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post #11 of 27 (permalink) Old 02-19-2012, 11:20 AM
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Very nice EL. Going to be a nice project.
Hell, I'd ride it like it is for a season.
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post #13 of 27 (permalink) Old 02-23-2012, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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1st question

Okay, problem #1 solved. Fixed oil leak. My next project is to figure out why the exhaust pipe coming out of the rear cylinder is blueing out. Any ideas? Timing? Too lean?
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Okay, problem #1 solved. Fixed oil leak. My next project is to figure out why the exhaust pipe coming out of the rear cylinder is blueing out. Any ideas? Timing? Too lean?
Lean is a common cause for bluing. I would check for a leak around the intake to the rear cylinder. Spray carb cleaner at it while idling and see if the RPM's go up.

You "fixed" the leak on a Panhead? The only way to do that is drain the oil

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well...you know what I mean. I got to the bottom of an exessive leak. Thanks for the info.
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well...you know what I mean. I got to the bottom of an exessive leak. Thanks for the info.
That bike has an automatic chain oiler.....it will "appear" to leak. The oiler is adjustable. The adjustment screw is on the oil pump. A lot of times, they come loose and will dump oil on the drive chain, flinging it forward looking like the Exxon Valdez hit your garage..... Check that first.

Secondly....that bike has a tin primary. If dropped once, or the screws are overtightened resulting in warped metal, they leak like a 90 year olds blader at a comedy show....... Most gaskets are also cork, which suck too..........

Get a manual for the bike. A general repair manual for panheads will work, but there's better ones out there.

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Very nice EL. Going to be a nice project.
Hell, I'd ride it like it is for a season.
That's the first thought I had. Get it running and RIDE it.

Great thread man, and we'll all be lookin' forward to updates and pix along the way. What a project!

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post #19 of 27 (permalink) Old 02-24-2012, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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You're right about the oiler. I didn't know whether I had a bad gasket or what. Basically, it would slowly drip oil as it sat on the kickstand, bu when I picked it upright it would pour out in a steady stream. It just sat so long that the primary filled up, but it wouldn't reach the drain hole unless it was upright. I'll be tinkering with it this weekend a little, and I'll try to get a few more photos posted. In the mean time, any suggestions where I can find a new 6v h2 battery without paying $150 directly from Harley?
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