Author Topic: 1952 Pan frame swap  (Read 5790 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline BBQBIKER

  • Full Member
  • Posts: 189
  • Country: us
  • "Get a new bike and leave it the eff alone" -Hank
1952 Pan frame swap
« on: January 11, 2016, 03:41:26 AM »
Well I picked up this Pan last year, 52 motor in a ? Swingarm frame. Yeah, 52 is supposed to be rigid frame but it's a PAN that runs with all HD parts otherwise. Wide glide with 16" wheel & banana caliper, juice brake in rear. Prev owner had for 34 years. It came with an extra 21" mini spool rim and another 21" rim, 2 seats, a front fender and a set of 16" apes (has 14's)

Maybe I'll find a rigid frame for it or just ride it and leave it alone and get another rigid project.

This was the day I loaded it in my van Mothers Day 2015

After cleaning the Linkert and tank, and a tuneup, it's a one kick bike. I immediately start racking up miles





I put on a new front tire and added a sissybar. Still putting on more miles



Bringing the 21" to the shop, wanna try it out.



New 21" Avon Speedmaster, just a bit skinnier than the wheelbarrow tire. Rides much smoother and turns better.



On the road in Maine. Almost 3000mi in my first 4 months of ownership



Pleated seat thanks Craigslist guy in RI



Threw on the front fender. Don't like it.





Uh oh...it's now September and there is trouble in Pan Paradise. Was out for an all day ride and was rollin down the hwy doin 75 on my way to see my mechanic I call Motor Jesus

Uh oh........losin power on this long uphill grade.........
Uh oh........lost a lot of power and now I'm riding a single cylinder bike......crap! What the hell........I'm just gonna ride it out till it dies....no mechanical noises just running on 1 cylinder how bad could it be??

I put my chin on the tank to streamline myself hahaha and I manage a respectable 39mph. Little cloud of smoke behind me and got some curious looks from the cars blowin by me at 70 but I was determined not to walk. Only like 8 miles to go hahahha

I pulled up Motor Jesus's driveway and he was there shaking his head. "That don't sound good" I left it running and hopped off. I was amazed that it idled at all. There was some oil around the front cylinder but not too much else to see. I shut it down and pulled the front plug, it was dripping with oil. Put a thumb over the plug hole and kicked it over....no compression. She's all done. Was gonna do a top end over the winter but winter came early I guess.

Thats a big hole



TRW pistons from the last rebuild back in the 80's





Rods don't spin crank too smoothly







The motor's going to get a top and bottom rebuild. Cylinders are pristine @.020 over and the rockers are perfect so some $$ saved there.

I was at Motor Jesus's shop checking progress and lo and behold there is a Santee Big Twin replica straight leg frame sitting there.

Motor Jesus knew I had this on my mind so the timing is perfect. A deal was struck and when the motors done it's going in the rigid frame, along with all other parts off the swingarm frame that will be compatible. Just gotta get some tins.

So that's my 52 project at the moment. I look forward to it's ressurection this Spring
« Last Edit: January 11, 2016, 06:30:48 AM by BBQBIKER »
BBQBIKER sends

Online Hossamania

  • Site Supporter
  • Full Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 12695
  • Country: us
Re: 1952 Pan frame swap
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2016, 09:23:12 AM »
Very nice bike. I like the 21" better than the 16". You'll like the fender in the rain. Great running commentary on the progress. Bummer about the motor, but should run sweet when done.
Are you planning on a pogo seat with the rigid frame?
Happiness does not buy money.

Offline BBQBIKER

  • Full Member
  • Posts: 189
  • Country: us
  • "Get a new bike and leave it the eff alone" -Hank
Re: 1952 Pan frame swap
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2016, 12:02:38 PM »
Very nice bike. I like the 21" better than the 16". You'll like the fender in the rain. Great running commentary on the progress. Bummer about the motor, but should run sweet when done.
Are you planning on a pogo seat with the rigid frame?

I like the 21" too. Threw the fender on after riding in the rain. Was taking direct stream of water  from tire into my face hahahha was fun riding with my head hanging off to the side

Going to do seat on the frame, a King/Queen style and big sissybar. I just like that look. I'll keep the progress coming. Thanks for watching
BBQBIKER sends

Offline BBQBIKER

  • Full Member
  • Posts: 189
  • Country: us
  • "Get a new bike and leave it the eff alone" -Hank
Re: 1952 Pan frame swap
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2016, 11:37:47 AM »
Heads and barrels ready for assembly. Wiseco's on the way and a NOS Sifton "Silencer" cam ready to go.











