My neighbor Dean showed up on his Panhead this morning for our Sunday ride to Marcus as planned. So I fired up my 1948 Pan for the ride. Hadn't started it since I rode it in Milwaukee last week and she didn't want to fire.
We messed with it a bit and finally got some gas in the carb and she lit up and ran fine....at least 10 miles then she suddenly stopped. All of a sudden. I pulled over to the side of the road and Dean pulled his Pan over in front of me.
It took me about 2 seconds to realize I had no electrics. No lights, not even a dim one on the dash. So I figured it must have been a grounding issue. Sure enough the battery ground wire had broken right where it connects to the frame ground.
Out with my small Swiss Army pocketknife and I had enough of the wire insulation stripped off to make contact, but the wire was a quarter inch too short. So I pulled out a wrench and loosened the connection at the battery and twisted the wire enough to get that extra quarter inch. I wrapped the wire around the frame ground post and tightened down the nut.
Voila - I had electrics again! Not too pretty and certainly not a permanent fix, but enough for me to fire the bike back up and ride it back home, where I swapped out to the 1949 Dual-Carb Panhead for the ride to Marcus.
I'll make a better and more permanent fix for the 1948 Pan ground wire later this week.
Sure do like those easy fixes and wish more problems could be solved that easily. Oh well....