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Old 09-06-2015, 07:56:34 PM
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Hi All,

I picked up this old Harley a couple of months back. The guy told me he had it restored about 10 years ago. It does run and drive but the carb leaks gas. I don't think it was used but 400 mile in the last 10 years. Would I be better off replacing the carb with a SS carb or try rebuilding this one agian? Can you get SS carbs for them? Not sure what I'm going to do with the bike yet. I have never owned a old Harley.

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Sell it to me
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Don't put a modern afftermarket carb on that bike. Either rebuild yours - could be as simple as a bad needle and seat - or purchase a correct replacement.
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SteamVette,
The carb on your bike should be a Linkert. If your bike is a civilianized military bike it is probably an M-88, but could be M-somethingelse. The number is stamped on top of the carb just behind the air intake. If it is leaking gas, it is probably a misadjusted float or bad needle. Both are easy fixes. Don't waste your money on a new carb. I'm guessing the serial number of your bike is 43WLCXXXXX which would make it a Canadian Army WLC that has been restored in civilian colors. If you learn how to treat the old Harleys, they're fun, reliable and get lots of attention when you're out on the road. Here's a pic of me on my 1944 WLA and my buddy Howard on his 1941 Indian Scout. Let me know if you need more detailed advice.
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To be honest, I would rebuild that carb or send it off and have it done professionally if I couldn't do it myself.
Most likly the needle and seat is bad or some gunk is under it. I don't know if a Gross Jet was ever made for that application but if it is 1 of those, chunk it and put the correct style in it.
That is 1 good looking motorsickle to ride!
I was riding a 58 Duoglide before I was born! In momma's belly! The sound of a kick started Harley with the timing retarded and idling will put me sound asleep if I aint careful.
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Check out: http://www.caimag.com/forum/forum.php, Classic American Iron. Lots of knowledgeable folks on old Harleys there. Nice bike you got there.

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Thanks for all the info folks. Yes it is a WLC.
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Nice looking machine.
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i tried seating my float needle with various compounds with no luck. then I tried what the original repair manual calls for.....cigar ashes and spit lol. it worked
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