« Last Edit: January 15, 2016, 12:08:56 PM by FSG »
BBQBIKER sends

Offline BBQBIKER

  • Full Member
  • Posts: 189
  • Country: us
  • "Get a new bike and leave it the eff alone" -Hank
Re: 1952 Pan frame swap
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2016, 04:22:55 PM »
Got a very nice complete drum front end and an oil tank. More progress.







« Last Edit: February 01, 2016, 04:51:52 PM by FSG »
BBQBIKER sends

Offline Deye76

  • Full Member
  • Posts: 7704
  • Country: 00
Re: 1952 Pan frame swap
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2016, 06:34:09 AM »
Look forward to your build. Going to be a nice one.  :up:
East Tenn.
2014 CVO RK, 2015 RGS, 1992 FXRP

Offline BBQBIKER

  • Full Member
  • Posts: 189
  • Country: us
  • "Get a new bike and leave it the eff alone" -Hank
Re: 1952 Pan frame swap
« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2016, 04:32:27 PM »
For those following along, just got the frame freshened up and it looks like new.

Picked up a Santee straight leg rigid big twin replica frame a while ago and just had it freshend up. Looks like new! I'm on the hunt for a 52 orig frame but have this as a backup or another build or as a trading piece.







« Last Edit: April 07, 2016, 08:29:54 AM by BBQBIKER »
BBQBIKER sends

Offline BBQBIKER

  • Full Member
  • Posts: 189
  • Country: us
  • "Get a new bike and leave it the eff alone" -Hank
Re: 1952 Pan frame swap
« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2016, 04:34:02 PM »
Cases are cleaned up. Motor Jesus says they are 9 out of 10 on the scale of junk to pristine



BBQBIKER sends

Offline BBQBIKER

  • Full Member
  • Posts: 189
  • Country: us
  • "Get a new bike and leave it the eff alone" -Hank
Re: 1952 Pan frame swap
« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2016, 06:32:02 PM »
Got a 21" Star Hub wheel complete with drum.



BBQBIKER sends

Offline JamLazyAss

  • VP of Shedville
  • Past Admin
  • Full Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2824
Re: 1952 Pan frame swap
« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2016, 06:56:02 PM »
Very nice!  :up: :up:
I'm not a proctologist, but I know an asshole when I see one...

Offline HOGMIKE

  • Full Member
  • Posts: 1913
  • Country: us
Re: 1952 Pan frame swap
« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2016, 09:40:06 AM »
Looking good!  :smiled:

Can't wait to see the final ride.

Since it's raining here, it's a good time for me to go through my barn and find the box of old pics of my older bikes.
You made me get the old one's on the road again, thanks for that!

 :missed:
HOGMIKE

Offline BBQBIKER

  • Full Member
  • Posts: 189
  • Country: us
  • "Get a new bike and leave it the eff alone" -Hank
Re: 1952 Pan frame swap
« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2016, 09:57:36 AM »
Looking good!  :smiled:

Can't wait to see the final ride.

Since it's raining here, it's a good time for me to go through my barn and find the box of old pics of my older bikes.
You made me get the old one's on the road again, thanks for that!

 :missed:

Happy to have inspired you. Now dig out those pics and get scannin!
BBQBIKER sends

Offline BBQBIKER

  • Full Member
  • Posts: 189
  • Country: us
  • "Get a new bike and leave it the eff alone" -Hank
Re: 1952 Pan frame swap
« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2016, 09:59:11 AM »
Got cam cover de-chromed. Pistons are ready to go too. Cylinders cleaned up at 0.30 over.






« Last Edit: April 07, 2016, 10:01:51 AM by BBQBIKER »
BBQBIKER sends

Offline HOGMIKE

  • Full Member
  • Posts: 1913
  • Country: us
Re: 1952 Pan frame swap
« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2016, 11:20:13 AM »
Only 30 over?
Nice!
 :smiled:
HOGMIKE

Offline Brrrap

  • Site Supporter
  • Full Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1441
  • Country: us
Re: 1952 Pan frame swap
« Reply #14 on: April 07, 2016, 11:37:30 AM »
 :pop:
82nd ABN INF B.Co.1st 508th '78-'81
1923rd Comm Group, ATC, Kelly AFB '82-'86

Offline biker3r

  • Full Member
  • Posts: 120
  • Country: us
  • Dago Ca.
Re: 1952 Pan frame swap
« Reply #15 on: April 12, 2016, 08:14:22 PM »
Im enjoying following your progress :up: :up: keep the pics coming.

