|Subject:||RE: RE: My '56 ST||Date:||Sun Jun 17 09:22:20 2012|
Check over in the Parts section - under Harley-Davidson. The 1958-1966 American-made Lightweights book - Part# 99444-93 - contains a 1966 Service Manual, a 1966 Parts Book, and both Topper books as a bonus! Most of the info in the Service Manual is applicable to your 1956.
The buddy seat which looks like it came off a bucking bronco ride is the correct one. They're uncommon, but you do see them at swap meets once in a while. I think the banana-style buddy seat didn't appear until around 1959 or 1960.
Most people, then and now, opted for the solo seat. It looks better, and unless the payload is two 95-pound teenagers, the ST's power rating is more appropriate for one rider.
But keep it - it's cool!
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Thanks for the info and encouragement Think you are right about the books -I ordered a parts manual last week but haven't been able to find a service manual yet. If any of you know of a source, I will get it ordered. I'm sure that it will make the project much easier.
As much as I hate to say it, the bike looks worse now than when I got it... Dad's garage / shop / barn had some leaks along the way. Some surface rust on the frame and tank now. Tires have the same flat spots it had when I got it. I will try to get it out and snap a picture in the next couple of weeks.
It was kind of strange; mine has a big seat with grab bars on the back corners that I have never seen on another one. When I was flipping through the parts manual, I saw that there was an optional buddy seat that looks just like the one mine has. The cycle-style seat that are usually on them looks better, but maybe the buddy seat is rare?