Well, I finally got all the stuff put back on the '55KH. It was a pain to start. More than usual after a rebuild. I use a Bendix/Zeinith carb with a modified intake to make it all work. I got tired of kicking and took the air filter cover off, and kicked it a few more times and it came alive, all be it, for just a few revolutions, then it backfired and set the K and N air filter on fire, or should I say the gas collected in the air filter on fire! Did I say Fire! Yes with real flames, heat and all that stuff that they think is an amazing accomplishment on those new age survival shows... Being in the drive, and away from the house I tried to blow it out, but no luck. Next I tried to spin the air cleaner, as it was only burning on the bottom, and again to know avail. I grabbed the thing and ripped it off the carb, and dropped it on the ground where it continued to burn. Where are those marshmallows when you need them?
I got the flames out in a unique fashion though, as I picked the thing up and bowled it across the drive and under the Buick Road master that has not moved in over 3 years... It is insured for fire and theft though! Amazingly enough, the rolling motion of the filter put out the fire and had had little effect on the air filter itself. Kind of like a wick of a oil lamp, with minor damage to the rubber sealing surface. Got lucky, about 4 times in less than the minute that it took to put out the fire!
Anyway, I got the bloody thing to run after changing the jets, and adjusting the Idle jet. I was running a .95 at first, then went to a .110, and it started, but after taking a trip down the street about 2 miles, it was still running a little ruff at larger butterfly openings. I took her back home and put in a bigger Jet, now a 1.10 as is stock for a Sportster, but after taking it out on the supper slab, found it lacking in top end. Too rich, or too lean? I don't know as I have never run fixed jets in it before. One thing I did notice is that it is not spewing oil out the exhaust, and runs pretty good at lower throttle settings. Then as you crank it open it gets finicky, and snorts, snaps and pops! Anyone with any KH Bendix knolage would be a great deal of help! Pretty Please!
I switched back to an Kwick Start 2000 electronic egnition, as I am tired of searthing for and replacing points. It seems to be working proporly. More on this later, though I will say it seems to be running very nicely.