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It doesn´t seem to have any number on the belly.

I´ll try to clean it up and check more closely.
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Case numbers can be a bit crazy. Here from a 1969 that I had some years ago...



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Is it useful information that the electrical system is 6V?
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For clarification, I maybe should tell a little bit more about me and the bike.
I recently bought this bike. I was told it's a 1966 as myself and I thought it would be fun owning a bike from the same year as I'm from.
I own a 2006 Fatboy too, but the Sportster is the first bike with old-timer construction and kickstart I've had. My plan is to take it apart and clean it up and fix it. I know the former owner had his share of problems with it. most of it, I reckon, because of it's Quicksilver carb.
I would like to keep it as original as possible, but if it's a kind of "mixed" bike anyway, I may do a kind of classic bobber instead.
As I dont know much about ironheads yet I guess I´ll need help and advice occasionally.
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I believe 1965 was the first year for 12v
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... My plan is to take it apart and clean it up and fix it...
My advice would be to get it running before you "take it apart". Start by fixing just the individual parts that need to be fixed to get it to run.
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correct.iirc it was a pair of 6 volt batteries combined.12 volts total.
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1965 was the first 12 volt Sportsters. Yes the xlh's had two 6 volt batteries in 65 & 66. Electric start appeared in 67.
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My advice would be to get it running before you "take it apart". Start by fixing just the individual parts that need to be fixed to get it to run.
I guess your philosophy is well thought Mick. I´ll do that. I know that the bike needs new plugs and spark plug cables. I have an idea that the Quicksilver carb is a hard one to figure so maybe I need to put on another carb. Which one will you recommend?

Also I tried to kick it when I had got it home in my workshop. I then puked oil out of the bottom breather pipe. What should I make out of that?
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Carbs? Just about anything but QuickSilver... Go to this link and search on carb. http://xlforum.net/forums/showthread.php?t=465866

Oil puke = wet sumped. Normal for most bikes after sitting for an extended period. Dr dick had a really good thread about pumps. Maybe someone can find it.
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