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Welcome , dear friends, to today’s chapter in our continuing drama.

When we last left our hero, he was valiantly trying to resuscitate and old tired XLH that had lived a long and abused life. When the day dawned, all he had left to do was check the ignition timing, button up the headlight and install the gas tank. Then put in some oil and gas and see if it would start.

The timing was spot on when I static checked it according to Dyna’s instruction sheet. Putting the gas tank on and connecting the fuel line was a challenge. The gas tank is a “King” Sportster tank and the petcock is right over the carburetor. To get the fuel line on the petcock, I had to remove the air cleaner. There isn’t any extra room, but I was successful and nothing’s rubbing. It looks like a motorcycle.

So I jumped on the Roadster and first went to Auto Zone and bought a bottle of Gumout. As bad as the varnish was in the Carb, I felt that a strong mix of Gumout and Premium gas would be good for the gas tank. Then I went to CinCity H-D and bought 4 quarts of 20w - 50 and a quart of Formula +. The new owner has filled the showroom with bikes. I didn’t see any familiar faces, but there were quite a few cute little chickies who wanted to sell me a bike or parts or something.

At any rate, I got the oil. I also had a very interesting conversation with the sales manager. More on that shortly.

David had brought a small gas can over for me to use and I stopped and filled both the gas can and the Roadster. Premium is now down to $2.12/Gallon. I filled both for Four bucks.

I got home and had a hell of a lot of fun getting the 78 out through the cellar door and out to the driveway. One of the discoveries I made is that the seat is the wrong seat for a 78. It’s almost impossible to get the cap off the oil tank and pull the filter out. I put in just enough out to reach the low mark on the dipstick. I’ve seen a few Harleys that had full crankcases pump a bunch of oil back into a tank and the overfill made a real mess.

I was just trying to see if the bike would run. It did. It started and didn’t sound too bad. So that was a success. However…

There are a few oil leaks and something is up with either the transmission or the Primary. I’m going to have to bring it back into the cellar and tear into the primary. and see what I can find. And the generator light was on even while it was running. It dimmed a bit when I revved the engine, but it never went out. That’s something else I have to check out. While it was out in the driveway, I sprayed it down liberally with Gunk, then hosed it off with a lot of water. I’ve been looking forward to being able to do that. Hopefully, I got all the oily mess off.

So the verdict is that it runs, but it needs a good bit more work before I can ride it. I also need to get some help getting it back into the cellar. Maybe I can get David to give me a hand with it.

Now, back to the Harley shop. The Sales Manager helped me carry my oil out to the Roadster. We discussed it and I told him that I was planning to buy a new Roadster next Fall when I get my debt paid off. They have one on the floor. He told me that with the Corona crisis, the owner had instituted a program where they pick up the first six months payments. In other words, I could pay off my debt before I have to make any payments on the bike. That really has me thinking. I’m also wondering how much they’ll jack up the price of the bike to compensate for the payments. Then again; the showroom was packed with bikes, maybe they’re a little bit desperate and want to move some. I don’t know. Maybe I should just jump. Or maybe I should stick to my plan. But the Goddess of Good Luck favors men of Action and I could be in the right spot at the right time… Well; I’ve got his card and maybe I’ll go back and talk to him some more.

Tune in tomorrow for the next exciting episode of As The Stomach Churns…
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Sounds like my 1980. Rebearing, change tires, regasket and reseal, ride it to biker rodeos.

Learn I need to re-wire the whole bike next. That old wiring insulation dry rots here in the desert . Like Roseanne Rosannadanna always said. " It is always something"
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