xlch 1966 won't start

Discussion in 'Electrical' started by 66 sporty 55, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. 66 sporty 55

    66 sporty 55 New Member

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    I bought a 66 xlch that has been sitting for about 2 years.
    I cleaned the carb,set points,new plugs.checked timing
    Changed all oils.
    I checked spark seems ok but I am not familiar with magnetos.
    It seems to be getting fuel.
    The most I get is a pop.
     
  2. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

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    Pull a plug & see if it's wet. There's a fine line between no fuel and too much fuel with a kick only engine. If the plug(s) are wet, hold the throttle wide open and clear engine with a couple of kicks. They don't have to be hard kicks. Then try starting without holding throttle open, or choke on. If plugs are dry, try dripping a teaspoon of gas into the carb. throat and see if it fires for a few revs. I prefer not using starting fluid, head gskt. damage can happen.
    Be CAREFUL with that kicker, Ironheads have a well deserved reputation for ruining knees.
     
  3. blademan

    blademan Active Member

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    Retard Spark, isn't it still manual on 66'?
     
  4. tourbox

    tourbox Senior Member

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    Breeze3at is right about taking care kicking it. I spent a month in a cast from the Knee down back int the late '70's due to Racketing on a '68 Iron Head. Tore all the Ligaments off my right ankle. Very PAINFULL. I also think blademan is correct on the Retard timing for starting. If memory serves me there is an Air Gap setting for the Magneto plus points settings. A friend had one when I meshed up my ankle. He was missing one of the set screws for mag. unit and it would slip out of adjustment from time to time. He would loosen the 1 remaining screw,slip in a business card, retighten and off to next Beer stop we'd go. Those were the Days.
     
  5. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    Morris Magneto - MM3 Instructions Here is a link to a magneto set up, they can be tricky buggers to get right, if you do not retard the timing all bets are off from the old days and sporster knee