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    Project Barley

    Hi
    I’m new to Harley’s but not new to motorbikes, I love riding them and enjoy working on them.
    I’ve just bought a Custom bike which is a 1954 Bsa frame with what I believe is a 1979 iron head motor.

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    I’m gonna call it Barley for obvious reasons lol
    Below is all I know about the bike
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    I don’t know much about Harley’s full stop. So I thought if I start a thread about this bike and the work I’ll be doing on it, hopefully some of you very knowledgeable people will be able to answer some of my questions and point me in the right direction.

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    The first start

    As the bike had been stood for a couple of years I thought it best to change the oil’s and empty the petrol tank and carb and put new fuel in.
    The gearbox oil and engine oil went fine but the tank and carb are another story.
    I’m not sure what fuel was in it but the rubber bung in the float bowl didn’t like it !!
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    New bung on left and what’s left of old bung on right, the rest of it was blocking jets and holes lol
    The inside of the petrol tank isn’t the best either, So I’m using one from one of my other bikes. Just to get it going
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    The bike started pretty much straight away but with a bit of white some coming out the exhaust pipes, after a couple of minutes ticking over I decided to give it some revs but as I did that it spat loads of oil out of the oil tank filler.
    I think I might of over filled it, so I drained out more oil until the tank was about 1/3 full and started it again and as I rev it it spits out oil from the filler cap. The cap it self is 2 parts, a black rubber bung with a hole through middle and a shing cap with a dipstick that goes trough the hole. Obviously this isn’t pressure tigh !! Should it be ??
    After reading lots of posts I’m thinking it could be blow by so have done a compression test
    The front and back were both the same just under 90psi is this too low ?
    I’ve taken off the exhausts and both exhaust valves stems are wet.
    So my next question is rings or valves ?
    Last edited by Ano25; 06-17-2018 at 05:57 PM.

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