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    Update: The reseated ball and new spring did...

    Update: The reseated ball and new spring did nothing to help the wet sumping. I still got half a quart in the bottom of the sump in less than two days. I thought I might be able to get away with just...
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    Yes, that's the one I used. Significantly...

    Yes, that's the one I used. Significantly stronger than the one that was in there.
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    Jerry Greer sells the internal pump assembly as...

    Jerry Greer sells the internal pump assembly as well as the whole pump. Others sell the entire pump. Mike at Kiwi sells a pump that he tests, which is a good thing.
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    I'll see if the wet sumping is better. If it is,...

    I'll see if the wet sumping is better. If it is, would you recommend replacing just the internal pump assembly, or the whole thing?
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    The gears don't look new but they don't look too...

    The gears don't look new but they don't look too bad either. The pump shaft fits tightly in the cover. One thing I did notice is that the (copper) check ball spring seemed very weak and barely...
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    I took my pump apart, reseated the check ball,...

    I took my pump apart, reseated the check ball, and put in a new check ball and spring. I also changed out the pinion shaft seal to Kiwi's, which looks really nice. We'll see if this helps the wet...
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    I've done a bit more work on this, so here's an...

    I've done a bit more work on this, so here's an update. First, I thought about bicycle lights. But having to recharge each one is sort of a PIA, they don't solve the brake light problem, and they...
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    Aux lighting system options

    I'm just getting my '48 Chief on the road and I am going to put a few miles on it. Given all the distracted boneheads on the road today, I want to add some easily removable aux lights and a horn to...
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    On other vehicles I’ve had small dirt particles...

    On other vehicles I’ve had small dirt particles completely throw off the carb. This could make sense since you were on a dirt road. You may want to drain the bowl, pull off the carb, and give it a...
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    Oil pump recommendation

    As I mentioned in a prior post, the oil pump on my '48 Chief (aluminum) is wet sumping something awful and I don't want to take a chance on a weak and worn pump. I will replace it. There are several...
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    I'm a bit younger but wouldn't mind an electric...

    I'm a bit younger but wouldn't mind an electric starter. I just wish they weren't so expensive for this bike. I don't really want to spend almost $3k to add one. Are there any other alternatives?
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    So what weight oils do you use in the engine,...

    So what weight oils do you use in the engine, primary, and trans?
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    Do folks use 50W for both the engine and the...

    Do folks use 50W for both the engine and the trans? I've heard some people use 50W for the trans, and others use 15-50 or 20-50. What's the consensus?
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    High-zinc conventional oils work well. I use 50W,...

    High-zinc conventional oils work well. I use 50W, either Brad Penn, Valvoline VR1, or Joe Gibbs Driven. You can order the VR1 from almost any auto parts store. For any of them, make sure you get the...
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    Idle plugs are flat. Thanks

    Idle plugs are flat. Thanks
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    It weighs about 8g (see photo). I'm ordering some...

    It weighs about 8g (see photo). I'm ordering some parts, which one should I specify to replace it with? I'm going to get the LS needle that's the proper length too. Thanks!

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    I don’t know exactly what it’s made of, but it’s...

    I don’t know exactly what it’s made of, but it’s black hard, hollow plastic, if that helps. Thanks,
    Jeff
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    I took it all apart and cleaned it with carb...

    I took it all apart and cleaned it with carb cleaner and compressed air. The only issue I could find was that the float was set about 1/8' too high, so I corrected that and put it back together. I...
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    I rigged up a pretty basic rubber stopper with am...

    I rigged up a pretty basic rubber stopper with am air fitting threaded in, greased it with Super Lube, and held it firmly in place while I pressurized the intake manifold to about 12 PSI with the...
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    The LS is 3-3/8" long, and the HS is 2-2/4" long,...

    The LS is 3-3/8" long, and the HS is 2-2/4" long, measured from the bottom of the thread, as shown in the pix.

    If I were to start by replacing some parts on the carb to get it in range, where...
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    Yeah, I think I will take the pump out and...

    Yeah, I think I will take the pump out and inspect and replace the check ball and spring. I'll see what I see.
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    Yeah I can do that and it’s a good interim...

    Yeah I can do that and it’s a good interim solution. But I have to imagine these bikes shouldn’t normally do this if the pump is right. I got about a half quart after sitting for a week. I’ll try to...
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    I checked the bike again and it definitely wet...

    I checked the bike again and it definitely wet sumps. Can that be normal for a newly rebuilt bike? I like the idea of a valve to shut the oil supply while the bike is sitting. Does anyone have a part...
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    Yeah, I get your point about chasing problems....

    Yeah, I get your point about chasing problems. But I don't think this carb is right. I swapped in the J6's, drained the excess oil from the sump, and got it started (for the first time, hot as well...
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    I have a box of NOS J6 plugs so I will swap them...

    I have a box of NOS J6 plugs so I will swap them in. I will also check to see if there is a wet sump condition and check for manifold leaks. I am thinking I should start from the benchmark that...
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