Ok, so I took in my neighbor’s Harley – 1980 Sportster, it turns out – to try to get it operational again. I have partially succeeded. After disassembling/cleaning the carb, installing new points and plugs, I got the thing to fire. I am now trying to set the static timing and make fine-tune adjustments.
It would be really helpful if I could manually rotate the engine (timing) but this evil AMF SOB does not appear to have what every Jap bike I have ever had has: A bolt connected to the crank to let you turn the engine over with a breaker bar or whatever.
I do not have a book for this bike and thus am appealing to you.
I hear tell you are supposed to raise the back wheel and put the bike in fourth and then turn the wheel to turn the engine. This can’t possibly be the only way to rotate the engine.
The electrics are a disaster. Someone did a true sexual chocolate number on this thing. There is a yellow wire hanging randomly off the side of the bike. Touch it to the positive terminal of the battery and the starter turns.
The rear caliper was locked up so tight I could barely even turn the back wheel with the back of the bike jacked up and the trans in neutral.
Managed to burn my left hand pretty good on the drag pipes, too.
And they ask me why I drink….