The engine was completed recently, so I moved onto getting the carb set up. It's on an elbow to move it forward so that the air cleaner doesn't tear my knee up.
Last week I tried to start it but was getting kick backs and back firing. Combustion, but not the right kind!
Saturday (6/28), I looked on line for that guru-of-Shovel Hawg Ryder's picture drawing out the wiring for a kick only bike. I found that I had it wired incorrectly. Five minutes later, I fixed the wiring, prime kicked it, turned the switch on, and with one kick, it started!
It ran for a few seconds before I turned it off. I called my dad, and without telling him, said, "Hey Dad, hold on a second. I need to put the phone down for a minute." I put the phone down, turned the ignition switch back on, and on the first kick, it started again. I picked up the phone and he was laughing, "Man, I've been waiting a long time to hear that again."
Thirty. Three. Years.
Then there was trouble. Or so I thought. I'm running hydraulic lifters and they need to pump up with oil for proper operation. For some reason I wasn't getting any oil to the heads or the push rods, so they were making an AWFUL racket, especially the front exhaust rod. It sounded like a little gremlin in there pounding away with a hammer.
Because of this, I only ran it a few times, no longer than thirty seconds at a time, and letting it cool off completely between. Still, no oil.
On Sunday (6/28) I bought an oral medicine syringe and used it to force oil into all the lines. I filled the rocker boxes, pulled the feed line to the rear box and filled it, and filled the return line. Then I kick it over again.
And found out that I had forgotten to plug the return line back into the oil tank, so I spilled a quart of oil all over the ground, because now the engine was pumping oil! I killed the engine, hooked up that line, and then kicked it again. In a minute or so, the clattering from the push rods went away.
I'm only running single plugs now because I don't have dual coils for points. I have a 5ohm coil for my points ignition and a set of 3ohm coils for electronic ignition. Eventually I'll get a matching electronic iggy, but for now, it fires and runs great on points. When I do it correctly, it fires on the first kick.
It's still a little lean, I think, because at idle it spits and misses. I'll double check the timing and the pilot jet next.