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    Just bought a 62 Duo Glide

    Good evening all. As the heading suggests I’m now the proud owner of a 62 Pan. Looking like it may be a learning curve.
    Firstly, I’m thinking electronic ignition, yay or nay? If yay which one?
    Secondly , anyone have a suggestion for improving the awful front brake.
    How do I stop it wet sumping?
    I’m sure there’ll be plenty more questions in the months to come, but I’m sure that’ll be enough to start with.
    Thanks Gary

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    Re: Just bought a 62 Duo Glide

    Quote Originally Posted by Gaz1 View Post
    Good evening all. As the heading suggests I’m now the proud owner of a 62 Pan. Looking like it may be a learning curve.
    Firstly, I’m thinking electronic ignition, yay or nay? If yay which one?
    Secondly , anyone have a suggestion for improving the awful front brake.
    How do I stop it wet sumping?
    I’m sure there’ll be plenty more questions in the months to come, but I’m sure that’ll be enough to start with.
    Thanks Gary
    Welcome to the madhouse Gary. Excellent choice of machine, never owned a Pan but got some experience with 45's and Shovels.

    To answer your questions in order;

    Electronic ignition; my personal view is that the original points setup is fine if properly maintained. If your bike is still stock 6 volt then there's far more work involved of course, as I don't think anyone does a 6 volt electronic system. others will probably be able to give you more info on currently available setups; one thing i will say is that it is good practice to renew the whole lot, wiring and all, if you're going to go down that road. Old tech and new don't mix.

    Front brake; get some decent linings fitted and have them properly arced. I use this bloke for mine;

    http://www.industrialfriction.com/

    Wet sumping. Ride the damn thing! Seriously, make sure that the check valve is clean and well seated, a new ball bearing and spring might help, but all old Harleys wet sump if you leave them for long enough.

    And we'd love to see some pics of your bike in the Vintage Section's "Show us your Old Girls" thread.

    Hope this helps.
    Last edited by kevscrivener; 03-11-2019 at 05:51 PM.
    Much less involved.....

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    Re: Just bought a 62 Duo Glide

    Congratulations, 62 Duo is a fantastic bike.

    Ive never bothered with electronic ignition, but my mate Alex has this on his '60... http://www.ebeyond2000.net/quickstart.html

    it does work with 6V or 12, and is a good setup.

    If you're on Facebook there's an excellent Panhead community I recommend you join.

    Enjoy and if you need any help just yell.
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    Re: Just bought a 62 Duo Glide

    Hi Kev, thanks for the imput. I certainly intended to ride it, just as long as I can master the art of starting the bloody thing.
    Pretty sure it’s mostly original, so I’m assuming it’s still 6 volt. How easy is it to convert it?
    Will get the front brake looked at and maybe send it to the firm you’ve suggested.
    Ill try and take a few pictures tomorrow.
    Cheers Gary

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    Re: Just bought a 62 Duo Glide

    Hi Boris, thanks for the tips. You posted as I was answering Kev’s post. I’ll look into the Facebook page.
    Just checked out the electronic ignition you recommended, typically mine is the twin points setup and therefore the most expensive.
    Cheers Gary.
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    Re: Just bought a 62 Duo Glide

    points and condenser ,,i use the bright spark electronic condenser,,

    first kick everytime,, the brake is not good but i have another setoff shoes that i will try this coming year of a different material

    the back brakes works Click image for larger version. 

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    Re: Just bought a 62 Duo Glide

    Gary here is the Facebook Classic Panhead page below. Greg Lew who runs the page knows Boris and myself and he did a great write up in the August Quin. See here from page 22.
    Below you will find everything you will ever need to know on Panheads.
    On your first post mention to Greg that you are in the H-DRCGB with Boris and BaZa.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/140053306131150/
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    Re: Just bought a 62 Duo Glide

    Hi Gary. Welcome to the Vintage section.If you go on the Panhead and Flathead site, there are downloads of the manuals, parts manuals and wiring diagrams. Boris is your man for Pans as his handle suggests. Enjoy riding it which is the main thing. Get a copy of Palmers , How to restore your Harley its a good reference book . Cheers Leigh
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    Re: Just bought a 62 Duo Glide

    Gary has posted a photo in the regions Vintage page under "Show us your old girls".

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    Re: Just bought a 62 Duo Glide

    Hi Gary

    Re front brake - while looking at shoes, I'd recommend checking / dressing drum - if you have a lathe, or access to one,the Club has the factory arbor in Loan Tools - I've used this a couple of times to good effect....however the front brake is never going to be great ...I would also ensure the rear one is 100%...this IS a very good brake, and will stop the Glide - at risk of telling you to suck eggs, check rear shoes / drum, flush with fresh fluid, and adjust both cams.

    Re hard starting - a stock '62 setup, tuned by the book should be a really easy start from hot or cold. Dual points is a bit of a faff, but straight forward....Difficulty starting is usually caused by poor seal on inlet manifold to heads ...if you have stock Linkert carb it needs a bit of tweaking to handle modern (shit quality) fuel - rubber ducky float cures all manner of probs ...

    If you PM me you email address I can mail you PDF of Factory Manual ...

    As Topper says, Palmer is useful book ...also these 2 are well worth tracking down...

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