Join Date: Apr 2020
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Here's an update on my progress...
Tom, I was able to actually pick a 1st string from my brother's Stratocaster! I used it to verify the four idle circuit and enricher circuits were open. Last night, I submerged all the metal parts in Pinesol and a mix of very hot water and let that soak overnight. I bought a gallon of Berryman Chem-Dip Carburetor Parts Cleaner this morning and soaked everything in that today. I Afterwards, blew out all the passages, paying special attention to the idle and enricher circuits. Thanks PDWestmanon for the detailed labeled diagram of all the passages. That was very helpful identifying everything I needed to know!
All the passages and emulsion tubes are clear, the vacuum ports are connected. I used some Brasso and Q-tips to polish the seat of the float valve because it looked a little rough and I missed it the first time. I also used those to remove the build-up and polish out the slide: Don't know how much good that will do but it sure came out looking real nice!
The exhaust header is tight, the intake manifold is secure, and the carb clamps will reinstalled and tightened correctly. Tom, I'm not sure what you're talking about by bowl vent line. Is that what I've been calling the overflow vents (the two openings in the top of the bowl? If so, those are clear. The bowl gasket is new and in good condition.
I don't know why Eagle Mike sent me the 150 main jet and 38 pilot jet in my carb rebuild kit. I thought the listing on his website said it was for the stock set-up. I didn't look at the sizes when the parts arrived: Hell, I can't even see the small type anymore anyway! I had just assumed it was the correct size. Tom, I don't see the Keihin "K" on them Jets. I'm not certain what make they are. They only have the size stamped on them in three places around head. Maybe he sent me the wrong size with the kit by mistake or maybe I ordered the wrong kit... I don't know. I just ordered directly off the website: I didn't talk to him personally on the phone. I'll reach out to him and see what the story is.
Anyway, since I've cleaned up all the original parts (148 Main & 40 Pilot Jets) and they look real good to me, I plan to reinstall the old parts to eliminate improperly-sized jets as a cause for the irregular starting. I'll just hang on to the new parts from the kit until I can find someone who can use them, I guess.
I feel like I've done everything I know to do. I plan to reassemble the carb and reinstall it on the bike tomorrow to see how it behaves. Please let me know if you think of something else or if you think I should try something different. I surely appreciate everyone's helpful suggestions so far! Thanks for your time and effort: I'll let you know how it turns out this time around...
Last edited by Eric Frazier; 04-30-2020 at 07:00 AM.