I have WLA tanks on my civilian 45 and I can’t get the fuel shut off to shut off 100%, it always drips. I borrowed an alignment tool and corrected the alignment problem and cleaned the seat and polished the end of the shut off rod. It went from a small stream when off to a few drips. This is better but not good enough for sitting in the garage for weeks and then the occasional ride until the summer months get here.
Until then I am thinking about installing a shut off used on the 1959 and up Servi-car for the winter. I know that I will have to use a rubber fuel line but I don’t know if this type of shut off will even fit the threaded hole in the bottom of my tank. Here’s what I am curious about:
1) Does anyone know if the 1959 and up Seriv-car fuel shut off will just screw in the WLA tank without modification?
2) Were the 1959 and up Servi-car gas tanks different in that they did not have the hole in front of the gas cap for the fuel shut off rod?
3) Someone also told me I can use the fuel valve from a Sportster which may be easier to get, is this correct?
I am not one to give up and will work out a way to fix the correct fuel shut off over the winter. I know reproduction seats and rods are available and I can get some for free from my buddies that have them laying around because “they don’t work”. The advice I was given was stick with the NOS parts I have and work with it.
4) Anyone have a trick to getting them to shut off completely?
5) Is there a modification that can be made to use a neoprene seat instead of the brass?
6) Is there a way to lap the rod and seat without buggering up the rod by removing the threaded part?