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Old 10-16-2020, 05:21 PM   #1
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Hello all, well I’m finally ready to get my 49 Pan started for the first time!!! I really wanted a pal to come help me and run a second set of eyes over my work. But due to COVID no one wants to stop by. So I guess I’m on my own!! And this is where the ANXIETY comes in and don’t wanna fuck up!!! So first thing is to check and make sure my oil lines are correct. I have slight dyslexia and get things backwards at times so second set of eyes is important to me. (Please see pic)

Also when starting for first time, what does everybody do? I’m thinking pull plugs and kick until oil comes through return line then adding gas and power to start then go through the whole heat cycle thing?

Anyone have a simple checklist for first time start up? Any tips/pointers? Planning on using standard HD fluids and changing after start. Running points. Motor is timed (by builder). All wired up and seems to have power. Stock FL motor rebuild. Super E carb (for reliability to ride). Gas and oil tanks cleaned and ready............ can’t think of anything else at moment.......

Anyway, all tips pointers and suggestions are greatly appreciated!!

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Old 10-16-2020, 06:34 PM   #2
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Nice bike,I too have a 49 fl.seems like you have things covered pretty well.you'll love the super e,I've had one on mine forever and its great.just keep an eye out for leaks,especially gas,after you start it and you should be fine

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I have nothing useful to contribute but your bike = perfect.
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Old 10-17-2020, 09:40 AM   #4
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Nice job!! I'm in a similar state with my 63 build. On your initial start, don't let it get real hot. Run it long enough to get it warm then shut it down and let it cool. Do this a few times, then go run it keeping the revs down but don't lug it. Basically run it around and vary the revs. The rings should seat after an hour or so of constant running. If you have issues, they should show, leaks, loose stuff, clutch slipping. If it's solid your issues will be few, but there are always things. Good luck
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Nice bike,I too have a 49 fl.seems like you have things covered pretty well.you'll love the super e,I've had one on mine forever and its great.just keep an eye out for leaks,especially gas,after you start it and you should be fine

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Nice job!! I'm in a similar state with my 63 build. On your initial start, don't let it get real hot. Run it long enough to get it warm then shut it down and let it cool. Do this a few times, then go run it keeping the revs down but don't lug it. Basically run it around and vary the revs. The rings should seat after an hour or so of constant running. If you have issues, they should show, leaks, loose stuff, clutch slipping. If it's solid your issues will be few, but there are always things. Good luck
Right on!! Thank you!!!
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Old 10-17-2020, 11:06 PM   #6
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anytime I start up a new motor. or a bike sitting all winter. I pull the plugs and kick it over a number of time to get the oil moving. After you heat the motor up and cool it down. go over all the bolts. and ride it around once or twice check head bolts again.
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Old 10-18-2020, 01:41 PM   #8
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anytime I start up a new motor. or a bike sitting all winter. I pull the plugs and kick it over a number of time to get the oil moving. After you heat the motor up and cool it down. go over all the bolts. and ride it around once or twice check head bolts again.
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Old 10-18-2020, 07:02 PM   #9
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Good to see you have an oil pressure gauge! Nice bike BTW! Like the bicycle risers!

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Old 10-18-2020, 08:03 PM   #10
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Congrats on the bike man. I also have a 49. Everything you said sounds good. I have a buddy thats a harley drag legend around here in SoCal, Pat Leahy. He told me first fire on a new motor, he just rolls the throttle up a few times and cuts it. Thats it, go ride it, no 500 mile break in stuff, thats all superstition. Tighten shit after a few heat cycles and go. Being a totally new bike, you will probably need a few rides to dial the E in, but honestly I had more trouble getting mine to start good than ride good. Good luck with the bike man, despite my own reservations about coddling them and making sure everything is perfect, panheads are more tractors than anything, just make sure they have oil and they will clunk along.
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I pull the plug wires and the oil return line and kick until I see oil flowing. That way, you can be sure you're plumbed up right. One less thing to worry about.

I also have a fire extinguisher handy.

EDIT: also your bike is fuckin awesome
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Right on friends!!! Thanx for the info!!! So just to make sure everything is plumed correctly (I have this constant fear of getting it backwards) my oil lines are starting from top: vent from case just above oil pump, next down top of pump would be out or return, and the bottom of pump would be the in or feed. Attached pic
I’ve got my feed coming from back side bottom of oil tank and the vent and return going to top of oil tank. Am I correct in all this?
Anyway thanx again folks. I’m very very close!!

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it looks good to me!
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Iíll second that thought....
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Not a squeak from the OP since mid-October. Makes me wonder if his bike might have grenaded the moment it got spark. Hope not! Curious though!
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