February 16, 2012

I've had this freshly machined front head waiting to be put on for some time. It had the early screw in type intake before but I had it converted to the later rubber band style. Figured I'd swap it out for the old one which is tired but still works. I kind of have a bad feeling about it before I precede.."If it's running don't fix it."

Got the old head off everything fine so far.. discovered the head gasket had come apart near the oiler hole just not all the way yet so I guess it's a good thing I tore it apart now. That gasket would have left me stranded sooner or later.

Get the front head on but the manifold wont fit.. now I notice the intake nipple and how much bigger it is ..hey what's this chun nipple doing on this thing!

Maybe my manifold was too wide .. I had an old skinnier manifold rusting somewhere.. found it .. but nope even the jenny craig manifold wont fit. Yes!! I have just wasted my time.

I'm over the moon with joy. Put the whole thing back together with the old tired head just like it was before.

* just for the record I used the word Head 5 times in this post 6 including the title


Diesel said...

Oh man. I feel your pain. Had a smoking rear cylinder on my ULH. Thought I'd just swoop in there and find a broken ring - swap it out and bolt it all back together, 2 days down max. That was over a month ago. My motor is in a 100 pieces, the cases are split and the flywheels are apart. LOVE this old bike stuff. Really...

conartist said...

Just "whipping the old head off" never goes to plan ... finally got my '56 back on the road today ... after 2 months!!

motoguru. said...

lol @ fail moto.