1954 Panhead golden annniversary model Daytona Ivory and Glacier Blue as is and Barn Fresh. To some enthusiasts, a barn fresh find is the pinnacle of their expectations, a stored forgoten relic from the past. Many people do cosmetic repair work and these bikes are pressed back into service. Sometimes reliable, sometimes less. Other enthusiasts look at a barn fresh find as begging to be restored to its former glory. John Caracciolo, the present ownder of this 1954 had been searching for a birthyear bike, having riden choppers back in the seventies, he is very familiar with Panheads. The 54 pictured had belonged to the same owner since new. He recently had to make a decision to sell the bike as the storage building was collapsing on top of the bike. Several would be buyers with handfuls of money were turned away after admiting they were going to chop this bike. As fate would have it, Johns brother saw an ad in the local paper for a 1954 Harley a mere 10 miles from their business. John went and looked, bought it immediately promising to restore the bike. Found a local enthusiast one block away, Chris Messner, owner of Valley Auto Service, himself a Panhead enthusiast who commited to perform the restoration. Chris talked with me several times, and with Johns approval, we started the project. It's tough enough to find a birthyear bike, and if this story isn't eerie enough, the date of manufacture on the frame is the same as his birth month!
Paint Work. For the enthusiast who dreams of going back in time, walking into his local Harley Dealer and riding out on that new Knucklehead, Panhead, we strive to recreate that experience with our metal work and refinish work. When this bike is completed more photos will be included in this page.
John Pierce Colorwrite - Paint for and how to paint antique and vintage motorcycle restorations. Original Factory colors, modern quality. DuPont single stage and base/clear paints. Every known Harley color before 1970. Questions, current pricing,