Finally got my kids to carry the bike up out of the basement to the work room. Now the build could resume. A lot of bouncing around has to be done when a build project is this far along. A person cannot just decide to do one thing without being forced to do another first. To many parts are tied together and must be carefully installed since many use the very same fasteners, a clip or clamp shares a sheet metal tab, control cable routing paths makes gradual curves to get to their positions and control cable travel is critical, wire routing paths are critical for position and travel, etc….the list is long. Anyhow, I installed the springer, front mudguard, front wheel assembly, rifle scabbard bracket, ammo box, luggage rack, rear mudguard, rear wheel assembly, chain guard, solo seat, rear stand, rear blackout lights, jiffy stand, front crash guard, rear crash guard, battery box, tool box, complete exhaust system, front blackout headlight, front mudguard blackout marker light, horn, oil bath aircleaner, both footboard sidebars, temporary primary cover, clutch pedal assembly, rear brake pedal assembly, fording tube, correct scavenger pump cover, prepositioned oil lines, speedometer cable, rear brake light switch, drive chain, some permanent routed wiring, some temporary routed wiring, and a bunch of other odds and end parts not mentioned. See pics below. Sorry for the dust on a few areas of the bike. The oil on the cardboard is from me changing the scavenger pump cover.
I installed my handlebar assembly then. I got a real surprise when I connected my timer/carburetor control cables to the carburetor and timer.
Below pic shows carburetor lever positions for both the throttle and the choke.
My handlebar throttle spiral was not positioning the carburetor throttle lever correctly. When I twisted the handlebar grip to open the throttle, the carburetor throttle lever closed. When I twisted to close throttle for idle, my carburetor throttle opened. I thought to myself…..what did I do wrong ??? How could this be ?? My handlebar timer control spiral was working correctly. So I took both spirals back out of the handlebars for a comparison. Below is what I found.
Yep !!! One was a WLC spiral and one was a WLA spiral. Man was I bummed out !! My real mistake was to assume both spirals would be ok since they both came out of military packaging with the very same factory part number of 3312-35N. One was actually a missed labeled packaged WLC part number 3312-35AN. This really put the brakes on my build assembly for a spell. Control cable routing is a must before tanks can go on. I made numerous telephone calls and web pleas for a correct 3312-35N good used oem one or an nos one. I had several offers. In fact Chris Haynes and Robbie, both being long standing members of this forum, offered to give me an nos spiral. Steve, another member of this forum and good friend of mine, offered a spiral as well but his spare turned out to be a later spiral. I put the offers from Chris and Robbie on hold until I could chat with my Australian friend again. I would not accept a free spiral from either Chris or Robbie. I know how rare they are to find in any good usable condition, let alone in nos condition. What are the chances I could find another to replace it if I were to have accepted either offer ?? No chances…was my thoughts. Because of this mindset, it is my belief my spiral situation turned out the way it did. My Australian friend came through for me. He had an nos one and let it go to me for a very fair price. Below is that nos spiral.