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Thread: New 1965 Sporty xlch in the garage and the magneto is the issue....

  1. #11
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    I see Cotton and I joined the AMCA Forum the same month in 2001. That is a long time ago! Charter members?
    #7558 Take me on and you take on the whole trailer park!

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    Rudy Kalin is the man. He did the Wico Magneto for my Model A Ford.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KNUCK View Post
    Thanks all, I did a test on the condenser, seemed fine,
    What test did you do? If you simply checked its resistance, and even if you found a high value, that's not good enough. If a condenser fails the resistance test with a standard ohmmeter it definitely won't work in a magneto, but passing that test does not mean it will.

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    Thanks Chris and Bosch for the last 2 bits of information, will likely send it out as electrical is my weak area.
    #7558 Take me on and you take on the whole trailer park!

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    Rudy fixed the mag on my steel wheeled Farmall F-12 tractor. I was so frustrated as it would always start will a pull from a truck but take 1000 turns with the crank. It now starts perfect. Rudys the man.

    Curly

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    Hi, well I have kicked a few Sportsters And before I did real damage I tried this.
    I started priming the carb by choking it with a couple of kicks while pushing down on the kill button then
    Released the kill button with the choke a couple of clicks open then kicked it and they started.
    If I didn’t prime kick it first it would only give a pop every other kick.
    It also works on my Flathead 80” and my 74” Knucklehead

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    My 67 had a fixed base no retard mag. The tractors and Wisconsins have an impulse coupler to spin the mag fast while cranking. If you inch right up on compression the mag may not spin enough before the points open to make a spark. An adjustable base and a kicking technique may help you out.

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    Got the Mag fixed and the S&S "L" rebuilt but won't start, will try to run with a shot of starter fluid. I think that carb is the issue. Maybe try the idea Flathead 80 mentioned, as I just read his post again.
    #7558 Take me on and you take on the whole trailer park!

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    Make sure you are using copper plug wires. Not carbon filament.
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    My history of condenser failure includes everything (new Fairbanks, new aftermarket, believed to be good used) except "just removed from a running bike" and the now $$$ Mallory external brass nail bucket.

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