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Man, I appreciate that! I have a great mechanic at the roadhouse where my bike is currently on the stand and where I also bought it as a basket case. His specialty is big HD twins but he is right beside me on this old xl making sure I use my head before I use my hands. We referenced this sight long before I signed up and it's true; a cord of many strands is not as easily broken so thanks to all of you! I'll take some pictures in the next few days and as you wisely said "we will all benefit". B.t.w. I also live in London... Arkansas! Can't wait to start riding again!
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Sorry so late getting back! I tied the angled breather in the cam cover (behind #4 exhaust cam) in to the small diameter breather port in the oil bag (lunch-box tank). The small diameter fitting like the one circled in blue, I have not run yet. It's a kick only 57' xlch and my first Harley so, virgin territory. PLEASE tell me if I've screwed up before I start the old girl for the first time in 30 years!
the angled breather in the cam cover is designed to vent to atmosphere,not tied into the oil tank. the small fitting,circled in blue goes to the vent fitting on the oil tank.
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Man, I appreciate that! I have a great mechanic at the roadhouse where my bike is currently on the stand and where I also bought it as a basket case. His specialty is big HD twins but he is right beside me on this old xl making sure I use my head before I use my hands. We referenced this sight long before I signed up and it's true; a cord of many strands is not as easily broken so thanks to all of you! I'll take some pictures in the next few days and as you wisely said "we will all benefit". B.t.w. I also live in London... Arkansas! Can't wait to start riding again!
Now your cam cover should look like this, and there is no fitting in the rear.


There is a vent fitting at the back of a cam cover, but is on later model ironheads. like 71 and up. and looks like this


This is not a early case, but is this the fitting you are talking about where you hooked up the vent line? This is a chain oiler opening that was used on early models.
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WOW! My cam cover IS like your first picture (mag/ circ-brkr) but DOES have the angled oil spout like the later model cover with the red circle. So THAT will go to aptmosphere and not the oil bag? AND the small orifice nipple (tee-hee) in the case over the trans will go in it's place in the tank? There is a breather tube under the generator bulge b.t.w. AND, if you're bored, I had a conflict about the pcv valve in the case on the primary side...
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My cam side case half does NOT have the hole as the one you have circled in your last pic does. It has the -57 stamping as opposed to the 73 on yours. Sorry so late btw. Went to the man cave to get a beer and a cig. Dude, you're being so cool about this really!
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I should have added on the Cam cover with the vent, they can be on early irons with the electric start. Harley moved the vent & oil supply when they added the electric start option in 67.
If you can, like IronMick said, post some pictures of your set up. Kind of sounds like you got an CH with a H cam cover.

If your refering to the oil transfer/breather valve this is a good read
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Interesting reading for me as well ,i'm fairly new to Ironheads ,hope you don't mind me jumping in here.

Mines a 72 with the breather in the rear of the cam cover ,i take it that this just breathes from the oil tank to the cases .
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Interesting reading for me as well ,i'm fairly new to Ironheads ,hope you don't mind me jumping in here.

Mines a 72 with the breather in the rear of the cam cover ,i take it that this just breathes from the oil tank to the cases .
cases to oil tank.
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Interesting reading for me as well ,i'm fairly new to Ironheads ,hope you don't mind me jumping in here.

Mines a 72 with the breather in the rear of the cam cover ,i take it that this just breathes from the oil tank to the cases .
heres a couple of good reads on the vent line. or go to the bottom of page and type in cam chrest - or cam vent - or oil tank vent - and it will lead you to good reading. hope it helps

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If i had a guess at why its there (Brit bike thinking here ;>) ) i would have thought its so the tank breather doesn't go to atmosphere as the greens don't like that , so its put back into the engine to keep the world nice and oil free .

I reckon i would need a breather on my oil tank so it doesn't pop the tank cap off as its only a push in rubber bung (Lunchbox type tank ).
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