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Harley-Davidson Panhead Repair Manual 1948-1965

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The 1948-1965 Harley-Davidson Panhead repair manual by Clymer covers:

  • Harley-Davidson E
  • Harley-Davidson EL
  • Harley-Davidson ELF
  • Harley-Davidson ELS
  • Harley-Davidson ES
  • Harley-Davidson F
  • Harley-Davidson FL
  • Harley-Davidson FLE
  • Harley-Davidson FLEF
  • Harley-Davidson FLF
  • Harley-Davidson FLH
  • Harley-Davidson FLHF
  • Harley-Davidson FLS
  • Harley-Davidson FLSP
  • Harley-Davidson FS
This repair manual for 1948-1965 Harley Panheads was written for DIY mechanics who want to work on their own bikes. From basic maintenance to troubleshooting and adjustments, all the way to complete engine and transmission teardown and rebuild.

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Book Excerpt: 1948-1965 Harley-Davidson Panhead Repair Manual


The transmission is installed in a separate housing behind the engine (Figure 93).


  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable. Then remove the battery and battery carrier.
  2. Drain the transmission oil as described in Chapter Three.
  3. Remove the compensating sprocket, primary belt, clutch and primary housing as described in Chapter Five.
  4. On 1965 Electra-Glide:
    1. Remove the starter motor as described in Chapter Nine.
    2. Remove the starter motor housing as described in Chapter 5.
    3. Label and disconnect the wires at the starter solenoid.

  5. Remove the master link from the drive chain. Then slide the drive chain along the front sprocket and remove it.
  6. Remove the clutch control rod from the clutch release lever as follows:
    1. On foot control clutch, loosen the rod locknut at the pedal.
    2. On hand control clutch, loosen locknut at booster connection.
    3. On all models, turn rod out until the flat portion on the rod can slide out of the slot in the clutch release lever.

Whenever the steering stem and bearings are removed from the steering head, cover the steering head with a cloth to protect the bearing races from accidental damage.

If a race is damaged, the bearing and race must be replaced as a set. Because the bearing races are pressed into place, do not remove them unless they are worn and require replacement.

Fork Stem Bearing, Outer Bearing Race and Steering Head Cup Replacement

Each individual bearing assembly consists of a tapered roller bearing, bearing race, dust shield (lower bearing) and steering head cup (A, Figure 68).

When replacing a bearing, all of these parts must be replaced as a set. The bearing races are first pressed into the steering head cups and then the cups are pressed in the frame steering head.

The lower bearing is installed over the fork stem (Figure 69). The upper bearing (Figure 77) is placed in the upper bearing race after the fork stem has been inserted through the frame steering head.

  • Quick Reference Data
  • General Information
  • Troubleshooting
  • Lubrication, Maintenance and Tune-up
  • Engine
  • Clutch and External Gearshift Linkage
  • Transmission and Internal Shift Mechanism
  • Fuel and Emission Systems
  • Exhaust System
  • Electrical System
  • Wheels, Tires and Drive Chain
  • Front Suspension and Steering
  • Rear Suspension
  • Brakes
  • Body and Frame
  • Wiring Diagrams
Subject: 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965 Harley-Davidson E, EL, ELF, ELS, ES, F, FL, FLE, FLEF, FLF, FLH, FLHF, FLS, FLSP, FS service, maintenance, repair. ISBN-10: 0892875658 | ISBN-13: 9780892875658 | Clymer M418

Also see: Harley-Davidson Panhead Restoration, by Rick Schunk.

1960 Harley Panhead

Above: Dave & Lucy Roderick of Arizona and their 1960 Harley-Davidson Panhead, which they built in the 1980s.

  • Publisher: Clymer Manuals
  • Pages: 528 - Hundreds of b&w photos and illustrations
  • Binding: Paperback - 7 x 10 inches
  • ISBN: 978-0-89287-565-8
  • Years: 1948 - 1965