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1958 flh

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Just purchased a very original Harley panhead and the tank badges are riveted on is this correct


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Re: 1958 flh

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I believe they should be screwed on, but there are others here that may know better on this.

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Thank you they are not typical pop revits got wondering
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As I said, there are others here that would know better, but have never seen riveted on tank badges on a Harley, so your question made me curious. I went online and looked for examples of '58 emblems (I'm assuming you have the round cast emblems) and everything I saw was held in place by screws.
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They are plastic I also have never seen before thanks again
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Round plastic tank emblems are correct for '58. They are gold and black as opposed to the gold and red ones in '57.
They came from the factory with small round-head rivets.
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Re: 1958 flh

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1958 tank badge
1958 tank badge
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I think those rivets were just pressed into place. Not sure exactly what kept them from coming loose, so I didn't trust restoring my '57 that way. I used slotted screws with the same shaped head. Filled in the slots and touched them up with silver/aluminum paint.

The original front fender tips were plastic in '57 and '58 also (both years red and gold). Those are held in place with screws.
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Thanks just what I needed to know the gold color as long been faded i am missing the front emblem on fender Thanks again
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Re: 1958 flh

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The correct rivets are two part, the inner piece goes into the tank strip, the outer part pushes into the inner piece to hold the emblem. The holes in the inner strip are too large for screws. The rivets were used to prevent guys cracking the emblems installing screws.
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RUBONE wrote: Wed Sep 15, 2021 2:37 pm The holes in the inner strip are too large for screws.
Well, as I said, I had no problem using screws in mine. Can't really pull the ones off the bike without messing them up. Just pulled my extra tank-shift '57 tank off the wall to look at those holes. Same thing... half inch long screws about the same diameter as the rivets. Screwheads fit nicely into the slight recesses in the badges.
Maybe someone welded up and re drilled the vertical tank strips ???
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reprint 1958-1965 Panhead models fl flh published by antique cycle supply ,inc. cedar springs ,Michigan copyright 1989
PAGE 74-75 Tank and fittings Index number 27 part number 61795-57 RIVET ,name plate (4)..............57 & 58 fl,flh
Index number 27 part number 61797-57 CLIP,name plate (4)............ 57&58 fl,flh
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Re: 1958 flh

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Blind rivets are correct mounting
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