Offline Deye76

  • Full Member
  • Posts: 7704
  • Country: 00
Re: 1952 Pan frame swap
« Reply #16 on: April 14, 2016, 05:55:22 AM »
Nice looking pistons. What brand?
East Tenn.
2014 CVO RK, 2015 RGS, 1992 FXRP

Offline BBQBIKER

  • Full Member
  • Posts: 189
  • Country: us
  • "Get a new bike and leave it the eff alone" -Hank
Re: 1952 Pan frame swap
« Reply #17 on: April 14, 2016, 07:27:23 AM »
Nice looking pistons. What brand?

Those be Wiseco
BBQBIKER sends

Offline CraigArizona85248

  • Administrator
  • Full Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 4130
  • Country: 00
Re: 1952 Pan frame swap
« Reply #18 on: April 15, 2016, 08:00:42 AM »
Dang!  I'm just catching up here.  Cool thread!
They've changed the shape of the Wiseco dome just a bit since the last set of pistons I bought (back in 2012).  Those pistons will go forever.  I put about 105K miles on a set of 0.050"+ Wiseco pistons in my panhead between 2004 and 2012.

-Craig

Offline BBQBIKER

  • Full Member
  • Posts: 189
  • Country: us
  • "Get a new bike and leave it the eff alone" -Hank
Re: 1952 Pan frame swap
« Reply #19 on: April 17, 2016, 06:54:36 PM »
Dang!  I'm just catching up here.  Cool thread!
They've changed the shape of the Wiseco dome just a bit since the last set of pistons I bought (back in 2012).  Those pistons will go forever.  I put about 105K miles on a set of 0.050"+ Wiseco pistons in my panhead between 2004 and 2012.

-Craig

105K ?? WOW! Thats's encouraging for the longevity of Wiseco. This motor was freshened up back in the 80's with TRW pistons and that is what I burned a hole through. I had no idea the mileage but the prev owner rode it a bunch in the last 30yrs I know that. Flywheels and rods are good, all else new for the rebuild. My 1st Pan and 1st top and bottom rebuild can't wait to get it back on the road .
BBQBIKER sends

Offline BBQBIKER

  • Full Member
  • Posts: 189
  • Country: us
  • "Get a new bike and leave it the eff alone" -Hank
Re: 1952 Pan frame swap
« Reply #20 on: April 22, 2016, 07:32:58 PM »
Picked up the oil tank today from painters. Had it matched to the frame. I'm not a big chrome guy.



The cases are coated with Glyptol and mounting surfaces machined flat. Off for
Lower end installation


Got the new Firestone 21" mounted and rebuilt the star hub
« Last Edit: April 23, 2016, 04:27:05 AM by BBQBIKER »
BBQBIKER sends

Offline BBQBIKER

  • Full Member
  • Posts: 189
  • Country: us
  • "Get a new bike and leave it the eff alone" -Hank
Re: 1952 Pan frame swap
« Reply #21 on: May 21, 2016, 09:57:33 AM »
Cases getting line bored today

BBQBIKER sends

Offline Harley_Cruiser Rocker Lockers

  • Premium Vendor
  • Full Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 1360
  • Country: us
  • www.RockerLockers.com
    • Rocker Lockers
Re: 1952 Pan frame swap
« Reply #22 on: May 21, 2016, 01:08:23 PM »
I've been following this thread, very cool.
www.Rockerlockers.com
Call for dealer discount

Offline BBQBIKER

  • Full Member
  • Posts: 189
  • Country: us
  • "Get a new bike and leave it the eff alone" -Hank
Re: 1952 Pan frame swap
« Reply #23 on: May 21, 2016, 01:10:24 PM »
I've been following this thread, very cool.

Like watching grass grow but it will be a perfect rebuild
BBQBIKER sends

Offline HOGMIKE

  • Full Member
  • Posts: 1913
  • Country: us
Re: 1952 Pan frame swap
« Reply #24 on: May 23, 2016, 08:44:40 AM »
Take your time. It's looking good so far! Nice to see picture progress, something I never thought to do in the past!
 :missed:
HOGMIKE