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Old 25th October 2019
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lynx your headlight is a later model that started in'63.the most common headlight.the '59-62 are rare and expensive even here in the U.S. I have one on my 1960 XLCH.if you want to see one.it didn't have it when I bought it someone put the more common-63 on it.it took many years to find the correct one.
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Trawled back thru the pics... you,re the green one.
I see the headlamp has a single band - is the casting the same?
Where is the light switch then ? - I,m pondering wiring right now.
The bars had horn left and kill right. Did the lights dip? Its not clear from the diagram.
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Thanks for the pic!
Some points of interest to me - I see the front hub is painted black.
That's annoying, because it cost to re-chrome mine and I didn,t need too.
My head light looks ok - I thought it might be one of those shouded set ups.
and last - but not least ! I have the right period tank decal (very important )
I,m actually trying to retain the appearance of what I bought (I like it) but its good to see that some of the other bits look right.
Whats your shop website BTW? I,d like a look.
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the bucket is different. the mounting stud is smaller.my photo hosting site has changed a lot evidently.i'm having a tough time getting an img code to copy.this used to be easier.
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Where is the light switch then ?
Look at this visor from ebay for a reference.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Har...IAAOSw4NldhCgo


You see the 2 holes in addition to the mounting bolt hole? 1 is for a switch, the other is for a high beam indicating light.

Yours should only have the 1 hole for the rotary switch and no indicator light.
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Lynnx, I just started to read your post from the beginning, hopefully someone mentioned this already, I only skimmed through. The early bikes had issues with the trans corner busting out due to the speedo drive arrangement.

You should read about this if it wasn't mentioned before!

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Wow.
You know how to pop my bubble!
My cases were undamaged, unaltered and certainly not welded up. Well, not there, anyway.!
I built the tranny up with the bible in one hand and a set of feelers in the other like a good boy, and its JUST gone back into the frame.
I hope after 60 years it will be jus, fine!
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Oh, and back to visors lol.... a rotary switch eh?
My visor has the one hole like you say - so what positions did the rotary command?
Off, dip, main?
DO tell!
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so what positions did the rotary command?
Off, dip, main?
DO tell!
#71502-55 three position rotary switch with off, low beam, and high beam.
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Yeah, the parts book shows an odd knurled thing pointing down!
But that explains the wiring diagram so at least things make sense.
Thanks for the info!
I don,t exactly "sweat" the details, but if they make sense and I like them, its nice to go back to what SHOULD be there. Otherwise I just raid the parts bin for shiney bits that make me happy! lol
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