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As for the tranny does it have a separate drain or does it drain with the primary? And how about cam side? Will it drain with primary off or should I take the cover off other side (hopefully cam gears stay in place) ?

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Do not be concerned about the cam gears falling out when you remove the cover. It is simple to put them back in. Guys on this forum have unnecessarily made a big deal about this for years ...

The procedure to re-install the cams may be a bit tedious, but it is simple and easy to do ...

Do not use the ignition timing hole mark. Proceed as follows ...
  1. Position the pinion gear mark at approximately the 11:00 position by rotating the engine. Use either the rear wheel or the kicker
  2. Install cam #2 so that the mark lines up with the pinion gear mark. This may require moving the pinion gear mark a bit so they match perfectly
  3. Temporarily, partially uninstall #2 while you install #1
  4. Install #3, then #4 and finally the generator idler gear

When checking for the marks matching get down low and look straight on. Looking down at an angle may result in marks appearing to be correctly aligned when they are not.

The idea that installing cam gears is difficult or risky or to be feared even is an internet myth. It may be based on installing cam gear #1 first simply because it is #1. It is important to start with #2 so that it and the pinion gear can be lined up before installing any other cam gears.

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Do not be concerned about the cam gears falling out when you remove the cover. It is simple to put them back in. Guys on this forum have unnecessarily made a big deal about this for years ...

The procedure to re-install the cams may be a bit tedious, but it is simple and easy to do ...

Do not use the ignition timing hole mark. Proceed as follows ...
  1. Position the pinion gear mark at approximately the 11:00 position by rotating the engine. Use either the rear wheel or the kicker
  2. Install cam #2 so that the mark lines up with the pinion gear mark. This may require moving the pinion gear mark a bit so they match perfectly
  3. Temporarily, partially uninstall #2 while you install #1
  4. Install #3, then #4 and finally the generator idler gear

When checking for the marks matching get down low and look straight on. Looking down at an angle may result in marks appearing to be correctly aligned when they are not.

The idea that installing cam gears is difficult or risky or to be feared even is an internet myth. It may be based on installing cam gear #1 first simply because it is #1. It is important to start with #2 so that it and the pinion gear can be lined up before installing any other cam gears.

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Was the water salt water or fresh water or brackish?
Baytown is right close to the coast, so I'm hoping it wasn't salt water.
If so, then you should be hosing it, rinsing it, or otherwise flooding it with fresh water.
Get as much WD-40 as you can get your hands on, liquid or spray and start dismantling and hosing everything in sight down with WD-40 (A K A water displacement 40) as you dismantle.
Even spray a heavy mist up inside the engine and tranny and use heat lamps and fans to rid the moisture as soon as possible, like as in NOW.
Spin it around a few times to get the mist into parts.
Pull the plugs and even the heads and rockers and hjose them down with WD-40.
It'll likely take a full blown teardown to be sure of everything is good, but if you're prudent in the abating of the H2O, it'll help with a need for less replacement parts.
All the other items mentioned on the frame need immediate attention also.
Spray/mist WD-40 thru any openings in the frame,backbone, etc... as it's being dismantled.
As has been stated before, time is of the essence. The quicker the H2O is displaced and gone, the better for the Old Ironhead. .
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