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Old 12-11-2011, 05:48 PM   #1
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I just replaced the head gaskets on my panhead. And I reinstalled the mallory a556 distributor per the instructions. I got it started with about 75 kicks and a squirt of berrymans carb cleaner. It ran for about four minutes . I looked down at the super e and a little gas is squirting and misting out. I put the breather on and it ran for about two more minutes, then died. 80 kicks later it wont start. It ran before. The only thing I changed is milled .008 off the heads to clean them up and installed new head gaskets and spark plugs. What do I need to do next?
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Old 12-11-2011, 05:54 PM   #2
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did you remove the dist when you had the heads off ?
if so it sounds like maybe the timing is off
i would go through the static timing procedure and make sure the timing is correct
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Old 12-11-2011, 06:08 PM   #3
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yep timming, also maybe valve adjustment might be rechecked. a pan should start in 1-3 kicks, very reliable especially with a modern carb.
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Yeah I removed the distributor, it died while I was getting my timing light. then I couldn't get it started again. I will definitely check the timing. and the valves are something else I wasn't sure about how to set them. I ordered a manual but it isn't in yet. I will just recheck everything, and keep trying.
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Old 12-11-2011, 07:21 PM   #5
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Solid or hydraulic lifters? We can talk you through the valve adjustment. Do you know how to correctly set the timing?
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yeah theres plenty of info on the internet on valve adjustment and static timing
adjust the valves first the go through the static timing procedure
should not take long at all and you will be able to get it started then time it with a light if needed
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