Stan bought this 1954 FLF Panhead in 1971. A stripped down bagger or ‘bobber” some of the frame mounts had been removed along with foot boards windshield,crash bars but still had it’s saddlebags.Other than that it was a stock 1954 FLF. with factory foot shift and mousetrap.
In 1974 Stan built the chopper you see in the picture above. molded and painted frame, custom girder front end and wheel, risers, pullback handle bars, fender, seat ,sissy bar, headlight , extended kickstand., tail light and license plate bracket and new wiring.
The engine and transmission remained stock with factory model 52 three brush generator and Linkert carburetor.
In 1980 Stan and the Panhead were involved in a serious crash that put them both off the road for a year.
and nearly cost Stan a leg.
The Panhead was rebuilt in 1981 in the same style replacing the damaged parts including the frame. without the molding and painted black. The carburetor was badly damaged. Stan was able to buy a brand new OEM Linkert from the Harley dealer.
The fall of 1982 brought more bad luck. the Panhead’s left side engine case cracked just below the VIN number boss. Engine case cracking was fairly common with Panheads that were ridden hard and required complete disassembley of the engine to repair. In this case it could have been the result of impact from the accident. This particular repair would be extremely difficult to accomplish without destroying the VIN number. Stan was fortunate to find someone with the skills to do the job.
Stan put a lot of miles on that Panhead from 1982-1986 when he bought a new first year model softtail. selling the Panhead to a friend who rode it till about 1996 when the old wound in the case opened up and he opted to replace it with an s&s motor.
The old pan is still out there not to far from me. I may go make an offer one day.