white _____ _____