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Old 08-13-2011, 10:22 PM   #1
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Hello All, first time. My cart all of a sudden started spitting and spuddering..according to my wife. I replaced the points, condenser, coil, plug wire and plug this week. The cart is timed perfectly according the service manual yet it still spits and sputters. I've advanced and retarded the time, no luck. Any Ideas?
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Old 08-15-2011, 05:16 AM   #2
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Vacuum leak....?
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Old 08-17-2011, 06:23 PM   #3
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Possible bad coil or ignition wire! Poor fuel delivery caused by White spider's vacuum leak!
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Old 02-12-2012, 03:35 PM   #4
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Sorry Guys,

Fell off the radar on this (new baby), checked the rear and front seals, looked ok...tore off the cylinder head, pisson wobbled pretty bad! i'm now in the hunt for a new jug and piston.

Thanks for your input!
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Old 02-12-2012, 10:23 PM   #5
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Sorry Guys,

Fell off the radar on this (new baby), checked the rear and front seals, looked ok...tore off the cylinder head, pisson wobbled pretty bad! i'm now in the hunt for a new jug and piston.

Thanks for your input!
what the compression before that? the piston should have some movement in.
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Old 02-13-2012, 07:24 AM   #6
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I had same thing, turned out to be a bad condenser and was brand new if ya can believe that! Replaced with a known good out of a 6 cylinder chevy and it runs great!
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Old 02-13-2012, 12:03 PM   #7
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This may sound weird but I put an additional condenser on mine and it seems that the arcing from the points was gone. Seemed to run smoother after that. Yes, there should be a little arc, but mine was jumping all over the place. I placed it on the coil strap. A mech. told me it wouldn't hurt, so what the heck.
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Old 02-13-2012, 12:11 PM   #8
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Mine had extreme piston/rod rocking. . . Not just laterally, but also in and out. The lower rod bearings were shot. Some of the needle bears were actually missing. Also the inside of the rod facing where the bearings seated was gouged out beyond simple bearing replacement. This is when I decided to do the complete rebuild. And since a complete assembled crank with rod was unavailable, I had to have the original crank rebuilt with a good used rod that was honed for an oversized bearing. Could not find a new rod either.
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Old 03-27-2012, 08:00 PM   #9
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Default Re: 1972 Harley missing with perfect timing

Had a similar problem in an old cart of mine. Found that in the confined area of the points cover it was losing spark to the engine block. A little well place shrink tube and carfull wire positioning and all was better. They really are great carts.
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